Thursday, November 21, 2013

Big November Birthday Party

We had our our November this past weekend. It was a blast and everyone left stuffed.

I made all the cakes....

Elsie had a Black Forest Cake

Gus-gus had  Dreamsicle cupcakes

Mary had a Berry Torte Cake

Posie had a Reece cheesecake

Our date.....alone!

Band on the ferry

Buck planned a date for us and even took the day off work. I had no idea where we were going, but he had  to make reservations! And he said that I had to dress up. I was getting a little nervous, because I have never been to a really fancy restaurant. Then, I found out it was in Chattanooga, TN. Since we were going to Chattanooga, we decided to make a day of it, so we went to the zoo, too. The zoo was pretty small, but we had a great time. My favorite animal was the Red Panda. It was surprising the see how small they were, I expected them to resemble a panda a bit more. They were just beautiful.

After the zoo, Buck decided to take me to our "date" location before we got dressed. We drove right over by the Aquarium, down by the river and just stopped. There was a big ferry boat! Buck had booked a dinner cruise on the ferry! The inside of boat was very detailed and had such a royal feel. Our table was by the window and we looked out at the lights of the city while we ate our Prime Rib dinner. There was a nice band that played most of the trip. It was a romantic trip and worth every penny.

Red Panda

Meerkats, this little guy was always looking out and trying to get everyone's attention

These are black and white...something-something monkeys. They were so cute and friendly
Inside of the ferry

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Victory! Sleeping through the night

You know, sometimes when your going through a battle, you don't want to share about it until the victory. Well, that's the way I felt about Little Young sleeping through the night. It was such a struggle for me, but I just couldn't talk about it until I was the victor.

Little Young was by far the worst sleeper. When he was 4 months old, he started sreaming for an hour after (one of his many) nightly feedings. This continued for almost a month. Once a night he would just cry for an hour and then go back to sleep. We had a trip planned for South Dakota and I had this fear of being kicked out of the hotel, because my screaming baby. God answered our prayer and a couple days before the trip, he stopped the middle night crying. We can't explain why one child is the "best" sleeper and another has issues. God made everyone different and all of my children are a great example. What works with one, sometimes doesn't work with the other children.

We tried all the same things with Little Young, that we had used with the others. I spent many nights sleeping beside his crib, with my arm through the rail, patting his back or holding his hand. I nursed on demand with no relief. When he was 13 months old, I remember telling buck, "I NEED Little Young to sleep through the night!" But Buck wasn't as concerned, because I don't normally start my cycles back, unless the baby is sleeping through the night (so I can't get pregnant). I shot back, "I don't care if I do start my cycles back." "I get more sleep with a newborn." But, he finally did start sleeping through the night when he was 14 months old. I just kept thinking, "All babies sleep through the night eventually." And remembering that really helped me. I'm the type person that can endure just about anything, as long as there is a light at the end of the tunnel. I knew eventually we would be out of that on to the next challenge.....weaning the pacifier.

A baby not sleeping through the night until 14 months, is not normal!!! I don't want to scare any first time parents. My average baby sleeps through the night at 6-8 months.