So, Thursday I called Kristen. I was in desperate need of some advice. She told me that I need to make sure he is tired, put him in his bed for nap time, and just let him cry until he fell asleep. There is a book called "Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child" that claims this method works. She did this with Mimi and in just 3 short days she was a napping pro. I decided to give the method a try. I didn't want Jax to think that his new schedule was going to be a routine.
Friday morning at about 11:00am I decided that I was going to be strong and let him cry if he didn't go to sleep. He was rubbing his eyes tired. While I was holding him he was nodding off, but the second I put him in his crib he was not so excited. He kept his eyes closed for about one minute and then started to cry. Oh no! I listened to him for a little bit and just couldn't take it. I texted Kristen for a little moral support and she told me "DON"T GIVE IN!" So, I held on. It felt a little more like child abuse than teaching Jax a napping routine.
Jax would whimper for a minute then let out a loud scream. I couldn't handle just sitting there listening to him scream so I stared to clean my house. I cleaned for about 30 minutes. I wanted to start crying I felt so bad for the little guy cause I knew that the second I picked him up he would stop crying. I was so worried that he was going to be mad at me when he woke up or that he was hungry or that his adorable skinny jeans were uncomfortable to try and sleep in. Finally, I made a decision. I was going to get in the shower and if he was still crying when I got out I would rescue him. When I got out of the shower he was asleep!! Yahoo! I did it. The first forced nap. The above picture is the face I was greeted with when he woke up from the nap. Ahh, a smile. He still likes me.
I am still working on getting him to be a better napper. But, I am really hoping he only takes 3 days like Mimi. But, I did just put him down for a nap, and he only cried for about 2 minutes and fell asleep, (and has been asleep for an hour and a half!!). I think that I am going to cure him of his new devilish ways.