I didn't know how hard letting your baby "cry it out" would be. IT. IS. HARD.
Last night was the first night we let Owen cry through the night. Our room is so close to Owen's nursery that we had to put ear plugs in (i know it sounds harsh). They were useless for me though..there was no way I could go back to sleep knowing he was crying. I eventually just took them out and laid in bed, just listening to him cry.
When he finally stopped crying (and yes, they really do stop), I had to go check on him. Check for breathing, make sure he was ok. Sure enough he was sound asleep again. I felt so bad I just wanted to scoop him up and snuggle him while he slept. I fought the urge though.
I've heard some moms say they can't stand to let their babies cry it out, that it literally makes them sick, or they are in tears too. I completely understand why now. My stomach was in knots.
Owen usually goes to bed at 8:30pm and wakes up at 3:30am or 4:00am. I'm hoping it doesn't take too many nights of "crying it out" before he is sleeping completely through the night.
When did all you other mothers start letting your babies cry through the night?