A Very Merry Christmas

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I hope you all have a fabulous Christmas wherever you are this year. I hope it can be as stress free as possible and that you can enjoy it. I hope you can take time to reflect on the reason for the season, Jesus Christ. Not only His birth, but His life and ressurection also.

I thank you all for your comments and support of this blog. I love to hear from you.

I wanted to let you know that I will be taking next week off. Regular posting will recommence January 3. I know–I go 2.5 years with no breaks and then take two in one year! Good job me. I will still be answering questions, but not posting. I hope you have a lovely Christmas and holiday season!

I also wanted to point out some posts that might help you navigate the Christmas season and holidays:

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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 Babywise.life, 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. Jennifer
    December 24, 2010 / 11:23 PM

    Merry Christmas, Valerie! I hope yours is wonderful!

  2. Amy
    December 25, 2010 / 3:51 AM

    Merry Christmas! I read your blog daily and it has been an invaluable resource in raising my 2 year old daughter. Thank you for your wonderful insight, and I wish you and your family a restful break!Cheers,Amy

  3. Leah
    December 28, 2010 / 4:04 AM

    Merry Christmas. Like Amy I also read daily. You seem to have all the answers. Thank you for all that you do!

  4. Janelle
    January 3, 2011 / 6:43 AM

    Blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year from Malaysia! I've been following your blog ever since Abby was born in May 2010 and have been very blessed, thank you 🙂 I do, however need some advice. Abby is a great sleeper but needs to nap in a quiet place and preferably in a cot. this is no problem at her grandparents' homes but people have been telling me to train her to sleep "anywhere", so that she can nap while we're out. We live in a rural area, its quiet and so far our outings are either to her granparents' homes for the entire day (they live 1 hour away) or after her afternoon nap (she is a BW baby, by the way). How do I go about doing this, if I decide to do it? Abby is curious and loves to know whats going on – she doesn't sleep in church unless we're in the mothers' room, and thats the biggest disruption to her routine. Have I created a very fussy sleeper? Thank you and God bless!

  5. Plowmanators
    January 10, 2011 / 7:12 PM

    Thank you everyone!

  6. Plowmanators
    January 10, 2011 / 7:16 PM

    Janelle, no, you haven't created an uncommon problem. If a baby sleeps in her bed usually, she won't sleep well outside of a bed (like in arms or car seats). That is the trade-off. Those that sleep well out and about don't sleep well in bed. I prefer to have bed sleep over out and about sleep. I figure most of the kids' sleeping time is at home, so that is the preferable place to sleep well.So I wouldn't train her to sleep in arms or carseats or anything like that. You can bring a bed when appropriate/possible.

  7. Janelle
    January 13, 2011 / 1:45 AM

    Thank you for your advice, I needed the reassurance – Abby's the only BW kid in our circle of family/friends so we're always getting conflicting opinions and advice. I too prefer bed sleep for Abby and she likes the calm. Thanks again and God bless!

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