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A Miracle! – The Rabbit who wants to fall asleep!

Recently there has been a lot of people ranting and raving about how fantastic the book “The rabbit who wants to fall asleep” is! Being the person I am I thought that it would never work.. but seeing more and more reviews and people going crazy for it, I thought I had to give it a shot!

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If you haven’t heard of this book, it is written by the Swedish psychologist Carl-Johan Forssen Ehrlin. She promises to have a child nodding off in no time, with a perfect combination of sentence structure and hypnotic words. Now my child is a very energetic one, and she did use to sleep really well, but as of recent it has taken a long time to get her to go to sleep, especially in her own bed! We tried the usual of star charts, getting to go places if she went to sleep first time and slept in her own bed.. everything! Nothing seemed to be working.. Until now!

The way the book works is that is gives suggestions to your child without your child really realizing that it is time to sleep, and to relax. It is important that you look at this book yourself first before you read it to your child as at the front it explains to you what all the different text styles mean in book. for example, if it is italics you read the words slowly and in a calm voice. It really helps to familiarize yourself with the book first before trying to read it right off the bat! There is also an audiobook of it which you can listen to with your child, or as I did, I listened to it first to see how it was intended to be read!

Here is the link to the audio of it on youtube! You could also play this to your child!

When I first got the book I was a bit thrown back by how long it was, 10 pages with small writing on them! My initial reaction was that.. she is never going to stay still long enough for me to finish this and i going to be up there for ages trying to get her to stay still and to listen to the whole book.. but I didn’t let this out me off! I went on with and thought that I would give it a chance!
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Night 1 – She didn’t want to lay down, I got quizzed about every character, she didn’t like the wizard and she didn’t like the name of the snail. Though as I continued to read the story to her I could see that it was making her tired, and she didn’t like this! She was shaking her head, holding her eyes open and the such, fighting lovely sleep! Why would you do that! I left her room after reading it to her and she was asleep very quickly and didn’t come down stairs at all.. normally it would be at least three times! I was then convinced that she was on to what this book was wanting and would not be letting me read it to her again!

Night 2 – When she was doing her night time routine of going to the toilet and brushing her teeth she asked me would I read her the sleepy book again and would I call the rabbit something different and not do the wizard bit with the magic dust as it got in her eyes, so I did this. She didn’t ask as many questions about the book and lay down the whole time! She asked me to sit on the floor so that she could put her ffeet of the duvet and rolled over and was actually listening to the story without 1001 questions and was so close to sleeping! Though again she didn’t come down once and I’m assuming she was asleep very quickly! This gave me a bit more hope about the book, as it was obviously helping her get to sleep!

Night 3(tonight) – She wasn’t as convinced that she wanted the same story again (I don’t blame her!) but I told her that I would change the names to whatever she wanted again and then she was excited for it again! She lay in her bed and I sat on the floor from the start so that she would be able to get comfy! At the start she was asking me questions and could I change the story etc.. So I tried to a bit!(oops sorry!) Though it was just missing out certain bits that I knew got her asking questions etc .. she curled up to how she normally falls asleep before the first page had finished and then stopped asking questions, was shuffling about so I carried on reading.. by some miracle she was asleep by page four! I was amazed.. I came skipping downstairs to my husband to let him know how quickly she had fallen asleep, without any questions or being told to lay day several times! She just did it all by herself! This book really works!

Now for my review and honest thoughts on it all;
It is absolutely fantastic that this book made her go to sleep while I was reading it, even if it wasn’t the first night, it clearly helped her relax greatly! I am still amazed that a book could help her fall asleep and that she didn’t get bored by it, or tell me that she wanted something else! I can see how it works because the amount of times that the word sleep/relax is incorporated into the story! I’m hoping to read it to her one more night and then be able to read her other stories and she will fall asleep to any one as she knows that she can then relax and listen to the story rather than asking 101 questions about why someone is saying what, or doing what etc! I wouldn’t want to be reading her this book every night mainly because at the moment there is only one and she will quickly bore of it, though they do plan to make more!  Also because I rather enjoy letting her chose a book at bed time! I do think I will incorporate this book into our life though! If she has had a long day, is going to have a long day the next day, or has something stressful (first day of preschool) etc coming up I will read it to her then!
So; if you have a child who is difficult at bed time, i really urge that you try out this book! You will not know what has happened! Give it a few days though and don’t expect it to work straight away! You must try it though!  :]

If you do end up trying it let me know how you get on with it!
I hope you are as amazed as me!
WeeOhana

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New Addition!

