December 23, 2011 01:00 PM

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MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew Insiders host Layla Kayleigh is letting readers follow along as she tackles motherhood.

Layla and Sirius/XM talk show host Steven Covino‘s daughter Melody Rain recently turned two!

In her latest blog, Layla fills us in on Melody’s birthday party, her and Steven’s fall wedding, and asks for help on getting Melody back into her own bedroom.

Share your tips and tricks with Layla in the comments!

Birthday fun, holiday cheer and sleepless nights all over again?!

We just celebrated Melody’s second birthday this past month and it was so special. We made it out to New Jersey so she could spend it with Grandma, Grandpa and the rest of the family.

Babies and children really do bring so much love into the world with them — I definitely feel they bring families closer together. Ours has become tighter because of her for sure, and it warms my heart to see how loved she is by everyone.

Melody’s newest obsession is Mickey Mouse and crew, so her birthday party was Mickey Mouse Clubhousethemed, courtesy of her Aunty Mimi who decorated the grandparent’s house up to look like a Mickey Mouse heaven!

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Melody had a delicious Mickey-themed cake to boot — the amazing Mauro at Carlo’s Bakery cooked one up for us. It exceeded our wildest expectations — he always knocks it out the park. When Melody saw the cake, she even quoted Goofy by saying, “Garrrrssshhh!”

Even though it was her second birthday, it was the first one where she was really aware of what was going on and was able to talk to everyone and express her excitement.

It was so cool to see the look on her face taking everything in, watching her playing with her cousins, and all around seeing everyone having a blast and enjoying her.

I can see how parents could have a hard time not spoiling their children, because I think I’m definitely becoming guilty of it. I wonder where you draw the line to give your child/ren as much as you can, and at what point you curb yourself and don’t give in to their every want, so they can learn to respect and appreciate things … I’m still trying to figure that one out.

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Something else I’m trying to figure out is how I can get Melody back into her crib and on schedule again! *pulls hair* About a month ago, she learned how to climb out of her crib and discovered she could sneak into my and Steven’s room and into our bed.

To resolve this, we got her a toddler bed with a safety guard so she wouldn’t fall out of the bed when she rolls over at night. Only problem is, she won’t sleep in her room anymore and still wants to come into our bed. 😦

I’m not going to lie, I do love snuggling with her but I know it’s much better for everybody in the long run if she sleeps in her own room and has a roundabout bed time.

A friend even suggested the Ferber method, which I barely attempted — I cracked after what seemed like forever, but it couldn’t have been more than three minutes. When I heard her say, “Mommy, I’m afraid” I couldn’t take it!!

So our dilemma right now is figuring out how we can get her to like sleeping in her room again, and not in our bed. Any suggestions would be awesome and greatly appreciated!

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The way I’m headed I’m becoming such a pushover when it comes to Melody. I can just see myself caving in every time she looks at me with those big brown eyes and asks for something.
I have to tell you though, she makes my heart melt every time. Can you blame me?

The other day we were playing in her room and she paused all of a sudden, took my hand and put it in hers, looked me dead in the eye and said, “Mommy, you’re my best friend.” I teared up!

What can I say, I know it’s usually the dads that are suckers for their little girls, but she’s got me wrapped around her little finger and don’t I know it!

Speaking of Steven, we’ve tied the knot since my last blog! We were married Oct. 9 at the Graceland Chapel in Las Vegas, with Melody serving as flower girl.

Wedded life has been awesome! Not going to lie, I was totally wrong — I never thought marriage would change anything. My theory was always that if a relationship is solid, it’s solid, and you don’t need a piece of paper to prove that.

But now being on the other side of that, being married does feel a little different. There’s something very special about looking the person you love in the eyes and making a lifelong promise to do your best — for better or worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish til death do us part.

I’m really happy we did it. I don’t think we would’ve had the guts to do it any other way than impromptu though! 🙂

P.S. It’s been two years now I’ve been writing this blog for and sharing our journey with you. I just wanted to thank you all so much for your feedback and for sharing in this with us. We appreciate you!

Much love,

— Layla Kayleigh

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