Kennedy was never a great sleeper. As a newborn, if I got a three hour stretch that was something to write home about. I remember those 4am feedings (after the 10pm, midnight and 2am ones) thinking to myself, people are actually getting ready to get up now and I have barely gotten to sleep. But those days are long gone and now I have a big girl on my hands, who WAS only waking up once or twice a night (I know, still not great) until last week. I don't know if it was her teething, us getting back from vacation or just because it was a day ending in -day but she was waking up every 2-3 hours. By night three I was losing my marbles and starting to feel like my life was falling apart. I, no joke, started keeping a log of how much she was waking up and it was seriously depressing. I would try not to feed her but after her waking back up every 30 minutes after it took 30 to put her down, I was giving in. Sigh.
Then Sunday happened, my good Mama friend told me about lavender oil... She said she put it on the corner of her daughter's mattress and afterwards, her daughter slept through the entire night. My friend kindly let me borrow this magical potion since it was pretty much an emergency. So, that night I put it on Kennedy's crib mattress and did a quiet prayer. Fast forward EIGHT hours and I had to go in Kennedy's room and feel her pulse because she still hadn't woken up... I mean, Kennedy didn't sleep through the night (let's not get crazy here) but she did give me enough sleep to actually feel like a human being. It's the little things. So, the next time your Mama friend is going crazy on lack of sleep, let her take a nap or buy her some lavender oil... she'll certainly thank you.