So I’ve been trying something with Lucy that we learned at the Love & Logic Parenting Seminar we are attending. It is called the Uh-oh Song. Every time she steps on the bricks of the fireplace, I say (in a sing-song voice) “Uh-oh, time for a little playpen time. So sad.” Then I put her in the pak ‘n play that I put in the dining room. I have done this about 15 times today. The first couple of times Lucy just laughed and then waited for the minute or 2 until I got her out. Now when I pick her up from the fireplace she says “uh-oh” and then hugs me as tight as she can. I have to peel her off of me. Then as I set her in the pak ‘n play she says – so sad – which comes out “doh dah.” Then she fusses for about a minute – once she stops, I give her a minute of calm and then I get her out. I don’t know if this technique will work, but I am going to stick with it for a couple of days. We’ll see.
She doesn’t look to unhappy, does she?
Praise God for a GREAT night of sleep!!
Ok, so those of you who know me well, know that I am a Starbucks addict (don’t worry – I don’t have ANY caffeine after like noon – see post below). Today, Lucy had a minor accident – she tumbled down the stairs. I took her to the doctor – just in case – she is fine. While we were there I decided to get the girls’ flu shots. Since I totally sprung this on Norah at the last second – she was not happy. I told her that we would have some hot chocolate when we get home to cheer her up. She gets her flu shot and I said, “Let’s go home and make some hot chocolate.” Norah begins screaming (she had just calmed down from the shot) and says, “You said we were going to Starbucks! I want a Starbucks hot chocolate!!” I have obviously created a monster. (We also pretend play Starbucks).
So my plan of not making Norah nap and putting her to bed early – not so great. Yes, she did fall asleep right away. However, around 11:30 I woke to BOING, BOING, BOING. I went into her room and she was JUMPING! I told her to lay down and go to sleep – it is still night time. I go back to bed, fall back to sleep (which is an accomplishment in itself since I have been dealing with insomnia for about 2 months now) and I wake up at 12:30 a.m. to BOING, BOING, BOING. She was jumping again!!! This time, I went into her room and laid her down and walked out. I think she fell back to sleep pretty quickly. I, on the otherhand, was awake until 2. So, now I am EXHAUSTED! Norah woke up with a cold – which for her means extra breathing treatments. So, we will try to get in 4 today.
I am going to remember Isaiah 40:31 “Even youths grow tired and weary and young men stumble and fall. But those who hope in the Lord with renew their strength. They will run and not grow weary, walk and not be faint.”
So I guess this is a good Thoughts for Thursday topic. Do your kids do crazy things in the night? Do they still nap at 3 1/2? How about insomnia – anyone been there? If so, any suggestions!!