I Have Two Infants, Two Toddlers, & Two Young Kids, and I Sleep Nine Hours Every Night
I climbed into bed at 10:30 last night, fell asleep within seconds from the sheer exhaustion of momming six kids all day, and woke up to my crying baby alarm at 7:30 this morning. Nine hours sleep. That’s considered an average night’s sleep, right?
What’s not average? I have a five-month-old, an eight-month-old, a two-year-old, a three-year-old, a five-year-old, and an eight-year-old. Six little kids makes for a combined six to infinity number of possible sleep interruptions, but I slept uninterrupted last night and every night for as far back as I can remember.
I must warn you. I am about to draw a line in the sand. I want to hug all of you on both sides of this proverbial sand line, but you may not want to return the hug once I tell you something about myself. I am the dreaded scheduling, sleep training, cry-it-out mom you’ve heard about. To answer your questions: Yes, it works. No, my kids are not distant, un-bonded, and emotionally scarred.
If you think you may be one of these dreaded scheduling moms, too, or if you’re struggling with an unpredictable, keeps-you-up-all-night-baby, then you may want to keep reading. If you’re comfortable with your method or non-method and uncomfortable with mine, then please accept my “you’re doing a great job” hug, close this post up, and I’ll see you next time. You do you, mama.
But me, I buy into this scheduling thing. I believe it makes for happy and well-rested kids and happy and well-rested moms. I believe it helps baby to feel secure and safe and know what to expect. I believe it releases mom to feel rested and free to leave the house and know what to expect. Methods are flawed and limited and not for everyone, but I believe in this method...