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….

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. 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.

Bebe au Lait: July 2011 Featured Retailer – Babinskis

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

Store Name: Babinskis

Years in business: 14

Store Location: 1324 Foothill Dr. Salt Lake City, UT 84108

Contact Info: Sean or Brandon

Hours: Mon-Fri: 10-7 & Sat: 10-6

What Bebe au Lait products do you carry and why?
Bebe au Lait & Hooter Hiders Nursing Covers

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

What is your favorite Bebe au Lait product?
We mainly carry the nursing covers. Bebe au Lait provides the quality and style our customers have come to expect in products that we carry. The wide variety in patterns gives a great selection for our customers to choose from, there is always something everyone will like. The quality is always spot on With other companies who make similar products they just don’t seem to stand up the way Bebe au Lait does to the daily necessities of a nursing mother.

What is the best way you’ve found to display the Bebe au Lait line of products?
Our Point of Sale.