When Baby Love was born I knew I needed her to sleep well. I had Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, insomnia and needed about 10 hours of sleep a night to function, so I knew I couldn’t tolerate having a poor sleeper for a child. So I did everything “right” from day one.
Everything except one thing.
I nursed her to sleep.
I mean, how could I not? As a newborn she’d fall asleep nursing! There was no chance to detach her while she was “drowsy but awake”, because such a state simply didn’t exist for more than a microsecond.
And then she was asleep. And I got to sleep while she slept.
It was win-win. She got to sleep. I got to sleep. What more could I ask for?
But now I’m paying for it.
You see, by always nursing Baby Love to sleep I have created a sleep association problem.
What’s that? Oh no, she can go to back to sleep fine on her own, and is getting more and more independent about falling asleep on her own every day, especially with the addition of her new bed. There’s no problem there.
The problem is that I, The Energizer Mommy, now have a very difficult time falling asleep if I have not nursed Baby Love recently.
I know, I know. I should have seen it coming. After all those months of nursing her to sleep before I fell asleep, smelling the milky smell of her sweat, feeling her sweet warmth cuddled up against me, getting the rush of oxytocin to calm me down, how can I expect myself to fall asleep independently? I have taught bad habits. Now I’ll have to break them.
I guess The Energizer Daddy will just have to sleep train me.
To celebrate my shiny new blog I’m going to give away several books (since you might have noticed I’m a book addict). Today’s give away is for one of our favorite bedtime books: I’ll See You In The Morning by Mike Jolley.
This book is a wonderful, reassuring bedtime book that positively portrays the dark (“Don’t be afraid of darkness, don’t be afraid, my sweet. The night is just a blanket that helps the earth to sleep.”) and separation from mom (“I’ll be here if you need me, I’m only steps away,”) and helps kids calm down in preparation for sleep. Baby Love and I both love it, and it is a staple in our bedtime routine.
Official Rules: No purchase necessary. Giveaway restricted to US. I purchased the book for this giveaway, I was in no way compensated by anyone for doing it, all thoughts and opinions and gratitude are entirely my own. Entries close at midnight pacific time on January 28. Prize is a board book copy of I’ll See You In The Morning by Mike Jolley. The number of eligible entries received determine the odds of winning. Enter using the Rafflecopter widget above. Winner will be selected randomly. The winner will be contacted by e-mail and have 48 hours to respond. If they do not respond, a new winner will be drawn. I have the right to publicize the winner’s name on my blog. Void where prohibited by law.