I'm talking about your every day, run of the mill, possibly out of tune (but it doesn't matter) lullabies. They don't have to be anything fancy, and they may be the same songs that many other families sang and cherished as their own. But there is something very meaningful and sentimental about these songs. I… Continue reading The Lullaby as a family heirloom
Avery is sick. She is teething. She seems to be going through the 8 month sleep regression, and the 3-to-2 per day nap transition. We haven't slept in days. The Sick I think she must have gotten sick from the Tylenol dropper... Is that possible? We gave it to her last time she was sick,… Continue reading Four Pillars of a Bad Night’s Sleep
It was a beautiful spring long weekend. My wife got four days off (her new job gives both Easter Friday and Monday off!) and we only spent one day away from home. It was ideal. Busy, but at least we were busy in our own home doing our own stuff. Oh, and we were both… Continue reading Weekend update: Easter
I know there are sleep consultants and sleep trainers out there who would say that she just needs to get used to her crib and I need to allow her to protest and not give in. They would tell me that I'm not doing her any favours by forming "negative" sleep associations like nursing to sleep - how will she ever learn to fall asleep on her own?? I've tried to get on board with that perspective, but I've come to realize that those methods just don't sit right with me.
I'm usually an eternal optimist who is really good at compartmentalizing and shoving under the rug any negativity. But lately I've been thinking a lot about things I regret so far in my parenting experience. Maybe it's because I've thought seriously about the fact that we may not have another child and I may not… Continue reading Regrets
I used gentle baby sleep methods to try to get my bed-sharing baby used to sleeping in the crib. Did I make it till the end of the 10 days I challenged us to? Are we sleeping peacefully with baby in the crib using only gentle methods? Here's a re-cap of our 10 night challenge. NIGHT ONE… Continue reading A Gentle Baby Sleep Experiment: The Conclusion
Last night was night 1 of 10 in a sleep "training" challenge for us. Avery sleeps perfectly through the night (11 hours) when she bed shares, but we're ready to kick her out for the sake of my back and our intimacy as a couple. I've tried moving her to the crib a few times… Continue reading A gentle baby sleep experiment
I know that a lot of parents will curse my name and stick pins in a voodoo doll of me for this blog title. ...Nevertheless, we’ve had a rough first 6 months of sleep and I really want to take this win and shout it from the rooftops.
I'm hopping aboard the sleep struggles train that seems to be going through blogville these days. Avery is going through the 4 month sleep regression and for 2 weeks now she has been waking up every 45 min to 2 hours. My wife offers to take a shift, but if she tries to rock her… Continue reading Sleep & Solids
Thanks to Pregnant Chicken for posting this uplifting and hilariously accurate portrayal of my fears regarding my baby's sleep, and giving me encouragement to let it all go. Find the article here: The Haggard Mother Sleep Training Method Link: http://pregnantchicken.com/haggard-mother-sleep-training-method/