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Laws of Nature

Pastor Chad was gone to a meeting last night, so I figured that since I had an evening to myself, once the kids were down for the night I’d have a nice luxurious soak in the tub.  I got the kids in bed, waited about 1/2 an hour to make sure they were totally settled, filled the tub, got in, NOT 5 MINUTES LATER Asher was crying for something.  I figured he’d eventually give it up & left him to it for awhile (I was trying to finish my Sudoku puzzle).  After about 10 minutes I thought I’d better go check on him, so I got out of the tub, & went dripping to his room.

What did he want?  “Please, Mummy, I’d like the cow blanket back tied around me & then I will have a happy face!  Remember?”  No, I did not remember, & it took awhile for me to work out exactly what he wanted.  He apparently wanted me to tie his cow blanket around his neck like we had done that morning.  I expalined that having a blanket tied around your neck while you sleep is not safe, so I couldn’t do it, but we’d do it first thing in the morning.  He sniffed a bit, said ok, & off I went back to my nice warm tub……. For a few minutes.

Once again, he’s crying, this time a bit more passionately.  He wants that cow blanket on, & a drink of water, & for me to come back into his room.  So, out of the tub, drip drip drip back to his room w/ a drink of water (luckily we had a sippy cup in the washroom).  At this point he’s practically hyperventilating b/c he’s gotten himself so worked up.  So, I try to calm him down w/ his drink of water (no luck), telling him his bedtime story again (not working), promises of tying the cow blanket on his shoulders FIRST thing in the morning (not good enough).  I even tried telling him that we’d be going out to dinner tomorrow night & that he’d need to sleep b/c otherwise he’d be too tired & we’d have to stay home. Well, that perked him up.

Asher:  “We can go to McDonald’s!”

Me: “Well, I don’t know if we’ll go to McDonald’s, but we’ll go to a restaurant for dinner.”

A:  “McDonald’s is a restaurant.”

Me: “Yes, McDonald’s is a restaurant, but maybe we’ll go to Boston Pizza, or somewhere else.”

A:  “I want to stay home.” (And the crying begins again)

Know what finally worked to calm him down?  He realized I was wet & I told him that I had to go wash my hair.  Apparently my having clean hair was enough to settle him down so he could drift off to sleep.

So, I quickly washed my hair, worried that things might escalate again.  All was quiet, so I slipped downstairs to watch a little CSI & THE OFFICE!  I look forward to Thursday night ALL WEEK!  Precisely 5 minutes into “The Office” Chancery wakes up!  Of all the nights!…………  So I went up, nursed her, put her back down, prayed she’d stay asleep & went back to finish watching the show.

This morning Chancery woke up at 6am & decided she’d had enopugh of this sleeping lark.  Asher normally gets up around 6:30, so I tried to get her back to sleep for awhile (in vain) & then when I realized it wasn’t going to happen, just sat up w/ her.  And of course, since Chancery woke up so early, Asher decided to sleep-in ’til 7 *sigh* sometimes life just isn’t fair.

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She’s Sleeping!

Monday I was trying to lay out the laundry on the bed & I had Chancery setting up at the head of the bed by the pillows. She was NOT happy w/ this arrangement & she was letting me know it! I tried sitting her up, laying her down, nothing I was doing was making her happy, so I decided that if I laid her on her front she couldn’t possibly be more unhappy than she already was.

Not 2 minutes after I turned her over she was fast asleep! On her own! So I left her like that ’til I was finished w/ the laundry & decided I’d try laying her on her stomach for her nap that afternoon. Once again, I put her down awake & she drifted peacefully off to sleep in a matter of minutes & proceeded to take a 5 HOUR NAP!!

I tried the same technique yesterday & got a 4.5 hour nap! She fussed a bit every now & then b/c she’s lost her plug, but once I get it back in place, she’s off again. Today I thought I’d try having her nap in her room in her BED (which she hasn’t slept in in over a month). She’s been resting peacefully for the past 1.5 hours!

The only issue is that she really likes heavy blankets on her (today she insisted on 3) & I’m a bit hesitant to have her sleep like that overnight. So, she’s still in the swing overnight, we’ve gone through 4 sets of batteries so far, but it’s a small price to pay for quality sleep. I’m just glad that we’ve found a way that she’s happy to sleep that will last. After all, how many 5 year olds do you know of that still fit into a baby swing at night!?

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Good Advice

“Sleep when your baby sleeps.” It’s written in every parentling handbook, everyone tells new mothers this & generally mothers take the advice. I figured it would be difficult w/ 2 kids b/c Asher would not sleep when Chancery did, or *gasp* might decide he no longer needs naps.

