So vast in fact that when Taylor was about 9 months old and I had "nailed" her sleep patterns, I volunteered to be a Nap Forum Moderator (very official title yes) on the Baby Whisperer forums. I'd say this was my first entre into the world of online chat rooms. You see at 3 months, due to go back to work and not being able to make heads or tails of my baby's cues and schedule, I was in a panic. I had read both of Tracy Hogg's books (the Baby Whisperer) and knew she lived in Los Angeles and had originally started out by giving private sleep sessions to her clients. I was prepared to look Tracy up, contact her and give her 10 MILLION DOLLARS to help me get my baby to sleep.
I logged on, hands shaking with excitement. Why hadn't I thought of this before? Of course I'll just contact her office and get her right down to my house! I visited the site and what did I find? A memorial dedication for Tracy Hogg.
You guys, Tracy was dead. What was I gonna do?!?!? And as a side note, this is how crazed and consumed I was by the thought of getting my baby to sleep; I didn't even give thought to the fact that this woman had died before her time of cancer. No, all I cared about was now who in the hell was going to help me get my baby to sleep?
By doing some further research, I discovered that there was a whole online forum dedicated to people following and teaching Tracy's methods she wrote about in her books. I visited and I was hooked. I quickly shot up to Veteran commenter in the forums session, and joined a little support group with babies born in the same 2 month window as my Taylor. We had weekly chat sessions, we asked each other questions, gave advice, and just listened. All of us were first time moms and all of us could sympathize with how lonely and scary being a first time mom could be. Those ladies were like my lifeline for a long time and we all still keep in touch now. We exchange Christmas cards every year and some I have even met in person. I often tell people it's why I have no fear now when I meet up with blogging friends I only know online; it's because I've gone to amusement parks (Michelle!) with a woman and her family that I'd never met either and we spent 2 days together! To me it's totally natural in a weird unnatural sort of way. We are located all over the world, from US to Canada to New Zealand.
Besides joining the little support group, I was a boss in the Naps forum and could answer questions from any harried mom trying to get her baby to nap like it was my job (a volunteer job that is). For years after I had resigned as a moderator, I still got emails from desperate moms whose babies wouldn't nap, asking for advice.
So if you have any interest in reading about how to get out and about, working around your baby's nap schedule, please go visit my first post. I'll be writing over there 3 times a week and will just do a weekly recap post here linking to my articles, so no more Disney Baby sponsored posts. I hope you'll visit! It is a job and they monitor stats and all that official stuff, so it would be nice if my stats were good so I don't get fired ;) So please go on over and say hi! I'd say I'd pay each person per click but I think that's actually illegal. Kidding Disney, kidding! Have a great day y'all!