The Curious Riddle of Motherhood {plus a giveaway!!}

Hi friends! I apologize for the shortage of posts this past week. Boy oh BOY are we sleepy around here! My precious little mister has become a daytime cat napper. He is sleeping well at night but during the day he jolts awake after 10 minutes of napping and it is nearly impossible to get him back to sleep. He is wide awake and ready to go!

I have tried just about everything! Today I tried to combine all forces by first nursing him, then swaddling him, then putting him down in his carseat (his preferred place to nap-he hates his crib and doesn’t like to lay flat), then putting his carseat in the laundry room with the dryer on (he loves the white noise of the dryer). He still woke after 10 minutes. I am hopeful this is a season that will pass as he gets a bit older? No naps for Wynn=no blogging time for me. I have so many things I want to write and share but this past week I have just lacked the time to do it (or brush my hair or use the bathroom without an audience).

I will say that it is a curious riddle of motherhood that you can hope all day for just 10 minutes to yourself and then when the baby does fall asleep or your husband comes home from work and you are apart from the baby for more than 2 minutes, you physically miss him.

In other news, please welcome new sponsor The Pleated Poppy! Lindsey, who also blogs here, has oodles of homemade goodness for your home and your wardrobe! Who doesn’t want an extra dose of pretty. My personal favorites from her shop are these posy pins in a lovely strawberry lemonade color just perfect for summer!

One of these would look wonderful pinned on a crisp white oxford! Hop on over to The Pleated Poppy and come back and tell me what you would love from Lindsey’s store and one lucky winner will score a $30 store credit to purchase or put toward your favorite thing!

Giveaway will end Thursday at midnight.

The commenter who leaves advices that results in Wynn taking a sufficient nap in a place other than mommy’s arms will be entered in the drawing 1,000 times.

Thanks friends!


  1. Maybe let him sleep on his tummy like you probably did when you were a baby? My 3 daughters slept on their tummy’s and never had any problem.

  2. i would love to buy a notebook as a bday gift for my officemate. she would love it!

    and as for sweet baby wynn, try swaddling him tight and placing him in a vibrating bouncy seat. that’s the only way i could get any of my kids to nap!

  3. Poor Mr. W and poor you… There’s just so much going on and he doesn’t want to miss a thing! Thanks for hosting a great giveaway and I hope your little sleeps a little easier tomorrow πŸ™‚

  4. Oooooh, yummy! Pretty much in love with those strawberry lemonade posy pins.

    And… if Mommy’s arm’s aren’t an option for suggestion, maybe Daddy’s arms? πŸ™‚ XO friend.

  5. I liked the pleated poppy aprons and hair clips! So cute! Hope your little one starts sleeping during the day. Maybe he is going through a growth spurt. I used the book On Becoming Baby Wise and put my 3 on a schedule. If he is 7-8 weeks they usually go through a growth spurt and nap 45 minutes and wake up to nurse/bottle feed.

  6. Your Wynn is absolutely precious.
    I just brought my daughter and 1 week old son, Mason, back home with me for a while.
    Even being the secondary caregiver has changed my blogging habits!
    Here’s hoping that your sweet guy can sleep for more than 10 minutes.

  7. Last week, the Pleated Poppy had some of the pink & green posy pins in her shop. I love those!! My baby tip for you is to try a baby swing. I know all of the books say that they should sleep in their cribs, but my baby slept in her swing for EVERY.SINGLE.NAP for the first 9 months of her life. She loved it, & I was able to get a shower once a day. Definitely a good thing!! Ok, another tip, is to prop him up in his boppy, he will feel like your arms are around him & he will be somewhat vertical. This is how we got our baby to start sleeping in her crib. Hope you can figure something out!!

  8. Hey Erin! Madeline is not a good napper either. To do this day she will sleep about twice a day for on average 20 minutes. Sometimes it is 45, sometimes 10. Not even worth the trip up to her room in the crib. The up side is that she started sleeping through the night at 8 weeks and it is heaven! She sleeps from 8-8 like a champ! We started her in her crib at 3.5 weeks and she took to it really well. I will say, many nights she fell asleep in our room first and then we transferred her. I will trade the lack of naps for the night sleep any day. I know what you mean about the missing them. It is like you are dying to give yourself a break, but then they go down and you don’t know what to do with yourself πŸ™‚ One thing that I will say worked awesome for us was her papasan swing…best $150 we spent. She did sleep really well in this and it provided much needed relief. Here is a link to the one we have from babies r us.

