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Month: October 2007

Time for Change

I’ve debated for quite a while, but I finally decided it was time to move to WordPress.  When I first set this blog up, I decided to go with Movable Type because I thought it had a lot more to offer.  Since then, WordPress has come a long way and I’ve ended up loving it more than I ever though I would.  I’ve been working on the switch for a while, but since NaBloPoMo is coming up, I pushed forward a little more so that I could launch by November 1st.

Because of the rush, I don’t have a design ready but fortunately for me, there are tons of free WordPress themes out there to choose from.  I still have some tinkering to do, but as far as I can tell everything is working right now.  You can check out the new site here.  Please let me know if you find anything quirky or missing.

Most importantly, please update your feeds so you don’t miss out on cute Halloween pictures and NaBloPoMo goodness!  Tomorrow the old site will disappear and the new one will be in its place.

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I Found Answers, But Where Do I Go From Here?

Momentary PauseAfter a week of racking my brain, consulting toddler how-to books, Babycenter, and Dr. Google I have determined that Zach is having night terrors.  I keep reading and reading and every new description of night terrors I read describes exactly what he is going through.  Each description is slightly different, but the main points are the same and nearly every one states that in children stress and overtiredness may be a contributing factor.

Since we took his pacifier away, a little over a week ago, Zach has been waking up screaming pretty much every night.  It lasts anywhere from a few minutes to well over an hour.  Sometimes it is only once and then he settles back in for the night (usually in our bed).  Other times he settles down but still wakes several times throughout the night screaming and crying out.  When he has screamed it out as much as he can and is finally exhausted, sometimes he will let me hold him and rub his back until he drifts off to sleep.  Other times he still screams at my touch.

There are many thoughts and ideas about how to handle the night terrors, but I’m still stumped as to what I should actually do.  There is no true cure, only suggestions for alleviating the stresses that may be causing the night terrors.  I’m pretty sure that Zach’s main stress is not having his pacifier.  This leads to a difficult bedtime routine, restless sleep, and eventually being overtired.  I’m sure it also doesn’t help that he’s starting to refuse to take a nap in the afternoons.  I know where the stress is, but how do I fix it other than to give the pacifier back?  I don’t want to do that, but I really, really, need a good night’s sleep.

Time for snugglesThe worst part of all of this is that I have to sit there and just watch as my son screams and thrashes around on the floor.  I feel so helpless and all I want to do is to just hold him and make it better, but my touch seems to upset him even more.  All I can do is watch and make sure that he is safe.  If I get too close, I’m bound to get hit or have something thrown at me.  I’ve already taken several kicks in the belly and other various places, an elbow to the nose, and had a dog bone thrown at me.  Once he finally settles down enough and I can hold him, I never want to let him go.

Last night, during one of his worst episodes, I took out my camera and actually video taped him.  I’m not sure why I did it other than that I was looking for answers.  He had settled down quite a bit by that time, but was still crying and throwing himself around a bit.  After the fit stopped, we were snuggling on the floor watching Blue’s Clues (in an effort to relax him a little more before going back to bed) and I played the video back on the camera.  He wanted to see what I was watching so I let him.  He looked up with a concerned look that nearly broke my heart and said, “That’s me.  Me crying?”  Yeah baby, you were crying and so is Mama (on the inside).

Everything I read says that it will pass, but how do I survive in the meantime?

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Sox WIN!

RedSoxLogo.jpgI knew they had it in them, but it is still hard to expect it when you are a Sox fan. Tonight, it is good to be a Red Sox fan. Oh, and I think I might be a little bit in love with this guy.


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Busy Week, Busier Weekend

It’s a good thing November isn’t here yet, because I would have failed miserably at posting every day.  Let’s just say last week was one I don’t want to repeat for a very long time.  Zach was up every night screaming and crying.  I came down with a miserable cold/sinus infection.  On top of that, it just seemed like we had an awful lot to do last week too.

Our weekend was just as busy, but a lot more fun.  My sister was out of town for a conference, so my mom brought my two youngest nephews over to hang out Friday night.  Ryan spent the night with Zach and Brayden got to stay with Grandma.  Saturday morning we got up and took the boys to Deanna Rose Farmstead, which was a lot of fun.  For a couple of 2-year-olds, it was a much better outing than trying to walk all over the local zoo.  They got to get up close to the animals, plus there were lots of hands on activities and a fun playground area.

Deanna Rose Farmstead

By Saturday night, I was completely worn out.  I said a little prayer thanking God that I did not have twins because there is no way I could keep up with two two-year-olds on a regular basis.  The boys love playing together, but the 6 months age difference really shows through sometimes.  It was really interesting to watch some of the differences between them.  There is always a constant fight for toys, but this time when Zach would cry for a toy, Ryan would actually stop and try to give Zach what he was asking for.  He may have been just trying to make the noise stop, but it seemed to me that Ryan was actually showing a little bit of empathy.

