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About a week ago, Huff the Hubs and I decided it was time for Huff the Babe to upgrade to a “big boy bed”. We took the crib apart and assembled his Lightning McQueen bed. He was SUPER excited about his “car car” bed and we were interested to see how it went. He did SURPRISINGLY well. Better than we could have imagined, actually. Nothing like when Huff the Tot first got her princess bed. It was a lot like this:


Can you relate?


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Sorry I’ve been M.I.A. for a bit, my sister and her brood were in town and we had to cram in a year’s worth of memories and fun in just eleven days! Its been a whirlwind around the Huffman Homestead full of cousin sleepovers, late nights, lots of ice cream eatin’, and TONS of giggles. Now that the Smiths are back in Ohio, we can get the kids back on a normal sleeping routine. Which, in and of itself, is a lot like trying to tape a document back together once its been run through a shredder.



Sleep training (and sleep re-training) is the worst. Solidarity, Mommas.

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I’ve been so behind on my blogging game lately. But, in my defense, I have a good excuse. 

Huff the Babe–who just turned 9 months–has yet to sleep through the night. Well, I take that back. When he was 4 months old he slept six hours in a row without waking. But that’s it. Homeboy has been waking AT LEAST 3 times EVERY. SINGLE. NIGHT. 


I thought I was handling the sleep deprivation pretty well until the last month or so. Couple sleep deprivation with the hustle and bustle of the holiday season and it’s been a disaster. I’ve been moody, irritable, unable to focus, and short with the kids.


I decided something HAD to give. So, after reading a book a friend loaned me and reading some online, Huff the Hubs and I started sleep training the wee one this weekend. 


He’s done pretty well so far, so I’m hoping he just keeps on improving. I’m in desperate need of good, consistent, consecutive hours of sleep. Fingers crossed this sleep training biz works! 

Adventures in Sleep Scheduling: Day One

Well, the holidays have come and gone and 2014 is finally here. How are you doing with your resolutions? I’ve been doing okay its only the second day of the year, so I’m still going strong. Even though there’s still a lot of yummy goodies around the house. I guess I should do something about that…

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My Maryland family left town this morning, which means my daily treks to my parents’ house are going to be non-existent. Evidently Hermione didn’t get the memo. I guess she’s been used to being around a house full of people, surrounded by noise, and constantly being held because today was a DISASTER.

I had started trying to “sleep train” Hermione before the holidays. I started a morning routine with her (after she woke up, I wipe her face with a warm washcloth, change her into new clothes and we read a book/play with some of her toys). I was doing really well with it, even with family in town.

The afternoons? A whole ‘nother story.

She takes a “morning nap” pretty well. She’s up at 6:30, gets fed, goes back to sleep. Up at 8:30 (we do the morning routine) and she’s usually asleep by 11:00.

Trying to get her to take a nap this afternoon? It was like trying to calm a kitten who’s in the bathtub.

The thing is: I knew she was tired!

She was doing this whole thing:

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So I rocked her.

And rocked her.

And. Rocked. Her.

Finally, she fell asleep.

I put her in her crib, and snuck away.

I breathed a sigh of relief. Thirty minutes later?


Needless to say, I had to call reinforcements. First, a call to my sister, and second, a trip to Nana’s.

I was seriously losing my mind.


But, now, I think she’s okay. She seems to be calmer and ready for a nap.

Or maybe that’s just what she wants me to think…