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Some Thoughts on Overtiredness

As I write this, after 9:30 pm, Josh is pacing and singing with Jude in our backpack carrier while Jude screams and cries because he is too tired to fall asleep.  We’ve been trying to get him to go to sleep for over an hour to no avail.

For the first year of Jude’s life, this was how it went at every nap and bedtime—endless hours of pacing, singing, and screaming—and we thought it was normal.  Or, rather, we just didn’t know what we could possibly do differently (besides letting him cry-it-out, which is not something we have ever considered to be an option).

Now, maybe most new parents have more common sense than we do, or “easier” babies, or something… I don’t know…. but I feel compelled to write this post because it would have saved us a LOT of misery if someone had told me a year ago that overtiredness is a very strong adversary of sleep.

It wasn’t until after reading The No-Cry Sleep Solution for Toddlers and Preschoolers by Elizabeth Pantley (she has another book specifically for babies, too) that I realized that we were waiting way too late to start putting Jude to sleep.  We were waiting until he was noticeably tired—yawning, rubbing his eyes, getting frustrated/upset more easily, etc.—to start getting him ready for bed.  The problem was that, by the time we figured out he was tired, he had already switched into overtired mode.  The tricky thing is that overtired mode is really fun and cute, so he would get really hyper and funny and we would think, “well, this is the happiest he’s been all day, we might as well enjoy it and let him get all of this energy out before trying to put him to bed.”  And then after about 30 minutes to an hour of that, he would switch from overtired to just miserably tired, and we would begin the hour or more of pacing, singing, and screaming, generally not getting him into bed before 9:30 or 10:00 pm.

So now, although I am not in favor of strict scheduling of small babies, I realize that it is in his best interest for us to recognize the times of day that he naturally gets sleepy, and to start his nap/bedtime routine (having a predictable wind-down routine is also something I learned from Pantley’s book) just before that time hits.  Right now, at 15 months old, those times are 11:00 am and 7:00 pm.  So he usually doesn’t even seem that sleepy at 10:45 am or 6:30 pm, but if we were to wait just 30 more minutes, he would be in overtired mode.  On a good day, when I am able to time it just right, he falls asleep with almost no effort.

Today, however, was not one of those days.  Sometimes, for various reasons, we are not able to get him to sleep before overtired hits and we wind up with a miserable little boy who is too tired to fall asleep, and miserable parents who are tired too.  But when we have a night like this (which is increasingly rare as we recognize just how important good sleep scheduling is for him), we remember how we used to go through this every night, and are thankful that the Lord finally showed us a better way!

We are the farthest thing from having any pretense of having everything figured out, but we pray every day that he would continue to guide us and give us wisdom for raising this wonderful little boy that he has blessed us with.  I pray that he would use this to help someone who reads it, because I know it would have definitely helped me if I’d have known this a year or more ago.

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Happy 1st Birthday, Jude!

My baby is 1 year old today!  *sniff sniff*

One year ago today was a very difficult day.  After 12 hours of labor, things were not looking safe for Jude to be born naturally, so we made the difficult decision to go to the hospital for a c-section.  Exactly a year ago from the exact time that I am writing this, I was in the most traumatic part of the day, actually being admitted to the hospital and prepped for the c-section.  Yes, I said traumatic.  Anyway… moments later, our perfect 10 pound, 3 ounce boy was brought into this world.  Nobody could believe how big he was!

The first few months were very difficult.  Jude had silent reflux and I didn’t fully recover from the c-section for 3 months.  Josh pulled through for all of us with more strength and endurance than I knew was possible.

Jude is such an incredible blessing.  Every time I look at him, my heart swells with love, joy, and thankfulness to God.  He is full of energy, enough so that keeping up with him has proven to be all of the workout plan I need.  :)

Happy birthday, baby.  I love you, and I love being your mommy.

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Recycled Wool Longies and Slippers

I came into a few great old wool sweaters recently that were unwearable because they had already been partially felted in the wash.  So I set about to do something I’ve been wanting to try for a long time- I made some wool longies for Jude!

I also decided to make some warm wool slippers to match the first pair of woolies.  I used the Stardust Shoes pattern that I linked to a long time ago.  Man, they sure are warm with two layers of wool all over!  I also used white puff paint to make them non-slip on the bottom.

