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the dr. said so...

When we went to Coen's two-month check-up appointment the one thing that the pediatrician was really big on was putting Coen in his own room and in his crib.  He said that now is a good time to do this, because they are usually sleeping through the night better at two-months and becoming more and more aware of their surroundings.  He just recommended that we do it.  While it might be hard, we just have to take the plunge.

My biggest fear is that he's upstairs and we're downstairs in our first floor master (another house option that I thought was great until we had Coen...).  I just didn't want to be that far from him and I didn't want to miss something because of the distance.  I had a fear that something would go wrong and I wouldn't be there to just jump up and grab him, like I am in our room.

We talked about it a handful of times at home and we came to the conclusion that he would start going to bed in his crib.  We'd just try it and if there was a fight, we'd just have to work through it, but his room is where he should be.  So, last Saturday, we gave it a whirl.

Now, I'm not going to lie.  He was 10 weeks old, I'm still nursing and I just wasn't confident that he'd sleeping soundly, so I slept in our guest room upstairs with the monitor.  I just felt better about being closer to him but still further than we had been.  Gearing up for this... I nursed him, rocked him, turned on his humidifier, wrapped him in his swaddle and set him down. 

He was so sound and there was NO fight.  He was seriously out like a light.  I left the room with the monitor ON and held it to my ear until I didn't hear a thing for several minutes. 

I couldn't believe it.  It worked?

This was earlier in the day Saturday when we were trying out the crib during a nap... so sweet.  Literally, 5 minutes after taking this photo, he was up... that's okay though.  He was un-swaddled and we were really just trying it out for size.

The nights prior when he was in our room, he had been getting up to about 7 hours of sleep for the last 3 nights.  So going into the crib sleeping, I thought for sure we'd be getting less.  The first night he slept about 5.5 hours, went back down for 3 hours and the next night about 4.5, with 3 on the flip side, so still a good number of hours! 

So, we're 5 nights in and so far it's still going really well.  Tuesday night we had a CRAZY thunder and lightening storm that came through.  It was so scary that I ended up taking him from his crib and back into our room so that we were all safe.  It was really loud and brutal.  It also went on for about 3 hours and I just didn't want him away from me during that time.

We're going to keep it going though and hope he continues to love it.  I'm still trying to play with some of the sound machines that we have in his room and I haven't come up with the best routine just yet.  Sometimes he loves them and other times he just wants it to be quiet.

I cannot believe he's two-months old and in his crib.  Seems like such a big boy, but LOVE that he's doing so well in there.  I give props to my husband for really pushing me though.  He wouldn't be in his crib if it were up to me.  I would've waited another month.

Anyway, that's all for now.  Coen's growing and changing so fast, it's just wild.  And sad.


Wendy said…
He is so precious!

My husband pushed me to put the girls in their own cribs too and it was the best thing we ever did. They have always been really good sleepers.

It's great that C is doing so well in his crib!
Heather said…
This is the best in the long run!!! We put all our babies in their cribs early except one and he is still the one that sneaks into our bed 7 years later!!! The will get more sleep, go to bed better later on in life and be happier children because they get better sleep!!! It is so hard at first though!!! You are doing an amazing job!!!
Sassytimes said…
Yay Coen (and you)!

Our babies are upstairs too. I felt weird having S up there at first, but once I got used to it, we love it. They have their own (quiet) space up there and we can do our own thing downstairs without disrupting their sleep. E went to her crib at 7 weeks and adjusted really well. Sound machines are also wonderful, especially for thunderstorm nights and evenings when/if you have people over. They don't even know what's going on. ;)

You are doing such a great job Mama.
Erin said…
We put Annie in her crib around 2 months too - mostly because she was SUCH a loud sleeper that it was driving me nuts having her in our room! We're upstairs and she's downstairs which freaks me out but we have a video monitor which is a lifesaver. I seriously think it is one of the best things we have. She was down to only waking up once at night to eat at that point, and kept right up with that schedule in her own crib, and soon slept through the night. It worked great for us!
Kristen said…
Good for you! I didn't move my little guy to his room until he was 6 months and we ended up having to do cry it out which is just heartbreaking as a parent. If you can get him used to it now and on a good sleep schedule it will be better for all of you in the long run. Good job mama!

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