I admit through gritted teeth while hiding behind my curtains, that I followed Gina Ford’s ‘Contented Little Baby Book’ almost to the letter and reaped the rewards.
My daughter was sleeping through 3 nights a week from 8 weeks old, and by ten weeks, she was sleeping through from 6pm to 7am every single day.
Sickening I know, and looking back, I think my husband and I were a bit smug when we heard countless tales of ‘up four times a night-ers’ and two year olds still unsettled.
But if I am honest, despite the selfish craving for sleep being fulfilled early, I do not think I would have attempted it again.
Yes Gina’s advice worked, but 9 nine years on, I still feel guilty.
Motherhood is about more than just getting your sleep back. The times my husband and I left our Sarah to cry, for sometimes more than 1/2 an hour, fills me with deep regret and I want to turn the clock back.
So I do sympathise with all the tearful mothers who couldn’t hack it and those but who were told by arrogant mums in the feeding room that their baby’s waking up because ‘they haven’t done Gina Ford’.
At those times, I’m surprised there were not several more single fathers created, as one mum ends up in the grave while the other spends her days in prison.
The lady who I have re-blogged below, has captured the heart of mothers everywhere as she very aptly explains why Gina Ford’s advice is not for everyone.
I certainly could not have followed her programme if I was a single mum or a wife who’s husband wasn’t on board. He was the one determined to stick to the rules but on my own, I would have buckled after three days.
As my precious little bundle let out her deafening cries, my tummy would tighten and send shooting pains all over my abdomen. My breathing became shallow and guilt flooded my entire core.
We were made to think we were doing the right thing, but I’m not so sure we did.
The conclusion that stands out clear in my head is that Gina’s fountain of knowledge and opinionated opinions, are certainly not for everyone, but for those who readily accept them, they need to keep quiet, humbly give thanks that it worked for them and pray for those for whom it did not.