Abbey looked at Janey the other day and said, “Mom, she’s gotten so much older looking all of a sudden!” It does seem like that. She’s grown a little more hair, she’s been sitting up so well on her own, and starting to get on all fours. She can definitely get herself around a room. She has six teeth!
Sometimes she looks like a little doll to me, with her blonde hair and big blue eyes and dimples.
She has such a quiet, happy personality, and is just a big bundle of joy for our household.
Babies are such a gift from God and I’m so so thankful for each one of mine.
Lately, I’ve had a few questions about baby sleep issues in my email inbox. Here’s what I do:
Never let my babies cry. I have strong feelings about crying babies, as in: they should have their mommy’s comfort to make them stop asap.
Sleep with them at night…they’ve always woke up, some more than others, to nurse through the first year.
During the day, for naps, they slept in a crib.
Try to be as consistent as possible about when/where/how I get them to sleep-the more consistent the easier my life is, and theirs too, and the better they will sleep.
Use white noise (a fan) to block out all the household sounds.
Rock and/or nurse them to sleep. (For some nursing to sleep would work, others I have to make sure they get the burps out or they’d wake up right after I’d put them down. Each of my babies had their own little schedule and sleep needs….it’s part of their personalities…)
Remember that babies wake more when they have some new achievement on the horizon. It’s exciting and their brains are excited for them.
Stop caring if I’m doing this “right” or “wrong”, stopped trying to find the magic answer in a book written by some male pediatrician who probably never woke up once with a baby anyways, or had their brain rattle with hormones when their baby cried, or being envious of parents who bragged about their babies sleeping 15 hours through the night and taking two 3 hour naps because I don’t believe that happens anyways or even should happen anyways.
Sometimes it is hard.
Babies are not always easy.
Often I am tired.
I am used to being tired.
That’s what under-eye cover up and chocolate is for.
Life is short.
Babies grow fast.
One day they will be teenagers who sleep more hours than they are awake.