When my daughter, Lucia, was born she slept in bed by my side every night. It felt natural and easy to have our newborn next to me during night time and breastfeeding felt like a breeze. Both Enrico and I loved it; we were happy with the family bed during Lucia's first couple of months. After around four to five months of co-sleeping with the baby; we were ready to transition our daughter to her crib. It was heartbreaking to hear her crying in despair while we were ferberizing her. Surviving that first day caused excruciating pain to both Enrico and I. We were in tears for a few days, but found strength in each other to cotinue with the cry it out method. By the fifth day, it only took her five minutes to fall asleep on her own. Ever since that moment, Lucia became the text book example of the perfect sleeper; it was unbelievable, but it worked. Naps and bedtime were never an issue with her, up until we switched her from her crib to her toddler bed. Actually, up until the moment we moved to Indy.
A little bit over a year ago, Lucia went from the perfect sleeper to a night owl. We tried everything to help her out but nothing seemed to work. Bathtime routine with bedtime story? Did not work at all. Staying with her until she fell asleep? A waste of time. The only thing that seemed to work was letting her fall asleep while watching a movie, but every time we tried to switch her back to her room we were back to square one. After months and months with the sleepless kid, we talked to the pediatrician and she told us that this was a phase that some kids go through but we needed to remain firm on our technique. She recommended a bedtime routine (which, of course, we tried many, many times). Truthfully, we just wanted our daughter to have a goodnight sleep, no matter what. Period.
After months of falling asleep in the sofa while watching a movie, Lucia kept on coming to our room almost every hour of every night. We were tired and didn't want to deal with the crying kid at 2:00 am and 3:00 am on a daily basis, so we gave in and created a nest on our bedroom floor, next to our bed. This went on for almost five months. In the meantime, we moved to a new home, got her a new room with a new big girl bed; but this didn't work either. She was still on our bedroom floor every night.
Around a month ago we wrote our letters to Santa, where Lucia asked for a princess bed. I showed her a couple of beds at Target online and she fell in love with a pink one (of course) with an attached canopy on top. We talked to Santa and he will only bring this bed IF you fall asleep in your room and sleep there every night. Yep, we played the bribing our daughter with Santa card; it was our last resource. Well, the bed arrived early and, ten days ago, Enrico told Lucia Your bed is here! Santa left it early with a note that says and I quote "Lucia, since this is such a big gift, I had to bring it to you a little bit early. I hope you start sleeping in your princess bed. I'll check on you on Christmas Eve". Needless to say, Lucia was the happiest girl in town. She couldn't wait to go to sleep that first night in her brand new bed...
Believe it or not, ever since that day our daughter is in bed by 7:00 pm, falls asleep on her own and stays asleep in her room. Even though bribing our kids is not usually the way we operate, this Christmas playing the Santa card automatically did the trick and we finally got our bedroom back! Ay Mama!
For today's recipe, I'll be sharing an easy and delicious spinach dip appetizer; perfect with a nice glass of wine for some well deserved adult time!
1 cup mayonnaise
1 (16 ounce) container sour cream
1 (1.8 ounce) package dry leek soup mix
1 (4 ounce) can water chestnuts, drained and chopped
1/2 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
1 (1 pound) loaf round sourdough bread
Veggies (for dipping)
In a bowl, mix together mayo, sour cream, soup mix, water chestnuts and chopped spinach. Chill in the refrigerator overnight.
Remove top and interior of sourdough bread. Fill with mayo mixture. Enjoy with veggies and/or tear removed bread chunks into pieces for dipping. Buen provecho!