Words can’t even describe how thankful I am today. Today’s blog is about my beautiful princess, Keziah. For a couple of months now she hasn’t been sleeping in her crib and I’m not happy about it. I’ve been making excuses like “oh, she’s teething” or “oh she’s at her growth spurt stage” or ” she’s trying to crawl so she needs mommy.” All that jazzy talk is what I told people. I seriously was even thinking of making a t-shirt that says “She’s Teething” just because it was my popular go to excuse for why my lovely daughter chooses to snuggle up on mommy in bed at night time .
To all the mothers out there, I’m sure you can relate because I know it’s very common for kids to trick you into their world without you even realizing it. This act she’s portraying is depriving my alone time with my hubby let alone even watching a movie by ourselves because we’re constantly conscious of not waking her up. One time I tried putting her to sleep and she would sleep for hours on my arms but the moment I put her down, she wakes up and begins to cry. She’s so smart to know that when she wakes up in the middle of the night crying, I’m going to pick her up and move her to our bed because I’m too tired and, at that point, she’s happy and she sleeps through the night.
My dear friends it has come to a point where I said enough is enough. I had a talk about it with one of my friends yesterday and she told me that I need to be strong to let her cry for a while and she’ll go to sleep on her own, which I have NEVER done especially as a first time mom. She asked me a question that goes like this “Adaku, would you let her continue sleeping in your bed until the future?” I said ” HECK NO!” Then she said ” You need to stop it now!” Guess what! That did it for me and I made sure last night I put that to work. I did her routine which consists of bathing, nursing, reading and sometimes muscle relaxation exercises. I did all that yet she wasn’t having it so I let her cry herself to sleep. I must say my husband and I are dancing like little kids because she slept until 9am this morning. She woke up once for a second, I changed her and that was it. We are so happy to have our time as a couple without any interruptions. GOD IS GOOD.
Mothers out there, do what works for you but if it doesn’t work please don’t hesitate to reach out to a friend for help. Asking for help doesn’t show a sign of weakness. My asking for help led me to have a peaceful night and quality time with my hubby. I’m not saying that because it worked for me, then you should stick to my routine. No, but if you’ve tried everything and it isn’t working then it’s about time to talk to someone. With all that being said, I am very thankful to God for a sleeping baby.
What are you thankful for? Share your comment below and I’ll catch you in my next one. Stay blessed and stay inspired.