Meet our beautiful new addition to our little family; Lilo!
She is just so beautiful, cuddly and adorable! We got her when she was 6 weeks old, the poor litter of pups got rejected by there mummy, so we took her on! She has her second injection tomorrow which I’m a little nervous about! As long as she doesn’t throw a strop with me about it then its ok! =]

She is called Lilo because well, we love Lilo & Stitch if you didn’t already know! 😛 She is a Jack Russell x something.. the vet thinks that she is a Jack Russel x Shih tzu! What is your guess? I just love her little floppy ears, her fluffiness, she is just so wonderful! She is so cuddly and just lovely with the little ones! In-fact, my little boy seems to be her most favorite person in the family! Anytime he lays down to go to sleep, she just cuddles into him and falls asleep herself! But look at how just adorable it is when they cuddle!
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Eeek, aren’t they just the sweetest little things! Though she does have a lot of fun with my little girl too! In particular wasting a lot of energy running about the garden and playing tug of war in the living room! Though they both need reminded when it is time to calm down.. or they would run hyper all day and night!
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Though they all do love a cuddle together so that is always a positive!
She seems to be getting a hang of the toilet training business, when she needs to do a poo she barks at you which is just fantastic.. wee’s well we are getting there! Not too many accidents and I am very proud of her! So I won’t do bad to that!

This is her most favorite way to sleep! Look how tiny she is! ❤ Though not to tiny to be a handbag dog! 😛 Fluffy, happiness and beautiful all in one little place!

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Have you recently got a new puppy or got an older dog now with any magical advice that you have for me?  =]
I am just loving having a little bundle of joy in my life! She is also fantastic company for me whenever the hubby is in work, aw she is just so cute & cuddly! =]
Shower me with pictures, advice and everything puppy! =D
WeeOhana x

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Quality Time!

I have had a great morning today! My parents had my daughter over night and then took her out for a nice walk and some exploring too burn off that amazing amount of energy she has! For the first time I really felt like I had just me and my little man time! It was incredible.. I always feel guilty about the time I spend with him. It’s normally me juggling my attention between him and little miss, when he is sleeping she gets my full attention.. but he never gets that, because she never sleeps! Whenever he was younger I used to get to spend time with him while she was in bed and so forth, though he now goes to bed when she does! He also interacts a lot more with you now, whenever I was getting quality time with him before he could barley hold his head up and just wanted cuddled to sleep!

Now though he is so much more interactive.. he smiles, giggles(kind of), grabs for things and lets you know when you do something he doesn’t like. It’s fantastic.. and this morning just felt really special.. we chatted, cuddled, laughed and just let everything else pass us by!

It was just magical! :]

Weeohana x

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Sick little girl :,(

My house today is scarily quiet. My poor little three year old is sick, and for the first time in a long time is taking a nap. I’m sure those of you who have children know how painful it is to see them ill, you just want to have it yourself instead! =[

At 3am this morning she came into my bedroom and crawled up onto the bed, I thought she was up to her old tricks until she touched me and her little palms were roasting hot, then upon looking at her little face her cheeks, nose and forehead were bright red. Poor little soul! I then got her to lay on the bed while I went to get the thermometer and some calpol! We have a snazzy little one that you don’t have to put against your head, you hold it in front of there forehead and if they have a high fever its red, then orange for a little over and green whenever the temperature is fine. She looked at me all frail looking and said “mummy please don’t let it go red” Sure enough it went red, my poor little baby! So I took off her pjs and gave her some calpol! She quickly fell asleep and I was hoping she would be her usual energetic self this morning .. She wasn’t :,( she has now spent the majority of her day on the floor in her duvet either fighting sleep or sleeping! She is like a little furnace! Also really unlike her she doesn’t want to eat anything at all.. not even ice cream and I’m generally begged for that daily!

I feel completely useless as nothing I can do to make her feel better.. all she wants to do is cuddle then complains she’s too warm so gets annoyed then wants to cuddle again after five mins! I so hope tomorrow she wakes up her normal hyper self or we will be off to the doctors! 39.2 tempurate, bless her :,( image

Anyway I must dash and try and hunt out things to help her and to look after her!
Any thing that you guys do to help your little ones feel more comfortable? Help!! 😦

Weeohana xxx