    I hope all is well and you are enjoying this beautiful spring weather!

  9. I LOVE the pleated poppy. I am so sorry about Mr. Wynn not taking naps. This IS just a faze promise. Every child is different so what works for one child will not work for another. It sounds like you are trying everything I would have tried. How about a swing or his car seat? My youngest had horrible reflux so he had to sleep inclined. Good luck and remember this too shall pass. πŸ™‚

  10. I certainly don’t NEED another zippered pouch, but I’m sure I could find SOMETHING to put in one of those cute ruffled pouches!

    I don’t have kids, so I probably don’t have the 1,000 entry answer. I DO know, however, that a pre-nap routine (changing his diaper, singing, reading a book, other soft low-key activities)is key (in my experience as a nanny) to getting kids on a routine nap schedule. It certainly won’t happen overnight, but give it a week or so and maybe you’ll start to see a difference! Good luck!

  11. I love the Pleated Poppy! Especially her new Bloom Bags! Plus, those Posy Pins are adorable! As for Wynn, no babies for us yet, so I’m afraid I’m not much help. Your best bet is probably lots of prayer. πŸ™‚ On another note, that picture is absolutely adorable!

  12. As somebody else mentioned, a nap routine should help some. Also, make sure that he isn’t over stimulated before his nap, so 10-15 minutes before, remove him from stimulating toys, etc. I have a 9.5 month old boy and had similar nap issues, except they were 30 minute naps. I found to be a huge help with “sleep training” but I didn’t start that until he was about 4 months old. We also use a white noise sound machine called “sleep mate” – you can buy them online. It’s awesome! Good luck!

  13. Erin you just made me laugh out loud with your 1000 entries! You don’t have to enter me in the contest nor do i have advise to quite a cranky baby (I never napped and the one time i did i didn’t wake up and my mom thought i was dead!) But i KNOW you’re are being a fantastic mom. Oh! wait i do have advise-My cousin sherry Jo (world’s greatest mom) has 5 children and she would drink a beer if the baby was fussy before she nursed. Said it helped calm them down and rest. Don’t know if it’s dr. recommended, but she has 5 beautiful, smart children and she’s not a redneck-I swear πŸ™‚ Good luck! love you-S

  14. You know that curious riddle you were talking about? Well another one is that in just a few short months, little Wynn will think he’s much too busy to be able to nap in mommy’s arms, and you’ll be back longing for this time to hold him while he sleeps. =) Love the picture. He’s just precious.

  15. if he is a tummy sleeper (all 3 of mine were) make sure you use a monitor that senses his lack of movement (Angel Care?). Also, it sometimes helps to rock the baby, but be sure to slow your breathing (almost as if you are going to sleep). Most babies are sensitive to Mommy’s breathing & will match it~that was my little guy! Best of luck~you will figure it out!

  16. i would love to win, but also wanted to share what i did for my son. i used the little noise-maker/music player that came with my graco pack n play. i would sit it next to thr crib when i put my son down for a nap and put it on the one that sounded like a gurgling stream. it worked like a charm! when he’d wake up we’d just go back in and turn it on again until he was out for good. i am sure you could find a natural sounds cd, but if you already have a pack n play see if you have one of those!

  17. Oh, such pretty pouches at The Pleated Poppy. As far as the little one…count your blessings if he’s sleeping at night! And cherish every moment holding him! But for needed naps, I found a swing worked for my oldest and my youngest liked the vibrating bouncy chair. Trial and error, you’ll find what makes him nap!

  18. Ooo, I would love to win. That pear towel is super cute! I like the checkbook cover too.

    Wynn is so precious, what a cute photo. Maybe sleeping on his tummy will work? That used to work for my younger brother. I’m not a mom yet though so I’m not sure if that is safe at his age.

  19. ok, obviously i can’t win, but…. all my kids were non sleepers, but the moby wrap worked wonders. they all slept if they were nursing/latched on, but you know you can’t do that ALL day, so the next best thing was for them to be literally attached to me, as close as physically possible. and with the moby versus other carriers, i was completely hands free. like i could bend over and not feel the baby move at all like he/she were going to fall out. all blogging and housework could be done with it! just an idea!

