A Brilliant Sleeper
Last month I wrote about the Ferberization of James. At the time we had just begun teaching him how to fall asleep and stay in his own bed until morning. We were following the methods of Dr. Richard Ferber, and they were working wonderfully.
Now, James is an amazing sleeper. He doesn't see a bottle all day, but he has a small one at around 8:00 at night. At 8:15, it's time to brush his teeth with his fancy schmancy new race car battery operated tooth brush. At 8:30, Mommy or Daddy tucks him in, kisses him good night and leaves the room. James typically says "good night" and sometimes adds "shut the door". He loves bedtime and he never, ever gets up in the middle of the night to join us in the next room.
I've grown to appreciate the time after James goes to bed and before I do. It's my time to surf the web while listening to music or work on my project of the moment. On nights when the Leafs are playing, I'm glued to the tv until the final horn blows, but other nights are mine to do whatever I want. In Ferber we trust.