Common Sleep Questions

Why Does My Baby Fight Sleep?

My boys fought sleep from almost the moment they were born. Jacob didn't even make it out of the hospital without displaying to the world is undying hatred of all things sleep. When my boys got sleepy, they got fussy or cried. There was none of this --I'm tired so I'll just snuggly into mom (or, gasp, by myself in my own bed) and shut my eyes and snooze. No way, Jose!

As a first time mom this was really difficult for me. I had day dreamed about holding my baby in my arms and having him peacefully fall asleep. I'd seen it happen with my friend's and family's babies (even while I was holding them), and more importantly, I'd seen it happen on TV. When this didn't happen, I assumed

Undercover Mama

Shortly after Stella was born Undercover Mama asked me if I wanted to review one of their nursing tanks. Stella was my third child and I kind of had this nursing thing down but I figured, why not give it a try?

Up until this point I had usually worn a camisole under my shirts to keep myself covered while nursing. I would pull it down with my bra to nurse. Now does that sound kind of uncomfortable and awkward? Because it

What I Wish I'd Known with Baby #1

The first few months after my first child, Joshua, was born were rough. OK, I'm under-exaggerating that. He cried endlessly, didn't sleep and I was a basket case. Maybe you've been there. It's not a pretty sight. 

The second time around went much smoother. I knew what to expect, I thought a lot about how I wanted to do things, and I learned piles of stuff through

Daylight Savings - Time to Jump Ahead!

I really, really don't like daylight savings. I think it is silly that we still have it, and I've seriously considered moving someone else, like Arizona, where they don't have this darn skipping back and forth each year. It was a little annoying when I was younger, but now that I've got kids, it's SUPER pesky!

Anyway, I haven't picked up and moved to Arizona yet, so I've got to deal with the "spring forward" (and, gulp, the "fall back" in 8ish months!) and most likely, you have to deal with it too so let's go ahead and have a chat about it. Maybe we'll both dislike it less afterwards :)

Your most dire twin questions, answered.

Even though I'm in my thirties, I still get asked all kinds of questions (usually the same ones) when people find out that I'm a twin. Are you identical? Do people get you mixed up? Did you ever switch classes in high school? Did you ever switch dates? Do you know when she's hurt or sad? Can your husbands tell you apart? 

My sister Sharon (mom of 4) gets the twin questions too. All. The. Time. She's gotten some really bizarre comments and questions over the last two years. Here are some of the

Perfect timing means no crying...or does it?

If you've spent a good enough time dallying in the 'how the heck do I get my kid to sleep' circles, you've probably heard something along the lines of perfect timing equals no crying. It's one of those stand out ideas from a very popular baby sleep book that stands out because, well, it's repeated multiple times, and also because it's pretty significant. I mean, if you put your child to bed at just the right time they won't cry. Who in their right mind wouldn't want that?!

The thing is, this phrase is kind of like one of those emails or phone calls you get promising you all kinds of amazing things (like a free trip to tahiti WITH free babysitting) for filling out a 2 minute survey--it sounds a little too