  20. I wish I could offer some sleep tips, but I don’t have kids…just 2 cats and they sleep all of the time, so it’s not a problem for me! πŸ™‚
    I have always loved the Pleated Poppy’s posy pins (say that 10 times fast!) and would love to win!

  21. I want to second the suggestion of allowing him to sleep on his tummy. If I fall asleep on my back I feel like I’m falling and jerk awake. We had such a hard time with my eldest son, trying to get him to sleep and stay asleep – as soon as he could roll over he would sleep on his tummy and slept so much better that way. With my second we put him on his tummy and he was much happier. I do want to add that we had the Angel Care monitor (I couldn’t have done it without that monitor for peace of mind!)

  22. Try turning on a hair-dryer. Totally works! Very calming! Especially useful if you want to get some great baby pictures without a lot of squirming and “hands in the face” action. I have 4 kids and accidentally discovered this with my first, when I was drying my hair. Worked like a charm on all 4 of them πŸ™‚

  23. sweet little baby. i’m so sorry he isn’t napping. would you let him sleep on his tummy?

    i would like a checkbook cover from the pleated poppy. or a covered journal. or some posy pins. or really just anything she has in her shop… πŸ™‚

  24. Oh, how well I remember those days..almost 14 years ago! Swing, rock, pray, we did it all to try to coax a nap from our first.
    Love the flower pins!
    (LOVE the yawning picture! What a treasure. I love the “face scrubbing” thing babies do with their fists. So sweet!

  25. Things change so fast with babies, one week they sleep, one week they don’t. One day they’re little, one day they’re all grown up. Don’t fight it, just enjoy this time–he just wants to be wide awake and not miss a moment with his mommy. Enjoy and soak up every bit of this marvelous journey–the blog can wait, Wynn cannot.

  26. Not sure what other people have commented on as far as naps, but sometimes when all else fails, the ring sling or other type of sling and bouncing on a large (65cm) stablity ball is the only thing that worked for my daughter until she got a bit older. In fact, bouncing to sleep on that ball was her preferred way to fall asleep.

    I will also add that although mommies do need breaks, stressing over the naps is unneeded stress b/c they will fall into a pattern all on their own. Its very hard but if he’s sleeping great at night then try not to worry too much. He won’t always need to be in your arms to sleep. And one day they will squirm to get out if you just try and get a hug or kiss.

    Happiest Baby on the Block worked wonders…

  27. Oh and the Pleated Poppy- Super cute! I love the notebook covers and the aprons. I may have to buy one whether I win or not…too cute!

  28. Wish I had words of wisdom in the sleep dilema but most of my babies were non-sleepers!! I have finally caught up though! The Pleated Poppy zippered bags are my favorite!!

  29. Hey gal! I’ve been wondering about ya! I was a little worried… What an adoreable name for a business – The Pleated Poppy. Super fun! I jumped over there and saw her little zipper bags – there is one with grey/black words and a green ruffle… stinkin’ cute!

    Oh Mr. Wynn… well… the only thing I do with my boys is swaddle them (I hate to say it) super tight so they can’t get their arms out at all! Then I make sure they aren’t going to be too hot or too cold (maybe they need socks, or hat or a lighter swaddle blanket) Then I make them sleep in their beds. William would throw fits – he would grunt and squack because he hate being swaddled – I would just give him his paci (which, by the way, I hated doing but I couldn’t be a human paci for him anymore so I HAD TO!) He definately would do that in and out thing – It is OKAY for him to be squacking or even light/medium crying – he’ll let you know when it is ABSOLUTELY necessary for you to pick him up and comfort him… If he’s been fed, has a clean diaper and you know he is good to go – I think it is good for their little hearts to hang out and work out on their own… Remember, you know what to do! Whatever your little heart is telling you – don’t hesitate or second guess – you know what is best. Praying for you. ((Hugs))The lady of the House

  30. Have you tried a heating pad?? Newborns like your smell and body heat πŸ™‚ So I’ve heard you can sometimes “trick” them by laying them on a heating pad (on low, under blankets or a shirt that smells like you, always using common sense :)) after they fall asleep. Worth a shot! Good luck!

