I am so stoked to announce that Leeland has been sleeping about 8-10 hours through the night for a little over a week now! WOO HOO! The Kroh's nest was in desperate need of this abundance of rest. (haha.) Not sure what we will do when the baby starts teething, but for now we are enjoying it!
How did we do it? Well we broke down and gave the baby rice cereal. My whole family has been telling me for a little over a month to give the baby some cereal that he's waking up because he's hungry. Get his belly good and full and he'll sleep. Blah, blah, blah.... I have to admit that I was a skeptic for sure! I did lots of research online about how you shouldn't give your baby cereal until they are ready and how it did not help them sleep through the night. Even his baby books said it wouldn't help them sleep through the night. I was nervous, but according to my family, me and my siblings were eating cereal at like 2 weeks... And we turned out okay.
The first night was a complete mess! I read online not to put cereal in his bottle (don't remember the reasons), so it was his 1st time eating with a spoon. He spit it out several times wasn't sure what to do with it. The second night was about the same as the first. The third night though, a friend of mine had told me to try leaving the spoon in his mouth for a few seconds so he can sort of suck on it. And it worked! Hallelujah!! Now he didn't sleep through the night right away but after a week of cereal he was sleeping 8 hours through the night. 9pm-5am, he would wake up at 5, drink a bottle and go back to sleep till 730 or 8am. And since then he has even slept 10 hours a few times! Things are beginning to turn around. I think that I am starting to get the hang of this being a mommy stuff. Now I just hope the doctor doesn't get too mad at me next week when I tell him that I have already given him cereal!?