Our right way, not everyone else’s

As a mom I am constantly worrying if I’m doing things right. I used to spend hours researching the “right” way to do things and then I realized my right way may be different than other moms. I don’t believe in yelling, spanking, or letting Avery cry it out to fall asleep. It might work for some moms but it doesn’t work for me. Yes I still nurse my daughter to sleep for nap time and bedtime and yes she still wakes up a few times in the night. For a long time I was trying to find ways to solve this “problem” and then I came to find out that it’s not a problem at all. It works for us and I’m ok with that. Avery’s not ready to give up this chapter and I’ll continue to do it until she’s ready. That does mean I don’t get a full straight 8 hours of sleep but that’s ok with me. Avery sleeps from around 8pm until 7:45am and wakes up around 2-3 times a night. It’s short when she’s up at night and I’ve gotten so used to it that it’s not a big deal to me anymore. My body has adjusted to the amount of sleep that I get and I don’t feel tired or slow during the day. Occasionally we have rough nights but it makes me more grateful for the smooth ones. Sometimes she takes a little nap in her crib and then finishes her nap on me. I’m ok with it because it means more special time with her. Avery has an opinion but she is very obedient. She does what we ask with the occasional toddler rebellion. She knows the rules of the house and they work well for us. We are lucky to be blessed with such an amazing daughter who is so thoughtful, loving, sweet and hilarious! We probably do things differently than some parents but it doesn’t bother us. What we do as parents works great for us. We are doing the best we can to raise a well rounded and wonderful little girl and I think we are succeeding! I hope all the moms know that you just have to do your right way and not worry about everyone else’s!

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