Maizy's favorite place in the world.
(Don't mind the smeared mascara and ragged look upon my face)
On a somewhat related note I have figured out how to get Maizy to sleep with out being held, or in a wrap or sling. For the longest time she just refused to sleep unless in some way attached to me. This included night time. I would lay her down and with in 10 minutes she was awake crying. At night if I had her sleep in her bassinet she would only go 2 hours between feedings, if I put her in bed with me, I'd get up to 7! For about a week I was too paranoid about SIDS to put in her bed with me but finally pure exhaustion won and she joined our bed. I am not a fan of a baby in my bed. Not something I really want, but it worked and we all got some more rest. Although I certainly did not sleep as well with her in bed next to me. This did not solve our day time sleep issues. Getting anyting done was a challenge. I could rock her and hold her until she was sound asleep and then a few moments longer, lay her down and she's wake right back up. As handy as wraps and slings are and as much as I love them when we're out and about, I did not want to be wearing my baby in one all day long. A friend suggested putting her on her tummy to sleep. Again I resisted paranoid about SIDS but finally gave in and tried it. What do you know my baby sleeps great! She'll sleep in her bassinet all night and all day! I can get some things done. It took me about a week to not check on her constantly worrying about SIDS but she's fine. And the more people I've told, the more I hear that other people break the rules too and put their babies to sleep on their tummies.
The fact that she is sleeping in her bassinet at night, and not on me all day long has produced a few days of me thinking/feeling like I'm starting to get the hang of this. I'm definitely still trying to get my feet under me but there are a few days where I feel like I've done a good job being gentle and kind and interactive with my children and things around the house have gotten done. Those days are usually followed by an awful day but hey, at least they are in there. I know eventually, and hopefully soon the good days will out number the ones where I feel like I've failed. We're getting there.