Mommy Monday: Are you a tired mom?

January 12, 2015


It was one of those situations where you knew what you were doing was wrong, but couldn't stop. Before bed, Penelope and I would cuddle on the couch and watch an episode of her favorite cartoon and she would fall asleep in my arms. Such a wonderful feeling. I'd place her in bed, asleep, only for her to wake up an hour or two later refusing to sleep in her own bed. Knowing I had to wake up for work the next morning, I'd give up. I'd lay on the couch with her and cuddle with her until my alarm woke the both of us up.

I knew what I was doing was wrong. It is so dangerous and unhealthy to sleep with your baby. Not only was I setting her up for dependency issues, but I was putting her health at risk. Every day babies are seriously injured or even killed due to unsafe sleeping conditions. I knew these statistics and knew something had to change. Of course, it was Joshua to the rescue. I couldn't say enough great things about him to make my readers understand how excellent of a father he really is.

Since we work opposite shifts, I was always the one putting her to bed. Me, the sucker. She knew if she made a single peep I'd be in her room, whisking her away from her bed and into my arms. I guess you can say Joshua broke both of us of our bed time habits.

Here's the annoying part, it took him two nights. TWO NIGHTS! Two nights to achieve what I had been miserably failing at for the past 10 months of her life. I'll never live it down.

His methods were almost too simple. He'd give her a smooch, lay her in bed, hand her the tag of her soft blanket (that's crucial), and turn on her Baby Einstein Sea Dreams Soother . She still cries, which kills me, but it literally lasts for five minutes. Now she's sleeping through the night like it's second nature. There's been a few times I actually have to wake her up in the morning.

Since I don't have the luxury of having Joshua home with us every night, I depend on the Baby Einstein Sea Dreams Soother. This thing has been such a gift in just the short time we've been using it. Not only does it have different volume settings, it has a remote as well. If I hear her fuss at night I just tap the remote and she's out within seconds.

These are the methods that worked for us and I understand they may not work for everyone. If you have, or plan to purchase one of these crib toys be very sure to follow instructions for safe installation. These can be purchased at Babies R' Us , Target , and Walmart . Ours was a gift from my parents for Christmas. If you, or someone you know, is having a baby I definitely recommend these on your "must have" list.

Don't be a tired mom, get in a routine! 



Moms, is your baby sleeping through the night?
What methods have you found are best for bedtime? 
Do you have a routine?

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16 comments

  1. I don't really have much input on this subject, but I could only imagine how hard it would be to listen to your child cry while going to sleep...I'd probably do what you did :) What a great compliment to give Joshua, I hope he reads this!

    Shannon
    Clothes & Quotes

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    1. He creeps on my blog from time to time. I'm sure he will. (: It's awful to hear them. But a little crying is far from bad.

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  2. Wow a well put post, I'm also a Mum and I know a bit of what you have shared here on this topic,we learn as the grow up.Thanks for the nice comment on my blog, Xoxo Ruth.

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    1. I take every day as a learning experience. Being a mom is such a blessing. (:

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  3. I don't have kids yet, but I'm sure when the time comes, I will be tempted to act similarly to you! On another note-what a beautiful family you have!! xx

    lovejoanna.com

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    1. Trust me, all I want to do is cuddle her and rock her to sleep. It's ok to rock a newborn to sleep, but once they get to be 9-10 months they should be able to self soothe. It's very hard, and there were lots of tears. But with a good partner, it's able to be accomplished.

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  4. super cute pics... you rock mom!
    stay positive, all the best,
    borka
    www.chicfashionworld.com

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  5. I'm happy you have started getting a routine sorted. I feel for you and went through the same thing with my daughter for 10 months I had broken sleep, she woke every 2 hours in the night, and hardly napped, we were both sleep deprived. I had got into the routine of feeding her milk and letting her fall asleep in my arms, one day I had to do something so I put her to bed at 7;00 pm and read her a story i said good night and she cried and cried I checked on her a few times and after half an hour she feel asleep and didn;t wake till 7:00 am the next night, I did this for 3 days and and from then she loved bedtimes and never complained or woke up in the night well done to you and hubby and I hope you are getting some sleep now :) xxx

    www.didipie.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. It's been amazing. I even wake a few minutes before my alarm goes off! It was so hard at first, but you're right, so worth it in the end. The way we did it was very similar to how you got your daughter to sleep. It was taxing, but so worth the restful nights I am getting! (:

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  6. So glad you found something that works for you! I hope you're all set up with a permanent solution now, your little daughter is so adorable I find it hard to believe she'd keep you awake too much haha! :)

    The most important thing is to do what works for you - and sounds like you have done that. You have a happy, healthy little daughter and you're getting your sleep and so you are happy and healthy too! Wins all round! :)

    I have to confess I curled up in bed with baby T a few times too - usually when he would refuse to go back to sleep after an early morning feed and I wanted to nap a little more before starting the day haha! But he grew out of it quickly, they really do change so much!

    Away From The Blue
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    1. Oh I'm far from perfect. (; She's sleeping through the night yes, but on those Saturday mornings when she wakes at 7 we eat breakfast then take a little snooze together. I mean, I love those cuddle moments with her, and short 45 minute naps cant hurt right?

      It's so hard not to want to sleep next to them. But now I'm getting just the right amount of sleep that I'm not a grouch at work. (;

      I hear boys are wayyyy easier to sleep train than girls (says my mother). I hope you and baby T have a lovely week!

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  7. I only have 3 puppies who are complete snuggle bugs (and kinda bed hogs, to be honest), so I can't imagine how stressed out you must've been listening to your little girl cry. :( Who could sleep through that? Glad Joshua was able to help you out!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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    1. He's a God send, really. My two kitties are bed hogs, I understand. (;

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  8. Ah! Lucky you! You now have a routine. My little girl wakes up every two hours! The most she has slept was 4 hours, I think that day was my lucky day. she sleeps in my arms for 30 mins then I put her to bed. I do this because if she doesn't sleep deep enough, she will wake up like immediately..lol
    www.effortlesslady.com

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  9. Well, I'm not a mom but I can agree with what happened here. I think I would be similar to you in that it would be hard to not go in and snuggle P if she peeped. I mean, too cute, how can you not!? But another part of me I think is like Joshua. An almost-tough-love, while being sweet about it. I hope to have things figured out like this when I'm a parent.. But you have to go through it! Do you have a daily routine that you stick to (I can't remember if you've written one?)? I am such a lousy routine person.. It would be fun to see how you handle everything with a baby added into the mix. I sometimes feel so silly that I don't have that extra work of caring for a small person, but still find it hard to routinely get through the day... UAGH.

    Much Love,
    -Stephanie Eva

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