In our Sleep with… In the series, we talk to people from different career paths, backgrounds, and stages of life to find out how they’re doing sleep Magic happen.
Ashley Graham is sitting in the bathroom of her New York apartment eating lamb meatball stew. Her eight-month-old son Isaac, whom she shares with husband Justin Erwin, tries to take a nap in the next room. “He teeth like crazy, so it’s rough out here,” she tells herself on the phone. “I thought you know what? I’m going through my nightly routine so I might as well be in my bathroom. “
Season two of Graham’s online training series, Thank you Bod, premiered on YouTube today. The model, host, and TV personality filmed in their Nebraska garage right next to their pickup truck this season. “My husband turned the whole thing around,”
Graham and her family spent the first six months of the COVID-19 pandemic in Nebraska. They recently returned to their home in New York City. At the end of September, Graham spent four days in Milan for Fashion Week – the longest time she spent next to her son – and is back in New York until further notice. Every day is different: some days she is on set and other days she zooms in from home. “It’s a new normal that everyone has become used to – having COVID tests done a few times a week, wearing masks and taking temperatures,” she says. “But it feels so good to be back in New York.”
Here Graham shares her bedtime with HERSELF – including “Popping [her son] on the boob “, to complete efficient skin care and to have two hours to yourself.
Bathing time is around 7:30 p.m. Isaac eats at 7:45 p.m. and he’s downstairs at 8:00 p.m. Usually he just goes to sleep so it’s my time.
We have a little nightly routine of taking a bath and then we’re going to drink a little lotion, massage, and then talk about what’s in his room. We are going to read a little book. It just depends on what mood he’s in. He has a full library. And then he goes to bed after I feed him. I’m trying to fill his stomach really full.
I worked with this amazing woman who has a book called The Sleepeasy solution. Her name is Jill [Spivack]. She is absolutely amazing, and it helps at any age, and when you teething, crawl, or walk because those stages seem to change the way your baby sleeps. Instead of calling it “sleep training”, let’s call it “sleep learning” because we all need to learn how to sleep. When you sleep, you grow and develop more in your brain. All kinds of things happen that are so good for you.
When I viewed it as sleep learning rather than sleep training, all of my defenses fell. I said, “Oh yeah. My kid really needs this. I’m not a parent trying to turn my kid into something they don’t want to do.” And sure, he did it within three days.
I feed a dream at 10:30 am, which means that when he sleeps, I go to his room and get him out of the crib. I slam him in the chest and he eats.
He still maintains a lot and we are now ingesting a lot of solids. He never wakes up. He probably only eats for five to eight minutes. This is so amazing to me. When [Spivack] told me, “He won’t wake up.” I said, “He’s going to wake up.” She said, “No, he won’t wake up.” I say, “Okay.” He never wakes up. It really is crazy. So I have until 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. to finish myself off.
After feeding him at 10:30 am, I want to go to bed. I usually take a shower.
I don’t take long showers. I do shampoo, conditioner, face wash, body wash, maybe a little exfoliation, and then when I jump out, I instantly wet my body from head to toe.