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Lullaby and Goodnight?

Getting Ava to sleep at night has always been a challenge, but since she learned to stand up in her crib it seems like ‘Mission Impossible’.  She is getting a little better every night, but still resists and still wakes up once or twice before morning.  Her bedtime routine begins around 6pm when we put away her toys and she gobbles down her dinner.  Then we read a story and it’s off to the bath.  By 7:30pm she is ready to nurse and fall asleep … but the minute she realizes she has been placed in her crib, her eyes pop open and the panic sets in.  Mike and I take turns laying her back down, soothing her back to sleep, and tiptoeing around the house until it sticks [usually around 9pm].  I wish that were the end of it, but around 12am and 3am the monitor starts to shriek and coo.  At this point, I am used to sleeping in three hour intervals and I find comfort in knowing that eventually she will sleep through the night [pretty please].


Yesterday I posted some sleepytime luxuries for mommies – today it’s all about the babers

Ava loves bathtime.  We give her a few squirty toys to play with and then we sing our baby massage song [“You get a baby massage … because you work so hard” – silly, but she likes it], while I squeeze and wash her tiny chubby body with Angel Baby Shampoo & Body Wash.  No phthalates, no sodium laureth sulfate, no toxins of any kind … just pure, gentle, and organic – just like baby.


Massage your baby by hand or with these organic terry washcloths [trimmed in pink, blue, green or yellow wool] from Lolababiez Organics.


I will admit that for some people reusable baby wipes may not be the most practical choice, but they really are simple and oh so soft and environmentally friendly … Soylicious Bummy Wipes from Smq Organics.


Now baby is ready for sleep [fingers crossed] and ready to be wrapped up in something soft and smelling like mommy [I sleep with Ava’s blankets for a night or two … she is spoiled rotton!].  Try this silky soft blanket from babysoy [comes in a variety of colors].

soyblanketNothing is too good for baby.  We try our best to keep everything in Ava’s life pure and simple … the way life should be.


Daydreaming of Sleep

On Saturday we drove to the grocery mecca, Stew Leonard’s, for what turned out to be one of the most stressful shopping experiences of our lives.  The store itself was awesome [They make their own cheeses, breads, chips, pastries, etc., are stocked with fresh from the farm produce, bottle their own milk, and even have an ice cream shop and barbecue!] and it was humongous, but still not big enough for the massive crowds of people trying to maneuver their carts through the labyrinth aisles.  There was no strolling or taking time to look around … always someone right behind you asking you to pull out of the way or hurry up.  We didn’t even make it into the pantry or garden sections – we had reached the point of “let’s just go home”.  Regardless, we now have a packed refrigerator and freezer that should keep us well fed for a few weeks.  After putting all of the groceries away, we headed over to Lodge for a Bloody Mary and to visit with a few friends before calling it a day.

Yesterday, Mike finally got to put his Father’s Day gift [a grill] to use.  We packed up steaks and corn and potato salad and drove to Meadow Lake at Corona Park in Queens for our first family barbecue.  It was so nice relaxing on the blankets … and Ava was the best – she was scared of the grass so she was content to sit and play and let mommy and daddy feast.  We got a bit turned around on the way home and what should have been a fifteen minute drive took over an hour, but we made it – stuffed and exhausted ….. which brings me to today’s topic – SLEEP.

Ah yes, SLEEP.  I can’t get enough of it – literally, so the zzz’s I do manage to squeeze in need to count.  These little sleepytime luxuries will help soothe you into a pampered slumber that will almost make you feel like you got eight hours of uninterrupted shut eye.  Oh how I miss those days…

Pop some soothing oils and calming scents into your bath with these fizzy Lavender Bath Bombs [handmade by Serendipity Soap Works in Colorado Springs], soak your overworked muscles [carrying a baby around can really do a number on your back!], and just sit back and soak it all away.


After your bath, take care of those tired eyes with a rejuvinating cream like Temptress Rosewater Facial Cream by Hush Hush Essentials.  Their natural formula is vegan, paraben free, and gentle enough for those with sensitive skin.


Now that you’re calm and well moisturized, slip your feet into a pair of soft, cushiony slippers like these Sporty Spa Thongs from Acorn.


When it’s time to curl up under the covers for that tranquil, peace-filled sleep you’ve been dreaming of, slide a sleep mask over those weary eyes to help lull yourself to sleep.  I love this rainbow pattern from Bib Bon


…and this polka dot mask from Handmade Classics with a color coordinated pouch is totally cute [and travel friendly!].


Now you have everything you need to catch some well deserved rest … except maybe the time.  Ah………..

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