Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Well... I made it 22 days of my challenge... right? That counts for something!!
I have to really give a shout out to the parents who deal with a no sleeping baby... Diana has hit something called "the 8 month sleep regression" meaning she has decided that sleep is completely overrated and refuses to do so.
Saturday afternoon she napped quite a bit (I may have been napping with her, but this isn't about me!!) and Sunday was too cold to do anything but stay in bed and cuddle for most of the day... So I wasn't too terribly shocked when she didn't want to sleep. I tried everything - her routine, another bottle, singing and rocking, rocking and no singing... I even tried my last resort which is putting her in her bed with her mobile on. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't - at 1am I was willing to try anything.
I finally caved and brought Diana to bed with us - we do NOT co sleep... that is a habit that does not work for us personally. No offense to those who do, parenting techniques work for some but not all... but this momma needed sleep for work the next day.
I hoped that her lack of sleep would cause her to sleep Monday night... boy was I ever wrong!! Since I didn't have my partner in parenting (Brandon had to work...) she again ended up in bed with me. Every time I moved, her eyes popped open... Was she cold? Nope. Was she hungry? Nope. She just had zero plans of sleeping Monday night.
Tuesday night, we changed our whole approach. We played with her, laughed with her... and didn't let her take an evening nap! by 8:30, she was in a fleece sleep sack, covered in night time lotion, and her eyes were starting to get heavy!! She slept through the night!!! WHEW!!
Now, I know that this is not that big of a deal compared to what other parents have to handle on a nightly basis... We know very well how blessed we are with a babe who sleeps for more than 2 hours at a time. This was just completely out of character for her!
So, with 8 teeth coming in (yep... 8!! All at once!!) and growing like a weed, we have a 2 days shy of 8 month old who has hit the 8 month sleep regression!!
Good luck mommies and daddies!!! Get some rest, and continue to be each others greatest cheerleader... We are finding that parenting is certainly difficult if you don't...
Thursday, November 22, 2018
Wednesday, November 21, 2018
The woman who loves wisdom is elegant beyond compare.
Today's post really has nothing to do with my desk calendar... Today, I just want to make a simple thank you.
Thank you to my readers, who join me on this journey. Thank you to my family for always being my biggest fan and support. Thank you, especially, to my husband for putting up with my brand of crazy. And finally, this might sound silly but... Thank you to God.
He has brought me through so many things in my life, I can't even begin to count the blessings. Through addiction, through loss, through relationships, through fertility issues, through pregnancy and birth... And now, He is bringing me through parenthood. I mess up every single day, I don't do anything perfectly, but He never leaves me.
For that, I am thankful.
What are you thankful for today??
Tuesday, November 20, 2018
Always be thankful - Colossians 3:15
What a concept, right? To always be thankful?
I think in today's society, when we are wrapped up in all of the things we need to do, all the distractions life brings, and general life we forget to be thankful.
I have been to Haiti 3 times, and something happened on the last trip that just broke my heart into a million pieces... I worked with an organization that was focused on keeping families together. I could go into the horribleness of foreign orphanages, or the fact that most children in Haiti have living parents and/or relatives, but for various reasons they send them to orphanages... but that is a post for a different day.
The organization I was working with hosted a feeding program 3 times a week - the families came weekly to a classroom type setting, they studied the bible and sang songs, and then had lunch. I was busy handing out bowls of chicken and rice, when I noticed a young girl (couldn't have been more than 4 years old) in the front row holding a small butter dish. I thought that was interesting, so I stopped and watched her for a second.
She slowly opened the dish and started scooping her meal into the bowl. I asked the leader why she was doing that, and the response almost killed me where I stood. She was saving some for her sick sister and mother who couldn't make it to the program at that time.
Each time I go to Haiti, I walk away with something new. This time, I walked away being more thankful than ever! I live in a society where I can run to McDonald's any time I am hungry, yet I helped with a feeding program who helped a small child take lunch home to her family because they had nothing to eat that day.
I have so many stories from Haiti... but like I said, they are stories for another time.
Always be thankful - Colossians 3:15
What are you thankful for today?