Sunday was another busy day.  We got up and went to church, then ate lunch in the car during our drive home and dropped Hubby off.  After that, Zach and I headed out again to attend a birthday party at The Little Gym.  Zach had a great time at the party, but I realized we definitely need to work with him on the concept of taking turns.  He really didn’t understand what to do when asked to stand in line and wait for his turn.  He had fun running and jumping and was absolutely thrilled when I helped him hang upside down on the uneven bars.

I was hoping the party would wear Zach out, but instead of taking a nap when he got home he was completely wound up and wanted to play.  As a result, I didn’t get my Sunday afternoon nap either.  I’m pretty worn out, but looking forward to a relaxing evening.  I’m hoping I can recover my already burned dinner.  Then I plan on watching the Sox wrap up the World Series and hopefully getting a good night’s sleep.

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Anyone looking for some fried brain?

I had this post all laid out in my head about how great of a weekend we had.  I was going to write about how we finally took Zach’s pacifier away and how well it was going.  I was going to write about how much fun we had going to my nephew’s soccer game and picking out pumpkins at Red Barn Farm.  But those things all seem like distant memories now after the night we had last night.  It’s a good thing we have pictures because my brain is fried today thanks to a certain little two-year-old who decided there was no need to sleep last night.

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I think I might have managed to get about four hours of sleep last night total and for a pregnant woman who wants to sleep all day long, that really isn’t enough.  I feel like I spent all night out at a smoky bar knocking down shots, but I didn’t even get to enjoy it.  Zach was in a fine mood this morning of course, but I’m not looking forward to the report when I pick him up from day care since he spent most of the night screaming and thrashing around instead of sleeping.

I want to blame it on the pacifier.  We took the pacifier away Friday night (with the help of a friend who offered to keep him for the night).  My friend, who is also Zach’s previous day care provider, managed to convince Zach to throw away his “noonie” while he was at her house.  He went all night without it and did very well, so I decided this was the weekend we were going to get rid of it for good. 

He did really well throughout the weekend without his pacifier.  There were a few minor breakdowns with begging and tears, but I stuck to my guns and didn’t give in.  I kept telling him that we threw all the noonies away and that since he was a big boy now he didn’t need them.  The tears would subside after a few minutes and some creative distraction techniques.  I was really proud of him for handling it as well as he did.  I expected much more screaming and definitely more tantrums.

All was well until last night.  I started trying to get Zach to bed around 8:30, which is his usual time.  He was fighting the bedtime routine a bit, but I figured I could get him settled down.  Apparently I was wrong.  He kept getting up and crying giving me those sad little puppy dog eyes until I caved and let him stay up just a little longer.  I didn’t manage to actually get him in bed until after 10:00, and that was only because I took him to bed with me.

Then he woke up.  Sometime around 2:00 a.m. he woke up crying.  I’m not even sure he was completely awake at the time, but the crying was loud and would not stop.  Then came the thrashing, hitting, and kicking.  The more I tried to figure out what was wrong the more angry he seemed to get.  Then he started screaming for the noonie.  I wanted so badly to just go back to sleep that I almost gave in.  I really, truly, considered getting up and giving him the dang pacifier just to make it stop.  Then I realized that it would ruin all of the progress he had made over the weekend so I sucked it up and just tried to hold him.

Eventually, he gave up asking for the noonie and asked to go watch TV.  So I let him.  I couldn’t calm him down and I knew that the TV would soothe him a bit, so I unfolded the futon and we watched TV.  While he watched Little Bear and his friends, I cried a bit inside because I wanted so badly just go back to sleep already.  When the show was finally over, we turned the TV off and went back to bed where he proceeded to chatter for the next 45 minutes or so before finally going to sleep.  We both slept restlessly for the remaining 2 hours or so that we had before it was time to get up.  I spent most of that time contemplating how a 33-pound two-year-old could manage to practically push me off the edge of the bed.

It’s a good thing he’s so cute most of the time, because otherwise I think I’d be ready to trade him in today.  All I can think of is what in the heck am I going to do when I have two?

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Trying To Populate The World

17 WeeksI thought it was just me at first, noticing a bit of a trend.  Then other people started talking about it.  It seems the whole world is pregnant right now.  Not only do many of the bloggers I read have buns in the oven, but many of my real life friends and family members do as well. 

All three of my sister-in-laws are currently pregnant.  I also have a cousin that is pregnant.  If you include me and the baby that my sister had in April, that’s six new babies just in our family within a year.  It’s like we’re trying to populate the world or something.

On top of that, two of my friends are pregnant and due within weeks of me.  Then yesterday I found out that one of Zach’s teachers is also pregnant, only a week behind me.

That, my friends, is an awful lot of babies!  I have never known this many women that were all pregnant at the same time.  Now I’m just wondering who else might be pregnant and not know yet.  I’m just waiting for my phone to ring or another blogger to pop up with an announcement. 

Today marks 17 weeks for me and the belly has definitely popped.  I’m feeling movements more and more often and sometimes if I lay on my back I can feel exactly where the baby is in my tummy.  Every day this whole thing feels a little more real to me and I can’t wait to meet my new son or daughter.

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