I am not sure what I would do without the support of my parents (my children’s grandparents). Just a few weeks ago, all three of the grandparents teamed up to help watch my kids while my husband and I went on a five-day vacation without the kids. It is not often that we get to spend time like that together, and I am forever thankful for the grandparents for stepping us to help us in the midst of their busy work schedules.
Not only did they help us while we were on vacation but they regularly watch our kids so that we can continue to have at least two date nights a month. I seriously would lose my sanity without them.
I was so glad to find this blog post about how grandparents that help with their grandchildren can actually also benefit health wise. I related so much to this post and also just want to shout a big thank you to my kid’s grandparents because we could not do this without them!
When I had my first daughter five years ago, I knew nothing about putting a baby on a schedule. I thought, why in the world would I need to do that? Growing up with a sister who was nearly 12 years younger than I and doing a fair amount of babysitting, I knew I just needed to feed our newborn at least every three hours. Fast forward from my daughter’s birth to 11 months later, and she still was not sleeping through the night. I was an unpleasant walking zombie. Finally, my pediatrician said 1) you need to put her on a schedule and 2) let her cry it out in her crib. Knowing nothing about a schedule, I turned to her daycare teachers to help me create a solid daily schedule. In addition, after about 5 nights of letting her cry it out, she was finally sleeping in her crib all night long. A year after her birth, I felt like a well-rested mom, which was long overdue.
Flash forward a few years, and my sister-in-law began following a sleep method called Moms on Call. This magical schedule and sleep training method had her daughter sleeping through the night at 3 months old. Right about that time, I found out we were expecting our second child. I did my research on the method, read the book, joined the Moms on Call Facebook support group, and purchased the app with the daily schedule. Once our son arrived, I was ready to implement. There was no way I could spend another 12 months not sleeping. After starting the method at two weeks, I knew it would be hard work. I was thankful to be a part of the Moms on Call Facebook group. When something was not going right, I would request help from the mom’s group, and within seconds I would have the answers I needed. Mom’s on Call truly changed my parenting life for the better because when my son was only 4 months old, I struck gold when he slept through the night.
My son sleeps from 6:30 pm to 6:30 am every day. Yes, you read that right. I still cannot believe it either. So, for all of you exhausted moms out there, hop on the Moms on Call train. You will not be sorry!