Grace now is in her big girl toddler bed which is super great right? Well, there is the problem that now Miss Thang can get out of her bed on her own accord, especially at nap and bedtime. At first we didn't have this problem because she didn't realize she had the power to do that. But now, she knows she has the power. It was getting into a major power struggle which I know isn't a good thing. I've done all the Love and Logic classes, read books, etc. I dealt with these things with middle schoolers for over 14 years now and I have learned my daughter can outlast them...she is one of the most tenacious people I have ever met in my entire life. It's like a no win situation. When we have the power struggle it ends in major temper tantrum/screamfest which leads to a bad night sleep. So, by accident I solved the problem but at the same time, I feel like a slacker parent. Let me explain. So, it was getting to be 9 p.m. Grace was popping out of her bed like a weed. I'd put her down. We did our whole nightime routine...lotion, pjs, books, prayer, music, back rub...she still wouldn't go down. I was so frustrated. I walked downstairs. Came back up because I felt incredibly guilty for the screaming even though I was still talking to her telling her where I was. So, I ended up laying on my bed, turning on the TV and watching one of my TV shows...guess who fell asleep shortly thereafter? Naptime on the weekends is the same way so I put on Yo Gabba Gabba and tell her we are going to rest watching the show. She falls asleep and I guess it's because she has seen these episodes like millions of times. Her sleep is for more than an hour and it's restful. So, putting on the TV before she falls asleep is becoming a routine. I feel like it's probably not the greatest thing but it's working for us. She's falling asleep in a peaceful way and she's staying asleep peacefully and getting up refreshed and in a good mood. I know some people would totally frown on this but it's working for us right now.
Here is the one thing I am learning about motherhood that I didn't get before. You have to try and do some things that others disprove of and that's okay. So, I have a lot more understanding of moms and dads now parenting in unique ways. I used to be very judgemental before but now I get it.
Sunday, March 28, 2010
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Tuesday, March 23, 2010
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Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Yep, my daughter used the "N" word today for the very first time. I had used it with her about 15 minutes before she used it when she was trying to stick her nebulizer tube in the outlet that I had just unplugged the nebulizer from. She decided to try out her new word when she was going to bed. She popped up and said loudly,"NO!" and then she liked how good it sounded that she continued, "No! No! No!" I don't really think she understands what it means but I think that's just around the corner. I think it's going to be a word that I'll be hearing a lot. She is very stubborn and she wants things done HER way. She throws major bratasaursus fits when it doesn't happen the way she wants it to.
On a brighter note, my daughter is sleeping in her big girl toddler bed. This is night #3. She hasn't fallen out of bed (well half of her has but she stayed in bed).
Posted by Jamie at 9:32 PM
Friday, March 12, 2010
I admit that before Grace, my car was not exactly always spic and span. You would think that because my job requires serious organization that I would be extremely organized....yeah, not so much. I can though give the general dewey decimal number for most things. Anyways, I realized today that having a 2 year old increases the disarray in a car. The reason I found this out is that I had to pick up the author we were hosting from his hotel this morning. It took me a good long time to pick up all toys, straws, old capri sun pouches, books, papers and then vacuum the car. Let me tell you, there were cheerios and m&ms all over the place not to mention a half naked Ling doll on the floorboard of the back seat (poor Ling!) You know what the sad thing is? I have an organizer for Grace's stuff hooked onto the back of my seat. It obviously isn't working for me. The good thing is I was able to get it cleaned up so that Rick Yancey (our author) didn't sit on boogie wipes, m&ms or any other trash. It looks clean but I highly doubt it'll last much longer. Oh well. Que sera sera.
PS...Happy Birthday daddy! Gracie & I love you!
Posted by Jamie at 10:05 PM
Tuesday, March 02, 2010
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