I was beginning to wonder if it was just me, or if my son was just extra difficult. Besides the sleeping issue, do other kids demand a certain color sippy cup before they'll drink out of it? Will they only eat with a certain spoon or a fork? Do they stand there and scream if you put the "wrong" outfit on them? I found my answer by reading Sleep Is for the Weak, and that answer is a definite YES.
Sleep Is for the Weak, edited by Rita Arens and published by Chicago Review Press, is a compilation of essays written by the best of the Mommybloggers including Amalah, Finslippy, Fussy, Woulda Coulda Shoulda, Mom-101, and more. The stories shared are humorous, sincere, straightforward and thought provoking. Best of all, they are comforting in that you know that you are definitely not alone. The writers all have a unique storytelling style, making the book interesting and to read. In some cases I was able to see issues from a different perspective, which I loved. One of my favorite parts of the book is from an essay by Amy Jo Jones of the blog Binkytown. She describes her sleepless nights of lying on the floor next to her son's crib trying to get him to go to sleep. She finally lays him down on the floor next to her and this is the sweet conversation that they have:
"Mama?" he said. He was still awake.
"Yes, baby. I'm right here."
"Hold hands?" he asked.
"Sure, baby. Let's hold hands."
He again wrapped his little fingers around my hand and with it, my heart.
I thought to myself, I would trade a lifetime of sleep for this.
The book is full of these stories, some endearing, others sarcastic, but all of them honest and true. Apart from some occasional profanity, I enjoyed every single one of them.
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