Mommy Monday

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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?

 

Mommy Monday

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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.

Mommy Monday

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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. 

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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.

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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. 

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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! 

Try It Tuesday

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The past several weeks have been tough at our house during the bedtime hours. I haven’t been getting much sleep and Huff the Tot has decided that she’s hungry (even though she just ate) or thirsty (even though she just downed water), or needs to go check on baby brother right as we’re closing her bedroom door. Convenient, huh?

Because of this, the hours of 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. typically go the same way EVERY. SINGLE. NIGHT:

Put child in bed.

Hear knocking on child’s door.

Exchange look with Huff the Hubs. Stay quiet. Children, much like deer, react wildly to noise.

Hear knocking again followed by, “Momma? You dere?”

Let out exasperated sigh.

Try not to strangle Huff the Hubs when he says, “She wants you!”

Open door.

Tell child to go back to bed.

Child throws self on floor in an emotional breakdown that could rival Britney Spears’ mental upheaval of 2008.

Read child one more book.

Put child in bed.

Repeat until child or parents pass out from exhaustion.

Something had to give. I needed this child to go to sleep at a decent hour. If she wasn’t going to sleep, wasn’t going to sleep. Which sucked because I have been getting up 2-4 times a night with Huff the Babe.

I had heard some good things about a new, revolutionary book that helped kids fall asleep FAST. I decided it was time to try it!

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We went to Barnes and Noble after dinner one night and I just knew this would work!

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I told Huff the Tot that Mommy bought her a new book and we would read it together in her room just before bed. Look how excited she is! So cute, so innocent. (Do NOT let this picture fool you. She pulls you in with her cuteness and then becomes the Destroyer of Rem Sleep.)*

We sat down and read. There is a page at the very beginning that tells the parent how to read the story. Certain words are bolded and you’re supposed to emphasize those words. Others are italicized and should be read with a slooow, callllming voice.

I started reading.

Wow! I thought, Look at her eyes! She’s blinking very slowly! Its working! 

A few pages in…

The thumb is in! Yessss…. Momma’s gonna sleep GOOD tonight! 

A few more pages in…

Did she just fall asleep? Oh, her eyes are opening. THIS BOOK IS GOLD! 

By the time I got to “The End”, Huff the Tot was snuggled with her blanket, sucking her thumb, and asking me to turn on her music (toddler speak for, “Go away.”) I kissed her goodnight, turned on her music, and practically skipped the entire way out of her door.

Just as I was about to tell Huff the Hubs we could FINALLY catch up on the latest season of Gotham, I heard it.

Knock, knock, knock. 

Knock, knock, “Momma?” 

I put her back in bed. Her room was quiet. All was right with the world. Then I saw this on the monitor:

Cut to 10:45 p.m. and she’s still awake. I didn’t let that faze me, though. The next night, we tried again. This time, we sat in the rocking chair. I rocked as I read and I could tell she was getting sleepy. I put her in bed, half-asleep, and breathed a sigh of relief when I closed the door and heard nothing. Twenty minutes later I’m calming a crying-like-a-banshee toddler.

I tried a third night to no avail.

So, Imma say this was a Try It FAIL. Well, so long, Sleep. It was nice knowing ya.^

Have you tried this book? Did it work for you?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Calm down, Keyboard Judges. I love my kids. But I’m a better momma when I get quality sleep.

 

^What HAS worked for us is allowing Huff the Tot to pick out a few books to keep in her bed. We tell her, “You may lay in bed and look at books while you try to fall asleep. you may not get out of bed. But you can look at books.” THAT has cut down on so many bedtime tantrums. I don’t know why, but I am not complaining!

Its Beginning to Look A Lot Like Nap Time…

I think I need to start taking B-12 again. Or maybe I need to make more of an effort to run in the mornings. I need to do SOMETHING to help myself from just drraaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaggggging.

The past few days I have just been EXHAUSTED. Typically, this is my favorite time of the year. Everything about the days after Thanksgiving until Christmas just make me so happy!

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But now, I just need a nap.

I have been running and going and doing for far too long! Its so bad, my yawns have yawns.

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I really have to push myself to keep going. Especially after a marathon editing shesh that makes me want to rip my hair out.

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And, to be honest, I don’t really know why. I used to be able to stay up late/get up early with no problems. Sigh. Maybe its because the skies have been gray the past two days. Maybe its because the days are shorter now. Or, maybe its because I’m turning {gulp!} 30 next week. (And, by the way, I still have some stuff I need to check off my 30 By 30 List!)

Whatever the deal is, I am in need of some R and R. Let’s hope I get some rest soon!

And to all my sleepy peeps, find an empty closet, snuggle up to a mop bucket and just take a quick nap. Just be sure not to let anyone catch you. Not for fear that you may get fired, but fear that they may get their eyes clawed out.

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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?

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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.

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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…

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