Yeah, I've been caught up in politics, water polo drama and keeping up with two energetic little kiddies. But here I am.
Politics: I've been glued to our tv at night, which would normally be highly unusual except for the fact that I'm so into this presidential election and have been watching convention coverage. So much is at stake, so much good can be done, and I want to be educated about everything!
Water Polo Drama: To make a long story short, three of Noah's four seniors (who shall remain nameless) quit the team, and while it may seem like a bad thing, I am thrilled. Practices have been going much better as far as team morale and commitment, and instead of a tired and stressed husband coming home at the end of a long day, I get a hopeful and encouraged husband.
Claire had her two-year well-child visit yesterday.
29 1/2 pounds (80th percentile)
34 1/2 inches (70th percentile)
So while she is still on the higher end in both the height and weight categories, she is slowly trickling toward average. Far cry from the baby who was off the charts (literally, by like a centimeter, and those are pretty small arcs) in both height and weight! She got three vaccinations, and will only have to have one more before her kindergarten physical (not thinking about the k-word, not thinking about the k-word...), yippee! Actually she is a pretty calm shot-getter. The room where she had her shots was too small to fit Alex (in the stroller) through the doorway, and the nurse wanted to close the door (and leave Alex outside) so the other patients wouldn't be "disturbed" (her word) by Claire. I was like, "oh no, lady" (not my actual words) and we left it open. Like I'm going to leave Alex in some random waiting room alone?! I'm thinking no. p.s. Claire barely made a peep at all- just a tiny whimper and a sad look.
So we (Dr. Chang and I) were discussing Claire's overnight sleep transformation in which she is getting HOURS less sleep than she used to, and it came up that Alexander still is up at least 2-3 times a night. Dr. Chang said that by his age (and weight, hehe) he is able to go for much longer stretches than three hours without eating. He said it is probably purely habitual; "oh, I'm awake, mama made me feel better last night, that was nice, I'm going to cry so she comes in and does that again" type of thing. He suggested letting him try to put himself back to sleep so he gets used to that. It's funny because during the day he always puts himeself to sleep- I never put him in bed already asleep. It's just harder for me at night because it's a lot quieter and I don't want him waking up Claire or Noah (or heaven, forbid, the neighbor next door whose window is right next to Alex's). I think I'll try the Ferber method, which suggests gradually increasing the time it takes you to respond to his cries until it's completely phased out and a non-issue because he has figured out how to comfort himself. This wouldn't be a problem if Claire wasn't waking up at 6am every morning, you know? But it will be nice to get more sleep. Crossing fingers!!
- I'm a hand-holding, swing-pushing, story-telling Mama with a creative streak and a nurturing spirit. I like growing food and flowers (and people, hehe), sewing clothes and quilts, cooking and eating and running, a long, tight hug and the color yellow. I love date nights at home, spontaneous trips to the bookstore and hearing my babies laugh. I am indecisive, exaggerrative and I overuse parentheses. I am reflective and sentimental and quick to laugh. I think I still picture myself as a 22-year old, yet every year my life gets more fulfilling. I am still figuring out exactly who I am. :)