Zombie Apocalypse, Milk Jugs & Day What? #NaBloPoMo

One of the drawbacks to me being overwhelmingly busy constantly re-organizing our home after the 3 males living here trash it is that I never know what day of the week it is. EVER. Especially when the week is short because someone was home sick, then it was election day. And next week is short too because of Veteran’s Day, so I’ll more than likely think it’s Tuesday on Sunday. *sigh*

We are also dealing with a toddler version of the zombie apocalypse at our house. Kyle has figured out not only how to climb out of his crib in 2 seconds flat, forcing us to replace his crib with a big-boy bed, but he’s also manage to climb over every gate in the house – including the extra-tall one I put in the doorway hoping to keep him in his room and safe when he wakes up at 3am rather than trashing Connor’s room and waking everyone in the house. Needless to say, there is lots of excess baggage around the eyes of those living with the dreaded toddler-zombie.

Yesterday, I was thankful that my mom has such a good sense of humor and that we can make each other laugh about stuff that would normally push us over the edge (thanks Mum!).

Today I’m ever-so-grateful that Kyle is the kind of kid who will see you doing something a particular way a few times (like getting ready to bring Connor to the bus), then insist on that action being done exactly the same way for the rest of eternity. Yes, I’m totally serious! He knows how to help us empty the dishwasher (although he does want to put away dirty dishes quite often), he knows how to load the dryer (again, sometimes it’s not clean laundry he wants to load), and going out is easier than ever as he knows we have to put on his coat and that he needs to go onto the porch for me to pick him up and put him in the truck (even though he does sometimes make a dash for the sandbox). It makes life SO much easier now that he’s cooperative and wants to help!

My “Going Green” mission today is to save as many milk jugs as I can to organize Connor’s crayons, colored pencils, and craft supplies. I figure I could save about an acre’s worth of jugs from making it into landfills just with this project alone! I got the idea from one of my fave websites…Pinterest! Check it out…

Yesterday, we saved a ton of food from going in the garbage by eating the leftovers of our “camp-out stew”. Seriously – it’s so easy to make and is delicious! The best part is that it gets young kids active in preparing their dinner, and they have control over what they have to eat (to a point, lol). I’ll be posting the recipe after this weekend…I’m going to another Cub Scout Leadership training tomorrow. 🙂 Thankfully, this one is indoors and is only 4 hours, but probably won’t be as fun as the last one.

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Bedtime Battles

Is this an image you only see in your house after hours of crying, stalling and bedtime battles? Unfortunately, that was the case with our 6-year-old (who now simply keeps asking if he can sleep in our room and begs us to sleep in his room when we say no), and it looks like we may be faced with the same dilemma with Kyle.

Kyle just turned 1, and I just realized that we’ve been rocking him completely to sleep before putting him to bed. If we continue with that routine, we’ll be setting a HUGE trap for ourselves.

After my mother suggested the 3 B’s recommended by America’s Supernanny, I think we’re going to give it a shot.

The 3 B’s are Bath, Brush, Book, and Sweet Dreams. I’m not entirely sure where the “S” is for sweet dreams (maybe the ‘s?), but whatever. If a trained nanny says it will work, its worth a shot.

Here’s how bedtime went with Connor…

  • 18 mos old – He figured out how to climb out of the crib in around 2 seconds, so we bought him a toddler bed.
  • 18 mos – 2 1/2 years old – Connor had severe bouts of bronchiolitis, which led to me sleeping on the floor with him either in his room or the den. (He needed nebulizer treatments every 4 hours.)
  • 2 1/2 years – 4 years old – Quit my job, removal from daycare has eliminated Connor’s health problems. Connor falls asleep in our room and either is moved to his own bed or sleeps with us all night.
  • 4 years old – Current – Connor will go to sleep in his own room, but not without begging us to sleep in our room, or for us to sleep in his. We’re gradually getting him to understand that kids sleep in their own rooms by themselves.

Here’s how bedtime has gone with Kyle in the past year…

  • Birth – 6 mos – Brought Kyle upstairs with me, fed him, changed his diaper and pajamas, and he’d go to sleep very easily after being placed in a cradle next to our bed.
  • 6 mos – present – Bring Kyle upstairs to his room, sit and rock with him until he is asleep, then try to put him in his crib without waking him.

I’m sure you can see that we’re in for major trouble if we keep rocking him until he’s completely asleep…he’ll never learn to just roll over and go to sleep on his own! In thinking about our past bedtime issues today, it occurred to me that parents everywhere set themselves up for years of bedtime battles because (c’mon, admit it…who doesn’t love rocking their baby to sleep?) we get into a routine, stick with it, and the next thing we know, we’ve got a preschooler who can’t go to sleep without hours of rocking.

So, I’ve decided to nip it in the bud while I still can, and get him to the point where he doesn’t mind going to bed without a ton of interaction from either of us. Kyle can’t climb out of his crib yet, so we’re taking on the 3 B’s method. So far, he cries for a while because he’s pissed that its bedtime, then stops and listens, then rolls over and goes to sleep. Hopefully, it improves over time. I’ll keep you posted!





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