In the middle of the night....

  In the middle of the night….   What would you do?   ...more

No, it was a private limo party bus driver... I am shocked he let them out... I guess he was ...more

Sleepless Nights

We put the babies to bed around 9:30 p.m. as per usual.At 12:30 a.m. Natalina started crying. I went down to check on her. I straightened her blankets. She was still asleep. I went back upstairs and told my husband hopefully, although I already knew I was wrong, "maybe that will be it." But it was a cry I knew.  A cry that meant a long night ahead.At 2 a.m. Natalina cried out for me.  "Mama. Mama! Mommy!"  I went downstairs to see her....more

Toddler Tricks - 23

 Ways to Trick your Baby:Problem:  It's 10 p.m.  Your kids are playing in their room -- giggling, jumping around, squealing, the whole bit.  They're happy, at least, but they really need to get to sleep.  No matter how many times you settle them back down, they're up again within minutes, running around and playing make-believe games.Solution...Read More:...more

Toddler Tricks - 21

Ways to Trick your Baby:Problem:  Your kid, to put it mildly, wakes up on the wrong side of the bed.  It seems no matter what you do, you are going to be graced with a crying jag leftover from sleep.  Nothing appeases, nothing stops it.  She's just cranky when she wakes up.Solution:  Try to get there right before she wakes up.  This has worked for me about 50 percent of the time.  It's hard to pull off because sometimes the babies will sleep for an hour, other times they'll sleep for 2.5 hours.  But if I can hear them even starting to ...more

Parasitic life forms. No, not husbands.

    Here we are with the first post. First of all if you are reading this, thank you for stopping by. Lets not dance around with pleasantries and get right to it shall we?...more

Toddler Tricks - 13

Ways to trick your baby:Problem:  There are crucial times in babies' growth cycles when they seem to be fitting in the diapers you've always used, but they start overflowing them at night.  Each morning, or sometimes even in the middle of the night, you're greeted with cries of distress and discomfort instead of smiles and hellos.Solution:  Go the next diaper size up.**  Even if you think they will be way too big, they're usually not, and they have the extra padding and space to absorb more.  Some people try putting the same sized diapers or the bigg...more

Go with the Flow

A while back I posted about how hard it is for toddlers to deal with a change in their routine.  While adults may not get scared when their routine changes without their permission, they can get irritated.  Yet another way in which adults are not so different from toddlers after all.We used to have a system in this house.  We'd wake up at 8 a.m., I'd give the babies a glass of milk and some dry cereal to munch on while I made breakfast, we'd eat breakfast, my husband would go to work.  This s...more

Snorting, Mumbling and Grunting Through the Night

I am not the greatest sleeper in the world. I can thank my father’s side of the family for this special trait. My mom referred to my father as Leaping Larry. She said he never really slept at night, but rather he levitated above the covers and spun. Continuously. All Night. I don’t think I am Levitating Lanita, but perhaps you should ask my husband....more

Coveting My Daughter's Bed

I have a confession.  I want my daughter's bed.  All to myself.  She's almost four.  Six months ago, we moved her from a toddler bed to a brand new big-girl twin bed with a wonderful pillow top mattress.   I love that mattress, and I now spend my time imagining ways I can sleep in it, all alone.   ...more

Why Mornings Matter: How Waking Up Early Revived My Mindset

How do you start your day? We all have different methods that fit our lives best. Some start with a bang: out of bed, out the door...hustle, hustle, hustle. Others need time, coffee, and calm to ease into the routine of another 24 hours. ...more