My only goal for Monday is to document Audrey walking on video. I think I can officially say that she walks now. This has been such an exciting milestone to witness. I'm thrilled that it didn't require months of therapy, ankle braces or any other such interventions. She just naturally progressed to walking. Seeing Audrey do this with such ease makes me turn to Emily and give her a big hug. To think back at how much work it took for Emily to do the same thing tugs at my heart. To see Emily cheer her little sister along and hug her for doing such a good is a sight to see. I love my girls.
I was getting Emily
ready for school and I told her not to forget to take her Valentines
(meaning her cards) to school with her. She ran into the kitchen and
asked Jeremy, "Can you come to school with me today?"
Emily is just barely getting over days worth of a fever and now Audrey woke up red as a beet and hot as a tamale. Jeremy and I are both sick and taking turns taking care of the girls and getting cat naps. Wish us luck and send us healthy vibes.
I really wanted to go to bed around an hour ago. Not because I'm tired, but because I'm trying to get to bed earlier so I can get up earlier in the morning. Jeremy and I go to bed way too late and I feel so rushed and crazy in the morning trying to get Emily ready for school. I'd love to get up at least an hour before she does and be ready for the day. It shouldn't be hard because she usually sleeps till 7 a.m. That's a pretty tame hour, especially considering she has to be at school at 8:00 a.m.
Anyhow, the reason that I didn't go to bed when I wanted to (10:00 p.m.) is because Audrey started to toss and turn in her crib and I figured a wake up was about to happen. I hate to go to bed, get comfortable, and then have to get out of bed. So I've been puttering around on the computer waiting to see what Audrey does. Jeremy has fallen asleep on the couch. Around 10:30 p.m. Audrey was awake, standing in her crib and crying. I went to her room, gave her a hug in her crib and laid her back down. She didn't protest and seems to be asleep but who knows? It's been a half hour and I'm not sure if that's the end of that or not?
I might as well waste some time typing about a random thought I had earlier today. Is it possible to sense the presence of someone who is no longer living? If it is happening, how do you know that is what is going on? I'll try to write more about this later. I'm going to try to get Jeremy and I to bed...
I thought maybe my last post about AC's sleeping habits might just be too much of a snore to read. I know, bad pun. I've started to look at baby products AGAIN now that Molly is on the way. I know you're thinking, "What the hell is she doing looking at baby stuff? Didn't she buy enough crap for Audrey?" You would be right BUT you wouldn't believe all the new stuff that comes out in just one year. Knowing that I like the newest products and I'm a sucker for all baby products in general, I've been really good at not shopping at baby stores or looking online for baby things. Unfortunately, I got a baby magazine in the mail yesterday and I found THIS HIGHCHAIR and I WANT IT. There are so many things about it that appeal to me. I'm not saying that I'm going to get it. I just want it.
So lil Audrey has decided to throw me for a loop (when I least expect or need it mind you) and is starting to have sleeping issues. All sorts of issues. Maybe there is an explanation, maybe she just feels like shaking things up a bit, not really sure. I decided to write about the whole long boring downward spiral. Just for kicks I guess. There are other things I'd like to write about, but since sleep is really important to ME right now, this is what I think about most lately.
Let me begin with my days and nights of bliss that began pretty much when Audrey was born. Of course she didn't sleep through the night when she first came home, but she only woke ONCE a night in the first few weeks. I was pretty thrilled with that and thought it was pretty darn cool. During these few weeks I was using a newborn cloth diaper on Audrey and she was sleeping in our room in her bassinette. At 6 weeks I decided to upgrade AC's diaper to an even better cloth that had a fleece lining and much more absorbancy. This would prevent leaks and also would keep the feeling of wetness away from her skin. At the same time we evicted AC from our bedroom and put her in her own room, in her crib. Mostly because she moved around enough in the bassinette that I thought she was going to knock it over and Jeremy snoring was starting to irritate her. This transition was the beginning of Audrey sleeping throught the night. From 6 p.m. to 7 a.m.
At around 4 months of age Audrey started to protest her naps a bit. I decided to buy a crib toy to give her something to play with while winding down for sleep. I bought one of these and she LOVED it. In fact there were times that she would wake in the middle of the night (I watched on the video monitor) and she would press the button to turn on her birdies and would lay back down as quick as possible so she wouldn't miss any of the music while lying down. She used it to soothe herself and never called for us.
I guess the foreshadowing to our current sleep situation began about a week ago when Jeremy went to get Audrey from her crib after her morning nap. She was pointing at her birdy toy so Jeremy turned it on for her. She immediately began to cry really hard and turned it off as quick as she could. He had to comfort her to get her to stop crying. We just figured that maybe she thought Jeremy was expecting her to go back to sleep instead of him getting her from her crib after her nap. We thought there was no way she could dislike the toy, she's always loved it so much.
For the past couple of weeks Audrey seems to be working on getting down to one nap. It's been really hit and miss. One day she'll take a nice long nap in the morning and that's it for the day. Another day she'll take a quick nap in the morning and by the afternoon she needs a longer one. It's all pretty confusing and annoying but at least it was during the day when we were all awake.
So on Saturday Audrey woke in the middle of the night and I figured she was just hungry and excited from the day at the zoo. Sunday she had a waking again and I can't remember if she needed a bottle or not. Monday and Tuesday I made sure she had plenty to eat at dinner time and I topped her off with a bottle at bedtime, which she drained. This is really unusal for Audrey so I'm thinking we're dealing with a growth spurt. Last night (Tuesday) Audrey woke up around 3 or 4 hours after I put her to bed and (I guess out of habit) she turned on her birdy toy. It scared the crap out of her and she quickly turned it off and then cried for one of us to come get her. I went to her room, hugged her in her crib and laid her back down to sleep. She was fine with that and went to sleep with no wakings.
I'm not sure what will be happening tonight. She did have a night terror about an hour or two after I put her to bed, but that lasted less than a minute.
So that is the whole boring story for now. Not sure what is causing the wakings, not sure why she hates her crib toy so much now. The sad thing is that even if Audrey stopped having night wakings, my bladder still wakes me up every night at 3 a.m. Wheeeee!!