PURE MICHIGAN! I'm so glad to be back in my home state! I started out of CK105 in Flint and, man, was I AWFUL. From there I worked at 92.1 The Edge in East Lansing and Wings 103.1 in Lapeer. My first Detroit gig was Z-Rock followed by 102.7 The Bear with Ted Nugent: talk about fun! Ted was hilarious and so great to fight with in the studio. When Ted took his show to his house and out of Detroit, things got a little less lively, so I took a job at WMMR in Philadelphia.
In Philly, I met my husband and we had our daughter, Mackenzie. I left WMMR and went to work part-time for WYSP while being home with our daughter. When Mackenzie turned four, we moved to Washington DC and I worked for DC101... also a riot. Washington DC is beautiful! There is nothing like the Cherry Blossom festival: simply amazing. We checked out museums and took ghost tours: the city is incredible.
A few years later, I started working for WRNR in Annapolis. I love the Annapolis vibe and the amazing people that populate Maryland's capitol. While with WRNR, my husband and I had our son, Jake, and I worked from home as WRNR's Digital Content Manager.
If I may tell you what you already know, Jay Towers is good people. When I found out I was going to be Jay's co-host, I literally screamed like I'd won the lottery. This is the funnest "job" I have ever had. Jay is a BLAST and he's also genuine, decent, a hard worker and also family oriented.... all values I hold in the highest respect... just please, don't tell him I said that... I like to keep him guessing.
Our oldest child, Mackenzie, was a piece of cake when it came to getting her to sleep in her "big girl" bed. She never climbed out of the crib. She was just over two years old when we switched her out to a regular bed. We talked to her, encouraged her, and we put a gate across her door for a couple of nights: DONE. She got it.
Our youngest child, Jake, was/is a different child and we are different parents... the kids are 10 years apart. Jake was climbing out of his crib before 18 months. For safety reasons, we HAD to get rid of the crib. The first night (picture left), we tried the same thing that we did with Mackenzie. Jake's reaction was quite different. He had a fit, cried and eventually fell asleep wedged under the baby gate we had put across his door. Being the awesome parents we are, we buckled and let Jake sleep with us.
Fast forward 18 MORE months, and I woke up Saturday morning with a baby foot in my face. Jake is STILL sleeping with us.
First there was the move from Maryland back to Michigan: During the move, any hope for routine was thrown out the window. Once we got settled, we tried returning to routine of reading to Jake at 8:30pm and he would go to bed with me around 9pm. I got no sleep, he was awake and acting like a baby bumper car until my husband took him downstairs.
To be fair and clear, we did not stick with the routine... we folded like a house of parental cards. We tried the "go to bed with Mommy" routine for a week... most other plans did not last that long. There's also an issue with the fact that we want time and quality sleep to our selves, but at the same time, Jake is so stinking sweet and cute and we love having him sleep with us... he's only this age once.
What worked for you? How can we get Jake safe and comfortable in his OWN bed and take back an hour or two a night to watch "Walking Dead" or simply spend some time together as adults? Should we even bother? I miss my "me" time, but one day, I'll miss this bonding time. How did you get your kid out of your bed? How old were they?
I try to give helpful advice when I can, but this time, I am straight up asking for help. Suggestions? Please and thank you.