Thursday, March 10, 2005

Update

Just to quickly update on what I ended up doing last night with Princess...

I decided that she almost never cries (for any reason, really). So I went in and checked on her. She was standing in her crib crying. I laid her down, told her it was ok and to have sweet dreams, and left her. She continued to cry and I let her cry for about 10 more minutes. Then I went in and got her. I can count on one hand the times we have done this, so I don't think it is setting a bad presendent (I know I misspelled that). I brought her downstairs where she was wide awake and playing, and she stayed up till about 10 pm; then I brought her back up and she laid right down and went immediately to sleep. Tonight, she went right to sleep when I put her down, so I think it was the right thing to do.

And that's all we can do, right, to do what we *think* is the right thing? Who knows if it was, in fact, the right thing, until 20 years from now when she is in therapy blaming mom for everything.

4 comments:

PTA Mom said...

I have two kids and the sleeping thing is one of the most difficult issues to deal with, I've found. I completely failed with my firstborn, but I learned a lot of lessons with the second one and she sleeps so much better. I think you're right. We all just have to do what we think it right or best as parents and hope that it works!

Elle said...

I keep a "therapy jar" in the kitchen. Whenever I do something I might haunt me later, I put 5 bucks in the jar.

terrilynn said...

Nobody ever wound up in therapy as an adult because they were comforted when they were crying babies. You did the right thing.

BTW, Michele sent me!

nina said...

I know that it always feels like you're making it up as you go along, but I agree, it sounds like to you did just the right thing. And even though we may not do the right thing every time, we do it enough.

Michele sent me!