Morning! How did you all sleep last night?! I’m pretty pumped to say I slept from 10pm until 3:45am! I know that doesn’t sound like ‘sleeping in’ to some people, but any mom to an infant out there knows that getting a stretch of almost 6 hours is pretty amazing when you’re used to waking up all night with an infant. And I probably could’ve slept till Molly woke up at 6 AM but I’m so used to waking up all night that when I woke up at 3:45 AM, I couldn’t fall back asleep (I dozed a bit from 4:30 to 5:30am). So why the ‘kinda’ good sleep? (That I know is going to turn into UH-MAZING sleep!) Well my sweet baby boy was in incredible hands for sleep training last night. As I mentioned to you guys on my Instagram yesterday, Riley started sleep training last night. The wonderful Kimberly Von Slomski from Sweet Dreams LA is staying with us at our home to sleep train him over the next couple days. And let me start by saying it is not lost on me how incredibly lucky we are to be able to hire someone to come to our house like this. With Molly, we did the sleep training ourselves with the help of a sleep coach via online and the phone. It worked wonderfully, but I will admit it was emotionally difficult and very exhausting for the first two day (but worth it!). So this time around we decided it was important for our family to invest in hiring someone to come to our house. It’s definitely something that I highly recommend if you’re able to do it. Even if it means saving for quite some time. It’s an investment in your health and overall well-being and an investment in your child’s overall well-being. I truly believe that when a baby is sleeping well, not only at night but also for their naps throughout the day, it results in a much happier baby. And a much healthier baby!
From the research I’ve done I know that a baby’s development is stunted when they aren’t sleeping as much as they should be. I’ve read stories from hundreds of parents whose babies weren’t hitting their developmental milestones, but after sleep training they all the sudden surpassed them! The stories have been pretty fascinating. These people aren’t doctors and neither am I (so always consult your pediatrician first!), but it makes sense when you think about it! More sleep = better mental and physical growth!
Sleep training isn’t for everyone. And that’s OK! Some people strongly believe that you should tend to your baby every time they wake up in the middle of the night. And I understand why some people think that, but I honestly couldn’t disagree more. At least not after they reach a certain weight and age. For instance, I know Riley doesn’t need to nurse anymore in the middle of the night. In fact, for the few nights before we even started sleep training he was sleeping until 1AM and sometimes 3 AM without waking up! So 7 AM until 3 AM. That’s 8 hours! And even when I did nurse him a little bit after that long stretch of sleep, he barely nursed. Maybe for a couple minutes before he fell right back asleep. So that tells me Riley is more than ready to sleep all the way through the night foer 12 hours! He just doesn’t know how to put himself back to sleep when he wakes up. And that’s something that sleep training is going to teach him. Will he cry? Sure. That’s part of it. But with Molly it only took us two nights and after that she has slept through the night every single night since! And she’s over two years old now. In fact, I don’t think I have ever gone in her room in the middle of the night since we sleep trained at nine months old. And after we sleep trained her, she turned into such a happy baby! She went from being fussy and barely napping all day, plus waking up every three hours at night, to sleeping 12 hours through the night and taking long naps during the day! I truly feel that we were doing a huge disservice to her by not sleep training up until that point. So I don’t want to do that to Riley. I want to give him the tools that he can use to give himself good sleep now instead of waiting until he’s older! And I also want to sleep myself. I know I’m a better mother when I’m well rested. And I am a much better mother when I’m not rocking him to sleep in my arms for all of his naps throughout the day.
So back to our first night of sleep training last night. Kimberly took control and I’ll be honest, I was pretty nervous when I handed her the baby monitor before going to bed at the end of the night. I wanted to be there for Riley and see how he did but at the same time I knew that Kimberly was the expert and would handle everything beautifully. She has the most amazing energy and really put me at ease before bed. My mother-in-law said “I wish we could bottle up her energy” – she’s that’s great. And I’m happy to report that she said he had a great first night! I knew he would pick up on sleep training really quickly since for the past week, he’s actually done pretty well with his sleeping. But even Kimberly said he picked it up quickly. It just goes to show how ready he was to learn to put himself back to sleep. Once we complete the training I’ll do a more detailed blog post about what Kimberly did to get Riley on track to a healthy night of sleep and a great day of naps! But for now I just wanted to tell you guys why we decided to do it. In case anyone else out there is wondering if they want to consider it for their own family.
And I can’t go without sharing details on my outfit. I used these photos because I feel like they show me in a relaxed and happy state. And that’s how I know I will feel more regularly once both Riley and I are sleeping well! The white dress I’m wearing is under $50 and comes in a gorgeous olive green color too! I actually originally wanted the olive green, but it was out of stock when I bought this. Now the green is fully back in stock! In the reviews on the website someone said that they wore it with cowboy boots to a concert and honestly that’s why I bought it! Ha! I love a cute summer dress with cowboy boots. But since we are transitioning into fall weather I wore it with a cozy cardigan and over-the-knee boots. I love this cardigan because it’s thick enough that it’s warm but it’s not bulky at all. Sometimes when I wear bulky cardigans I feel like I look bigger than I am. You know how bloggers always post pictures of them in big cozy cardigans but they are off the shoulder? Let me let you in on a little secret, they do that because the sweaters don’t look flattering when they’re on both shoulders. By putting the sweater off the shoulder it looks more flattering. And that’s the truth! So when you’re buying a sweater based on a picture you see online, if it’s off the shoulder make sure the piece of clothing is meant to be worn that way. If it’s meant to be worn that way, great! I think off the shoulder is super cute. I have an off the shoulder football sweatshirt that I LOVE! But something like a cardigan isn’t meant to be worn that way and it’s probably photographed that way because it’s not super flattering on both shoulders. That’s just been my experience when I’ve bought sweaters based off pictures from bloggers online. FYI, I realize in the last picture if my scarf it’s off my shoulder. Ha! That’s why I included BOTH pics of it on and off.
And these over-the-knee boots are maybe my favorite over the knee boots ever! I’ve worn them a bunch for the past two fall seasons and have written about them a lot because I love them! If you search over-the-knee boots on my blog you’ll see me wearing these multiple times. And they’re great quality because they’velasted me into a third season already. And I’ll link my cute crossbody bag here too! I love the detail on it and the color is creamy and gorgeous! And this is the scarf in the pic below. It went perfectly with the colors I was wearing. And it’s cozy!
All right, I just wanted to tell you guys about my look. And I hope you found some of my experience on sleep training in the past helpful. I’ll have lots more to share after we finish sleep training Riley, and hopefully it helps some of you get your kiddos sleeping through the night too! Stay tuned for that!