Most of you know that I'm a die hard "Baby Whisperer". All three of my kiddos were whispered and I LOVE the ideals in the book. It meshed perfectly with my personality and how I viewed infanthood and parenthood. Punky was whispered from about 6 weeks on and slept through the night at 14 weeks. With Chicken I was lazy, confused with how to deal with 2 kids and didn't implement whispering with him until he was 3 months. By 4, he slept through the night. What most of you don't know is that I was determined to start New Baby on this from day one.
Low and behold, she was born at 7:17 am. Well, the book recommends a 7 am - 7pm schedule for babies so she was born right on schedule. :oD (that really has nothing to do with it, but it certainly made for good conversation, right?). I started as soon as we got home from the hospital getting her on track. She's such an easy baby, I think that's part of it, but I'm not complaining. We're not 100% there, but she's mostly on target, although her bedtime is around 8 pm right now instead of 7.
3 nights ago, New Baby starting sleeping a whopping 7 hour stretch for me at night, 8 pm to 3 am. I'm just tickled pink. But you know what? I KNOW she's doing this because I've been working hard on getting her on schedule (I don't brag about much, but I think I've earned the rights with this one). With three very different children (personality wise), it can't be a fluke. People tell me, "Oh you got lucky with her sleeping so well." No, I didn't. It's like discipline. You don't get lucky with good kids, you make them. Babies aren't born knowing how to sleep, you have to train them.
Therefore, my new motto is: Good sleep habits are not born, they're made. What do you think? Do you agree?