Yes, you read right. Caleb slept through the night last night. It’s a miracle.
It all started when he turned 1 on 6/27/08. We were at youth camp. He slept 9 hours straight, but woke up at 4 something in the morning. Despite the early morning wake up, we were ecstatic. Then the next 2-3 weeks, Caleb just teased us… sometimes waking multiple times in the night, sometimes having trouble even falling asleep, sometimes staying awake for long periods of time in the middle of the night… or sometimes only waking up once or doing long stretches of sleep. Then this past week, he started stretching out his sleep more consistently. 8 hours one night. 9 hours another night. 9.5 hours another night. But he would struggle with going back to sleep after these long stretches of sleep, keeping mommy up with him from 4 or 5 in the morning.
Caleb’s been occasionally resisting his morning nap… or taking shorter morning naps. He started consistently dropping a nap this past week, which may be why he’s sleeping longer at night. I think Caleb’s in the process of transitioning from 2 to 1 nap.
Anyhow, 2 nights ago, Caleb slept 10 hours straight, from 8PM to 6AM. we thought that was a miracle. Then 1 night ago, he woke up once at 11:50PM. He had a huge stinky poop. I changed him, put him down immediately, and back to sleep he went in less than a minute or two! He slept until 6am-ish. Then last night… the momentous night that calls for major partying… Caleb slept from 7:35PM to 6:40AM. 11 hours! He did wake up right before 5AM, but put himself back to sleep after 10 minutes of crying. This is utterly amazing. And now for the last 2 days, he’s back to taking his 2 naps again… 3 hours of naps per day, 11 hours at night…. it’s textbook. My goodness… we have a textbook angel baby.
For those of you who have not been on this sleep deprivation saga with us, you have no idea what joy it brings us to see our son sleeping. We know this may not be the end of all the sleepless nights for Caleb. But pray with us that it is! Meanwhile, we’re praising God for what He’s given us so far.