When my little girl turned 7 weeks, she slept through the night, which is something usually unheard of for a breastfed newborn. Everyone asked what my secret was and I counted my blessings every evening. Until…. (yes, I know you thought it was too good to be true) she was about 16 weeks old. At that point she woke up every three hours to nurse. I already had her in a playpen in our room and planned on transitioning her when she was 6 months. This never happened because being that I had to get up at 5am to work everyday, I did not have the energy to get up and get her every time she cried. At some point she ended up in our bed every evening and I got a lot of (unsolicited) advice from co-workers, friends, and family members. Clearly, they didn’t remember the days of working full time and having an infant. My hubby and I knew we were headed down a path of bad habits, but figured we would deal with the problem in the summer when I would be home from work.
Transitioning her from our bed to her playpen was more difficult than putting her in her crib. I guess being right next to us was a tease for her and she wasn’t having it. So when she was about 8 months we put her in her crib for the night (or for the next 3 hours). I barely slept those nights, checking the baby monitor frequently and making sure she was breathing.
At 18 months we decided to convert her crib to a toddler bed because it seemed that she wanted the freedom of not being surrounded by bars, and this helped TREMENDOUSLY! Our biggest issue: getting her to actually fall asleep. I had her in this great routine of placing her in her bed, kissing her goodnight, and telling her I would see her in the morning. She would roll over and sleep on her own – no cry it out method necessary. She ended up with RSV and unable to breath without the help of a nebulizer, so in bed she ended up with us again. As soon as she was over RSV we resumed our normal routine. Until she was hit with a horrible stomach virus a week later. Spiking 105 fevers every night, we opted to keep her in our bed. At this point her horrible routine started again and we are struggling every night.
We are now at the point of laying down in bed with her until she falls asleep and then moving her. (Insert criticism here)
On Saturday we were sent the Cloud b Twilight Constellation Night Light, Lady Bug to review. She fell in love immediately and wanted to carry it with her everywhere that day. I decided to try something different Saturday night, and I shut off all the lights and turned the Cloud b Twilight Constellation Night Light, Lady Bug on. It lit up the room with beautiful stars in red, blue. and green. She recently became fascinated with the moon and was excited to see it up on her ceiling! Let me tell you more about the Twilight Lady Bug:
Twilight Ladybug Features:
- Full night sky projection on ceiling and walls
- Three color options: Sapphire Blue, Emerald Green & Ruby Red
- Shell illuminates for a calming effect
- Auto shut-off 45 minute sleep timer
- Twilight Ladybug Star Guide to help identify constellations
- Includes Twilight Ladybug story and adoption certificate
- Three AAA batteries
- Dimensions: 14″ long, 5.5″ tall
- Ideal for ages 3 to adult (they mean this – me and the hubs LOVE it!)