Thursday, March 1, 2007

Get the Girls to Sleep and Now What

Rant of the Week
For the first time in 7 months, both Jaley and Sarah were on their way to sleeping through the night. Jaley has definitely been the long lag on sleeping, sleeping through only about 7 times since she was born. But on those very rare nights, it was as if a torch were handed off between the sisters and Sarah stepped in for her little sister and up at all hours of the night.

And then, FINALLY last Thursday -- both girls were nestled all snug in their beds, while mommy and daddy rested their heads. When down on the floor there arose such a clatter, we turned on the lights to see what was the matter. And despite all the protests and swears that we said, one of our cats threw up on the bed...

In that moment at 4:30AM our chance at a full night of sleep came crashing down. We had a mess to clean up and linens to change. And if that weren't enough our ranting and raving, woke up the girls, so now no one had sugar plums dancing in their heads.

So here we are into Jaley's eighth month without a single full-night of sleep recorded yet. We are even ready to start Ferberizing Jaley. It sounds like torture and it is (for the parents). Through a rigid schedule and lots of rules, the parent lets the baby "cry it out" in order for the child to learn how to self soothe and sleep through the night. As many of you know, I am about the worst when it comes to listening to a baby cry, so I think I will by earplugs first. The whole process is supposed to take 1-2 weeks. I'll be sure to let you know how it goes.

Tales from Stroller Lane
So what else is new here...

Scott is in town, which is always nice. The trees are starting to bloom and the weather is getting beautiful. Though my daffodils seem to have forgotten to bloom. I have all the green stems, just no flowers. Gardener extraordinaire, I am not.

I personally am counting every calorie. I was within sight of my pre-Jaley waist line and then my thyroid got better and I packed on 5 pounds in a week. Yes, I have been watching what I eat and working out for months to try and loose the last few baby pounds, but the truth is for the past two months I have had a little helper. My thyroid was on the fritz and working too hard. It is a pretty common post-partum thing especially if you have had prior thyroid issues (like I have). There are a few downsides, like a racing heart, jittery hands, and irritability. Well, irritability may be an upside, since I can be bitchy and have a doctor's note as an excuse. And there are a few other upsides ,like a revved up metabolism and always being warm despite weather in the 20's. Thankfully, these thyroid episodes only last about two months. But without my little metabolism helper, I am truly on my own to lose the last few "baby" pounds. So rice cakes and Slim Fast - here I come.

And then there is what you really read this for - updates on the girls. Sarah is doing great. We started a sticker chart for good-deeds and have had a lot less of the "thrashing threes." She talks non-stop and has a vocabulary that astounds me and not always in a good way. Let's just say that on top of some impressive three-syllable words, like stupendous, wonderful, and amazing - she has picked up a few one-syllable words of the four letter variety. The worst part about the four letter words is how accurately she uses them. And though I am not proud, I will admit she definitely learned them from me - but my motto is it is better to swear than to swing. Plus Scott is going to start me on a sticker chart too. Maybe I'll do better with Jaley.

As for Jaley, she turned 7-months on Tuesday and with in 24 hours had learned how to go from her belly to crawling, from crawling to sitting, and from sitting to pulling up on the furniture. I found her at 3AM almost completely over the rail of her crib - despite the fact that we had lowered it one level last week. So yesterday, we dropped her crib all the way down and are hoping that keeps her contained for a bit longer. Regardless of the near crib diving event, we are very proud of Jaley and what a "big girl" she is becoming.

Those are our tales from Stroller Lane. Lots of Love to each of you.

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