Today is the last day of LoLiBloPoMo, and I'm proud to say I pulled it off! Yeah, there was that one week when both my Monday and Wednesday posts were late, but they still happened. That's pretty good for me. I'd say things are looking good for NaBloPoMo.
Despite being desperately in need of ideas for what the heck I'm going to post about for thirty days, I'm pretty pumped. (If you have ideas, post them in the comments, please. I could use some help!) Not just because of all the writing I'm going to be doing, but because of all the bloggers I love who are signed up for NaBloPoMo too, and will be providing me with reading material through the month. Maggie's doing it. Ariella's doing it. Jen's doing it. Tracy's doing it. My MOM is even doing it! It's going to be a rocking month.
To keep things rocking around here, I've come up with an idea. Here it is: any reader who posts a comment on every entry I post during the month of November will receive a prize, hand-mailed by me, at the end of the month. I can't say what the prize will be because I haven't thought of it yet, but I promise it will be cool. Or at least not so completely lame that it makes you want to cry.
(I hesitated about this idea because I was afraid it make me seem egotistical. "Pay attention to me, and I will reward you!" But I've never tried to hide the fact that I, like any self-respecting blogger, love me some comments. Besides, it could be fun for you, too - a way to participate in NaBloPoMo on a somewhat smaller scale. You could make a theme to your comments, or post entirely in limericks or haiku! See, you're excited now, aren't you?)
Ahem. Moving on.
Last night was the tenth night of our experiment in night-weaning. I'm happy (no, thrilled. You have no idea how thrilled.) to report that the whole thing has gone far better than we expected it would. Dr. Jay Gordon (whom I would like to send a present in gratitude for making our lives SO MUCH BETTER) warns that some babies will cry for up to an hour when you first start refusing to nurse them in the middle of the night. We've been lucky, because in ten nights Milla has cried for a grand total of less than an hour. These days, when she wakes up at all, she merely fusses for a few seconds before letting herself be patted back to sleep by her heroic father.
I was apprehensive before we started night-weaning, and considered putting it off for a few more months, but I'm so glad we didn't wait. Considering how quickly she took to it, I'd say Camilla was definitely ready. And *I* was incredibly ready. It's nice to finally be getting some decent sleep again.
In case there are any baby-sleep junkies out here, here's a comparison of a typical night two weeks ago with a typical night now:
Two weeks ago (times are approximate):
8:30pm - rocked to sleep by Daddy
9:15pm - wakes up crying, rocked back to sleep by Daddy
11:15pm - wakes up crying, nursed back to sleep by Mama
11:30pm - parents to bed
2:00am - wakes up fussing, nursed back to sleep by Mama
4:00am - wakes up fussing, nursed back to sleep by Mama
6:00am - wakes up fussing, nursed back to sleep by Mama
7:30am - up for the day
8:30pm - rocked to sleep by Daddy
11:30pm - woken up by Mama to nurse before midnight
2:00am - wakes up fussing, patted back to sleep by Daddy
6:00am - stirs, patted back to sleep by Daddy
7:00am - wakes up fussing, nursed back to sleep by Mama
8:30am - up for the day
We're still hoping and expecting that it will get better. We'd love it if she would sleep through the night, although it'll probably be a while before we cut out the 11:30pm feeding - she still nurses a lot and seems very hungry at 7:00am. Since I, an adult, don't have the ability to go twelve hours without food, I'm not going to fault my one-year-old for not being able to do it.
At any rate, I feel like I've got a new lease on life. Does anyone want to come over and party?
One more thing before I go: I've gotten a couple requests that I share my meal-planning and grocery-list making tools. Normally I'd just email these people personally, but November is nearly here and I Need Material, so I'll be doing a post on it, complete with screenshots, one of these days.
I bet you're all pumped for NaBloPoMo now, aren't you?