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Prince Charming

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I can’t tell you how proud I was to have Z dressed up in this gorgeous costume at his classmates birthday party. He looked do handsome!

Little Artists

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Z and V quietly painted while M and I prepared our taco dinner. Thus is the first time they’ve been so quiet and worked together for a sustained period.

RIT – 3rd Night

I felt very proud of my little ones and ourselves when I checked in on Z and V on the video monitor, sleeping soundly in THE SAME ROOM! I still can’t believe it’s happening because I didn’t expect this to work so well.

So the routine we’ve created, where V goes with M in the room first and I send Z in after I brush his teeth and give him goodnight kisses and hugs. It’s such a nice feeling to know that they will be there for each other. We are truly blessed.

After M laid V in her crib, she had some trouble getting comfortable. I watched as she sat up, reached for her water sippy, took a drink, and grabbed a pacifier to put in her mouth (this is a new thing from the weekend – it probably makes her gums feel better). She tried to lie down but couldn’t get comfy so she reached for her white teddy to hug.

After about 8 minutes of fussing about, M went up to help her. It turns out all she wanted to do was hug both the white teddy and Cookie Monster and go to sleep. (Our guess was she sees Z with 2 Peso Penguins when he goes to sleep and she wants the same, too.) Then she was happy to go to sleep.

Around 9pm, she sat up and cried for a minute. Then she grabbed her teddy and laid back down and went to sleep. Half an hour after that, she cried out again for a second. But she has been sleeping soundly otherwise, since her bedtime.

Ahhh…the sigh of relief, knowing that every night just gets better and better.

Roommate-in-Training (RIT) – 2nd Night

Tonight is the second night both kids are sleeping in the same room. We came up just after 6 to start the bedtime routine. V missed me terribly and would jealous whenever Z was with me so she would try to bite any part of him she could get to.

So far, she had bitten him about 4 times this weekend – each time leaving 4 teeth marks and him in tears.

We changed our strategy this time. M took V in first and sat with her in the rocker while Z and I finished up. He always wants more “time with mommy”. After I brushed his teeth, we kissed, hugged, and said goodnight. He was good about not crying this time. He closed the door, wished V a goodnight, and gave her a quick kiss, and climbed into bed.

M then sang to both of them v was awake when she went into the crib but Z was out like a light even before the songs were over. Both kids were asleep by 7pm.

9pm. Z sat up and talked in his. M went in to tuck him back in. V was still sleeping at this time. But as soon as M came back in, she sat up and started crying. So now, he’s in there with her. Not sure if he’ll get out alive.

Busy Day

Today is one of those days that will probably not be the last one. This morning’s party was at a nut-free kosher bakery. I felt the organization was lacking and the children needed a lot of assistance. It was underwhelming, sad to say.

We had to drop V and M at home and get Z to use the bathroom before getting back on the road. He didn’t end up
Sleeping at all. I was so close to just driving us back home. Thank goodness I called M for consultation and we are now here, sitting in the parking lot.

This one is a fairy tale party. We shall see. M

Roomies-in-training

Ok. I’ll admit, the transition was rough last night. After the first wakeup from V, she lasted till midnight. M went in again and Z woke up this time from all the crying. She wouldn’t settle and so I had to go in and nurse her.

Surprisingly, she nursed quite a bit and I whispered and explained to her that, “Now that I’ve nursed you, you need to go back to sleep. Here is a pacifier to help you. No more crying because we don’t want to
wake Z up, ok?”. I waited until she stopped whimpering and then I laid her in her crib.

At 2:30am, she finally fell back asleep. The next time she woke was 5:15 am. Unfortunately, Z had also woken up. I wasn’t aware of this when I went in to nurse her so he started whining about the fact that he can’t sleep anymore because it’s too noisy.

I left again, for the 2nd time, after I laid her down. My departure was quickly followed by loud cries and screams of “mommy. Mommy.”. M and I laid in bed, alternating the video monitor channels between Z and V, and waiting for any progress.

Finally, at the 10 minute mark, I sent M in. Gentle talk with Z about staying in bed until 6:30/7 and that the weekends are mommy and daddy’s time to sleep in. Also that he needs to be the big brother and talk to V about not crying and going to sleep.

