My sixth grade English teacher, who is still friends with my mom, sent this book to me when Mom told her we were still having sleep problems. It was a very sweet gesture, especially because Ms. Howell doesn't have children.
Little did she know that I borrowed that book from the library and read it when Caroline was a baby. Very helpful book, indeed. In my sleep deprived state, I have not had the extra brain capacity to think of borrowing it again. (A friend of mine with 5 kids said she read it with all 5 children. It is a great resource.)
However, it is almost as discouraging as it is encouraging because most of his "hints" and suggestions end with something like...this might not work so well with post-colic babies.
Yesterday I was especially discouraged when I read this paragraph (because Schaeffer is waking sometimes 3 times at night... like a newborn!):
I am being refined. I am giving myself up as a living sacrifice. I am trying to view the night times as worship. Reading the sleep book yesterday caused me to come to the realization that I might not sleep for another 6 months (or more!). Only the Holy Spirit could bring me to this place of peace 'cuz I really love me some sleep! I am thankful that I am not begrudging my lil guy.
On an encouraging note: two days ago, I started the sleep journal like the author suggests and it has been enlightening and helpful. We are making strides at become more predictable (unpredictability is another symptom with post-colic babies.)