I am right in the middle of trying to get Brea to sleep all the way through the night. Sleep deprivation does not do nice things for me or Sam. ;) Ailey, too, has been waking up during the night lately. She hasn't slept the same since she got croup a little over a month ago. I am not a fan of letting a baby cry through the night, but man am I tired of not getting any sleep! So far, I have had the girls in with me so that Sam, at least, will get some sleep. When both of us are on the sleep deprivation train, well...I'm sure you can imagine. Its not pretty! I did let Brea cry through the first part of the first night. She woke up several times and cried and then went back to sleep on her own. I fed her around 3 am and then she slept the rest of the night until 7, when Zekes decided to make his debut. (Still working on that. My children have not gotten the not-until-after-8am memo.) Ailey didn't wake all the way up, but she would turn over and put her hand on me every now and then to make sure I was still there and then roll over and continue on with sleeping. Not bad for the first night, but I was still working the lack of sleep routine yesterday and my attitude was having a hard time being pleasant. So, I decided to watch the next in the Freedom Classes Foundational Series from Gateway Church. It is LIFE CHANGING!! I challenge anyone to go through them all and not come out of it a different being. AND, that is exactly what happened to me yesterday. As I made my way through the 3rd class, God was working a miracle in me! Despite my lack of sleep, energy, motivation, self-control and general peppiness that I started out with, I ended up with all kinds of energy, patience with the kiddos and steadiness throughout the day. I am so thankful that God gives so freely of Himself! I truly needed to hear that message yesterday and I absolutely needed more of my Lord, Savior, Redeemer, Healer, Master, Creator and His joy in which my strength is found! Praise You, Father!
Last night was even better. Brea went to sleep and then Ailey and I followed suit and she slept until 5am! Yay! I fed her, put her back in her bed and she slept until 7. I'm thinking the kids have a conspiracy to NOT sleep past 7. Ugh. BUT, I was soooooo grateful for the continuous hours of sleep last night. Woohoo!!!! Yippee!!! Ailey did her reassurance routine and slept very well. I am excited to see how tonight goes. I want to be consistent for 5 nights to break the habits that have been formed. Of course, I have been covering all of this in prayer, asking the Lord to HELP!!! Tonight will be no different and today is going to be full of rejoicing! I'm also excited to hear session four of the Freedom class!