CIO is how it is referred to in books, blogs and magazines.
I am ashamed to say, I did this.
For three days.
For 3 long and agonizing days.
It went against every fiber of my being and yet, I did it.
I was advised to do it by my pediatrician, the authority (in my mind, at the time) on all things baby.
I was encouraged to do it to by my mom and my mother in law and I was “supported” to do it by my friends who had or who were doing it themselves.
You see, prior to doing it, I would bathe my baby, usually in the tub with her.
I would pass her out to her dad who would dry her and love on her and put on her pajamas.
While he did that, I would get out of the tub, dry myself off and put my own pajamas on.
The two of us would meet up again, a few minutes later on the couch and I would nurse her to sleep in my arms. I remember this with peace and softness. It was right and I knew it. My baby and I knew it. Next I would slip her quietly into her bed and she would sleep until early in the morning.
At about six months old, I stopped breastfeeding and she was taking a bottle before bed. The routine was the same and things were going well. At this point, she was sleeping later into the morning and we were all feeling pretty much “normal”.
As a few more months passed, that before bed bottle, no longer helped her drift off to sleep. Instead, she would slurp it down and...Read more