(I tried to get a pic of Alexa asleep during her nap, but I snunk into her room to find her smiling and playing with her blanky!)
For the last three weeks Alexa has slept 10-11 hours each night! I'm loving it! It started with training her to put her self to sleep at night and for naps. For the last few months, if she was tired enough, I could just lay her in her crib and she go to sleep for naps. I felt like it was time to let her learn to do this every time. Especially since she is getting too heavy to bounce/rock to sleep every time.
So, the first night, we did a short and familiar bedtime routine and I laid her down and she cried for ten minutes. The second night she only cried 5 minutes, and since then, she most often won't cry at all or will let out just a few whimpers. I was glad she got used to it so quick!
After she was putting herself to sleep I decided to work on eliminating middle-of-the-night feedings. She usually would only wake once between 2 and 4. So one night I decided I had to let her cry-it-out if she woke. Unexpectedly she woke around 12 but I decided to go forward with my plan. Luckily she only cried eight minutes. However, she also woke around 4 still. This time she cried about 30 minutes, but is was off and on and not screaming, so that was good. I was happy to see that in the morning she still smiled at me!
Since that first night, she has slept 10 to 12 hours!!! Hooray! I was also so happy that she fell asleep at a friends house last night in like two seconds in her car seat! This is great news! I'm still undecided if I should have trained her sooner. I just felt like she was ready at this time. I really didn't mind the late-night feedings, especially since I'm lucky enough to be at home during the day and could nap if I wanted to. But, a full night of sleep is better than I remembered it! Thanks Alexa!