today’s elijah :: slept through the night…for the first time!

mr. elijah, 363 day-old baby, has finally slept through the night. i put him to bed at 6:30 pm and he woke up at 4:54 am! during the night he was awake for awhile and talking to himself, but he went back to sleep. our boy learned to go back to sleep on his own.

only 3 times in his entire life has he slept more than two or three hours in a row. one day in august when he was two and a half months old, he slept for seven hours straight. we kept him up most of the night before, because we had to pack for a trip and catch an early morning flight. then there were two days in march when he was nine and a half months old when he slept five hours and four hours in a row. otherwise, he was up every two or three hours every single night.

last night, i was really tired so i went to bed early at 10 pm. i woke myself up in a panic at 2:44 am. i couldn’t believe the time i thought i must have slept through elijah crying. i went to the living room, where paul was awake working on a project. he told me that elijah was still sleeping quietly, more than 8 hours since he went to bed. we decided to go check on elijah just to make sure he was still alive.

he was sound asleep. it looked like he had rolled over to change his sleeping position, but he kept sleeping. we snuck out of the room happily. my right breast was swollen like the planet earth from not feeding for this long. it started to shoot milk a little; i think it was crying milky tears.

i felt so much better sleeping five hours straight for the first time in a long time and was so excited that he’s sleeping that i couldn’t go back to sleep for awhile. can anyone rock me to sleep?

i heard him talking (not crying) at 4:54 am. he was looking for my breasts so i nursed him. i put him down even though he was awake. i left the room, but i didn’t hear a thing after that.

he woke up at 6:30 am for his breakfast. he was chanting ‘manma! manma! (food)”. he looked very happy that i was happy.

Author: yuka

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6 thoughts on “today’s elijah :: slept through the night…for the first time!”

  1. congrats. i can remember when i was so happy when my kids finally slept through the night. my son slept through the night when he was 3 months old, but my daughter didn´t sleep well until she was almost 4 years old.
    it was really hard to get through the first 4 years. so i can relte how happy you must be that he sleeps through the night now.

  2. I’ve been lucky with Kyo sleeping. I was usually the one that pushed him to wake up. Elijah so beautiful! He talks a lot already? I can’t believe it. Babies are so amazing! Kyo finally said “mama” today. It made my heart stop. I am so happy for you guys. Now you can be an even better mama because you are well rested! :)

  3. ksklein:
    until four years old! i think elijah is on its way.
    that day was the only day that he slept though the night actually…
    he’s up every two hours and then three after midnight.
    he’s already running so i’d think that he’s pretty tired at night.
    it’s a mystery…

  4. we have a good doctor. and she said that some kids do need years to finally sleep through. at least my son slept well and never woke up from her crying. :)

  5. oh… and i remember that my daughter started sleeping well, when she started kindergarten. i guess that really made her tired. :)

  6. k…kindergarten… i’m not sure if i could survive this zombie state that long…

    i’ve been working on helping him laying down awake in the crib to fall asleep on his own right now… i stay with him until he falls asleep. he was crying at first, but at the end he held onto stuffed panda bear and fell asleep.

    we worked on this back in london when he was 11 mons old, but traveling and teething etc drove up back to 0. we’ll see if this works again.

    he still wakes up every three hours or so, but i think it’s a start…

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