  31. Maybe your son is like mine. He’d sleep 11 – 12 hours a day as a newborn instead of 14-15. Now he’s down to 10 at 5 yrs. Dr. said some kids are just that way. More time for fun!

  32. what set of posies wouldn’t I love?
    I also really like the headband- looks like something a mother and her toddler daughter could share!
    I have to agree w/ previous commenter that tummy sleeping worked for my two- but it’s a VERY difficult decision to make because of the sids risk. You still won’t get more than 10 minutes away from him at a time because you’ll always want to go check that he’s still breathing (at least until he gets older and has more head control!). I personally wouldn’t have put my kids on their bellies if any of the other risks applied to us…. we also co slept… wonder if you could lay own next to him somewhere and then try to sneak away after 10 minuted when he’s in a deeper sleep?

  33. I love the brown and green posies! So chic! My daughter didn’t nap well until she was 14 months old. I feel like I tried everything but she was just content to sleep at night. Do you have black out shades or a way to make the room really dark? It might be the light that is waking him.

  34. Hm- I am not sure I can help. I would try to get him on a schedule- but good luck with that!

    Thanks for hosting this giveaway! I would love to win.

  35. Do you have a baby swing? That was/is the only place other than in my arms my sweet boys would sleep during the day! I’ll bet since he likes the position of the carseat and the white noise of the dryer, he would love a swing that makes noises (plays music). Sometimes once I get my 4 month old to sleep in my arms I gently place him in the swing and without even turning it on, he sleeps really well there and in the wee hours of the morning after feeding him if he refuses to go back to sleep in his crib, he will often allow the swing to rock him to sleep. Good luck!

  36. Hi Erin
    I don’t know if you’ve tried this, but my kids went to sleep with Yo-Yo Ma playing in the background. Sometimes a little drive in the car with it playing helped too. Good Luck!

  37. I would second the comment to use a moby wrap or whatever you have and just wear him all day! He wants to be close to you and its so much easier to get things done! He will sleep, eat, and do everything he needs to do right with you. If you want to sleep, sleep with him. That was the only thing that worked with my daughter and it turned out to be a blessing for both of us. When you can’t wear him, try the Miracle Blanket. It’s a different type of swaddle blanket and people swear by it! Just thought I’d add my 2 cents! πŸ™‚

  38. My oldest would only nap in my arms. Once or twice a day, however, I would bundle him into the Baby Bjorn and set off walking. He was asleep before we got to the road, and as long as I walked, he slept; the bonus was that it helped to melt the baby weight (not so easy with the next 3 kids).

    I like the little zippered pouch.

  39. I love the set of posey pins.
    My youngest of five children is 10 so it seems so long ago! I don’t remember problems sleeping, but will say that I never kept it quiet. I could vacuum around them. I also would rock them till sleepy and put them in bed while awake so they didn’t wake up when I put them down.

  40. Hi Erin, you poor tired Momma! I have twins plus 1 more. My youngest would NOT let me put her down. Ever. She also wouldn’t let anyone hold her except for Daddy sometimes…from the moment she came home. She basically did everything in my arms or a snuggli almost the entire first year. Then at 13 months it was like a switched was flipped and she turned into a super self confident, happy little lady and has stayed that way the past 8 years. So perhaps strap him on and keep him along for the ride! πŸ˜‰ I hope it gets better! BTW, I adore the Pleated Poppy Petal Pusher in Pure White!

  41. Beautiful baby boy! Since hospital nurseries put newborns in swing literally the day after they are born I had one waiting for us at home by the time my baby girl arrived. It worked wonders…let me take shower in the morning and it gave her the comfort of being soothed w/o getting used to being in arms (they can get very attached to only being held quickly if you let them). I too put her down on her crib, belly down. I made sure he crib was clear of any toys, extra blankies etc. Pediatricians say newborns move around to breathe on instinct so no need to worry that they will suffocate. The car seat may be ideal right now for naps since he is still tiny but at 9 months he is gonna want to wiggly around full body so it’s best to take away that option from him. I believe we show the baby their routine, not other way around.

