Tuesday, March 24, 2009


Sigh.  Today was "one of THOSE days" with Israel.  The powder, the babywash, the cologne, the scissors, the nakedness of the Israel butt.  The powder again.   The screaming for "Boos Coos!!!" (Blues Clues).  The louder screaming when Mommy says 'No'.  Yawn.  Wears a mommy OUT!!

So let's see.  What has been going on.  The event at the top of my list is the rearrangement of sleeping quarters around here.  Zion is now in his crib back in the room where Israel used to sleep, and Israel is in his toddler bed in Gabe's room, and we once again have one half of the house child free. :)  The other nice thing is that I had HAD it with the screwy sleeping schedule that little skunk was keeping, so I started turning every light in the bedroom out before I went to feed him when he woke up after sleeping an hour between 9 and 10 PM (before there would be a dim light in the bathroom, or the light from the computer screen) - and discovered that it did the trick.  Instead of his little eyes just getting brighter and brighter and him grinning cheerily at me at 10:27 PM, he snuffled himself right back into sweet slumber, and has every night since then, as long as we are home in the evenings.   Going away throws him off a bit, but I can often lay him down with his thumb after a while and he will go to sleep.  So all of that is VONDERVUL!!!  (Just throwing in a little German accent to keep you on your toes.)  I have found the whole "baby up all evening" thing the most stressful thing in the third baby thing so far, so to have that basically figured out is a big sigh of relief.

Gabe and Israel haven't done too bad in their room together.  If it gets too yell-y in there, we just put Gabe in our bed for a while.  

Oh yes.  The other thing is that I have finally started feeding the little dude some real food.  (5 months, 3 weeks, 2 days)  I had been planning to wait till the six month mark, since that is supposed to be better, and because it's way easier to not start with the food thing anyways until you have to.  Tim had made some bread the other night that the boys were having for a bedtime snack, and Zion had HAD it!!!  He started crying angrily and kicking and flailing. HE!  WANTED!  FOOD! TOO!!!!  :)  So I mashed up some bananas for him in a hurry and shoveled them in, to his sheer lip smacking delight.  The green beans the next day he was not so big on, but sweet potatoes are a go, and so are bananas mixed with rice cereal.  It seems that with every child I have been less and less eager to start the whole food thing, what with all the mashing and the grinding and the bibs and the highchairs and the food smeared everywhere...wow, even this sentence makes me sort of want to return to the easy days of just breastfeeding.  But I guess it was time.  :)  Man.  You finally get rid of one large kid item (ie. high chair) and then it suddenly has to reappear in all it's largesse.  

We are enjoying a season of good health.  Only an occasional wiping of snotty noses here and there.  A scattered cough now and then.  But that's about it.  You sure don't take it for granted when you've experienced too many colds back to back.  Phew.  


Anonymous said...

I love when there is news from Carrie-land!! Glad you're getting everyone rearranged and sleeping better- everything is better with a good night's sleep! And we too are enjoying the World of Food Smashed Everywhere. Today at lunch Silas got mashed potatoes in the back of his hair. Sigh. I think going out to eat is a thing of the past for at least awhile. Little maniac. Guten Tag, Candice

Cottonista said...

Wow--a nightlight and a computer screen made all the difference. Those social little babies, all friendly in the wee hours of the morning...I know you're glad you tried that experiment!

kdurec said...

Good to hear from you! I'm glad that things are getting sorted out! I can only imagine the sadness of bringing back something as big as the highchair after finally being able to see it go. We are about to ditch the high chair for a smaller in-seat chair and I couldn't be more ready! :)

Anonymous said...

Sooo with you on the food thing. . I start later and later with each kid :). I've been dreading having to get the high chair out of the attic!. Jan