Friday, August 19, 2011

What's the What With that Thing

Five Minute Update

Sleep Training
A couple of weeks ago I mentioned that Allison and I were working on sleep training The Bean. Before we started, we spent anywhere from 5 minutes to an hour bouncing, shhhhhing, and singing him to sleep. I felt like whoever was putting him down on any given night was giving up their evening in order to get him to sleep. After falling asleep he would be up anywhere from 2 to 4 times a night and we'd either be nursing or bouncing him back to sleep again.
I am now ecstatic to report that The Bean usually puts himself to sleep within 15 minutes. It will range anywhere from 5 minutes to half an hour, but 15 minutes seems to be about the average. The other night, he went down at 6:00, had a brief waking around 9, and then went all of the way through until 4:00 a.m. Wow. That was the longest stretch of sleep I've had in over 7 months! I know cry-it-out isn't for everyone, but The Bean has made more progress with that method than anything else we tried (and we tried it all!).

Baby Ingredients
We have also been in touch with our sperm bank and were able to purchase the three extra vials that we were wait-listed for. There is one caveat. The samples can't be released for use in Canada. Fortunately, we live close enough to the border that a certain teacher would be able to drive down over the summer to have IUI attempts performed in Buffalo.
We debated whether we should purchase the samples if they can only be used in the US, but ultimately we both agreed that if we passed on this opportunity and Allison couldn't get pregnant with the samples we already have in Canada then we would be upset with ourselves for letting these ones go.

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