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Good Sleep = Good Mom

January 30, 2013

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We started some sleep training around our house.  I’m terrible at sleep training.  Someone asked me advice about it the other day.  I laughed at her and told her I was the worst person on earth to ask about kids sleeping through the night.  Case in point:  Lucas slept through the night when he was two.  Josh was born two months later.  Josh slept through the night when he was two and a half.  Kate slept through the night when she was two weeks old (obviously a fluke).

But the other day I read this blog post and I thought, “What?  It’s possible for a twelve-week-old baby to sleep for 12 hours!!!  Then, I thought that maybe it was possible for me to teach Audrey to sleep through the night.  Also, I read the book Bringing Up Bébé last summer, and that gave me some ideas and hope too.  So I decided to give it a try.  The first night she slept 10 hours (waking up twice – once at 3:33 am and once at 4:44 am, before she settled in until 7:00 am).  Ten whole hours!  It was dreamy!  And the next day I turned from monster mom into a person who is actually nice to be around.  The kids and I were joking and having fun and I was better able to deal with the problems that did come up.  Three cheers for sleep!

Last night wasn’t nearly as successful, but it was because she didn’t really get a nap all day, so she fell asleep in her clothes at 6:30 pm.  When she woke up at 2:30 am her bed was wet because I hadn’t changed her before she went to sleep for the long haul.  But still, it was eight hours!  I’m so excited!  I might become a real person again!

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Here’s Kate with her the other day.  I kept hearing Kate say to the boys, “Can you please be a little bit quieter for the baby?”  I finally went in the room to see why the baby needed so much quiet, and saw that Kate had gotten her to sleep.  So sweet!  She’s such a little mother!

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