Do you feel like you are experiencing déjà vu? If you've been around for awhile, you will recognize this photo below as Nina's bedroom, pre-big girl bed. Well, guess what? This is also Nina's bedroom, today!
Yep, we moved her back to her crib. Remember how I mentioned in this post that she been having some, ah, nocturnal adventures? Well, those expanded into climbing onto furniture, falling off furniture, and skipping naps altogether, resulting in about 2-3 hours less sleep per day. Cranky little girl, cranky mommy. Bad!
The reason I share this with you is this: there has been a book that I have used religiously since Nina was a newborn. I read so many sleep books when she was an infant, desperate as I was to find some way to get more sleep for her and for us. "Sleeping Through the Night," by Jodi Mindell, was my favorite, and I credit it for Nina's status as a "good sleeper" (up until now, at least)!
So of course when we ran into these new developments, I immediately turned to this book. Unfortunately, she didn't have a ton of info on my particular problem, so I did what any blogger would do. I Googled her. I found her email address. She holds a PhD and teaches at a university in Philadelphia. I sent her a very polite and (I hope) appreciative email, describing our situation and asking what we should do.
Here's where it gets really good. She wrote me back. Within 30 minutes, people. With a thoughtful and educated response. I was floored. And am also about ready to throw her a parade here in Denver. For those of you who have ever felt unsure of what to do in the world of parenting, or, for that matter, in life itself, you will recognize how valuable and rare it is to have a true expert swoop in and help you right when you are about to lose it. I am so impressed by this woman!
So I write this post to tell you how wonderful Dr. Jodi Mindell is, how much I love her book, and how peaceful it is to be sitting here during Nina's nap, knowing that she is sleeping well in her crib and that she just was too young, not ready for the switch to the big girl bed. We will try again in a few months when she is cognitively and behaviorally more ready to deal with lack of boundaries in a bed.
In the meantime, I will be sleeping through the night too! Works For Me!