Bedtime Routine

G used to sleep so well. When he was 9 or 10 months old (after moving into his own room), he finally started sleeping through the night. Around 13 months, that all started to change. The usual routine didn’t work any more, and he started to wake up about once a night.

About a week ago, we started something different; we started a routine that has all the good stuff he needs in it. G’s bedtime is roughly 7:30-8:00, so we start the whole routine around 7:00. The times aren’t exact; sometimes certain things take longer/shorter than usual, and he doesn’t always get a bath. I know the whole routine doesn’t take a whole hour, but I haven’t actually timed everything yet. I will update the times if I ever do that. Here’s a rough outline of what we’ve been doing:

7:00 – Strip down to diaper, and have a snack. – This helps keep him from waking up hungry in the middle of the night.

7:15 – Clean up and brush teeth. – I try to get him to actually let me brush his teeth, but it doesn’t last more than a few seconds and then he just bites down on it. Better than nothing, though. Sometimes we brush our teeth together, and he’ll try to mimic how I brush mine.

7:20 – Bath time. – Because his dry skin is so bad, I try not to give him a bath every night, but he can get really dirty during the day sometimes.

7:35 – Towel off and put on diaper. – G is always really snuggly after his bath. If he doesn’t get a bath, this is where I change his diaper and lotion him up. We use off brand Aquaphor from Aldi and Target; the stuff works great!

7:40 – Put on jammies. – This needs to be done right after the lotion to help lock in the moisture.

7:45 – Sip of water then books. – G will often pick out a book, then he’ll sit in my lap on the recliner in his room while I read it to him. We usually read two to three books, depending on their size. Before the last book, I will turn on his sound machine and give him his pacifier and bunny. Then we read the last book for the night.

7:55 – Down to sleep. – I put him in his crib with his pacifier and bunny. Sometimes he fusses for about a minute, but he usually goes down pretty easily.

Like I mentioned before, this whole routine doesn’t take quite as long as I made it sound. It usually takes closer to 40 minutes or so. This routine has been working fairly well for us. Now, it’s just a matter of sticking with it.

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A Kick in the Pants

Alright, so in case you don’t follow me on Facebook, I didn’t really have access to my site for a while. I decided I needed to change to a different host that would allow me to do what I wanted with my blog and also spend less money. Well, I have taken care of all that and gotten things switched over! Now to focus on those things for which I started this blog in the first place!

I really do feel like I need a kick in the pants … to get our apartment cleaned up and to focus on my spiritual practice. I have been semi-good about praying in the evening before I go to bed. I could do better. I think I didn’t do it the last two nights or so.

Also, I have family coming into town this weekend. So I really need to get this place cleaned up! We have a pile of large, broken down boxes on the coffee table, the dining table is covered with stuff, and our bedroom is super cluttered. There is so much work to do!

Wish me luck!

5 Ideas for a Daily Practice

There are innumerable daily practices out there. I have narrowed my list down to five that I feel I would be most likely to actual do at this point in my life.

1. Evening Prayer

I have been doing this standing in front of my altar. I light a candle to begin and either say a prayer aloud or mentally to the Goddess and God.

2. Morning Prayer

This could be done similarly to the evening prayer or even before getting out of bed. I would primarily give thanks for a new day and ask for guidance and blessings for the day.

3. Repeat Affirmations

Repeat, for example, “I am a good housekeeper,” several times over throughout the day. Eventually, it should manifest as truth.

4. Meditation

This one is tough for me, as I have monkey mind. I don’t have that much time alone to meditate, so it has to be done in spare moments. Just a minute or two a day at first will be a good start.

5. Mindful Eating

Thinking about where our food comes from is important. Who worked or sacrificed to bring me the food I’m eating?