Sick Nights = Long Nights.

Let’s set this up: beautiful Wednesday evening, 7.5 month old with her second cold in 3 weeks. Sticky, clear mucous, croupy cough, two more doses of cough medicine left from the last cold, and no doc appts available with  my pediatrician till Friday Morning.

I think to myself – two days only, really it’s only one full day… I’ll be fine!  I didn’t realize it was also two full nights.

Alexandria has sleeping issues. Since she was about 3 mos old, we could NOT get her to take a nap for allll the delicious pacifiers in the world. We found out when she was 6 mos old that this whole time she’d  been allergic to the protein in her milk, switched to a milk protein free formula (no not soy, they have the same proteins) , and in 2 days she was sleeping through the night as if this new formula was magical. Now we were just left with the issue of FALLING asleep.

At 7.5 mos, she’s developed the art of sleep fighting into a true talent. Let’s just say if Floyd Mayweather was a professional sleep fighter, he’d be scared to fight Alexandria.

So you could imagine – bedtime is a fun hour long process where we tell ourselves it’ll be over soon. Like childbirth, or when she got her ears pierced, or the 2011 Florida Football season. “It’ll be over soon, and then the next will be easier” “the next time won’t be as bad” and “can u make sure she’s still alive” are common statements we make during this hour.

So – tonight during round 3,442 of sleep fighting – the crying and screaming spiraled into a coughing attack. Complete with a pouty lip, banshee screams, cries that lasted longer than the commercial breaks during the last season of Lost, followed by gasps of air that I’m pretty sure have prepared her lungs for many successful opera seasons.

When we finally got her calmed down and to sleep, the coughing fits hurt her so bad that she would wake up crying every time she coughed… So by 3am she was back in our bed. When they’re sick, it’s just so much easier to cuddle them back to sleep within arms distance.

So – fast forward to 5am. Pitch Black delicious sleepy darkness, air humidifier making tons of noise so I feel like I’m on a long tiring plane ride that’s equipped with a comfy bed.

All of a sudden SCREAMS. Screams that no consoling, butt patting, mommy bouncing, baby rocking, pacifier plugging could alleviate. After about 15 minutes of that we decide to just give her a bottle because we don’t know what else to do.

Boom, bottle in her mouth, she knocks out. We’re beyond relieved, and even though somehow her diaper leaked all over the place and we had to change all the sheets… None of that mattered because she was finally at ease.

In brand new clothes, fresh diaper with a full belly, my princess was finally asleep.

This is my Kairos.

There she was, laying between her father and I, in a bed that’s way too small, with sheets that don’t fit, our clothes sprinkled with mucous, milk free “milk” smell still lingering in the air, her snoring a little snore holding tightly onto my finger.

This makes the last 12 hours seem so far away, and brings me to a place where no realistic number of kisses on her funny little head could express the amount of love I have to give her.

This moment is being added to my collection.

 

Hope everyone has a fabulous day, only one more night to make it through. 🙂

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21 Time & Stress Savers for Mommy

Found this and although I feel like a lot of us already do the stuff that applies to us, sometimes it can be nice to hear it again! 🙂

  • Pack your child’s lunches the night before and lay out the clothes they want to wear. Prepare yours as well if you work outside the home. Less stress and less to do in the morning!
  • Every time you get out of your car at the end of the day, throw out a few things or trash you don’t need. Reduces clutter. Clutter makes us nuts.
  • Kids have a school function? It’s ok not to bake for it every time. Offer to bring paper products or drinks for the class.
  • Create a chart for the kids. Use a dry erase board. Write down their weekly schedules for school or sporting events and chores.
  • Never let junk mail hit your desk or kitchen counter! Toss it before it all piles up and creates more clutter! (there’s that word again)
  • Take the time to talk to your kids. Tell them you love them and why they are special to you. Often.
  • Keep a bowl of fresh fruit on hand. Healthy snacks that are convenient are easy to grab on the run.
  • Notes. Don’t be afraid to write yourseld notes or “to do” lists as reminders of what needs to be done that day, or that week.
  • Try to get up 30 minutes before the kids. Get in a little quiet time to wake up and sip your coffee.
  • Need an invigorating pick-me-up? Make a quick and easy home body scrub: mix granulated sugar with shower scrub. Then follow up with peppermint or citrus lotion.
  • Keep a jar of loose change on the counter and drop spare coins in a few times a week. Let the kids use it for lunch money as needed.
  • On a Sunday afternoon, prepare snacks for school lunches ahead of time: portion bags of grapes, cheese cubes, crackers, raisons or other finger foods. Then each night as you prepare lunches, the bags are ready.
  • Sleep on a satin pillow case. Why? It’s easier on hair, less tangles and breakage and the satin is easier on skin, less wrinkles.
  • Make a point of showing your kids how to be charitable, especially around the holidays. Give back: adopt a family in need, donate toys or canned food or give to a local charity. Include your kids in the process.
  • Get your annual flu shot. Because do you really have time to be sick?
  • Keep your business cards available at all times. Car, purse, diaper bag. Because one never knows when opportunity will strike.
  • The sound of water has been known to relax people. Keep a small, tabletop  fountain in your home or office.
  • Lifesavers can really be lifesavers. Keep a roll in your purse. If you get a cell call in the car, hand them out to the kids. Studies show one lifesaver is equal to one cell phone call. (lifesavers work great in church as well, to quiet little ones!)
  • Do you brainstorm while driving? Us too! Carry a small, hand held tape recorder to record notes to yourself. It’s neater than scribbling notes while driving, and safer!
  • For quick makeup touch ups, carry 4 basics: mascara, powder, lipstick and Q tips for quick smudge repair.
  • Take one day a month, when the kids are at school and everything is under control at the office- and see a movie or get a mani/pedi. You’ll feel more relaxed after some alone time and your family will enjoy a happier you.Thanks Lux Magazine!