No… this is not the start of some dad joke. It is very real.
So we planned this road trip from Chicago to Pittsburgh for my cousin’s wedding. Then from Pittsburgh to West Virginia to Tennessee and back to Chicago. I know… we are nuts! But we weren’t even nervous because we have zen baby. He sleeps thru the night, loves car rides, eats anything and is the absolute best SO WHAT COULD GO WRONG? Well… what happens when Mr. well rested decides he doesn’t want to sleep?! ALL HELL BREAKS LOOSE.
My angel child is SO SLEEP TRAINED that he couldn’t sleep in a hotel room pack n play. We’ll learn midway thru our trip exactly why… stay tuned.
DAY 1 — we left the house bright and early at 5 30 AM to get on the road to Pittsburgh. We had an 8 hour drive ahead of us and an event to be at by 6:30PM. Krish had half a banana and some milk and fell right back asleep in his car seat until 8. We stopped at a cute diner and all was still good. Krish entertained himself and fell back asleep again for 3 hours (he loves sleeping in the car). We arrived in Pittsburgh in good spirits! I wasn’t super sore and Krish was excited to see his grandparents. As we were getting ready, Krish was yawning! He was already tired, but we kept him up. He got a second wind or two at the event and enjoyed himself. We headed back to the hotel around 10 ish (way past his bedtime). He fell asleep in the car instantly so my plan was to take him up, change him, give him some milk and put him down just as I would do if we went to an event near the house. We put on his sleep music, turned down the lights and put him in the pack n play with his lovey. Same routine, but Krish stood up in his pack n play and cried. He cried in a way I’ve never seen before. High pitch screams.
The wedding guests were all on the same floor and most people were still at the party so I suggested we let him cry it out for 10 minutes and as you can assume, 10 minutes later, he was still crying. I picked him up and walked him around, but he wouldn’t stop crying! Hubby tried and yet this kid was still screaming. He was exhausted! The thing is… neither of us have ever had to physically put this guy to sleep or soothe him to this extent. Like I say—zen baby.
I walked across the hall and barged into my parents’ room. My dad took Krish, calmed in and he fell asleep! I took him back to my room and put him in the pack n play. It was midnight and we were exhausted so we all went to bed UNTIL we were rudely awaken with more screaming/crying at 3 AM (as were the rest of the wedding guests in our hall) I picked him up and tried to mimic what my dad had done earlier, but was unsuccessful. So I barged into my dad’s room again and woke up him, my mom and my brother. My dad couldn’t get him to stop so we took him down the the hotel lobby together with some puffs and he finally settled down. He played for nearly an hour then I took him to my room, rocked him to sleep (my back was shot at this point) and I slept holding him on the couch chair. I moved him into the bed a couple hours and later and he slept with hubby and I in the bed until 7 AM.
He was the happiest baby in the morning. Hubby was sooooooo DONE! I wrote it off as — it was the first night, he was nervous, it’ll be better tonight. We handed him off to my brother so we could sleep a little longer before the festivities began. Krish was his normal, jolly self at the wedding and we apologized to several people for the crying. Krish took a 3 hour nap in the bed and was zen baby again! He stayed up until 9 (his normal bedtime is 8 CST so 9 EST was bedtime!) at the reception and then we took him to the room. He was so tired, he was falling asleep eating his naan. He fell asleep on my shoulder on the way up to the room and I changed him while he was still asleep. Did a swift, successful transfer to the pack n play and hubby and I sighed in relief. Our baby was back.
UNTIL– he started wailing at midnight! WTF zen baby was all I could think. Hubby was ready to throw him in the car and drive home, but I wasn’t ready to give up my much needed vacation. I told hubby to sleep cuz he had to drive us the next morning and took krish back to the lobby. My dad joined me after the wedding and we played with krish until he was tired. I took him to the room, rocked him to sleep and we were back in the couch chair. I’d taken a Tylenol at this point because my back was ACHING LIKE CRAZY!
We moved into bed an hour later and slept until 9 AM. Sleep was on and off for hubby and I because we are not used to co sleeping and I was very aware that there was a little baby next to me.
Krish slept the entire was to West Virginia (4 hours) and so did I! Hubby was hero and drove the entire way. That night, I prepared myself. We had two beds and I decided Krish would sleep with me. I rocked him to sleep and he slept next to me all night! I woke up several times with either a foot or butt in my face. and yes— he farted.
THE SOLUTION!! We finally got to our cabin in Tennessee and Krish had his own room. We set up his pack n play– feeling hopeful because we were in the middle of nowhere and we could actually let him cry it out. MUWAHAHAHA. We put him down for a nap and after 5 minutes of crying, he was asleep. So that night– Krish went to bed at his normal bed time and slept 11 hours straight.
ALL HE NEEDED WAS HIS OWN ROOM.
What we learned was that our son is sleep trained to the point where he NEEDS his own environment. No one can be the room with him. We thought it was the hotel or the pack n play or just not being home, but it was specifically having his own room.
WHICH MEANS— we are now only getting suites =) and mommy is okay with that.
I also secretly LOVED co sleeping with Krish, especially on night 3 when it was just me and him and he was snuggled into me. I really did cherish it that night. It was worth every ounce of exhaustion. <3