Open Windows, Teeth Grinding: Sleep Secrets

Photo by Ada Calhoun
Sleep -- we all do it, but talk about something personal! From side sleepers to wrapped in the covers on their tummy sleepers, we all do it differently.

We're delving into dreamland with moms' sleep secrets here on The Stir, and today we're talking to Ada Calhoun, mother of one adorable little boy, author of Instinctive Parenting: Trusting Ourselves to Raise Good Kids, and blogger at the hilarious time warp 90sWoman.


What are your best getting to sleep tips?

Falling asleep has never been hard for me. Just put on a movie and I'm out on my husband's shoulder halfway through. Also, I like an open window. Oh wait, did you mean the kid? Ritual: Bath, books, bed.

Who's sleeping with you?

My husband, a cat named Trouble, and -- from dawn until sometimes right before preschool -- my 3 1/2-year-old son.

What's the strangest thing your partner/spouse has reported you doing during sleep?

Apparently when I had a stressful job, I used to grind my teeth.

Who steals the covers?


How do you wake up in the morning, and how long does it take you to get out of bed? What's the first thing you do?

My son wakes me up and asks for juice and then falls asleep in my spot on the bed. I either go back to sleep next to him or make coffee, take a shower, and check my BlackBerry. Then I make pancakes, make my son's lunch, and put on eyeliner.

Do you dream? Care to share one?

Yes. I can tell you one I had when I was pregnant: I was carrying around my son in my arms, and even though he was an infant, he was able to talk perfectly. We were chatting away walking around the city and stopped at a deli. I asked him if he wanted something to drink and listed off all the juices in the cooler. He said, "Hold up -- there are that many flavors? And you can actually get strawberry-banana juice, like, together?" And he cracked up laughing in delight. It wound up being really prophetic because he's totally like that. He's super-enthusiastic and every day his mind is blown in a nice way by something new he figures out.

Are your windows open or shut?

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