LET'S BE HONEST MAMAS & AN aden + anais GIVEAWAY










My little monkey jumping on the bed! Man I could just squeeze her right now, but I won't because she's still sleeping and it's almost 9 in the morning (two hours past her regular wake up time, WHAT?!?!). Babies and sleep is such a funny thing. No matter how much you think you know, nothing prepares you for that lack of sleep. Zoe's been sleeping through the night (10 hours +) since she was 5 months old, excluding those occasional bad nights, teething, colds, etc. But somehow I swear I will never catch up on sleep. No matter what I'm always tired, and I wear those bags under my eyes as a sign of motherhood. Let's unite the bags 😂😂😂

Short little blurb here, but do you see that cute blanket? It's aden + anais's  Dream Blanket,  and Zoe and I (and Eric) are obsessed! It's the perfect amount of light and heavy, and suuuuuper soft! Eric and I fight over who gets to snuggle in it while we watch a show before going to bed. Seriously! ha
Also, make sure to follow along on my Instagram for a giveaway!!! HERE.

Back to business. It's time for another "Let's Be Honest Mamas" Q&A! All things sleep!! Make sure to read through our posts to see how other mamas went about sleep training. Shout out to our girl Hannah for starting this all! And another shout out to aden + anais for sponsoring this post! And play along if you want by sharing the hashtag #letsbehonestmamas and tagging me and all of these fun ladies found down below. Because let's be honest, we all need to stick together!

1. How well does your babe sleep?

Zoe has pretty much been a dream baby since five months old sleeping through the night. She usually averages about 12 hours straight, although lately it's been about 10. Not sure if she is going through another sleep regression or what, but I swear those 2 hours make a difference! As far as naps go, she was never the best. Her naps can range anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours. If only I could look into a crystal ball each day and know what to expect. I would get a whole lot more things accomplished if I knew just what time span I was working with that day. And let me tell you, those 30 minute naps are some of the hardest days. I wonder why.... 🙈

2. Did you "sleep train"? How did you go about it?

I felt like I was totally prepared when I was pregnant. I had nannied for seven years prior and felt like I knew all that I had to know so baby books went out the window. If only I could go back and slap my naive self. Luckily, when it came to Zoe no sleep training was needed. Whenever my mom babysits she always comments that she's never seen a baby so happily just go into her crib and self sooth like Zoe does (and she had 6 kids). At least I must be doing something right, or is it really just Zoe? Up until the age of 4 months I used to just nurse Z to sleep and then put her in her crib, but I did notice that after a little while when she woke up in the middle of the night for a feeding she would scream bloody murder. I think it's because she was so confused how she went from my comfy chest to sleeping in a dark room all by herself. So for two days I put her in her crib after nursing her while she was still awake and did the crying out method. It was ten minutes of pure torture. I know some of you are saying 10 minutes is nothing (and lucky), but that mommy guilt got me good. Eric would have to hold me from going in there and just snatching her right back up. Luckily for me, it only took her two days to figure it out. Like I said, angel baby when it comes to sleep. But it's a whole other ball game during the day. I sometimes joke that she will be an only child, ha!

3. Describe your baby's bedtime routine. Are there any products or methods you do to promote sleep?

Bedtime routine with a toddler involves a lot of chasing. By the time I close her bedroom door goodnight I always take a deep breath and change my clothes. I swear I sweat so much chasing after that girl! But let's back up a bit to see what leads to this. Our bedtime routine always included the typical bath, books, feed, sleep, but ever since Zoe's skin issues we've had to incorporate two sets of lotions/creams to her routine and getting that stuff on is no easy feet. It usually involves me chasing after her naked little self up and down the hallway getting lotion, here, there, everywhere little by little. I'll get her dressed and brush her hair and teeth while she watches Jeopardy with us. Then it's in to her room while Eric gets her bottle ready and I read to her a few books in her rocking chair. She likes to pick out the books and bring them too me. She used to bring the same ones every time, but lately she's switched it up and brings me different ones that I actually have to read (as opposed to having them memorized). She still likes to be "swaddled". When Eric comes back up with her bottle, he'll lay her swaddle down, she'll climb herself into it and then I'll feed her, rock her, and put her to sleep with her stuffed flamingo and a plethora of binkies that she ends up throwing on the floor anyway (but hey, it's tradition). Below are some of our favorite products to use!
"Swaddle" / Lotion / Stuffed Flamingo / Zoe's favorite books (The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Giraffes Can't Dance, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, DADA, Seahawks 101 - seriously she looooves to do "touchdown" every time we read this)

4. Did you try to create a "sleep schedule", or is it more flexible around your day?

We do try to keep Zoe to her normal sleep schedule. Of course we'll make exceptions if there are friends in town or big family get togethers, or if we're traveling. But for the most part Zoe always goes down around the same time. Keeping things consistent with a baby is pretty important, it turns out 😉

5. How do you feel about co-sleeping? 

Oh man, I was all for co-sleeping! Eric and I are such big snugglers, and all I wanted was to snuggle with my babe all night. Turns out it really depends on the baby. If you are pregnant or plan to be just know that you basically have to prepare yourself for anything. The baby runs the show and comes out with their own sets of rules and guidelines and personalities to boot. Zoe is a snuggler when she wants to be. She gives the BEST hugs, and when she is sad or gets hurt she loves to snuggle on you for a good little while. But man is this girl wiggly (since day one). She slept in a pack and play next to our bed for the first two weeks, but Eric made me put her in her crib after that because she is SO loud when she sleeps (still is). She talks in her sleep and moves around like nobody's business. I liked hearing her throughout the night because it gave me comfort in knowing that she's still breathing. It gave Eric panic attacks thinking she was going to wake up any second. So into her crib in her big girl room she went. I cried about that for a good few days. I do think because Zoe has pretty much slept in her crib in her own room since day one is one of the reasons why she does sleep so well, and why she is good at self soothing. It gave her that confidence that she needs to know she doesn't always need me (tear, tear). But man, I think co-sleeping would be so much fun if you can do it!

Make sure to take a look at all the other amazing mama's who participated in the "Let's Be Honest Mamas" post!

Amanda Krovic - Amanda Krovic
Britt Havens - Britt Havens
Carla Natalia Thompson - Curious Natalia
Hannah Renee - Hannah Renee Blog
Sophia Johnson - Cultivate Motherhood
Amber Hill - Amber Lately
Emily - Happily Lindsey
Kacie Ellis - Elements of Ellis
Mary Salas - Honey Wild
Stephanie Pollock - Kole Impressions
Kymberly Janelle - Life With Kymberly Janelle
                                                       Victoria Schneider - The Southern Trunk

3 comments:

  1. Okay first off, judging from these photos, Zoe is the cutest thing ever. And secondly, she is a dream child for sleep!! Good job mama!! Thank you for participating this month!! XOXO

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    1. Aw, thanks girl! You're so sweet! I think she's pretty cute too! And seriously, her night time sleep is her saving grace! Now just to get her to take better naps!
      xo

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  2. It's so true that babies make all the rules! Hazel is not always the biggest cuddle bug either. I feel like it's a girl thing. My niece isn't a big snuggler but my three nephews are all little cuddle bugs. And it seems like I hear so many boy moms say how much their boys like to cuddle.

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