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My Kids DO Love Me!

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Friday, May 11, 2007

It's been a rough couple of weeks here.

Emmitt has started crawling and pulling to a stand and wandering along the side of the couch in a matter of days and with it has come the "up a million times a night" fiasco.

Elnora has taken to waking between 6:30 and 6:45am and coming in to get us up because she wants breakfast.

I had two seminars this week and a project deadline.

Basically, I've been a walking zombie.

So last night I actually made it to bed at 10:30. That's the earliest in three weeks or so as I usually get to bed closer to midnight. Emmitt did still get up three times (11:30, 2:30 and 5:30) but he didn't wake up for the day until 7. What's better is that I got up and got a few toys and put them in his pack-n-play with him and he sat and played until 7:45! Woot!

What's even better is that Elnora slept until 7:45 as well! Thus, I did not get out of bed today until nearly 8am.

Oh Heaven of Heavens! I'm tired, but my brain is actually functioning.

So, later today or over the weekend, I'll catch-up with a slew of posts. I've got about five product reviews to get online, some food stuffs to post, updates on the kids and more breastfeeding talk.

First, I've got to get the kids cleaned up and head out to meet up with my sister-in-law for lunch at an Organic Cafe we've been wanting to try.


  1. Blogger JudyBright | 10:59 AM |  

    I know my neighbors reversed the locks on their daughter's door to lock her in her room. I will keep it in mind the next couple of years.

    Except one day she locked herself and her grandmother in the room and they yelled out the window for me to go up and rescue them. Twas funny.

  2. Blogger Jennifer | 1:25 PM |  

    You know, I've heard of a couple parents doing that and every time I do it just makes me...sad.

    I mean I understand if the child is a danger to herself (sleep walks, gets up and goes to the kitchen or basement where they could get hurt) or something similar...

    ...but I just can't get behind the idea of actually locking a child in their room just because they get up too early.

    It just feels wrong to me.

  3. Blogger tiny-dog | 2:13 PM |  

    Off topic comment here, but I've transitioned to canvas shopping bags, based on a post you wrote awhile back on the topic. I thought I'd give it a try. I like it! No more giant tumbleweeds of plastic.

  4. Blogger Jennifer | 3:42 PM |  


    I love mine (all from Whole Foods) and carry at least one or two in my diaper bag all the time.

    In fact, I got really annoyed at J.C. Penny's a few weeks back when the woman would NOT let me take my item without taking one of their plastic bags...kept saying security would tail me. I tried to explain that that is what receipts are for, but she'd have none of it.


    Anyway, I love them, use them all the time now. For $1 a piece, they can't be beat. :)

  5. Blogger Renata | 11:40 AM |  

    Hope you don't mind my ramblings, but I figure I'd share with you what I've learned from my kids:

    We taught our oldest to knock on our door when he woke up. Then, one of us would get up and give him a sippy cup w/ milk (preferably prepared the night before), turn on some music in his room and leave him there playing (or dancing) while we slept a little longer. He wasn't 2 yet. The milk would hold him off until breakfast was served. I didn't teach these manners to my second child, so he just barges in, lol! But they wake up later now, so we have no excuse but to get out of bed :-)

    I have a 9 month old baby who has been nursing a lot at night too. I have not been very consistent in giving her complimentary foods, I wasn't consistent with her older brothers either and they did just fine. About a week ago, I was so wiped out from getting up 4 times at night (we had been cosleeping but I was wiped out from that too) and then nursing her nonstop that I pulled her cereal out from the freezer one evening and surprisingly she wanted to eat it (she wasn't interested earlier). The next night she was fussing at a friend's house. I tried nursing her and she was still restless. My friend was very gracious to hold her and entertain her. He fed her several things (with my permission, of course), and she just ate and ate. I realized that she is a very active baby who gets hungry and doesn't want just breastmilk and cheerios anymore. So I started giving her other foods and, sure enough, she is waking up less. I'm still getting a hang of preparing food just for her, and I'm still tired, but I am starting to be able to do more things, just from getting a little bit more sleep.

  6. Blogger Jennifer | 11:51 AM |  

    I wondered about that Renata... We've been doing solids now for about a month and after about a week he went to eating solids twice a day.

    Now he'll eat half a banana in one sitting and a huge dish of mango or sweet potato in another.

    Perhaps I do need to work on getting more solids into him during the day because the kid really does just want to eat ALL the time.

    Of course he's 20-some pounds at 7 months and doesn't sit still for a second...

    We haven't done cereal because it can be constipating, but I've been debating trying a little oatmeal...real oatmeal, not the kind fortified with iron.

  7. Blogger Analisa | 6:38 PM |  

    Yes, it also saddens me to think of kids locked in their rooms for getting up too early.

    Wow, my 15-month-old is still four ounces shy of 20 pounds!

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