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2/6/12 8:30 P

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How does she sleep when she's with you?

I hope you're all getting enough sleep now.

Kathleen in Canada

Life's not about waiting for the storm to pass... it's about learning to dance in the rain.

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1/24/12 10:15 P

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Hey, Life.... how's it going? Making any progress?

I've been there--it's horribly terribly awfully hard. I hope you've been consistent, even when your back is to that bedroom door and you're crying right along with the baby. :-(

I promise, every night gets a little easier.

Okay, I'm kidding. It goes in waves like weight loss.... habits, they break HARD. There'll be good nights and bad nights, but eventually the good ones will outnumber the bad. And a bit later, the bad ones will fade away into the past....

My 7 year old was HORRIBLE to me (yes, I still look back on those days like it was some sort of thing she was doing intentionally to kill me). And she has been the best little sleeper for YEARS now....

A little stick-to-itness, and you'll get there, too. :-)

Just thought I'd check in to see how you're holding up.... (and because I have been away from Spark for a long while and haven't been keeping up with my teams and just ran across your post and the battle you're fighting, and I feel for you!!!!)


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1/15/12 9:30 A

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Hey! I could really use some encouragement. I'm sure many of you have been where I am...

Today's featured article about evening eating (and the effects of sleep deprivation on weight gain) along with my 5am wake up call confirms what I've known for a long, long time. I need to help my toddler sleep without me!

I've got a 4 year old and 17 month old.. I've been single since before my youngest was born, and so have always done what was easiest regarding sleep. This has lead to terrible sleep habits in my baby, and she sleeps no more than 2 hours at a time (often wakes up every 20 minutes for a few hours) and will not go to sleep, or back to sleep, without me. I've gained a ton of weight, and have spent months just eating anything I could - craving food like I never have before. I have zero energy, I get extremely irritated, and I just NEED MORE SLEEP! I've begun to resent her during the night, or early in the morning, and since I've been away from her all of 3 times her entire life, I just need a break.

Anyways, thanks for listening to me vent!

Tonight, things change. I bought a book last week and will be doing the "sleep lady shuffle" tonight. The hardest part for me about making these changes is that I am sooooooooo exhausted, it's hard not to do everything I can just to get a minute more sleep right now. I know this will help us all get more sleep (and a toddler who wakes up that often is not a happy one, either). But I would love to hear from anyone who's been here. And I mostly wanted to tell somebody so that it will keep me accountable and I will follow through until we are all sleeping soundly! Thanks for any advice you might have :)

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