While I was pregnant, I'm pretty sure that I prayed everyday that I would get a good sleeper. I mean, I really, really prayed that my baby would sleep and wouldn't fight me about it. My prayers weren't exactly answered the way that I would have liked them to be, but Annelise isn't too terrible and she's getting better. Sometimes.
When we first brought Annelise home, she slept next to our bed in her Rock N Play. She loved it, she slept well, and us parents were pretty happy. When she turned four months, I knew that it was time to start working on transitioning to her room and to her crib. And this is where I blame every single one of my parent friends for not knocking some sense into me. Why didn't anybody tell me what a bitch transitioning to the crib is? Huh??? Why didn't anybody tell me that I should work hard on having her sleep in her crib from day one? Huh??? I mean, I'm not saying that I would have listened, and that she would have been in her crib full time from the start, but a little warning might have been nice y'all!
But, Drew and I trudged on. We managed to get her sleeping in her room in her Rock N Play. That was actually pretty easy. Then, I worked on transitioning to her crib for naps. That was a challenge, but we (read - I) did it. Then, came nights in her crib. O.M.G! That has been a battle. She still doesn't sleep all night every night, but we're getting better. We had to trial and error a bunch of different things to figure out what would work. We eventually landed on swaddling and a sound machine as the magic combination.
Now, we're working on breaking her of the swaddle, and putting herself back to sleep. Now that she's starting to become more mobile, and her hands are out of the swaddle, she's starting to sleep in some of the cutest positions. I seriously have been waiting for this time! I love when babies sleep in cute ways. I mean, really love it!