The first challenge was that we were so tired and staying awake for a long movie that starts at 9pm (when we are usually asleep - no joke!) was not a given. But we persevered and went to the show after we did Grace's bedtime routine and she was asleep without needing to eat for several hours. Grace is still not sleeping through the night so we weren't exactly sure how it would go, but she had at least been doing one long stretch from 7ish to 12ish so we figured it was a good time to test to the waters. And test we did...
We loved the movie, despite how much was left out of the book, and when we got home at 11:40 Grace was still asleep and had not made a peep while we were gone. Even though it wasn't a date where we were talking to each other a lot, we really enjoyed getting out for a bit. The bad news out of all of this was that Grace woke up ten minutes after we got home and proceeded to have possibly the worst night of sleep in her life. She was inexplicably wide awake and screaming from 4 am to 7:30 am! Who does that?!
Needless to say the process of teaching Grace to sleep through the night is NOT an easy one and we are pretty exhausted, but last night she started taking the binky again after about a 5-week binky vacation and that lead to a much better night for everyone. Here's hoping tonight shows more progress as well.
Thank you to Jean and Jen!