Last night I went in to check on Beckett before I went to bed. Rather than finding my little guy cocooned in the center of the crib where I left him, I was shocked to find him laying sideways in the crib, with his arms out of the swaddle, and sleeping on his side! He looked like such a big kid rather than my little sleeping baby. I was so excited..... like I think it's a little weird how excited I was. He usually breaks out of the swaddle once he wakes up, but not while he's sleeping so I decided to tuck his arms back in and lay him in the center of the crib again. 10 minutes later I went in to check on him and his arms were out and he was sleeping on his side again!
As excited as I was, I was also very nervous about him rolling all over his non-bumpered crib, and especially nervous about him sleeping on his stomach. I ended up sleeping on the floor in his room like a true first time mom. He woke up a little bit more than usual, but a huge improvement to the last time he tried sleeping with his arms free! I think he was just finally happy to be able to sleep on his side. If I had to sleep on my back for 7 months, I would be happy to finally sleep on my side too! I have a feeling he would have settled himself down after a few minutes of squirming around, but because I was in the room I put him back to sleep. Now that I know he can sleep on his side without any disasters, I will sleep in my own room tonight and try to let him self soothe a little more. I've started always putting him in his crib after he is fast asleep because laying him down slightly awake meant bursting out of his burrito. I know putting him to bed asleep is not a habit that I don't want to get into which is why I'm so happy to be done with the swaddling!
Tonight I will definitely still nurse him and hold him until he is drowsy, but I will lay him down a little more awake than usual. I'm really keeping my fingers crossed that cry-it-out is just something we never have a need for.
I can't believe I just wrote four paragraphs all about swaddling, but like I said, this is a big deal for us!