Thursday, July 9, 2009

How to Sleep Train a Mommy

Okay, here is my situation:

My mommy has had me for almost 9 months. The first few months were great - I cried, she picked me up and fed me. Anytime, day or night! Then something happened. Over the last few weeks, she has been trying to sleep through the night! At first, I thought it was just a phase, but it is only getting worse. I've talked to other babies, and it seems like it's pretty common after mommies have had us for about six months. Here's the thing: These mommies don't really need to sleep. It's just a habit. Many of them have had some 30 years to sleep - they just don't need it anymore. So I am implementing a plan. I call it the Crybaby Shuffle. It goes like this:

Night 1: Cry every 3 hours until you get fed. I know, it's hard to see your Mommy upset over you crying - just keep reminding yourself that it's for her own good.

Night 2: Cry every two hours until you get fed.

Night 3: Cry every hour.

Most mommies will start to respond more quickly after about three nights. Some mommies are more alert, and may resist the change longer. These mommies may stand in your doorway for hours, shh-ing. Don't give in!!!

I can not stress this enough: Consistency is key! If you let her sleep through the night just once, she will expect it every night. I know it's hard, but she really does not need the sleep. She is just resisting change. If you have an especially alert mommy, you can stop crying for about ten minutes, just long enough for her to go back to bed and start to fall asleep. Then cry again. It will eventually work. My mommy once stayed awake for ten hours straight, so i know she can do it.

Last night, I cried every hour. You just have to decide to stick to it and just go for it. Be consistent! I cried for any reason I could come up with. My sleep sack tickled my foot. I felt a wrinkle under the sheet. My mobile made a shadow on the wall. I burped, and it tasted like pears. I hadn't eaten pears since lunch, what's up with that? The cat said "meow." I should know. My mommy reminds me what a cat says about 20 times a day. Once, I cried just because I liked how it sounded when it echoed on the monitor in the other room. Too hot, too cold, just right - doesn't matter! Keep crying! It took a while, but it worked. She fed me at 4am. Tomorrow night, my goal is 3:30am. You need to slowly shorten the interval between feedings in order to reset your mommies internal clocks.

Good Luck!

PS- Don't let those rubber things fool you. No matter how long you suck on them, no milk will come out. Trust me.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Ashton loves grandma!

Make sure to pause the kitty!


Happy July 4th!

Here's a couple pics from July 4th and Ashtons new trick! He can pull himself up!

A daily dose of Ash

We're back! Sorry I haven't posted recently. Ashton has been keeping me very very busy! He's all over the place. Crawling and climbing getting into everything! Here's some new pictures from memorial day weekend. We went to the Carrollton Aquatic center. Ash loves the water!

Friday, June 12, 2009

I love him

He truly is my whole world. I would be completely lost without him. He makes me want to wake up every morning and wish that the days never had to end so I could play with him forever. He sometimes makes me cry just looking at him because he's the most wonderful thing that has ever happened to me, he sometimes makes me cry when he head-butts me in the mouth, but he ALWAYS makes me so happy that I just don't know what to do with myself.

I love his hugs and his kisses, I love the way he periodically checks to make sure I'm still there while he's playing, I love the way he laughs, and I love the way he snuggles when he's tired.

I love this little boy, more than I ever thought possible. It is pure, unconditional love and I would do anything and everything to keep him happy. I am so grateful that he is in my life. I can't believe in just a few short months he'll be a whole year old!

Now that I have successfully made myself cry, I am done. I can't wait until he wakes up and I get to snuggle with him and kiss his chubby cheeks again. I love him.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Johnny Jump up!

Ashtons cousin Chloe let him borrow her Johhny Jump up until she's old enough to use it. He loves jumping! Also Ashtons cousin Alex has spent the night with us this week and Ash loves hanging out with the "big boys"

(The lighting gets better about a min in)