Wednesday, February 25, 2009

the day has finally come when i can say...

my son is a GREAT SLEEPER!

i never thought i would reach this moment.

tyren was a horrid sleeper for all his babyhood and into toddlerhood...he moved constantly. kicking, wiggling, smacking me in his sleep...he'd often wake up crying. there was a period of time that i swear i was going to go insane because he just woke up so much at night, crying and having tantrums in the night over things i don't even know what they were! i suspected it was nightmares or something weird he was dreaming about. but i'd have these arguments in bed at night with him cuz he just would wake up and cry and cry. for awhile he would insist at like 4am that we HAD to go sleep in the living room. and there was NO changing his mind. so if i wanted to go back to sleep, we had to go in the living room. ugh. it was really hell.

i'm happy to say...my son is an AWESOME SLEEPER NOW!!

it took awhile to get to this point. a really LONG TIME. and weaning didn't happen easily either. that was last october, as i recall...he's been fully weaned since then. about 3yrs and 3months, just like maeven. weird.

anyway, after i weaned him...going to sleep nursing was the last nursing session to go. it didn't go easily...after that, getting him to sleep at night was a NIGHTMARE!! seriously.

it took MONTHS for him to figure this whole thing of going to sleep without a boob in the mouth out. but i'm here to say, he did figure it out. and its been a long time since i even remember being frustrated about it.

and now...he's got the whole bedtime routine down pretty pat.

he doesn't go to sleep easily still...not initially. his routine now is that we do the pjs and brushing teeth and then i put a video on for him (tonight it was kipper)...always something pretty low-key and something he's seen a lot, nothing new. because new shows make him more interested and keep him awake longer. usually curious george goes on at night since he's seen all those a zillion times and they are really pretty mellow. as he settles in on one of the couches to watch, i put all the lights out in the living room. and i sit at my computer and catch up on email and reading blogs and such until he decides he's ready to sleep.

some nights he just crashes out watching tv. pretty cool, he just curls up and he's out. some nights, like tonite...he tells me he doesn't want to watch any more shows. so i turn the tv off and he asks me to lay with him and i do. on the couch, about 5-10min tops, and he's out. just like that. once he decides he's ready, he just crashes. and crashes HARD. nothing wakes him up these days.

occasionally he will wake up and ask for water. sometimes he talks in his sleep or whimpers and calls for me...but he never fully wakes up once he's out. and i get all the work or play done on the computer i want (often til past midnight!) and then when i'm ready for bed, i just carry him to bed and we snuggle up in there and we all sleep soundly.

maeven hasn't even been waking as much lately. she still does once or twice, but its not a big deal anymore. she doesn't seem to be waking and staying awake so much anymore. or its not freaking her out anymore, i don't know, i just don't ever hear anything much these days from her.

she's another that sleeps well. although she always did, for the most part, since she was a baby. she was what i used to call a pretty good sleeper and tyren was a horrible sleeper, LOL.

now, its all worked itself out and our kids sleep wonderfully and we are all happy. :) in our family bedroom. maeven in her twin on the floor, tyren in bed with us. and we are all happy. tyren's not even moving around so much anymore at night and most nights i sleep all the way through til morning and don't even remember being awaken for anything.

i never thought i'd ever be able to say that!

it's really an amazing moment fo finally be able to say that! wow. it's really nice!

Friday, February 06, 2009

Thursday, February 05, 2009

simplifying life

i have no idea how to do this. really, i don't. i can't, or i won't or something, i don't know...i just seem to be incapable of it. *sigh* and right now i'm really desiring to figure it out.

i always have tons of projects i'm working on but right now i actually am unhappy with how much i'm involved in. i need to figure out how to drop something but i really don't know what or how!

one thing that's stressing me out is tyren's teeth. once we get that whole thing sorted out, my life will be less stressful. right now i'm still working on brushing him several times a day, and tonight i got him mouth wash. got an idea from a friend to paint it on the bad spots w/a Qtip...since he's too young to swish without swallowing. hope it helps. his teeth don't look good...but the dvd pinatta's view seems to be helping him start to get used to the idea of the dentist's office not being the scariest place on earth. its seriously an awesome movie!

then we are planning to play dentist...only done it like once so far because i keep forgetting! but that's on my mental list of things to do this weekend...get going on playing that so that he can start getting even more comfortable with the dentist idea. hopefully that will enable us to get a second opinion on his teeth finally. what i'm really hoping is that someone will tell me that its not as bad as it looks and that it can be treated in short visits so that he doesn't have to go under general anesthesia, which scares the crap outta me. i won't know til i can get tyren to not freak out at the new dentist's office. i may be dreaming, it may be unavoidable, but i can dream, can't i? i need to read up on some of the info i read about at mothering.com that mentions recalcifying teeth and healing cavities and such.

so for now we're just trying to buy some time to sort things out...i'm just trying to get his teeth to not get worse basically.

anyway, anytime i start thinking about this i get a knot in my stomach, so i'm going to change the subject now.

back to simplifying...i want to be done with the storyland project, but it seems it might take longer and a lot more work than expected. *sigh* i am all for helping them out, i just shouldn't have taken the project on in the first place...wouldn't ya know it, it was MY idea! but i don't want to drop it, i really don't. i really want to make that hansel/gretel exhibit stunning! i really do! this saturday we're getting the sand delivered and spread! woohoo! its a start! next i think i need to find someone to replace the fence. dad looked at it with me last week and said it would be better to just replace the whole thing. i want to get someone that knows what they are doing...so hopefully i can get the fence donated and someone to donate their time to install it. i have someone in mind to ask...we'll see what he says.

then there's babyfest. its that time of year again. i really do like organizing and running babyfest but it really does take up my whole life for the couple of months prior to it. and i'm really dragging my feet in getting into it this year. i need to get my butt in gear. i did finally get the website updated. i think. hopefully i didn't miss anything.

then there's the homeschool resource center. that's actually where i would like my focus to be right now. and the discovery center. i met with the director of TDC today and i'm helping them find fun activities to supplement their program...i'm really looking forward to working on it! but once again...more things for me to do. and i cannot even seem to take care of my house and buy groceries!

i'm so A.D.D. ...i heard somewhere that ADD'rs have a hard time keeping their attention on the mundane day-to-day stuff...but are good at focusing on the new. that's SO me. but then there's another thing about me and that is that i don't like to drop things once i've committed to them. it seriously makes me ill to do that. one of the hardest things for me...hence the predicament i'm in with too many projects. the good news is that i am NOT NOT NOT taking on any new projects! i'm NOT!!! nononononononononoooooooo. ok well just the activities for TDC, but nothing else, i tell ya!!

gawd i wish my son would go to sleep. he's still up watching a maizy movie. ugh. i need to work on him. i'm really not accomplishing anything right now so i might as well work harder and getting him to sleep. *sigh*

Fun high school memory

This video is hysterical! I just got tagged by an old high school friend to remember something about her and what I remembered is that every Friday afternoon during our junior year of high school we used to be at her house with all the radios cranked as one of the way cool NY radio stations (we were in NJ) played the "5 o'clock whistle" song, which was this song...Loverboy's "Everybody's Working for the Weekend." We sang and danced to this every Friday! SO FUN!

This isn't their music video but its the original version of the song that I remember from those days and the guy that put this together is HYSTERICAL! Very well made video! Had to share. :)

Enjoy!!