Anyway, let me tell you fellow followers how last night went!
We spent the day yesterday discussing over and over again what would happen that night. Noah loves to know what is going on at all times and does better when he is expecting it (obviously...how many of us are like that?? for real already.)
After talking to several friends, especially Hilary (behavior plan QUEEN lol) Hubby and I came up with a plan of action.
1. We created a flip book of Mommy drawn/Noah colored pictures of what would take place before bed (bedtime routine all the way up to me leaving his room and he sleeping in his bed). However, Hilary gave me a better idea of actually taking pictures of him doing his routine and making the flip book with the photos! AWESOME! I am so on that.
2. Then, I talked to Noah about how I would sit SIT (not lay anymore)with him until he fell asleep at night. Then, the following night I would sit in a chair by his bed, etc. (going with that approach cuz Noah is just too drama for the Supernanny approach. We can try that one if this doesn't work). Then, I would leave and go to my own room where I would be if he had a bad dream. If he woke up, he could come to our room, sleep on the floor, but was not to wake us or whine by our bed.
3. If and when he came to our bedroom, he was to lay down on the floor and go back to sleep. The consequences for waking us were as follows:
Hilary gave us the idea to have 2 jars. One for Noah's sleepy jar and the other for our jar. Because Noah has been bugging us for 3 days for this pack of animals at Weis market, we went and bought them. We had him pick 4 of the animals and put them in his jar. Every time he woke us up, he got a warning to lay down and go back to sleep. If he continued whining (which he LOVES to do), we took an animal out of the jar and it put it in our jar. Then, by morning he could have whatever was left in his jar.
I took the flip book everywhere we went last night as we got ready for bed. We kept asking him what would happen if he did this or that. He knew the answers, so we knew that he understood the plan. He loved looking through the flip book and seeing what came next.
After we did the bedtime routine, I sat at the bottom of his bed until he fell asleep which was about 9:15 pm.
I left, shut the door, and went downstairs to discuss what happened with Hubby. Everything remained quiet till we took Sydney up to bed at 11:00 (I know that is late, but she sleeps 12 hours so no biggy). Put her in she screamed cuz she lost her binky...err....woke Noah up (whose room is next to hers). He came over..didn't say a word, laid on the floor, and went to sleep!! AMAZING!! So far so good.
He slept on our floor from 11:00 till 2:00 am. Second awakening... he states, I can't sleep because Daddy is snoring (which I couldn't either so it was tempting to just go to Noah's room and sleep, but I stayed tough!). "Noah, your warning...no talking either sleep on the floor or go to your quiet bedroom." "Mommy, come sit with me in my room until I fall asleep." "Noah you lost a toy."
I went over with him, sat till he fell asleep, and returned to my bed where my snoring hubby slept like a rock. A LOUD ROCK!
At 4:00 am. Over comes Noah, lays on the floor, tries to sleep, complains of Daddy's Snoring. I say, "Last warning, go to sleep." He whines and complains...."Sit with me in my room till I fall asleep." I say, "You lost a toy, but I will sit with you." He falls asleep, and I leave.
30 mins later, he comes over and lays on our floor and sleeps there till 7:45 am. No complaints....
He was not happy to see he lost 2 toys, but is ready for tonight. He put 4 more animals in his jar for tonight and is already talking about earning them. Tonight I will sit in the chair further from the bed. So far so good!
I will fill you in on Night 2!