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My Baby Slept Through The Night! It's a Miracle!

This is what a good night's sleep looks like.

Last night was quite possibly the best night of my life.  It was the first time my baby slept through the night for real and it only took two months.

I know that when most people say their baby “sleeps through the night”, what they usually mean is that their baby sleeps for 4-6 hours with a 1-2 hour break in between and then maybe a few more hours after that if they’re lucky.  This has been the case for us anyway.  We only recently (as in the last week-and-a-half) started getting a 4-5 hour stretch of sleep and that in and of itself seemed like a pretty great feat since before that it was more like two hours of sleep and then two more hours of being awake nursing.

BUT, last night it was as if the heavens opened up and smiled down on us – angels sang it was so glorious!  Fern slept for an astonishingly long 8.5 hours!

Read more after the jump...

We tried some of the ideas from sleep training books to no avail.  Well, they sort of worked, but I felt more stressed out with trying to impose a schedule than it was worth.  So, how you might ask did this magical 8.5 hours come to be then?

Well, I’m pretty sure it was a fluke.  We spent the whole day with my parents and we were out and about and they entertained her and inadvertently kept her awake so she only got a few cat naps throughout the day instead of her usual two 2-3+ hour naps.  She was pretty exhausted by bedtime, but I figured it wouldn’t make a difference.

When I woke up around 3:00 a.m. I wondered why I hadn’t heard any cries on our monitor yet, so I snuck into her room to make sure she was breathing and (obviously) she was.  I woke again at 7:00 a.m. in a bit of a confused stupor.  “Where am I?  Where’s my baby?”.  The answer:  still safe and snug in bed.  I finally woke her up around 7:30, but only because my “feeding bags” were enormously full, which never happens due to my low milk supply.  She ate for 20 minutes and then slept for almost three more hours!

Not sure what the deal was, but I’m hoping this may become a trend.  It’s obviously too early to expect it, but 6-7 hours…that would be pure magic.

When did your baby first sleep through the night, or are you still waiting for this to happen?

What do you do to help your baby sleep for longer stretches of time?

 

•Lauren Hartmann is the founder of The Little Things We Do, a blog about life and adventures in Portland Oregon. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook, or catch up on all of her posts here on Babble.

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