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Revisiting Ferber

I didn't sleep last night. Basically at all. Miss Jemma was awake from 1:30 a.m. to 4:15 a.m. for unexplained reasons. It was terrible.

And during that time, this is the verse that kept coming to mind: "Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself." (Matthew 6:34)

I guess that particular verse might seem odd...I should have been saying, "I will lie down and sleep in peace..."
Sweet Jemma at 2 weeks old, sleeping soundly :)
But I know exactly what God was getting at.

Every time Jemma doesn't sleep through the night (which has been basically every night for a couple months lately), my mind goes here:

"I can't believe she's doing this. Again. We already trained her, and now she's not sleeping. Again. Arrgh. How will I ever survive when the new baby gets here & I have to be up with him too? I can't do it. I can't do it...."

The Holy Spirit knew I needed those words, and they were strangely comforting in the early morning hours. And when I awoke this morning, I knew what today was going to bring.

Sleep training, toddler style.

I pulled good ole Ferber off the shelf. And what do you know? He had a suggestion for a toddler recently sprung from the crib (though the problems started before moving her to a different bed). He suggested "cribbing" their whole room with a baby gate, because their little brains can't resist the temptation of escaping, even if they are tired. Ummm...yep. That would be Jemma!

So tonight I will bring out the baby gate (because we only have problems at night, not at naps). And we will again do interval sleep training, just as I did when she was a baby. 

Wish me well, because if I don't sleep soon, my brain is going to piddle away into a pile of mush...


  1. I feel you. Maia is still not sleeping through the night consistently. I also love how the Lord brings specific verses to mind when they're needed. Hope this goes well for you guys.

    1. It's so hard...especially when we ALL need good sleep...even those go-strong toddlers! The gate helped last night, so we'll see how the next few nights go!

  2. We will pray Jemma sleeps through the night!


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