I am downstairs in the kitchen at 7:30 a.m. a full two hours later than yesterday. That makes the biggest difference for me. Thank you all for your suggestions yesterday. I do have a white noise machine in Andrew's room, but I think I should get one for Becca's room....I never thought about getting one for her. Jim's advice of me going to bed at 8 p.m. is good, but nevergunnahappen. For the first time all day, I am WIDE awake at 8 p.m. I finally have some time to myself and for some reason every morning I say "I'm going to bed early tonight!" And then every night I say, "Oooh. It is SO nice to have some time to myself, I don't care if I'm tired tomorrow." Repeat. Repeat. So, I guess all this is really my own doing, but still.
This morning right at 5:30 on the dot Andrew woke up and was crying. I let him cry. He cried for about 5 minutes and went back to sleep. Around 6 he woke up again and fussed on and off until about 7:00 when I went in for him. Just having that extra hour of snoozing is huge for me. Becca was awake and playing in her room. She has this cool alarm clock that turns green at the time I set (it is currently set for 6:25 a.m.) And when it turns green she can get out of her bed and play quietly in her room until we go in and get her. It works really well for the most part. Sometimes she comes out of her room and makes lots of noise. Sometimes she is awake in her bed a full hour before it turns green. And then she is often kicking the wall or yelling, but most days it works.
So, in summary I'm going to do this: white noise for Becca, letting Andrew cry a bit and (hopefully) go back to sleep, and if Becca is up too early and crabby that day, she can watch TV a lot. How is THAT for good parenting? Hopefully Andrew will soon start sleeping through this dreaded 5:30 a.m. waking! Just being in bed a bit longer this morning has made this seem like not as big of a problem. I love sleep.
Time is getting away from me. Ever since Andrew started pulling up in his crib and chewing on the crib bars I have meant to take a picture of him in there. This was months ago. And have I done it? No.
I have this Scooby Doo fishing pole thing for Becca. There is a perfect pond in our neighborhood where we could use it. I've had it for over year. Have we ever used it? No.
I have valances for my kitchen windows. I've had them for over a year. Are they hung? No.
I have ugly mismatched furniture in my bedroom that I've wanted to get rid of for two years. Have I done it? No.
I have an unused high chair in my garage that needs to go. Have I gotten rid of it? No.
That super-cute picture of the kids from June? I want to have it blown up and printed. Have I done it? No.
There is a light in our basement stairwell. I took the glass part off two years ago to change the bulb. Have I put it back on? No. (Actually, I don't even know where I put it...)
There are gross fingerprints along the wall all up the stairs. Have I touched them up? No.
I have been meaning to change out the outside light fixtures ever since we moved in. And to get a new mailbox. Have I done it? Go ahead. Guess.'
And let's not even mention the big problem with photographs. Some printed, some not. Some in albums, some not.
See what happens when I get to stay in bed until 7 a.m.? I start getting inspired. But, will I be inspired enough to do anything about these things? I doubt it. I wish I had a week in the house all alone to just do everything. I can't seem to figure out how to fit stuff in to the daily kid routine. I know it is possible, but it is hard for me! What about you?
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