Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Was it Ferber or the Benedryl?

Rant of the Week
True to my word, we started "Ferberizing" Jaley last weekend. And the only question is -- why didn't we try that sooner. It turns out that when she cried all Jaley needed was a few words of encouragement and she'd go back to sleep - that and a little Baby Benedryl for the first couple of nights didn't hurt either.

Before you are thinking ill thoughts because I am drugging my child, the Benedryl approach
was actually the pediatrician's suggestion. The doctor's words, however, were all the encouragement I needed.

Even though I flew solo last week, the girls and I all have colds, and the weather has been cold. I am feeling fully rested since sometime in 2005 (before I was pregnant). But it wasn't just Jaley that was leaving me feeling so sluggish. I didn't even realize how crappy I was feeling when my thyroid was out of whack. Now that both things seemed "fixed," I feel like a new woman.

But before I move on to the rest of life's little details, be prepared that I will probably be bitching again next week that one of the girl's isn't sleeping. It seems that until the teen years arrive, there is no guarantee that kids will sleep through the night. And by then there are much bigger problems to face.

Life In the Stroller Lane
With Scott out of town, I tried to keep the week as simple and as fun as possible. I made sure to do lots of fun things for Sarah - including several play dates and visits to two kids museums. And for me, I had my neighbor over with her two boys for an impromptu Wednesday night happy hour. The ladies made a good dent in a bottle of wine, the kids ate a pot of mac-n-cheese, and we were all full of smiles.

On Thursday my PC went on the fritz and it took me until today to get back online. I have no idea what happened. It was like a flash back to PC's in the early 90's when they periodically self destructed just to spite us humans. I wasted an entire day trying to get things running (mostly) and reconfigured (mostly) and am praying (fully) that it doesn't happen again.

Today, with Scott back in town, play time was over and I started in on the mound of laundry. I opened the dryer after the first load to find all our clothes polka dotted. I sent a black pen through the laundry and "restyled" an entire load of laundry. I tried the rubbing alcohol approach with some success, but there are a few things that will have to go out to pasture. I could blame it on Scott or Sarah, but that would be a lie and I don't want my nose growing any larger than it already is. It was my pen and my mistake. But those things happen and there is no reason for me to be too upset, especially since all of my clothes escaped unharmed (he, he).

As for the girls, despite having colds they are both good. Jaley is really mobile and I am really scared. She pulls up to standing on everything and is eyeing the stairs with excitement. Since I did all fun stuff with Sarah this week, she was extremely well behaved. Funny how much better she acts when you only do the things she wants to do.

That is our life in the stroller lane. Lots of love.


TennisMe2 said...

Thanks Gigi, I love your blog site. You are so clever.


Mike Teems said...

Nice read, Gigi! Keep up the good work!