Full moon didn't work for me either! I even went outside at 3:00 am and had a little talk with it...the moon, that is.
Meli, I agree with everyone here who has stated the most important thing about parenting is meeting the needs of your child, and YOU. You are doing fantastic, by figuring out what works for you and your Willow.
Teacher talk ahead...it does relate, I promise...feel free to pass. This AP discussion makes me think of my job as a Montessori teacher. So many people (schools and teachers and parents) misinterpret what "Montessori" means, and they get hung up in the details, the materials, the lessons, the training. Some people see it as too strict, while others see it as too loose. When you go back and read Maria Montessori's vision, it's to "follow the child." Meaning, it's my job to meet every child's need in my classroom. Perhaps skipping materials b/c they don't click, providing more structure to those who need it, allowing more freedom to those who can handle it, basically tweaking things as I see fit for each child to be successful, using the amazing tools that she has taught us - that's truly Montessori education. I see it relating to parenting. I think, to use AP as the basis of our parenting, but still be willing to tweak things to meet our needs is key. Many times, in my job and in my opinion, I've seen "A" of AP taken way overboard, so I personally plan on being very careful about that. OK, philosophizing over for now... sorry!
Congratulations Katie and Thia! You ladies really had things buzzing around here! Welcome babies!
The next round of babies needs to get movin'! Come on babies!!