Mama Monday: Sleeping with an almost 11 month old and three year old!

I don’t think I have had a decent night’s sleep in close to four years. Okay, that might be a bit of an exaggeration but probably not. My girls are only two and half years apart. I had about six months in-between pregnancy/breastfeeding and getting pregnant again. We planned this so I knew it was happening but the funny thing about kids is that even when you plan you have no idea what you are getting yourself into!

Here is my current situation and I happily solicit any and all recommendations. The baby is still nursing throughout the night! Ok, before you judge, let me give you some background: My girls share a room and it is a lot easier to have one baby up in the middle of the night than two. So we have not tested the “cry it out” method as we did with my first daughter because of the baby possibly waking up the three year old. However, mama has just about reached her limit and if I don’t get some sleep I don’t know how I am going to continue to function. This is how a typical night goes….

Dinner/bath/bed – sounding pretty familiar I am sure.  My husband (when he is not traveling for work) usually takes the three year old for teeth/hair brushing, story and bed. Most nights she goes to sleep but sometimes I will have to lay down with her for “one minute” after I get the baby down. As my husband gets the three year old down, the baby and I lay on my bed and I nurse her to sleep. Wondering where the problem is? It starts anywhere from 11:30 pm to 2:30 am. The baby wakes up and starts crying. I drag myself down to their bedroom and retrieve her so she won’t wake her sister. I have tried to nurse her quickly and lay her back down but she always wakes up and starts crying as soon as I put her down. So now I just bring her back to bed with me…. Yes, I can hear the tongues clicking at this. I nurse her back to sleep in our bed and she falls asleep….For like, 15 minutes and then it starts again. And again. And again… This continues until the alarm goes off or our three year old comes in to wake us up.

Obviously, my quick fix solution isn’t working for anyone. I am not sleeping, the baby is not sleeping and my husband may be pretending to sleep but probably isn’t. How do I get this baby to sleep in her crib through the night?

Proof that she does sleep….

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In honor of World Breastfeeding Week – My Breastfeeding Experiences…

I was born in the late 70’s in a small, very liberal community where mothers are encouraged to breastfeed their babies until they are at least two years old.  I think that my mother nursed me until I was 2 1/2, and only stopped while she was pregnant with my sister. I have enormous amounts of respect for women that are pregnant and breastfeeding – not something I personally could have done. Because of where I was raised, I have learned that I have a unique perspective on breastfeeding.  This perspective was realized only as I became a mom and later as I became involved in the baby business and specifically within the mommysphere.

When I found out I was pregnant with my first daughter, there was no question that I would breastfeed. My midwife suggested that I nurse for the first two years but recommend at a minimum for the first year. I figured I could do it for a year and we would see how it went after that. Fortunately, the only easy aspect of pregnancy and labor for me was breastfeeding. Don’t be misled, it hurt and I had scabs and bleeding nipples for the first couple of weeks but she latched on right away and it seemed to be the perfect match for both of us. (A little tip – iceberg lettuce leaves are the perfect size to soothe sore breasts and nipples… just chill in the fridge and add a leaf to each breast). I recognize that since my daughter and I were both “naturals” it made breastfeeding a lot easier but I was also dedicated because I knew the benefits it brought to her.  My husband and I traveled overseas when she turned one and I decided to extend breastfeeding until our return… She weaned herself two months later at 14 months.

This week I find myself contemplating the weaning of my second daughter as she is nearing the one year mark at the end of September. The year has gone by so fast and breastfeeding was second nature to me this time around — it seems everything is easier with the second baby.  I am not sure how it will be with her since she is my last baby and I wonder if I won’t prolong it longer than with the first. Will she wean herself? For now and for the next month or so I am not going to worry about it; time will tell and my daughter will, too.  This week and the weeks to come I will proudly breastfeed my daughter anywhere and I know where I can find fantastic nursing covers to get me through it.

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Bebe au Lait Featured Retailer: August 2011 Village Maternity

Check out Bebe au Lait’s Featured Retailer – August 2011

Store Name: Village Maternity

Years in business: 28 years

Store Location: 2615 NW University Village St. Seattle, WA 98105

Contact Info: www. villagematernity.com ph: 206-523-5167

Hours: Mon-Sat: 9:30-9 & Sun: 11-6

What Bebe au Lait products do you carry and why?
We currently carry the Bebe au Lait & Hooter Hider Nursing Covers

What are your customers’ favorite prints to purchase?
Nest & Ascot

What is your favorite Bebe au Lait product?
We love the nursing covers and believe them to be an essential for the nursing mommy.

What is the best way you’ve found to display the Bebe au Lait line of products?
We are using slat wall to display a large offering of the covers. They sell best for us when we give our clients more options and create more of a presence for the line.

What is the one thing you would like others to know about you?
Village Maternity is Seattle’s only independently owned maternity store.  Located in beautiful University Village for 28 years, we carry comfortable and fashionable maternity clothing that suits the lifestyles of Northwest Moms-to-Be, playful baby clothing, the largest selection of nursing bras, practical and fun accessories, and toys and books for everyone, including dad.  It’s a boutique as well as a wonderful mini department store for moms to be and their babies.

The opinions expressed by the Bébé au Lait Bloggers and those providing comments are theirs alone, and do not reflect the opinions of Bebe au Lait or any employee thereof. Bébé au Lait is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the Bébé au Lait Bloggers.

What’s For Dinner Wednesday: No Cook Watermelon Meals In Minutes

From what I’m seeing on the news each morning, we are so fortunate that it’s stayed in the low to mid-80s here in the Bay Area because elsewhere around the nation it’s hot hot hot! When it gets like this, we struggle to stay cool and hydrated and the last thing we want to do is slave over a hot stove or turn on the oven. In addition to my corn salad, I personally have been enjoying a lot of watermelon this summer and am beginning to venture beyond simply eating it in cubes. (Although your kids may like eating them in fun cut-out shapes using cookie cutters!) Here are a few healthy “no cook” recipes featuring watermelon that have caught my eye!

 

Watermelon + Feta Salad

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/paula-deen/watermelon-salad-with-mint-leaves-recipe/index.html

 

The Pioneer Woman’s Watermelon Granita

 http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2011/07/watermelon-granita/

 

Watermelon “Benedict”

http://thecozylittlekitchen.blogspot.com/2011/06/southern-watermelon-benedict.html

 

And for dessert, Watermelon “Pizza”

http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Watermelon-Pizza

 

There are lots of variations out there of each recipe. Do you have one? Or what are you eating to beat the heat and stay hydrated?

 

The opinions expressed by the Bébé au Lait Bloggers and those providing comments are theirs alone, and do not reflect the opinions of Bebe au Lait or any employee thereof. Bébé au Lait is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the Bébé au Lait Bloggers.

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