I would like to introduce you to The Pillow Hog…
Yes, she looks all sweet and innocent, but at night the beast emerges. As you can see from my dreams to do list, one thing I wish to tackle is getting my sweet daughter to sleep in her own bed all night. You see, for the last couple of months Leila has been waking up at midnight and coming to sleep with us. You’re probably wondering how I can let that happen. I’m even wondering the same, considering that the one thing I said I would never do before I gave birth to her was to let her sleep in our bed. What happened is that a couple of months ago she was sick and was having a heck of a time sleeping. Hubby and I were exhausted and caved to letting her sleep with us… just for a couple of nights while she was sick. Well, luck would have it that that became a habit. She wakes up screaming like someone is stabbing her in the middle of the night until we come and get her and bring her into bed with us. Once in bed, she sleeps like a champ… most nights. This brings me to last night.
Last night Leila transformed into The Pillow Hog. She insisted on sleeping on my pillow. If I moved her off, she woke up screaming until I snuggled her up on my pillow. Eventually I gave in to The Pillow Hog and let her have the whole thing. I grabbed the crappy spare pillow (which she would have nothing to do with) and slept on that. A couple hours later, I woke up nearly falling off the bed with her hogging that pillow, too.
This is a sign. It is a sign that the time has come for us to “train the beast.” She needs to learn to sleep in her own bed all night. I know it is going to be a rough few days of “training,” but we have to do it. I think I have been putting it off for so long because part of me loves snuggling with her and waking up to her smiling face looking down on me. And she’s my baby! I don’t wanna let her cry all night! Ahhhh, the joys of parenthood.
Ok, so here’s the deal. We are taking a little family vacay to Hawaii in a couple of weeks. The weekend after we return, we will sleep train poor Miss Leila Jade. It is going to be the most un-fun dream on my to-do list, but after it is over with we will be happy we did it.
To be continued…
“All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible.” -T.E. Lawrence
I love famous quotes (maybe because I’m not clever enough to come up with anything myself), so I have decided to dig one up each week for inspiration.
Wanna know something really sad? When people ask me what my favorite thing to do is, or what my hobbies are, the first thing that pops into my head is “watch TV.” I don’t really like this about myself. Why can’t it be yoga, or photography, or sewing. Nope. Sitting on my lazy ass, watching TV. I love it. Now, let me just say that since I have become a momma, my TV consumption has decreased A LOT. I’m lucky if I get a good hour in after Leila goes to sleep. The rest of the time I am either working, playing with her, or cleaning.
Soooooooooooooo, I’ve come to the conclusion that if I really want to accomplish anything on my little to-do list I must cut back on TV. Bye-bye reality TV (last night’s premiere of The Bachelor is waiting for me on my DVR right now). Or, I can still watch TV and start staying up later. Either way, I don’t think I’m going to stop watching my favorite shows, they’ll just have to pile up on the good ole DVR because I’m going to try to cut back. Maybe I’ll even schedule my TV time. Is that super dorky?
Starting tonight I will watch less. I’m going to work on this little blog instead! And upload some photos off the camera! Yay for me!
On another, much more important note, check out this little diva I had to deal with at dinner tonight. Can you say picky eater?
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! A new year, a new start. That’s what I’ve decided anyway. And what could be more inspirational than seeing this on the first day of the year:
My beautiful daugher, Leila Jade, enjoying the snow on a sunny day followed by an amazing winter sunset. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. Life is good! But, (yes there is a but) couldn’t it still be even better? Sure, I am a full-time working mom with a busy toddler who keeps me occupied the rest of the time, but I still want more for myself. Who says working moms can’t still have dreams? So, I’ve decided to start this blog as Dream To Do #1. I’m hoping it will become a diary of sorts for me and my daughter and help me stay on track in getting my “dreams” done! And, of course I want to join the ranks of all you great Mommy bloggers out there!
Let the journey begin!