It worked. Gentle talk always work with him.

M left and at least Z was quiet. V was still crying but she laid down within a few minutes. And from our view from the monitor, they appear to be sleeping.

Let’s just hope it is so. Mission accomplished. (For how long, who knows?)

One Week Down

Ok, so I survived the first week of school. The hardest day had to be the first.

I’m used to teaching on the 1st floor. Let me correct that. I’m used to teaching in an air conditioned room on the 1st floor. Yes, that was before they axed the ICT program. This year, I’m teaching Gr 7 math. I’m happy about that. But I’m not happy about teaching in 3 different rooms – 111, 307 and 310.

So as you can imagine, it was a sweltering first day back. Sweaty doesn’t even describe it. I was drenched in my own sweat and I’m sure that my face was glistening with sweat as I addressed my classes. But that’s not the worst part. I got a nasty headache that lasted well into the night, after 7pm. I was exhausted.

The following days were not as bad as far as heat went. But the headaches continued. It was unbearable yesterday and I had to go around and find Advil or something. I even took a nap after my lunch. After the nap I felt better but the headache returned upon me reaching the top of the stairs of the 3rd floor. It felt like it was blood-pressure related.

Anyway, it’s taking me some time to get organized this year. If anyone knows me I’m very thorough and particular when it comes to my work. I like to plan my classes out and write everything down. That’s why it takes me much longer to get things done.

I even brought work home to help me deal with the overwhelming feeling I get when I’m at school.

And the winner is…..

Ok. So, here’s what happened…

The pre-bedtime routine went well. The kids had cheese ticks, yogurt, and apple for bedtime snack. I read them 4 books – 2 choices for each of them. But if course, both kids only wanted me. At one point, I offered for Z to sit on one of my laps so V could sit on the other. No, he wanted to sit in the middle.

Once we got the toothbrushing out of he way, we corralled the kids into their shared room. By this time, V was already protesting, stomping her feet and moaning as she “walked this way”.

The mommyitis continues. Z protests, saying, “I want mommy to sing to me and stay in the room.”

Of course, that was not the plan at all. I switched kids and started singing to V while Z started crying. Oh boy. This was not going to be an easy one. I put v in her crib and went to our room and watched from the monitor.

She was up and the camera showed her clearly – UPSET. At this point, m is trying to deal with Z’s tantrums and he leaves after a few minutes because both kids were just screaming and he couldn’t handle it. It was stereophonic – except it was not nice to listen to.

V got up immediately and continued to ball her eyes out while M sang to Z. After about 10 minutes of chaos, V laid down and went to sleep. Z settled soon after. By 8:00pm both were asleep.

Then at 8:42pm, V started crying while still lying down. We didn’t go to her and I watched on the monitor. Within 5-8 minutes, her crying progressed to high shrills and she was inconsolable. So I sent M up.

That was almost 50 minutes ago. And he’s still in there. I’m hoping the rest of the night will be fine.

(Btw, Z slept through all that crying, only shifting once to change positions.)

Roomies

This afternoon, M and I decided, on a whim, to move the kids in together. At first, we thought we could move Vs crib into his room but it was easier to NOT have to take the crib apart (as anyone knows that assembling a crib isn’t exactly fun.).

Within a matter of 2 hours, we had the 2 rooms redone and I can’t deny HOW excited I am for the two kids to be sleeping together. Perhaps we will wake up tomorrow to sounds of laughter from them.

Now that’s a dream!

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And the cosleeping continues

Ok, I can’t say i didn’t try. Because I did. I really did. After singing to V at bedtimes, I laid her down in her crib. What followed was a very loud and persistent crying session that lasted for about 12-15 minutes. It was also accompanied by foot stomping, as witnessed by M.

So she lasted about under an hour before she woke up in hysterics again. I waited about 10 minutes before going in and finally had to go because she was getting too upset. I nursed her and put her in her crib. She was quiet for about 5 minutes and my excitement lasted for a short while.

So here I am, typing with her in my arm, sitting on the rocker. I’m going to be bringing her into our bed shortly and close my eyes so I can get some sleep.

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