Stripes with Sparkle

The first week back from vacation is always the hardest. I’m still California dreamin’ (especially after looking at these photos taken in my parents’ backyard). Well, kinda. To be honest, we’re not getting a lot of shut-eye in our household. Something about the four month sleep regression? That and some serious jet lag has equaled a lot less dreaming and a lot more sleep deprivation. I’m pretty sure some sleep training is in our future, but the thought of it is just none too appealing.

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I attempted to let Layla put herself to sleep one night with my family. That lasted all of ten minutes, and the baby wasn’t the only one shedding tears. Sigh. I think having a specific plan will make it a bit better. Maybe a little. My mamas out there, what sleep training methods did you use? I just don’t know if I have cry it out in me.

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Top: J.Crew Factory, Vest: J.Crew, Jeans: Paige, Shoes: J.Crew Factory, Bag: C.Wonder, Bracelet: Stella & Dot

And in non-baby related news, Aaron and I are headed to Charlottesville for the weekend for a little winery trip as a belated birthday celebration. I’m looking forward to some wine and hopefully a full night’s rest!

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12 thoughts on “Stripes with Sparkle

  1. Mica

    Aww! I know how you feel! We had the sleep regression hard at 6 months, urgh it was terrible! The important thing is to do what works for you and your daughter. If that means rocking to sleep for a while, do that! I went to one of the clinics here for help with sleeping, to get some advice, and I just couldn’t see the methods working for me and baby T, it was impossible for me. So I just made my own method, haha! Putting him to sleep in his bassinet when he was drowsy after some cuddle time, and patting and shooshing to send him off fully to sleep. Eventually doing it when he was more and more awake, to try teach him to self settle. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. Babies are anything but predictable!
    But that sleep regression – man I tried everything! Anything and everything that will help baby (and you!) nap is a-okay, even if it means rocking or driving or cuddling to sleep. You will know what’s best in the end 🙂 And as soon as that regression is over – something just clicks and you get your sweet little baby back. So it will be over soon, you can do it! 🙂

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  2. Stacey

    I’m not a mommy, but I was a live in nanny (in SoCal!) for 4 years. We lived and breathed by this book for their second baby:Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child Book by Marc Weissbluth. It worked wonders. It gives guidelines for birth-18years. It was super helpful when she was tiny, and again when she was 2-3. Man, that girl was a sleep fighter.
    Hope you find what works for you!

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  3. Alissa

    I’m totally not a mom but three of my sisters also struggled with this. Unfortunately they just kind of had to wait it out. It obviously depended on the kid but sometimes it was just a month phase. I just remember all them wanting to pull their hair out!

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  4. Brrr in MN

    Oh hun, you just bring that little babe to bed with you. It is not spoiling and she is too young for it to be habit forming. After a couple days try again in her own crib, if not, bring her back to bed – this is for everyone’s sanity. I did this with both of my boys (we all rested well) and they are in their 20’s now and I might add they were and are well-adjusted, just awesome not spoiled boys!

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  5. kristin

    we did the cry it out. I promise they will stop and it will be hard for a few nights. now we also did lots of nights of putting a pacifier back in our kids mouths up to 6 times a night. each baby is different but habits don’t take that long to form and they will be ok. good luck mama, it’s hard but it keeps getting better.

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  6. Stephanie F

    Ah, yes. The sleep training. We were so desperate for sleep around 2-3 months that we looked into sleep training. I personally hated it. I’ve been co-sleeping with him since about that age (he’s 8 months now) and we get a much better sleep at night. (He still sleeps in his crib during the day). I know there’s controversy about co-sleeping, but to me, it feels a lot more “natural” then letting my baby cry it out. All babies are different, hopefully you find what works for your family 🙂

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  7. Katie

    Love those little leopard flats and the chic white vest! I don’t have any baby advice yet, but I will be in the same boat as you soon! Trying to stock up on sleep now. Hope Layla gets sleeping more soon!!

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