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- What is your biggest struggle as a mother? My biggest struggle as a mother is juggling the completely different needs of my sons. I am helping one learn to drive while teaching another how to use a fork and spoon and then attempting to remember what time I gave the other one a bottle.
- What is your favorite tv show? I am having an affair with my TiVo. I don't know what we did before we had it. I won't hide that I love my reality shows; Survivor, The Amazing Race, The Biggest Loser, Big Brother and Top Chef.
- Whats one thing your mother did that you swore you would never do & now you catch yourself doing? My mother's favorite saying was, "Because, I said so!" and I swore I would never say that to my child. I now say it on a daily basis.
- How do you unwind? I wouldn't trade my life for anything but I seriously need my alone time and take my ritual night-time bath to unwind and read something not related to parenting.
- What's your guilty pleasure? My guiltiest pleasure is entering giveaways. I just can't stop and am truly A Giveaway Addicted Mommy. I enjoy learning about new products and companies (especially mom-owned) and share that information on my blog along with random thoughts/events of my life and of course links to fabulous giveaways!
I began to look for books on the topic, but which one was the best? There are so many to choose from. Luckily, I was home watching The Today Show one morning and I caught a segment featuring Jennifer Waldburger and Jill Spivack from Sleepy Planet. They are sleep consultants that wrote a book that I now call my “baby bible,” The Sleepeasy Solution. The book is encouraging and easy to read. They walk you through each step of building your child’s sleep plan and how you can maneuver through the inevitable bumps in the road. There are separate sections for bottle-fed and breast-fed babies as well as working with older children.
My son is a Sleepeasy success story. He sleeps 11 to 12 hours a night and 2-3 hours a day (naptimes are also covered in the book) without needing any assistance from us. No bottles, no rocking. At night we do our bed-time ritual of bath time with daddy, a short book and then we kiss him good night and put him in his crib. At nap-time he actually comes to me and lets me know he needs to nap! It is beautiful!!
I will admit, we fudged a little bit here and there. There is a bit of crying that is involved on the part of your child (and I did a little too). But we were committed to getting him to sleep through the night. The great thing about this method is that children learn to self-soothe. That is, they learn how to put themselves back to sleep again if they wake up in the middle of the night. Sometimes I hear him in the middle of the night. He will cry out, maybe he had a nightmare or my teenager slammed his door and woke him up. But that is all I hear. I will check on him and he will be fast asleep. No sign he was ever awake.