Nights 4 and 5 seem to be getting better. Although Claire still seems restless throughout the night and wakes up a few times, she is not completely waking up. I am thinking the restlessness is due to this pesky stuffy nose she has and that she is having trouble breathing. Hopefully when that is gone, she will sleep much better.
I took the advice of another heart mom friend of giving Claire 5 minutes before I go and comfort her. It seems to have worked so far. She either soothes herself back to sleep or I just go in and rub her back and head and she settles back down and goes back to sleep. So I am going to continue this method too along with the earlier bedtime to see if the combination keeps working. Keep your fingers crossed!
So we are still waking up a few times a night but at least it's quick periods of time. And I am hoping it will get better once her cold is better along with the new things we are working on!
Thanks for all of the advice and encouragement! We need it! :) And thanks for letting me journal this experience here. I hope it helps me look back and see the patterns and progress.
The Scott Family