H has never been too into the idea of cry it out, so many nights have been spent by me not sleeping trying to get O to sleep. Every once in a while H would decide that it was silly for a kid so old to still not be able to go to sleep on his own and would send him to bed and let him cry. He'd cry from anywhere from 20 minutes to over an hour before he'd fall asleep, but then he'd actually sleep for a long time. It was glorious! But we'd never do it regularly so those nights were still few and far between. This week we changed.
I put O in bed and turned on his projector and put on Pandora to a classical channel and said goodnight. He was asleep in under 20 minutes. The next night it was the same thing, he was alseep in under 15 minutes. AND SLEPT THE WHOLE NIGHT. Last night he was asleep in under 10 but he woke up at 4:30. Still, he slept for almost 8 hours, that's AMAZING!
I don't like abandoning him in his bed to cry but he's only crying because he's angry, not because he's sick or hurt and he gets over it and goes to sleep quickly so I know he needs it. And he's actually getting good sleep too. I hope we keep this up and things get better. My quality of life will significantly improve with a little more sleep I suspect.