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Happy New Year everyone! Here is the scoop. Several months ago, my computer crashed. We are still working to hopefully save my hard drive, but so far, all is lost :*(.

So, I had a list of ideas for articles for the blog saved on the computer. It was 10 pages long! I now have no list. I have a long list in my head, but I have lost all requests from readers. If you have ever requested an article and have yet to see it, please comment and tell me again. If you haven’t requested and want to, go ahead!

FYI, we have since bought an external hard drive that I keep back up files on. I am still hoping to recover our stuff…mostly pictures! I had backed up lots, but my burner broke just before my computer crashed and I lost a few months worth…here’s hoping.


Valerie, also known as The Babywise Mom, is the mother to four children. She has been blogging on Babywise and general parenting since 2007. She has a degree in technical writing and loves using those skills to help parents be the best parents they can be! Read her book, The Babywise Mom Nap Guide, to get help on sleep from birth through the preschool years. You can also find her writing at, Today Parenting, and Her View From Home. Read more about Valerie and her family on the About page. Follow her on FacebookPinterest, and Instagram for more tips and helps.

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  1. Amanda
    January 2, 2010 / 5:50 PM

    hi, i just recently found your blog and left a comment awhile back but now can't remember the day i did that!! i have a 7 week old and had a lactation consultant come to the house because i couldn't figure out why i was having such bad nipple pain after all this time. she thought i had yeast, so my internist got me diflucan but only gave me enough for a week. it's been 5 days and so far i am not feeling much difference. i am also taking grapefruit seed extract and acidopholus (sp?)…i read that you had this too and was wondering what your treatment looked like. i am so discouraged and don't want to give up breastfeeding but i don't know what else to do!!! thanks, amanda

  2. Christie
    January 2, 2010 / 7:56 PM

    I lost many pictures as well a while back when we had to reformat our hard drive…I was devastated. Something you may want to try is to find a program that recovers deleted files from your memory card, that may help. Still loving the blog!

  3. Brie
    January 2, 2010 / 8:13 PM

    Amanda, I had horrible nipple pain with my second. It lasted right at four weeks and was just part ofgetting used to nursing. However, I did use a compound called magic nipple cream that a local pharmacy makes. I now it had nystatin in it.

  4. Ashlee
    January 2, 2010 / 9:32 PM

    Hi Valerie,As a photographer I certainly know the value of Back ups. so I wanted to recommend a program called Carbonite I use external drives as well as Carbonite :)such a BUMMER, you must be totally heartbroken, I can't imagine. good luck in restoring your hard drive.ashlee

  5. naomiorrell
    January 2, 2010 / 9:40 PM

    I am having a constant problem with NIGHT waking. I have a 25 month old and a 6 month old. The 2 year old was a very easy baby to implement babywise with, and was napping beautifully and sleeping 12 hours at night by 3 months. The 6 month old is a very happy, content baby. He naps great during the day, but I cannot get him to sleep through the night. He wakes up at least once. I don't nurse him, just settle him and he usually goes right back to sleep. I have tried leaving him to settle himself, we did 3 nights in a row, but after about 2 hours, (and hubby and the other 2 kids were awake now too), I finally nursed him out of sheer exhaustion. He falls asleep fine, but ALWAYS wakes up around 3 or 4 am. I know he isn't hungry, because I can settle him without feeding, and always sleeps until at least 7 am (the usual wake time in our house). Any suggestions??

  6. Doniell
    January 3, 2010 / 12:17 PM

    I hope that u get this…I just want u to know that the EXACT thing happened to me in July 09!!! I had pics from my new baby girl's (born April 09) entire life!!!and 2/3 of my son's (5 yr old)!!! That is the BAD news!!! The good news is that my hubby was able to set up an operating system (UMBUNTU) that served to allow us to just move the files we wanted…I still lost pictures BUT…I was a able to salvage many of them to put onto an external hard drive!!! I also bought a valuable lesson!!!! I suggest that it is DEFINATELY worth funding the MOST knowledable computer person that u can to help u (even if it costs) b/c those memories are priceless!!! Good luck!!! I will be praying for the best!!! -D

  7. LKD
    January 3, 2010 / 3:06 PM

    Valorie,You responded to one of my group posts about pacys and said you would create a blog about it. I use Wubbanubs: They are soothies attached to stuffed animals which helps keep the pacy on the chest for swaddled infants and makes the EASY to find when babies get older. My DD is 10 months old. We plan to wean soon. We'll poke a hole in the pacy and then eventually cut off the pacy and let her keep her four "friends".Thanks.

  8. Michael and Natalie
    January 3, 2010 / 4:16 PM

    I had asked you to write a more detailed post on Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child. Good luck!!

