Who knew that an exercise ball would have been our most important piece of baby equipment. It was. The ball would make Parker go from screaming to sleeping in a matter of minutes (granted, sometimes it would take hours) and what else can you ask for as new freaked out parents? We loved that thing so much that we took it on vacation with us (Whistler AND California), I took it to dinner parties and to book clubs. In fact, one time it rolled out of the car and into the middle of the street and we went running for it like it was our best friend rolling away. It is a miracle that we did not pop it—a true testament to the strength of rubber. We figure that we bounced on that thing for 5 months, which is approximately 150 days, 3x day (which is underestimating), for 8 minutes per session (which is also underestimating) and there are 130 bounces per minute (that’s pure science). That my friends, is approximately 500,000 bounces. No wonder my back hurts. But on New Year’s day we ceremoniously let the air out of the ball and had a small party. It was our New Years miracle. Sleep training really works.