Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The trials of sleeping training: Part two


Continuing on from my last post about sleep training...

Now, I wish I could Saturday was just as successful as Friday night--and by now you're probably guessing it was not. Saturday began our nap time sleep training. The nap time sleep training is exactly the same as the bed time sleep training--you follow a routine that the baby will pick up on. However, since it is during the day, there is light, which means the baby can see everything in the room. Not only that, but they are not as tired as they are at night, which means crying and lots of it.

For her first nap, our little Princess cried for half and hour. At her second nap she cried for 45 agonizing minutes. And those minutes tick on by so slowly and the are agonizing horrible. The book suggests that you go in the room every few minutes and talk to your child; however, every time I did that it made her more upset. So, I did not go in the room, I would just peek in to make sure she was ok. By the next day, she only cried about ten minutes at each nap time.

It has been over a week since we began the sleep training process and let me tell you...it was so worth it! My little Princess is so much happier now...she laughs all the time. She sleep about twelve hours every night, granted I still wake her up around midnight for her last feeding, but she goes right back to sleep after she eats.

Sleep training has made a world of difference...next time I will talk more about why decided to sleep train when we did and why we choose the route we did.

xo

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

The trials of sleep training and the sleep easy solution: part one

Now, I know I said a month ago that our dear little one was sleeping her crib like a big...well, that didn't last long--3 days to be exact. She started waking up Einstein at 5 am and so back in our room she went.

Look at that adoreable face...what a sweet, precious face...almost angelic...however, not so angelic at 4 o'clock in the morning, I might say.

Yes, I said 4 o'clock in the morning. You see at 4 o'clock in the morning, and every hour thereafter,  that face is not so sweet and angelic. It is more like an obxiously loud alarm and everytime you try to hit snooze, you miss. One night like that isn't bad....two nights like is sorta managable, but the whole week....well, it's bound to make you a little crazy and extremely sleep deprived.

The crazyness needed to stop and I needed some sleep, enter The Sleepeasy Solution. Now, if you're not a big fan of letting your little cry, then this book may not be for you. Now normally, I am not a big fan of letting my baby cry; however, after weeks of sleep deprivation and my loss of sanity I decided to give it go. I knew my little princess was not waking up because she was in need of something or because she needed to eat. I knew it was because she needed to learn how to sleep and to soothe herself. So, after getting the greenlight from the doctor, we began The Sleepeasy Solution on Friday night. And since my little Princess and Einstein share a room, I shipped off Einstein with the grandparents so his sleep would not be disturbed.

Now, I'm not gonna lie, the thought of letting my dear little Princess cry herself to sleep tugged at my heart so bad that I almost decided not to go through with it. And I'm not ashamed to admit it, but I cried just a bit before I started the whole process. The book suggests that you set up a bedroom routine. And so I did. Nothing too extravagent or over done...just something simple and easy.

And so, on Friday night, I laid my dear little Princess in her crib, walked out of the room, sat on the stairs and waited....and waited...and yet she did not let out a peep. Nope, not one little peep. Within in minutes she was fasted asleep. I couldn't believe it.

Now, if only I could that about the Saturday...but that part is for tomorrow.


xo











Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Diamonds are a little girls best friend


Diamonds are a little girls best friend...well, in this case, cz's are little girls best friends.

Tuesday means it's mommy and me for the little Princess and I; however, someone took so long to eat that we missed it. And since I wanted to do something productive with her and I didn't want the day to go to waste, I decided to head to the mall and get her ears pierced.

 So, off to the mall we went. I must admit,  I was a bit nervous and I almost changed my mind, but as you can see from the picture above, all went well. There were a few tears, but overall, my little Princess did very well. I am so proud of her! She only cried for about a minute and then was all smiles--back to her normal, happy go lucky self once again.




xo



Monday, October 3, 2011

Social media renunions: Thank you, Facebook

siblings by angellea (glitterbug)
siblings, a photo by angellea (glitterbug) on Flickr.
Have you ever seen the show The Locator?

Everytime I watch that show I cry...I just can't help it. Well, Saturday night I was watching it and it spurned something inside me to search for some of my family members which I haven't seen in a very long time. Now, this wasn't my first attempt to find them, I had tried many times before and had never been sucessful; however Saturday proved to be different.

With the help of Facebook, that Saturday night I was able to find my family, and by Sunday morning we were messaging each back and forth.

It is amazing all the uses for social media nowadays. If it wasn't for Facebook, I would have never found them, so thank you, Facebook!

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