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#1 of 20 Old 11-18-2009, 09:08 PM - Thread Starter
 
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My sister NEVER gets enough sleep. She works 3-4 nights a week and her dh is a teacher. She is with the baby during the day, when she is awake most of the time, and dh is with the baby at night, when she sleeps really well. If I lived near them, I would give her the gift of time--to watch the baby so she could sleep during the day after she gets off work. I want to get her something for Christmas that will encourage her to sleep more. What would you want in that situation? Earplugs? White noise machine? Fancy herbal eye mask? Time machine? Live-in nanny? Any ideas?
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House keeping service. Seriously, my schedule is like hers, and I have two kids, and I cannot get enough sleep.

Even if I had the time to clean my house well, I don't have the energy for it.

Make sure to let her know it's not a comment about her capabilities, her housecleaning skills, or the current state of her home, you just want to help out any way you can and take some of her stress away!
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ITA with the Cleaning idea

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I'd want a nap! But I doubt she'd want you to pay for childcare, not when they've obviously arranged their schedules to (almost?) always have a parent with the baby. A housecleaner is a good idea. Anything that will save them time and energy should be appreciated.

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Along those lines of saving time & money, what about a gift package to one of those 'make your meals for the month here' places? You know, where everything is prepped, she (you?) just needs to put it together and take it home?

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Coffee

I wouldn't get her "sleep-aid" type stuff, like earplugs. If she's not sleeping well because she's home with the baby during the day, then she wants to be able to hear the baby.

Maybe a favorite series on DVD or some classic movies. It would give her something to pop in when she's in that zoned-out "should-be-sleeping-but-baby-is-nursing" place.

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the first thing I thought was a cleaning lady!!

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Ditto the cleaning help and meal help. But another possibility is a gift certificate to a baby-sitting service. Someone could come in like 2 hours a day so she can nap.

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I haven't slept through the night in almost 8 yrs.

I'd love a cleaning service at least twice a month.
Or a cook.

A good latte maker (one that makes great foam).

Less expensive- A membership to Massage Envy.

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Another suggestion for coffee, cleaning help, and really like the massage idea. A good massage can be just as relaxing as sleep.

I also would have loved easy food when this was my schedule - so restaurant GC, or easy-heatable stuff for the freezer would be awesome so as not to have to wear yourself out cooking as much.
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I like the idea of a cleaning service. (And I utilize one bi-weekly.)

My dream is a weekend away by myself at a nice hotel with a big fluffy bed, lots of books and room service. But my kids are a bit older.

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House keeping service. Seriously, my schedule is like hers, and I have two kids, and I cannot get enough sleep.

Even if I had the time to clean my house well, I don't have the energy for it.

Make sure to let her know it's not a comment about her capabilities, her housecleaning skills, or the current state of her home, you just want to help out any way you can and take some of her stress away!
this is what I would want

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How about someone who could come in (for hire and hang out with the LO)so she could nap? A colleget student, sitter,friendly neighbor?

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A weekend away by herself.

Otherwise the cleaning lady idea is great. I would look for ways to take other tasks off her hands so she has more time with her kids and hopefully more time to rest. Other ideas: meal preparation, grocery/errand running (online or you can hire someone to do errands for her). What does she stay up to do after the kids go to bed? For me it was cleaning - so we have a cleaning lady.
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My dream is a weekend away by myself at a nice hotel with a big fluffy bed, lots of books and room service. But my kids are a bit older.
Oh, yeah...as someone who doesn't sleep well, too, I've often been fantasizing about this lately. My DD is 2.5.

I also think the cleaning service is a great idea. My ladies come once a month and do a great job. It's such a psychological boost to me that has the same effect as a full, restful 9 or 10 hours of sleep!
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Housecleaner. Totally. (I'm in the same boat, as a single mom who works 3 nights a week.)

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Honestly...not to sound cliche...a loooong apt to a spa or massage. Reason being that that used to be the ONLY time I'd stop still long enough and I'd fall into a deep coma sleep and leave feeling refreshed, amazing, relaxed. A full body massage, or series of back massages, go a loooong way!
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I thought coffee too. I don't get enough sleep wither, and frankly short of forcing hubby to come keep the kids its not gonna happen, so lots of good coffee, would be what I would want. Like maybe a starbucks gc or something that way she wouldn't even have to make it herself.
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If she actually wants more sleep instead of stay awake, I'd give a little box of good quality ear plugs, maybe those eye cover thing for travel, and some chamomile tea for relaxation. Maybe a nice memory foam pillow as well.

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A case of Red Bull.
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