Who would have guessed that Chancery is the cause of my grief? She sleeps AWESOME at night. Usually 8-10 hours, nurse & then 2-4 more hours. I really can’t complain about that. But napping is another story. She’s really tired, but fights sleep like nobody’s business. I’ve been trying to put her down for a nap for the past 2.5 hours, but she keeps waking up after about 10-15 minutes!

Asher, on the other hand, will go to sleep w/o any issues. It doesn’t seem to bother him if Chancery is crying up a storm in the next room, we just put him in bed & off he drifts to dreamland. He actually has been taking LONGER naps since we moved here. 2-3 hours instead of 1.5. I just wish Chancery would get the memo that when it’s naptime, it’s better to just go to sleep. No one likes to wake up every 10 minutes! (trust me, I’ve been trying it).

Someone asked the other day if I’ve tried her in the swing. Oh, I just laughed. That is the ONLY place she has slept AT ALL in the last 3-4 weeks. How I’m supposed to get anything done, I’ll never know. It’s pretty difficult to cook dinner w/ an overtired baby hanging on your chest b/c it’s the only place she won’t be screaming. Maybe we should just start eating after 8pm when she’s in bed for the night. Or we could get pizza delivered every night……… Mmmm, that sounds like a good idea. What’s the number for Pizza Hut?

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Baby, I Can’t Wait!

Chancery, I really really can’t wait until you are four months old. Interacting more, Doing more, hopefully sleeping more, & if not? Well, that’s the age when I can let you cry yourself to sleep & rather than being in & out of your room every 3-5 minutes for the next 4 hours, I can put you down, say goodnight & have some sanity left over…..

Only 2 months & 1 week to go!

Edited to add: Change that from 4 hours to 6.5 hours….. I eagerly await the day!

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Magical Medicine

Last night Asher had no desire to eat dinner. He kept closing his eyes & saying, “I’m sleeping right now.” Finally we’d had enough & PC decided to call his bluff. He said, “Ok, do you want to go to bed?” Asher’s answer was “yes,” so off they went. PC never thought Asher would stay in bed very long, so there was no changing of the pants, no jammies, just plunk in bed. It was 6pm.

At 9 o’clock Asher finally woke up coughing. PC changed his pants, put jammies on & offered a drink of water b/c Asher was complaining of a sore throat. I also suggested some medicine of some sort b/c I just had the same cold/illness & it’s a pretty miserable thing. Asher was yunking & complaining until PC gave him the children’s Tylenol. Then he declaired, “NOW I feel better!” If only it worked that fast for us all.

(He promptly went back to sleep & slept until 6:30 this morning)

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4 Minutes

Chancery has been a little difficult of late in the evenings. We had attributed it to gas, caffiene consumption on my part, typical baby behavior, etc. A few nights ago I thought I’d just try to put her to bed a little earlier b/c I didn’t really know what else to do (she was soooo cranky). It worked great! I nursed her for a little bit, then put her to bed & she slept ’til morning w/ only one wake-up in the night.

Last night I went to put her to bed at the regular time & she started to fuss as soon as I put her down. Normally I would run back in, see if she wanted to nurse, & basically start the whole process over. But I decided last night to let her cry a bit first to see if she was just tired….. Four minutes later she was out!

Now I just need to figure out a way to get her to go to sleep for naptime in her bed instead of the swing. I suppose it works for now, but I don’t want to get too dependant on it like we did for Asher. I just wnat to get the kids on the same napping schedule so I can get things done around here. We just moved in, but the floors need cleaning, the food needs cooking……

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Bye-Bye Brownies

Since having Chancery, I’ve had a HUGE craving for brownies & ice cream. This has lead to Chad & I going out late at night for dessert at local restaurants a few times. I realize that it’s not the most economical way to have brownies & ice cream, so I have also purchased a few boxes of brownies & a few pints of vanilla ice cream. Let’s just say I have had brownies & ice cream for dessert every night for the last 2 weeks…. until last night.

Chancery has been having a bit of difficulty getting to sleep & since I’m nursing, there have been accusations that it’s b/c of something I’m eating. Somehow it was decided (not by myself) that the brownies are to blame b/c of the chocolate content & resultant caffeine content. So, last night I was told that I’m not to have anymore chocolate. Then my loving family proceeded to eat MY brownies & MY ice cream right in front of me whilst telling me how delicious they were! And the hard part is that I’m STILL craving brownies & ice cream….. Isn’t there some validity to the argument that you crave things that your body needs?

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