When Autumn really gets going with the tears, she starts to cough. And man, does it sound bad.
Last night, at precisely 2:01 AM, we decided to let her cry it out. We've been tossing around this idea for months now. Some nights it doesn't come up, she sleeps through them. Other nights, she's up 2 or 3 times.
All the times when she cries, the impulse is to run to her and make things better. I know that for the rest of her life, when she's feeling bad, or needs help, we'll come running. That's what parents do. So not running to her feels counter to all the signals running through our bodies.
She would cry, then go quiet. For almost 5 minutes there would be quiet. Then, wailing. And coughing.
At around 2:30AM, we called it. She wanted a little milk, and her diaper was full. We changed the diaper, gave her a bottle, and went to sleep. From there, she slept until after 7:00Am. But, we are no better off than we were last night. Tonight could be another one of those nights. The option: give her a bottle right away, she goes back to sleep and so do you. Wait another 30 minutes, listen to her have a coughing fit, and give her a bottle. Or, perhaps, wait it out.