About me, Rachel


Yep, that's right. This ones about me. My name is Rachel, and my husband James and I have been married since 2003. We have two spirited sons, Joshua (12/07) and Jacob (6/10), and a baby girl, Stella (2/14).

I have a bachelors of science in nursing and am specialized in trauma and emergency care. That's right, I like blood and guts and gore. After working several years as an RN, I now only work occasionally as a volunteer and spend most of my time with my kids. I love being a stay at home mom. Sure, half my brain cells are gone and I have my patience tested more than I knew possible, but most the time it is the most fulfilling job in the world. As mentioned, I am a nurse by profession and not a writer. Sorry about that but it will have to do, unprofessional grammar and all!

I got into researching sleep when my son Joshua was born and liked to do anything but sleep. Sound familiar to any of you?! He still doesn't like to sleep (can you blame him when he's got cars and other toys to play with?) but once I put him in his bed he sleeps like an angel. I just have to get him there before he tries to run and hide :)

As for more about myself, I was born in Australia and later moved to the US with my family. I grew up in a family of 12 (and now I'm sure you're wondering...Catholic or Mormon?) and have an identical twin sister. Eight of us were born in eight years so as you can imagine, things were a bit crazy in my home at times. OK, pretty much all the time. I absolutely love having so many brothers and sisters. It has been especially fun as we have grown up, become best friends, and have had kids around the same time (I've got over 30 nieces and nephews so far!). I'm pretty sure you won't ever see me with that many kids though, since I'm pretty sure it would land me in a mental institution.

hiking some falls near our home
I love sports and all kinds of outdoor activity.  I love to read and I love to learn. I'm getting more into the homemaker routine by the day, but you are still free to come over and do my laundry and cook at any given time. I won't stop you, I promise.
DDR, 40 weeks pregnant

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I can be reached at rachel[at]mybabysleepguide[dot]com


Happy Sleeping!
Rachel


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4 comments :

  1. Kelly commented on About Me - My Baby Sleep Guide:

    Hi Rachel,

    Thanks for your wonderfully helpful blog! Unfortunately even with all your helpful resources I'm feeling so overwhelmed that I'm in tears over just choosing a sleep training method to use. I own a few of the books that are mentioned in your blog and have read parts of them but still don't know what to do. My question for you is: which method if you had to choose just one would you use?
    My son just turned 4 mos. I need to get him sleeping in his crib. At the moment he sleeps only in my arms, for naps and through the night. I will buy whichever book I need to if it's not one that I already own. I'm so exhausted at the moment that even the thought of having to read a whole book to start the sleep training sounds overwhelming.
    Honestly I'm not lazy just exhausted. I also have a 2 1/2 year old. Thanks!

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    1. Kelly,
      Which would I use? Well, I use a combination of all of them and it depends on the age. My situation has been different than yours because I have starting teaching the methods from the get go and never had strong sleep props and associations like you have (he is used to sleeping in your arms) so you will have to do things differently.

      I completely and totally get that you are not lazy but exhausted. I've been there too. I suggest getting on some sort of routine. I like the easy routine or eat/wake/sleep routine. You'll want to try to extend out the feeds and get full feeds in if that isn't happening to promote the longer naps and night sleep. Keep a sleep log to get you an idea of average waketimes and nap lengths. Then you'll have to work on helping your son learn to sleep on his own. You need to decide if you are ok with some crying. I would look over the top sleep post to try to set things up for good sleep before further sleep training. Personally, at 4 months I feel ok with doing cio if a mom is feeling overwhelmed. I like this method
      http://www.mybabysleepguide.com/2012/09/the-limited-crying-solution-baby-sleep.html
      or just straight cio. For naps, do it for 1-1.5 hours max (a total of around 3 hours from last feed). You may need to feed a little sooner than usual during the day. At night, you do it all night. You will still offer the usual feeds. You will want to extend them out though either by reducing how much you feed at each feed or moving them later. Work on one at a time. I would work towards a max of 1 feed at night. It is possible he might end up not needing any. I would work mainly on having him sleep on his own at night first before dropping the feeds unless he is feeding frequently then do both at once. Continue to monitor his growth and health. Try to do things in his crib while he's awake to make it a fun and inviting place. Good luck!

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  2. Claire commented on About Me - My Baby Sleep Guide:

    Hey great site, wondered if u could help me please? My little chap is 6months and on 3 meals a day but still waking 1-3 times a night for milk. He won't take a bottle and if someone else goes he just cries until I, the milk machine, comes to feed him. I am totally exhausted! He often seems uncomfortable/windy so have been working to wind him more but he's usually so floppy I can't. Day time he usually has 2 naps but hard to get a decent routine because everyday is different with my 2.5 year old. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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  3. Dear Rachel,
    Maybe you could help me?
    Our son is 2 months old. He sleeps well, but frequently he wakes up like one or twice during the night (not always the same time). As he falls asleep (naps and night) with a pacifier, we end up going to it to him and he usually falls back to sleep. Pacifier is very usefull - but this is the down side. Do you think he could go back to sleep without it? Should we let him cry (how long?) to see if he manages to do it by himself or is it impossible because he is so used to the pacifier?
    What would you do? Give it during the day but not at night time? Seems difficult... Or just wait until he is able to put it back himself in a few months...?
    Thanks for the advice!

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