  9. TheOzz
    January 3, 2010 / 8:42 PM

    You might try your local Staples store in your efforts to recover your hard drive. A friend took his hard drive there and they recovered everything for about $200. Our Staples has a truck that comes around once per week and does hard drive recoveries.

  10. bethers21
    January 3, 2010 / 9:17 PM

    We had the same thing happen! My husband is a CPA and lost over 10 years of tax files. A friend used a program called GetDataBack that was able to retrieve all the needed files and pics (after paying a local computer store to try). We now use Carbonite and Mozy online backup…something about trusting hardware again 😉 We also use Google's Picasa for picture storage/backup. Hope you find something that works!!!!

  11. amy
    January 4, 2010 / 12:21 AM

    I would like a post about weaning. I have a 12 mos old and am starting to think about it – I am tired. I am thinking to get him through flu season, March, but don't know if I can make it that long. I'm not a fan of soy or dairy,so that is a problem too. What about a post about the wild and wonderful 4 yr olds? (physiological development) schooling/to preschool or not? teaching respect for elders and not being wise in own eyes?

  12. Daisy
    January 4, 2010 / 12:54 AM

    Hi there — love your blog. I'd love a post on transitioning to babies to a cup from a sippy cup. My daughter finds it amusing when she drinks from a cup i'm holding but she can't grasp the concept on her own. She's 12 months — when should i be more assertive about her drinking from a cup? How will she get enough fluids if I drop the sippy cups (since half the liquid from the cups inevitably ends up on the floor or her).Thanks!

  13. Daisy
    January 4, 2010 / 3:18 PM

    Two other quick things it'd be really helpful to hear your thoughts on:1) playpens — do you use them? my child hates it but babywise seems to be a big advocate of them2) foreign languages — are you trying to teach your children a foreign language while they're babies? seems like a wonderful gift to give a child…Thanks again!

  14. roberjen
    January 4, 2010 / 6:11 PM

    post idea – different discipline philosophies – spanking vs. time outs vs. "extra" chores. I've been reading a lot about this lately (Babywise vs. Love Logic books vs. Strong Willed Child) and I am kind of at a loss! I have an 11 month old who is going to need some of this soon. Right now, she just hears a lot of "no's" and gets a lot of redirecting.

  15. Sarah
    January 5, 2010 / 1:34 PM

    We are having trouble with our 5 month old sleeping during the night. She is on a schedule during the day and does very well with it, feeding, playing, and napping well. She goes down for bed by 8:00pm. On a 'normal' night (for her), she wakes up anywhere between 2:00-3:00am. I nurse her, but she won't go back to sleep. She stays up for 2-4 hours before passing back out. We are SO exhausted and wanted to see if you might be able to shed some light on this situation. Thanks!!

  16. ys
    January 10, 2010 / 12:24 AM

    I have a couple of ideas for posts….however mine are going to be more geared for "older" LO's. I think it may be helpful to moms who follow the -Wise series and who are subsequent children. This blog is great for the infants and young toddlers….I LOVE it when you do the older toddlers and preschoolers. So anything in those age brackets are great!Couple of specific ideas: polls for sleep totals in 24 hrs for these older ages (I'm thinking 2.5, 3, 3.5, 4), more on juggling multiple children (especially of varying ages and when older ones have school,etc or a post of how younger babies are different when born into larger families) more on sibling relationships and "issues".

  17. mtmommy
    January 10, 2010 / 8:26 PM

    How about a post on working outside the home and BW? I have realized that if you're really consistent w/ it the times you are at home it is still very doable. I'd like to know how others manage to balance the two. Thanks for this blog!

  18. The Nilsen's Journey
    January 11, 2010 / 8:54 PM

    First off, thank you for your newborn/baby summaries! They are super helpful! Would you be able to blog about having a baby & toddler and dealing with tantrums? Also, did you switch to the 4 hour routine at 4 months as in baby whisperer and if so, could you blog about advice how to switch to that? Thanks!

  19. Plowmanators
    January 15, 2010 / 11:06 PM

    Amanda, oh the yeast. I went through that with both girls. With Kaitlyn, I got so bad. I was cracked, bleeding, in utter pain. I did diflucan, she did nystatin, and it improved, but wasn't gone until she was 7 months. I did also try out acidopholus (sp?), but I don't think that helped much.With McKenna, I didn't let it get as bad. I did the diflucan a couple of times and it didn't work (around here, they start you with just one pill at a time and hope that cures you…right 🙂 ). Finally, my doc was gone and I got a doc on call and she did a 14 day regimin and it was gone! There are tons of possible treatements. I would try out maybe and look up yeast infection. Google it, too. See if you can find anything to help.Oh, also, I think soaking your nipples in saline water helps. Even regular water helps. And frequently change your nursing pads. Good luck!

