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How To Survive The 5 Stages Of Sleep Training Grief

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4. Depression

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It’s three o’clock in the morning. The longest stretch the baby has slept for is twelve and a half minutes. You’re out of rum. He’s fading, but so are you. If you give in now it’s as if you’ve completely wasted the rest of the horrible, sleepless night, but if you don’t, you won’t even get that sad little two hours of sleep that you might be able to squeeze in by caving.

Be strong and hold firm. Or don’t, and go drag your squalling kiddo into bed with you yet again. Both decisions suck, but you’ve made it this far without getting in your car and driving to the Grand Canyon while Junior stays behind to wail in his crib, so in my book you’re doing just fine.

5. Acceptance

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Eventually, sleep training will win out and your baby will sleep through the night (whether that’s eight hours or twelve). Or you’ll quit sleep training and resign yourself to sleeping on the floor next to a crib until your child graduates college. Either way, at some point, you too will have the opportunity to sleep again someday, and it’s going to feel like unicorns are chasing rainbows across your brain! But maybe that’s just the hallucinations from all the previous months of sleep deprivation finally kicking in. Maybe don’t drive anywhere or operate any heavy machinery for a day or two – just to be on the safe side.

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