When my babies were babies, we got ourselves in some doozy bad sleep habits. Yes I rocked Baby No 1 to sleep, and would creep along the floor on hands and knees avoiding creaky floor boards to keep him asleep. Don't get me started on the evil baby hammock thing that started off a life saver but quickly became an addictive dependency for Baby No2, and god forbid if anyone raised their voices, closed doors or tried to live a normal life around any of my sleeping babies, for they would quickly feel the wrath of my death stare. But thankfully I married someone of sterner stuff than myself, who after months of watching me form bad habits (from the comfort of his bed mind you), would take it on himself to "break" our babies.
And yes, I know there are those shuddering at that last phrase and all it implies, but I live in the world of "whatever works for you right?" school of parenting.
And so the Sleep Whisperer would tag me and I got to go gratefully back to sleep and listen in despair to the next 3 nights version of "Mommy Hell" as the Sleep Whisperer got my babies into sleep habits they should have had from the start
Baby No 3, much to his brothers consternation has always been an Angel-Baby and has done whatever I asked, even sleeping, so this story doesn't relate to him.
Even though there was a small amount of pain to suck up with the "I-told-you-so" from the Sleep Whisperer, the result (i.e. a full nights sleep was always worth it.)
And as the babies slept happily the Sleep Whisperer packed away his tenaciousness and grit (and stubbornness) forever.
Or so we thought.
Until we realised we had an 11 year old.
The Sleep Whisperer is back, but this time he's brought with him a steely determination, a one-strike-and-you're-out strategy, he is taking no prisoners. And he
And we only get one shot at this.
I hope his brothers are watching and learning as our eldest paves the way to adolescence.
The following images show one of the tactics employed by the Sleep Whisperer - and with his razor shape accuracy, the Coconut Hurling technique can be quite effective. In this instance both the coconut and the 11 year old were not harmed.