Ever since Waverly was out of the “newborn, we are just hanging on for dear life” phase, we have consisently had her on some sort of bedtime routine. I read both “Babywise” & “Heathy Sleep Habits, Happy Child” & while I totally know you can’t live life off a book, both were great in helping us figure out what in the hell we were doing! 😉 The biggest lessons I took from both books were the effectiveness of a bedtime “ritual” & teaching your baby to fall asleep on her own. We have definitely had our sleep struggles, but the majority of the time, Waverly is a pretty good sleeper & I attribute it to trying to stick by those guidelines most of the time.
Since it has always worked so well for us, Waverly’s bedtime routine each night is a bath, PJs, book & lights out at 7! I used to rock her for a while but after we were done breastfeeding, I had convinced myself that she wouldn’t sit still or that it would mess up those guidelines . That paired with the fact that I was usually starving since my husband & I didn’t eat together until well after she went to bed … mama & mini time in the rocking chair has been few & far between for a while now. Honestly, it had gotten to the point that I was “rushing” through bedtime every night, quickly going through the motions so that I could finish cleaning the house & finally eat after such a long day.
After brainstorming about this link-up & choosing the word “present” for 2014, I couldn’t stop thinking about how I wasn’t taking full advantage of that time of evening with my little family. That this really is such a special time of our lives, & how crazy it was that I wasn’t “present” with my girl during those moments before she went to sleep for the night. We have since made some changes. I make dinner & give Waverly a bath before my husband gets home from work, then we all eat dinner TOGETHER at a much earlier time. After that, we play for a bit & then I rock Waverly to sleep while Joe cleans up dinner (yea, I lucked out there!). With a clear head, full stomache, & nothing to think about but her.
The changes may seem trivial, but I can’t even tell you the difference it has made!! For one, I love the fact that we have started family dinners. I know that really is the time to “talk” to your kids about their day & even though Waverly is still way too young for that, it really is never too early to start!
Yet for now, what is even more important to me is time with Waverly in the rocking chair. I can’t even believe it, she actually sits right with me as content as can be. I sing to her, over & over & she lays there with her little eyes open looking right back at me. Without a doubt, it has become my favorite time of day & the only downfall is that I never want to leave! We must sit in that chair together for at least thirty minutes a night & I feel like an entirely new mom because of it. 🙂 I guess I was so stuck in our old schedule that I didn’t realize how something so “little” could make such a big difference.
Jess & I are so thankful for all the support we have gotten for “It’s the Little Things”! We are overwhelmed with your support, your positive feedback & most of all, that you want to be a part of it!! Feel free to download our logo below, to use on your own blog or on Instagram!
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We can’t wait to read your special moments today & each Wednesday, all you have to do is write your post with whatever “little thing” it is that you would like to share & link-up with either Jess or me below! Thanks again & HAPPY halfway through the week. 🙂