Thursday, March 20, 2008

Plan #2

Well, it only took a few days for Sammy to figure out that if he pushes up hard enough with his legs, the safety pins will open. I was afraid of that. He started crying this morning after his normal 45 min., so I went in to check on him (as I usually do), and he was on his back with the safety pins all pulled open. Needless to say, I was worried that he had been poked so stripped him down and checked. I was really lucky and thankful that he hadn't. That was the end of the safety pins and to the fabric store I went. I bought industrial strength velcro and it is now on the sleep blanket and his sheets (I had to hot glue it to the sheets because it had sticky stuff on the back and the needle of the sewing maching and plain needle kept getting sticky stuff on them and would quit working). He's velcroed down as we speak an we will see just how long this lasts!

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

A partial solution

Thank you Marian for your suggestion. I really thought I was going to go insane.
I didn't want to pin his clothes to the bed because I was worried that he would somehow prick himself, so I went out and bought and "sleep blanket" that you
zip the baby into each night.
Prior to each nap today I zipped him in, layed him down
and pinned him to the sheet on each side. He couldn't roll over and fell asleep very fast with only minor comlaints. He didn't sleep for more than an hour, but that's pretty normal.
Now that I have the rolling over thing kind of solved, I can work on training him to maybe sleep for a longer chunk of time. The only problem I found with this is that Sammy is used to sleeping with nothing on him, just having his clothes or jammies on. The first time I went to get him he was covered in sweat. The rest of the day I took of his pants and socks - which helped. I'm going to keep my fingers crossed!

Saturday, March 15, 2008

I Need More Help

So, Sammy would never sleep on his back, so I let him sleep on his tummy from pretty much day one (for those of you freaking out, he sleeps with no blankets). Anywho, he learned how to roll from his back to his tummy about a month ago. I had one of those wedges so I started having his sleep on that, which solved the problem. Not so any longer. For the last few of weeks he rolls over and right over those wedges and then starts screaming as if he was a little girl who's lolli-pop was stolen. I go up and roll him over and he's fine and goes to sleep. For naps I have resorted to standing at the foot of his crib (so he can't see me) and flipping him over each time he rolls (usually a lot) until he goes to sleep. During the night he usually rolls over one or two times and I get up and go turn him over. Here's the thing - it's getting REALLY old. I've tried to teach him to roll back over with absolutely no success. Lately during the night I will let him cry it out,which is loud and lasts a really long time (like over an hour). It is disrupting to the other kids who need to be well rested for school the next day. It's become my nightmare. Yesterday I thought, he has a few options here: figure out how to roll back over, learn how to sleep on his back, or not flip over. Each time I put him in bed for a nap, I just closed the door and left. He screamed the ENTIRE time the first nap (1 1/2 hr.). I was shut in my room trying to not freak out. The second time he screamed for about an hour, fell asleep for about 15 minutes and then screamed again until it was time to get him up. This was the whole day. By the end of the day we were both frazzled. Anyway, that's my dilemna, what would you do? Would you continue to roll him over each time he does it knowing that he will be rolling back over pretty soon? Would you let him cry it out and just figure out how to sleep on his back? I even considered sewing velcro to his jammies and his mattress basically sticking him to his bed. If you have ANY ideas please let me know. I have no idea when he will learn to roll onto his tummy - is there someone that can tell me that and what you would all do?

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

I finally cracked

This is Molly. She is a 16 month old Duchshund (I'm not sure of the spelling). We have been wanting a small dog for quite some time and with me home full time I felt like I could manage (becuase I don't quite have enough to manage as it is)

Sammy (we call him Mr. Popular or Handsome)



My blue-eyed baby is getting so big and so adorable (obviously you can see that). Sammy is a little over 4 months now and I can say that I haven't had a moment of frustration with him and have loved just about every second of having him. He is the SWEETEST baby and SO good - in spite of his cat nap habit. I really couldn't have special ordered a better child. I think that Heavenly Father knew that I would be DONE if he was a difficult baby and since he is SO good and SO kissable, I really can't wait to have more (although I will admit that the pregnancy part of the whole thing almost scares me enough to not do it again - good thing I can see that that 9 month nightmare was WAY worth it).

Saturday, March 8, 2008

My trip you ask?

It's been 10 years since I last went to Disneyland and so my memory was somewhat foggy. Have you ever built something up in your head to that point that no matter how incredible it is, it just isn't going to be what you expected and you are therefor dissapointed? That's what happened with this trip.

I don't know how many of you have two daughters 2 years apart that fight like cats and dogs. I do! And let me tell you - the trip would have been a lot better without them. Okay, I did enjoy seeing them running from a ride telling me how great it was, but the fighting! It didn't matter what we were doing, there was always agruing and fighting either with me or with eachother. I feel like my kids are so blessed with a very comfortable life and they have no idea how grateful they should be. They expect the world handed to them on a platter - the way that they ordered it, not they way the world wants to give it. My kids would complain if they were handed just about anything and it drives me nuts. The lines were too long, the plane was too small, the strangers were stinky, the food wasn't enough, the room wasn't grand enough, and the list goes on and on. I couldn't just relax and enjoy the experience and I feel badly about it. When Casey and I spoke mid week my exact words were "I never want to take the kids on a vacation again - let's just you and me go from now on, they don't care and they don't appreciate it - they expect it". He agreed. I know it won't be that way, but sometimes I just want to yell at them and wake them up out of this fairy land that they live in where everyone has nice homes and beautiful cars, where everyone's dad takes them shopping for fun, or out to dinner. The whole time I just kept thinking "what have I done wrong with these two girls"? Now I'm depressed and angry that they just didn't appreciate it and I feel like I've been and am a terrible mother for not teaching them better. It's a sad reality and I need to do something to change their frame of mind or they are really going to grow up thinking they deserve the entire world without working for it.

On to a happier note, the rides were a lot of fun and it wasn't crowded at all. We got on everything more times than we cared to and after 2 full days we couldn't go any harder and went to the beach the last two days (the girls actually said they had more fun at the beach).

Upon my return I told Casey he should be thanking me. After all, he hates disneyland and since it's out of my system now, he NEVER has to go and never has to hear me nag about going again. I've decided every 10 years is fine for a trip like that!

Monday, March 3, 2008

FINALLY!!!!

Katy, Jane, and I are FINALLY going to Disneyland today!! I have been like a 5 year old on christmas eve. It's been 10 years since I last went and the girls have never gone. We will be there until Saturday and we are planning on going as hard as we possibly can to squeeze in as much Disney fun as we possibly can. So, I won't be blogging for the next week, but when I get home I will have some fun pictures to make a slide show out of.