Few things are more stressful and gut wrenching than a crying, screeching, yelling, loud, squealing baby that won’t stop or can’t be soothed, especially throughout the night after a long day. Every mom and dad should be able to relate. Before we had Liam the most common piece of advice we would get was something along the lines of “get some sleep now” (as if we could store up sleep), “nap when he naps”, “say goodbye to sleeping in and throughout the night”, and simply “good luck.”
I bet there have been 1000 plus books written about sleeping babies that thoroughly cover how, when, why, where, how much, what position, what to do before, what to do after, how it is detrimental to let them cry themselves to exhaustion and sleep, how beneficial it is to let them cry themselves to exhaustion and sleep, how good parents do it, how bad parents do it, how to judge other parents according to how good and bad their babies’ sleep, what to feed them them so they sleep, how to sing to them, how to travel with them so they sleep, how to insert earplugs, how to meditate while your ears are pierced by torturous cries, and on and on and on. Luckily Michelle is a reader and I sleep through most loud noises. Anyway, you get the point. Also, I don’t discount some of the advice that these books give, we’ve tried every one of them and believe me the tips work like a charm. Just to prove to you that these books work, refer to the picture above- that is our son sleeping (through the talking and flash of the camera). It had nothing to do with the fact that he was tired, it was the technique and training that got him sleeping.
Michelle pointed out that a sleeping baby is “one of the cutest moments that you never see after a few months.” I say, “a sleeping baby, means well rested and happy parents.”
So my point is a sleeping baby is happiness and peace and comfort and something for which I am deeply grateful.