I came away from Sam's 9-month check-up feeling tricked. During the visit I had the following conversation with his pediatrician:
Doctor: How does Sam sleep at night.
Me: Great. He does really well.
Doctor: Good. What's he doing?
Me: He goes to bed at 7 pm and wakes up at 7 am. I normally feed him sometime between 2-3 am.
Doctor: You know Sam doesn't have to eat anymore in the middle of the night.
Doctor: At six months babies are capable of sleeping through the night without a feeding. You can let him cry it out.
I suppose that's good information to receive...I just wish I had received it, oh, I don't know, three months ago? I felt a bit tricked when I learned I could have been getting some extra sleep. Almost as tricked as I felt after Sam was born and I learned there was a little button I could have pressed to increase the epidural...but that's a story for another day.
Anyway, just when I was getting up the nerve to let Sam cry it out, he surprised me and slept all night. All night. 7 pm to 7 am without a peep. And yes, I was convinced he had stopped breathing. So far it doesn't seem to be a fluke. He's been sleeping through the night for the past week. It's a new era in the Drury household.