Monday, December 27, 2010

A Woman in her Thirties Believes in Magic

A woman in her thirties is not a believer of quick fixes are easy ways out. She was in her twenties, at least I was, but by this time of her life she's figured out that what Mr. M had on my high school physics board every day was dead on: There's no such thing as a free lunch.

Most of the time.

As I said in my last post, I've been reading a lot about how to be a Mom. How to swaddle. How to schedule. How to supplement. How to deal with one bionic boob. And while I've said to myself that every baby is different, and that A and I will figure this out in time, I think subconsciously I've been searching Dr. Sears, Gary Ezzo, and any other so-called experts to give me some magic formula to be a good Mom. Maybe not even that-- a functional Mom. A Mom who isn't afraid of giving her daughter a bath and finds time to brush her hair every day.

It was a conversation with L, mother of three (gasp!) children, that got me thinking. I was telling her about A's inability to sleep in her crib, and how the stress of it was going to result in a need for Botox in a few years, when she said, 'You're just going to have to try a bunch of things, and see which one works for her.'

Creativity is not my forte unless it involves sarcasm, but I figured that a woman in her thirties should always listen to a fellow WIHT who has done this three times before. So that night, when it was time to put A in her crib, I remembered that she slept really well one time-- on her back-- when she was wearing a snowsuit after we'd come home from a trip to the lactation consultant.

See? Proof:

So then I thought that maybe it wouldn't be all that crazy to break that snow suit out again, and see if it worked.

The result?
(Taken right after waking up from a long nap-- she was just as surprised as I was that she was still in her crib!)

This snow suit, not surprisingly a hand-me-down from L herself, has been dubbed the Magical Snowsuit by yours truly. Time for bed? Magical Snowsuit. Time for a nap? Get me the snowsuit. Baby being fussy? Maybe she just wants Magical Snowsuit action.

More Magical Snowsuit action (other snowsuits have proven slightly less magical):

The snow suit idea is no where to be found in any of my books, but it works. At least it works for me. For those of you who might still be doubting the wonder of this discovery, 1 snowsuit + 1 cute baby = successful sleep experience. Successful sleep experience for A = successful sleep experience for Mom. And that, my friends, is magic.


  1. Magical snowsuit!!! I love it. And L is totally right about having to try lots of things before you find the one that works for your child... it is that way for EVERYTHING (which is one reason I hate the books... as you are finding, they always concentrate on one way of doing things, the "right" way, which doesn't work for all babies!) Love you, and LOVE all these pics of Anna Banana!

  2. I want a magic snowsuit in my size ;)

  3. I have that magical snowsuit in blue! (For M, not for me. :P) And A looks JUST like you in that last picture! FYI-- Mason would ONLY sleep on his stomach... I went against what every single book said. Sometimes you just have to, to get a little sanity.


    P.S. A is the most adorable thing on the planet.

  5. Pardon me for being a bad aunt and saying that A looks just a tiny bit like the Michelin Man in the slightly-less-magical North Face snowsuit. The cutest Michelin Man in the Universe, of course, but the Michelin Man, nonetheless.

  6. Yeah! I'm so glad it worked! You never know, ehh?!?! Whatever helps to get a little sleep.
    Love you!

  7. Good job! I'll remember this advice for the future, thanks!