  20. Plowmanators
    January 15, 2010 / 11:09 PM

    Thanks everyone for your recovery tips. We took it to some computer dudes who said it was beyond them, so it is currently at a friend of my husband's. So we shall see. I appreciate all of the tips for helping and avoid this 🙂

  21. Plowmanators
    January 15, 2010 / 11:12 PM

    naomiorrell, I suggest you see Nigthtime sleep issues–revised and update post (done Jan of 2010). That should give you some ideas. Good luck!

  22. Plowmanators
    January 15, 2010 / 11:19 PM

    LKD, thanks!

  23. Plowmanators
    January 15, 2010 / 11:21 PM

    Amy, see the post "weaning from breast/bottle/formula/etc" and let me know if that answers your questions about that. If you go to the blog index and then go to the dropping things index, you will find it. I also have a post titled "wise in own eyes" if you go to the discipline index under "freedoms"

  24. Plowmanators
    January 15, 2010 / 11:22 PM

    Amy, what did you have in mind for physiological development?

  25. Plowmanators
    January 15, 2010 / 11:24 PM

    Daisy, oh–well I don't do that as a baby. I stick to sippy cups for a long time 🙂 So I don't know 🙂

  26. Plowmanators
    January 19, 2010 / 5:43 PM

    roberjen, great ideas. I will add them to my list. One thing for you to note now is that there is no one right way for all children. You have to figure out the best method for your child–coupled with your personality. Logic might be hard for the non-logical person 🙂

  27. Plowmanators
    January 19, 2010 / 5:45 PM

    Sarah, that is very odd for a baby that age. I suggest you first see two different posts:5-8 month sleep disruptionsandNighttime sleep issues–revised and updated (published this month)Read through those and see if they give you some insight.

  28. Plowmanators
    January 23, 2010 / 9:39 PM

    great ideas YS. Thanks!

  29. Plowmanators
    January 23, 2010 / 9:41 PM

    Will do, mtmommy! I do have a post on "daycare and BW," so until this one comes, that might give you a glimpse.

  30. Plowmanators
    January 26, 2010 / 5:39 PM

    Nilsen's Journey,Will do. Do you mean dealing with tantrums while you are caring for the baby at the same time? Is that what you are looking for?And I did do 4 hour at four months…I will do a post on it, but basically I just let her sleep longer because I was always waking her up.

  31. Ben & Jenny
    February 3, 2010 / 11:20 PM

    I would love to learn how to better assign appropriate logical consequences/loss of priviledge for misbehavior. Help me develop a creative mindset with regards to this.

  32. Ben & Jenny
    February 4, 2010 / 2:57 PM

    How about a post on delayed consequences for when your child disobeys another authority figure when parents aren't present? You helped me with my post on BBC, but I would love to hear more thoughts on this.

  33. Plowmanators
    February 15, 2010 / 7:08 PM

    Ben & Jenny, good ideas! I will add them to my list.

  34. Jenny
    July 26, 2010 / 7:22 PM

    Hi Valerie!Your recent posts about sample schedules are kind of in line with a question I've been thinking about. My youngest is 17mo and is on 1 nap, but we're still tinkering with best times to put her down. I also have a 3 y/o who is still taking a very consistent nap.I've noticed that McKenna doesn't get up until later in the morning and goes down later in the evening than many babies. It would be so nice to be able to stay out later after dinner and have my kids go to bed at a similar time. Or have their afternoon nap align better so that we didn't have to hurry home early at lunchtime. I can really see the benefit of having the younger one's schedule shifted later. Coordinating the schedules is not something I considered much when she was an infant and now I feel like she's sorta stuck in her patterns (I was also working PT and earlier wake was necessary then). My 3 y/o is getting to a stage where peer interaction is needed more and I'd like to maximize our time out. I'm also thinking about how I'd do things better/differently should there be a #3.I would love to hear your thoughts on coordinating schedules from the beginning with future stages in mind.

  35. Plowmanators
    July 29, 2010 / 2:47 PM

    Jenny, I will do a post on that.McKenna was more o a natural late waker–it wasn't something I worked toward or had a goal for, it just happened. It is nice, for sure, but not planned. But I will write about it.

  36. Jenny
    July 30, 2010 / 1:32 AM

    Thanks! I look forward to hearing your thoughts.I've always wondered if the time we choose to start the day for newborns has any effects on morning waking as our children get older. THere must be some play since we all seem to adjust to DST:)

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