When Syd turned one I decided it was time to break the bad habit we had of rocking her to sleep before putting her to bed. I never intended for that habit to go on so long in the first place but you know the old saying, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it". It's hard to convince yourself to shake up the bedtime routine when your kid's been sleeping through the night since her 4th month.
So back in January I set about the task of researching how to break this habit of ours. I felt we might all 3 need an intervention and possibly some xanex for Ty. I was considering making some woman named Tizzie Hall $30 richer because she's the international baby whisperer extraordinaire whose book had all the answers. Turns out I didn't have to contribute to Tizzie's retirement fund after all because Syd broke the habit herself.
It was the strangest thing. One night, no matter how much I rocked her, she just would not fall into a deep sleep. I figured it was due to the change in routine because daddy usually does bedtime but he was not home that night. Out of frustration I kissed her, put her in her bed and walked out of her room. I fully expected blood curdling screams to ensue but I'll be damned if she didn't just lay down and go to sleep. Pffft, total fluke, right? Wrong. I tried it the next night and it worked again. Then I started trying it during the day at nap time and voila, habit broken.
So the way I see it, I owe Syd $30.