Thursday, May 26, 2011
Then I woke up with it very early Wednesday morning. Jeremy couldn't stay home, so fortunately Noah was able to go to the baby-sitter's house and give me a break. Top the bug with allergies and a little chest congestion, and I was barely able to drag myself to the living room to watch TV, much less chase after the busy, up-to-no-good Noah all day.
Noah has been going to bed by 7:00 almost every night since we got back from the beach. It's the only way he can actually get a good night's sleep, however inconvenient it may be. He still wakes up around 6:00am and takes short naps, or no naps at all, if he's somewhere other than his bed at home. But he does that no matter what time he went to bed the night before. My hope is that once he gets over being "overtired" I'll be able to readjust bedtime and he'll sleep later and nap longer. Right. Also considering hiring a sleep consultant, or just going to Wal-Mart to pick up some more pacifiers. We have some plans this summer that I'd like him to be able to handle without going to bed immediately after dinner, but we'll see.
So excited for this weekend! Jeremy's parents are coming in for the holiday weekend and one of the nights, Jeremy and I are planning to celebrate our upcoming anniversary with an overnight date in downtown Austin. We still haven't really experienced much of that area of the city. I'm excited for the break and for all of us to be germ-free , well-rested, and feelin good for a while!
Happy Memorial Day!
Monday, May 16, 2011
First introduction to the beach on Friday evening. I think he's a fan. Maybe even as in love with it as his mommy. What is it that draws us to the water, like mosquitos to a bug zapper?
This beach would be just about perfect for Noah. The water is only 1 to 6 inches deep, going out at least a couple hundred yards. Ideal for toddlers. When we arrived that evening, the water was warm and "high tide" was in, filling the bay with baby jellyfish. Loads of them. Dead, but still nervewracking to try to keep Noah out of them.
On Saturday morning, Noah decided to wake at 5:45 (yes, that's AM), and despite our best coaxing, would not go back to sleep. We ended up at the beach by 8:00. The beach was deserted, probably because the locals are aware of the cool, early morning temps and the problems that are presented on the baech at this time of day. :)
First, Jeremy and I were attacked by wicked mosquitos, which ate my arms alive. They were reproducing in the parking lot, I guess, and chased us almost all the way to the water, sparing Noah, thankfully. Then we realized that the water was ice cold instead of the pleasant bathtub feeling we got the night before. And then we saw the jellyfish. Yes, there were more of them. And big ones too. We had to be really careful. This series of small disasters had to make me roll my eyes at least. Or look for the humor in the situation. We didn't stay long but agreed to come back later and give it one more shot.
This was about how long he was willing to leave the shades and hat on. Just long enough so we could take pics for the Nutts.
Hermit crabs were everywhere! Remember when people used to wear them on a chain around their necks?? Heehee. We put some babies on Jeremy's leg.
We had dinner at Charlotte Plummer's, a local seafood place on the water. Can you see the exhaustion in these eyes? This was because the child who got up at 5:45am, refused to nap, and was tuckered out in time for our 5:30 dinner.
We made another early morning beach run on Sunday (yes, we were able to sleep in until 5:50 this morning), with plans to feed the seagulls instead of swimming this time. These birds weren't flying at us, more like hovering in the air right in front of our faces. If you enlarge this pic, you kind of get the eerieness of it. :)
Now, I don't know much about hunting, but if you want to catch something, it's probably best not to yell "GITCHU!" (get you) at your prey, while running towards it.
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Sorry my blogging has been cut short lately. This is due to my stunted amount of free time, tiredness, and my own general crankiness. We have had some small improvements (no more screaming, for the most part, or 3 am wake-up calls) but after 3.5 weeks, Noah is still not getting enough sleep to satisfy either of us. We started his speech therapy this week, and while I like the therapist a lot, it was really kind of a downer for me.
Sunday, May 1, 2011
We are 2 weeks and 1 day into giving up the paci and I have to say that things are not better. What, at 2 years old, does it take 28 days to break an addiction? Because I think that is all I am going to be able to give to this project before I break down and buy another paci. Then he can sleep with it till he's 20 for all I will care! that particular morning, he woke up at 3:00am, and after over an hour, we could not find anything wrong with him, so we just left him in bed and he screamed until 6:00, when I had to get up for work. Yes, we turned off the monitor and closed all the doors, and I could still hear him across the house.
We got past nearly 2 weeks of diarrhea, and a couple of days of fever. Since then, I have spent the week basically starting all over with sleep training like we did at around 9 months, except that it isn't taking quite effectively this time. There is only so much screaming a person can take. I am feeling irrationally angry and frustrated half the time, and so is Noah, as evidenced by his foul moods, whining, and shreiking when he's not in bed. Most days, he is waking up early every morning, taking a short or no nap, and taking his time falling asleep at night. He is sleeping around 2-3 hours less now some days, which makes for a very grumpy boy who is not fun to be around.
I guess you should either take away the paci by the first birthday so they will forget more quickly or just wait until they are closer to 4 and more able to rationalize the loss.
Hopefully, things are going to get back to normal one day soon. Until then, Mommy needs a child-free vacation! Oh wait, nobody else will volunteer to listen to him scream either. ;)