OK – call it what you want – a manual, an owner’s guide, an instruction book – whatever. Why the hell do babies not come with one? First, Sierra and I had to get over the breastfeeding issues (ok, so there was nothing wrong with my milk – it was all in my head), then she had “colic” (the kid had incredible gas from my diet), and then? Then she cried and cried – a fussy tired cry – not the pain cry that we saw 8 days ago. This past weekend she cried, Monday she cried, Tuesday she cried, and Wednesday she cried. She wasn’t hungry, she wasn’t dirty, and she had more than enough toys to “play” with. WTF could be wrong with her? Why isn’t there a manual for her? I need a manual!
But alas! There is! It’s called the internet! Wednesday night, while I was at my wits end, I searched the internet high and low to figure out how to get the kid to sleep. The answer? Put her in her crib as soon as she starts to get fussy and let her cry it out! Well duh! I can’t beleive I never thought of that. I was rocking her, putting her in her vibrating chair, her swing and even in the Snugli (she slept in there but woke up the minute I took her out). Yep – boy am I an idiot – I thought that she needed me to help her fall asleep – but she’s a big girl – she can do it all on her own! Yesterday and today I’ve managed to get her to take 3 naps and fall asleep for the night very easily just by putting her in her crib when she began to get fussy (1st I made sure that she wasn’t dirty or hungry). And my reward? I got to go on my treadmill for 30 minutes both days! Thank you Sierra – Thank you internet!