Sleep? What is it Good For?

We have a 1 and a 1/2 year old baby girl going through the pangs of weaning and settling into her own bed at night.  She eats three square meals a day, and snacks, but she is so used to suckling at night to sleep that she expects the dessert all the time.

I think this is just one of those things that takes time and patience.  Last night, I stood in her room at bedside for about an hour, singing songs, and keeping her comfortable.  She finally fell asleep, but woke a few hours later.  She is a determined little girl, and hates the change, but her parents are just as determined now to get this right.

The baby has a sibling coming along next summer, so it is important to get these two things completed before then.  Hopefully by then she’ll be getting into potty training mode.

I have been praying for more understanding when it comes to caring for my child late at night.  I am a grumpy person when my sleep has been disrupted.  She could care less that I am a grumpy person that requires hours of uninterrupted sleep in order to be a fruitful individual at my workplace.

Life is fun and challenging for new parents.  Yet, it is never boring!

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