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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Sleep and More Photos

I am in a bad sleep pattern. I'm sure being sick isn't helping but what really isn't helping is Leo. I guess I have to add Gia to that as well. See, I am wiped out exhausted by about 9:00 which is really, really early for me. Gia's normal bedtime, before Thanksgiving weekend, was 7:00. Since then, she won't go to bed earlier than 9:00. It's not without us trying to get her back to an earlier bedtime. We have done every method possible. She is in a terrible sleep pattern herself.  I crawl into bed after putting her back down and fall asleep before 10:00. At around 10:00, some of my kids will come and kiss me good night (this would be awfully sweet except that two of those kids are supposed to be in bed by 9:00). I fall back to sleep until 11:00, when I wake up with my contacts stuck to my eyes (having been too tired earlier to actually get ready for bed and take them out) and my mouth feeling like I have been sucking on cotton. For the last few nights, Nico has still been up at this time which is infuriating because he is up with Leo playing some stupid video game or watching some dumb football game. I rant about it and Nico goes to bed. I actually get ready for bed and then...can't fall asleep. I read. I watch TV. I write. I think of things that usually help me fall asleep. Nothing. At about midnight, I finally fall asleep and then Leo starts. Coughing and coughing and coughing. What is endlessly irritating and I've said it before is that he won't go to the doctor to get his asthma meds bumped up. He is taking half the dose that Tommy is and Tommy weighs more than 100lbs less than him! At 2 in the morning, I want to yell, "Man up! Go to the freaking doctor so he can fix your meds and we can all sleep!" I finally fall asleep and then right around 3:45ish, Gia wakes up.

I know I said that I wasn't worried about her still having a bottle and that she is my last so I am not going to rush her and that she'll give it up when she is ready and that she won't be going to prom with it but guess what?? I think she might be going to prom with it. I want her to be done with it. I know it sounds like an excuse but she is a terrible eater and won't take any milk from a cup (she has taken about three sips total, her whole little life) so the bottle is the only milk I know she is getting. I think she wakes up at 3:45 starving because she eats two bites of dinner and is done. She goes right back to sleep and then sleeps until 10am. It doesn't take a genius to figure out that waking up that late is what sets the pattern for all of this but I have tried it where I wake her up earlier so that she'll take an earlier nap and then go to bed earlier and not only did that not work, but it made for a miserable day. I've done the whole wean her back to her normal schedule putting her to bed at 8:30 and then 8:00 and then 7:30 but we are still where we are at.

I am not telling you this because I want you to feel sorry for me (and yes, it's okay to say, "Glad I am not in that stage with my kids anymore"). I am telling you this only because,I want your understanding for when you see me out and about and I am in pajama bottoms, a goomba (remember that is a made up word for hair up in a messy bun or ponytail) and can't remember your name or why I am where I am.

Some more pictures from Sunday for the people that aren't on Facebook. Gia was loving the frame.

1 Comments:

At December 8, 2011 at 5:06 AM , Blogger Kendra Mareva said...

I am LOVING these pics! :D

 

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