So I made a start on night weaning. Then stuff happened.
Things that are bound to mess up your well-meaning efforts at sleep training:
1. Illness (me). When you’re struggling with a cold, cough and other unidentified bugs, you are not in the mood for spacing feeds, checking clocks and all the rest that goes with sleep training. Feed the baby and go back to sleep.
2. Illness (him). If your partner is ill as well, you’ll definitely be taking the easiest route. He will also not appreciate an exposition of baby sleep habits at 3am.
3. Illness (baby). Colds are not good for sleep. Neither are coughs that wake the baby up 30 minutes after he’s reluctantly gone down for the night. The worst one is the tummy bug that leads to 3am baths and much swearing when locating the last clean sheet in the house. (Tip: if you can’t face changing the bed, small amounts of vomit can be dealt with using baby wipes and a clean muslin over the damp spot).
4. Immunisations. I forgot to mention that Loudboy had his MMR last week: the effects should start kicking in, ooh, tomorrow or the next day. Fun.
5. Temperature. Room too cold? Bung baby in pjs and a vest. But then he’ll be too hot if you’re co-sleeping so you have to take off some layers when you go to bed (if you think you can do this without waking the baby up you’re on the wrong blog). Then when he’s kicked his way out of the duvet in the early hours he’ll be cold again. Have you tried searching for those pj bottoms at the end of the bed at 3am? In the dark? The sooner they invent automatic retractable baby clothes the better.
6. Teeth. Molars. No need to elaborate.
To sum up: winter is BAD NEWS. Or maybe just November. Or maybe just me. At least December holds the prospect of time off work and presents and sherry and the possibility of family babysitting. Roll on Christmas (and the hope, some time, somewhere, of a good night’s sleep).
In the meantime, put your feet up and have a listen to the man himself, Fela Kuti.