The Lullaby as a family heirloom

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

3 Things on a Wednesday 

We were all sick, all weekend. My wife took a sick day on Monday and it allowed me to take 20 minutes to get some garden weeding done and another 20 minutes to have a BATH!! (it has been so long since I've soaked...). But it's true what they say, mothers don't get a sick… Continue reading 3 Things on a Wednesday 

Four Pillars of a Bad Night’s Sleep

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

Avery’s 8th Month

Guys, Avery is 2/3rds of the way through her first year. I know how often new parents are warned, "it goes by so fast," but holy hell, I think time is speeding up with every passing month.  New This Month          Mobility/Gross Motor Crawling is on the horizon. She scoots forward and… Continue reading Avery’s 8th Month

Gentle Sleep Methods: The Floor Bed

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.

A Gentle Baby Sleep Experiment: The Conclusion

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

A gentle baby sleep experiment

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

“too accommodating” to my baby…? Sleep dilemma

My mom worries that Avery is too needy - that she wants to be held too much and needs too much assistance getting to sleep. I've used the "she's a newborn baby, of course she needs to be held all the time!" excuse for as long as I could, but she's going to be 4… Continue reading “too accommodating” to my baby…? Sleep dilemma