The Happy Sleeper

Mommy & Me class at the Pump Station

Photo taken October 2014 at The Pump Station

Though Jack and I no longer go to our Mommy & Me classes, (you can see the cool thing we made for graduation here), we have kept up our friendships with many of the fellow people in the class and also the teacher. Julie (the only one not holding a baby in the photo above) helped guide me through many of the struggles of being a first time mom. I know it sounds extreme, but I am not quite sure how I would have survived Jack's first 6 months without the class. We all cried together, shared stories, laughed a lot and grew as moms. We talked a lot about sleep, which turns out is a pretty controversial topic. But one thing I know for sure is that I could barely function with being sleep deprived.

When Jack was around 4 months old he was waking up just once in the night, which was wonderful to me. Then he regressed and was waking up twice. Well, that just threw me for a loop and I read all the sleep books that were recommended to me. We decided it was really important to us that Jack learn to soothe himself to sleep when he was ready to do so. Since Julie advised not to start a sleep plan until after the age of 5 months, I got a bit antsy. Because so many of us in class were wanting to know how we could get our babies sleeping through the night, she led us through discussions a bit early. Thank goodness for that, because I really needed to be getting more uninterrupted sleep. Julie's approach to mindful parenting helped me through it. She told us she was co-authoring a book and we all could not wait to read it. Well, long story short, her methods helped us help Jack sleep through the night at around 4 and half months and then he got better with his naps at about 6 and half months. Of course there are other factors that I think really helped - moving him into his own room, then into the crib, and being able to turn over and sleep on his stomach. It also helped with him being a thumb sucker. To this day he is a wonderful sleeper and I believe that the methods we learned in class helped me a great deal. And helped keep me sane! For those of you who are blessed with babies who sleep through the night

Even though I had just gotten off a plane, I got home, dropped my bags, hugged Jack like crazy and then took him to Julie's launch party for The Happy Sleeper.

Photography by Docuvitae

Such a fun event, even though Jack and I had to leave a bit early due to his bedtime. Congrats Julie & Heather on your amazing book, The Happy Sleeper!

 

 

Books as gifts

amy tangerineSeriously folks, Jennifer Mcguire is one of the sweetest people I know. Not only did she generously pass down some awesome maternity hand-me-downs while I was pregnant, she also showered Jack with tons of gifts! One of my favorite packages she sent us when Jack was born was a big box of wrapped books. She took the time to write out a little of what she and her family loved about every single one of them.amy tangerineamy tangerineamy tangerineI still have several of them wrapped and will open them in the near future. Thanks again Jennifer - you are the best! And if you're looking for a gift idea for a little one this holiday season (or anytime, really) - I think this is one of the best presents ever.

Belly Button Book! | Wheels on the Bus | I Know a Rhino (current fave that gets read at least 3 times before bed).

Jack's hand print

amy tangerineJack "graduated" from mommy & me class! It was such a special year getting to know a dozen moms and their babies (all born in September/October 2013). For graduation, our teacher did hand prints of all the kids. Then mommies got a marker and we passed the pages around and wrote something on each child's print. Such a great idea, and now the work of art is hanging in Jack's playroom. I cherish it and smile each time I look at the words describing my little guy.

LEXYPEXY

Jack was so kindly gifted one of these adorable wooden teethers from Lexy Pexy at the Boom Boom Room event. We love how they are handcrafted out of sustainable Vermont Maple wood. The wood is non-splintering, naturally anti-bacterial, non-allergenic and non-toxic. And their styles are absolutely adorable. We loved meeting the sweet owners, Lex and Martin.amy tangerine - lexy pexyamy tangerine - lexy pexy amy tangerine - lexy pexy amy tangerine - lexy pexy amy tangerine - lexy pexyHere's what Lex, had to say: "We fell in love with Jack at first fist bump, which throughout the day became a fist bump explosion, (I will take credit for that). Such a sweetie he clung on while we drew on the floor together and he only tried to eat the chalk once. I could seriously snuggle that baby to pieces!" And Jack loved the cuddles and hanging out too, thanks for the sweet shades, Lexypexy!

Baby Gifts for Ann-Marie

While shopping at Lundeen's, we picked out these items for Ann-Marie's little girl (due late July)!Baby Gifts for Ann-Marie | Lundeen's, Culver City | Amy TangerineBaby Gifts for Ann-Marie | Lundeen's, Culver City | Amy TangerineBaby Gifts for Ann-Marie | Lundeen's, Culver City | Amy TangerineBaby Gifts for Ann-Marie | Lundeen's, Culver City | Amy TangerineBaby Gifts for Ann-Marie | Lundeen's, Culver City | Amy TangerineLove how everything looks in her nursery, and we cannot wait for her arrival. Also, for some reason the baby in the striped shirt on the cover of Snuggle the Baby kinda reminds me of Jack. Must be the hair ;)