  42. Oh, I remember those days when a baby wakes up after a short nap. Sometimes, I would have to take my boys for a car ride just to keep them asleep. My daughter went through a period where she loved sleeping in her car seat or in her swing. Each of my kiddies were different. I hope you find something that gets your cutie pie to stay asleep.

    Love this giveaway. I just checked out her website and she has the most adorable things. Count me in.

  43. OK so I love it all, but her checkbook covers are adorable! Love the ruffles. πŸ™‚

    Hope your little man starts feeling better and napping better soon!

  44. I just found your blog! I’m hooked aleady! Hmm, the Pleated Poppy, what’s there not to love? Any of these items would make an awesome Mother’s Day gift! Oh, and your new addition is absolutely beautiful! Congrats!

  45. Even though they don’t rec it–tummy sleeping is great! It took me 3 kids to let go and let my youngest sleep like that. That and time, as they get older they just figure it out. Lot of luck for you!
    Love the Pleated Poppy!

  46. hee hee oh my goodness he’s so cute!!!

    i really get where you’re at right now & i think the biggest thing that helped me (i’m on baby #2 now who’s 4 months old) is just realizing that it truly is so temporary. before you know it, he’ll be sleeping… even if it takes months, it just rushes by.

    BUT… things i’ve tried that worked at points in time- vacuum, (louder than the dryer & he liked it more but such a pain!!) and a really loud rain cd (he didn’t like as much as the dryer) … okay and baby experts might think i’m horrible (but i needed him to sleep!!) but we would put the pacifier in his mouth and sort of tightly swaddle over the pacifier. (kind of like tying it to his mouth… I KNOW how bad this sounds!!) but it was better than duct tape which i considered πŸ˜‰ and totally worked!

    ok, prob way too much advice but he’s adorable.
    lauren @ pure style home

  47. I love the headbands and the posy pins. As for Wynn napping – two of my babies loved sleeping on their tummies. If that makes you nervous – just check on him often at first. (by the way, my DR said it is fine for babies to sleep on their tummy – I know someone will read this and balk, but I’m just sayin’).

  48. This is my first visit to your lovely blog after seeing it mentioned on The Lettered Cottage today. Your baby is sweet!
    I was going to suggest a swing like the others have as well

  49. love that bloom bag- even though it was sold!!! i think you can’t “make” a baby sleep..try a warm bath and lovely lotion on this sweet baby and that might help him sleep..I now have a l l/2 yr old GRANDSON who take one hour naps only!!! the day that i watch him i just know that i’ll get that one hour of putting my feet up. so – i say take the time that he is asleep and put your feet up..close your eyes and just relax..everything else can wait! you only have this day of him being this age…enjoy it..

  50. My fav is the strawberry lemonade posies pins…maybe use attach them to headbands so me and my 2 girls can all match πŸ™‚ Oh, and the only thing would work for me was to put the baby in our bed lay down with them till they are good and asleep then very carefully get out of the bed..making sure there are pillows on all sides in case of a roll over πŸ™‚

  51. My favorites are the posy pens and the watermelon flower…my “baby girl” is 27 years old now– the no sleeping days are a blur in my memory at this point! I did a lot of swaddling and rocking! πŸ™‚ All the best to you!

  52. Try swaddling him nice & snug, place him in a cozy spot where he is more likely to sleep . . . then turn the vacuum on or a fan (bathroom vent etc.) I know the vacuum sounds crazy but my brother & his wife had a terrible time getting their baby girl to sleep, but when they turned the vacuum on, she fell right to sleep. Good luck!

  53. erin,
    i found you via my lovely life. i am enjoying my visit to your blog and want you to know that you are just precious. your faith is unwavering, your love for your family is refreshing and your creative ability is remarkable!

    judi πŸ˜‰

  54. Hey Lady!!!!

    I LOVE the headband!! Her stuff is sooo cute!

    ooooh not sleeping ehh?? Eithera short lived phase or you will find somethig that works! have you tried a swing…thatwas zeke’s fav napspot in the early days!!

    love you sister…praying! msg me your phone #…got lost in my phone meltdown!!


  55. Don’t know if anybody has said this already, but my friends use a baby sling from Pottery Barn Kids. You can still move around n get things done, and the baby loves the movement. Also, you won’t miss him as much cause he’ll be right there with you! I used it when I was babysitting and their 6 month old slept straight for over 2 hours!

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