Ladee dah, ladee dah

No and no

To the creepy old man who tried to give my 11 month old son a quarter and told him to join the navy.
And stop standing so close to us. Please and thank you

I don’t much care if you breastfed your kid until they started kindergarten, or if you fed them formula from day one. I don’t really care if you turned your infant car-seat forward-facing prior to age 2, or if you homeschool, or if you send your kids to daycare while you go to work. Do you cosleep? Did you circumcise your son? I DON’T CARE. Do you babywear? Push your kid around in a stroller? Use a leash for your kid at Disneyland? Whatever. Good for you.

When it comes to issues of motherhood, there is one issue I care about: some kids don’t have one. All of these petty wars about the choices of capable, loving mothers is just a lot of white noise to me, Quite honestly, I’m often astonished at the non-essential parenting issues I see moms getting their panties in a wad about. Particularly when there are so many kids in this world not being parented at all.

Kristen Howerton, Rage Against the Minivan (via bringinghomebebe)

Bless this.

(via courtorderedcake)

AMEN

Pausing the sleep training

We have made some progress but now getting Grayson to sleep has just turned into a battle of wills and I can not handle it any further. We will return next month. For now I’m just going to celebrate the fact that he no longer nurses to sleep and I can go to my favorite Zumba class Monday nights

Night 7 of sleep training. I finally bit the bullet and started this.  I was so gung-ho on Sunday. So full of anticipation!  Well, it wasn’t fun. Still have more work to do till we’re there completely (baby boy is super stubborn) BUT it has gotten WAY better. He does kind of know how to put himself to sleep and I have learned so much about this boy’s sleep cycle. Like his internal clock is strong, y’all. He will fall asleep at 7:45 pm 9 times out of ten and wake up at exactly 6 everyday. Will not take a nap longer than an hour in the afternoon so we’re stretching the morning one. 
  It is making a difference and I am very happy he’s learning this new skill. It’s just been kind of emotionally hard. There were some nights where I was very close to crying with him. It’s so hard not to swoop in and rescue him but I think that’s a struggle parents face for the entire life of their child. I want to be able to not rescue him compassionately though.  I think when I do this with my husband we do it better. When I’m by myself, I reach this point of “I don’t know what else to do” quicker. It’s frustrating. 
  I also started nap training. That’s a little harder but, again, making progress. 
He wants to fall asleep holding my hand now which breaks my heart into a million pieces. 
  This week has been hard but I believe in what I’m doing and how we’re going about doing it.

Night 7 of sleep training. I finally bit the bullet and started this. I was so gung-ho on Sunday. So full of anticipation! Well, it wasn’t fun. Still have more work to do till we’re there completely (baby boy is super stubborn) BUT it has gotten WAY better. He does kind of know how to put himself to sleep and I have learned so much about this boy’s sleep cycle. Like his internal clock is strong, y’all. He will fall asleep at 7:45 pm 9 times out of ten and wake up at exactly 6 everyday. Will not take a nap longer than an hour in the afternoon so we’re stretching the morning one.
It is making a difference and I am very happy he’s learning this new skill. It’s just been kind of emotionally hard. There were some nights where I was very close to crying with him. It’s so hard not to swoop in and rescue him but I think that’s a struggle parents face for the entire life of their child. I want to be able to not rescue him compassionately though. I think when I do this with my husband we do it better. When I’m by myself, I reach this point of “I don’t know what else to do” quicker. It’s frustrating.
I also started nap training. That’s a little harder but, again, making progress.
He wants to fall asleep holding my hand now which breaks my heart into a million pieces.
This week has been hard but I believe in what I’m doing and how we’re going about doing it.