At least that is what we are trying to get Norah to realize. The physical purpose of a parent is to raise their child to become more and more independent, and it starts early. I’m discovering this is the hard part of parenting.
We are trying to get Norah to sleep through the night. It hasn’t been so bad, the first night we decided to try to just let her cry. The thought of leaving her in a dark room crying is a little disheartening. (before i had my own child, it seemed so easy) She cried for a while and calmed down, and a few minutes later started up again. So since it had been 4 hrs i fed her and she fell asleep, I felt better, but worse all at the same time. I failed! Later on she woke up again and we let her cry it out. The next morning she was happy. So no psychological damage.
So every night this past week we’ve been wondering what is going to happen. Some nights she has up a fight and others she’s slept. One night i sang to her and she fell right to sleep. She’s even started rolling herself over, so last night she had to cry that out a while and then she sang herself to sleep. I checked on her and she slept the entire night on her back. (first time, huge step, yes i know i’m a horrible mother) It’s been interesting. But I know this is the right thing. She needs to learn how to sleep independently. One of the first steps of many to come.