I still have a lot of leftover wool… what else can I make? :D

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Fifth Disease

Hi there, this blog (and therefore, this post) has recently moved to: http://mymessymanger.blogspot.com

Click here to read about Fifth Disease and see a picture of my son’s red cheeks.

Have a great day!

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Monster Booty Wool Shorties

Who needs to smile this morning??  *raises hand*

Well here is all you need:

I made them, of course, using my beloved flowerpot tots pattern (but as always, I prefer to do an elastic waistband).  You can see other shorties I’ve made using the flowerpot tots pattern here and here.

The green/brown color was achieved by double stranding two skeins of fingering weight yarn, a green skein and a brown skein… obviously. :P  And anyone as obsessed with wool shorties/longies as I am will recognize the face as an obvious Crankypants knockoff, though I do take full credit for making the chart myself in microsoft excel.  Actually, going back to the Crankypants website just now made me realize how much bigger my monster’s eyes are than those, and I like mine better!

And I know I’m a little late on this, since it is already halfway through December, but I currently have on my needles my first pair of wool longies for Jude… with a monster face booty, of course!  These were actually sent to a friend for her son (I know, it killed me to part with them!), so Jude definitely needs a pair.

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Is It Really Almost Thanksgiving??

Wow, the weeks just FLY by here!  We leave for America in just 11 short days and it is crazy to think that we have already been here almost three months.  In many ways, it feels like it has been just three weeks.

We are preparing to spend Thanksgiving next Thursday with two other American families: Eric and Stephanie, and Keith, Marla, and their 5 children.  Even though we will miss spending the holiday with our own families, we are so thankful to have these two wonderful families here to celebrate with.  I think we are eating at lunchtime, which means that we will have already polished off the pumpkin pies (and Josh is making a chocolate chess pie, Janice!) before most people in the States are even out of bed.

Josh and I were talking the other day about how it is difficult to communicate how excited we are about coming home.  We are just beside ourselves with anticipation over seeing our families and friends again, but not because we don’t like it here.  We do.  We really love it here, actually.  We felt the same way when we lived in Louisville.  We loved living in Louisville, but we still missed seeing the people we love.

In other news, we have gas!  Haha, no we didn’t have beans for dinner last night (although, as we learn Romanian, Josh has entertained the students with profound statements like, “fasole face gaz,” or, “beans make gas”), the gas company turned on our natural gas!  Now the radiator company is scheduled to come today and inspect our radiators and, if all goes well, we should hopefully have heat by tonight!

I don’t think we have adequately explained how much more uncertain this whole process has been than it would be in America.  They were originally supposed to have gas by this past spring (these are brand new lines, there has never been gas in our village before).  Then they have been saying it would be on in two weeks ever since.  Two different gas companies (the big company out of the capital, Chișinău, that is in charge of all of the gas, and the local company out of Orhei that is over our area) have been out here numerous times doing work and inspections.  There has never been a list of, “this is what we need you to do to pass inspection,” rather, every time someone came, there was a new list of things that needed to be done, sometimes even contradicting things that had been done before.  Bribes are common here, and we have suspected that they may have been dragging their feet hoping we would give them some bribe money, but of course we weren’t going to do that.

In Jude news, I don’t know that he will be walking by the time we get home, as many predicted, but he can stand by himself now.  He doesn’t like it though, I think because the floor here is hard tile and he knows how bad it hurts to fall and hit his head, and he is scared.  So whenever he feels me trying to wiggle my fingers out of his hands, he just sits down!  He does walks all over the place holding onto furniture, though, and is so much happier now that he can do that and crawl.

I guess that’s about it… we can’t wait to see everybody when we get home!

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Busted! Hilarious video of J

Hubs took this short video the other night when J was playing in Memaw’s spice cabinet (his new favorite toy, btw).  It is so perfectly hilarious that I just have to share!

In other news, we leave tomorrow morning for Moldova!  We can hardly believe that it is real.  Our plane takes off at 8:30am, so please pray for us beginning then and for the next 20 hours, which is how long it will take us to get there.  :)

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My First Knitted Wool Soaker

I have posted pictures of the other 2 wool soakers that I’ve knitted, but this is actually the very first one I ever knitted.  I made this approximately 4 months ago, and I’m sure it would have fit him quite well then.  Unfortunately, I didn’t get around to actually putting it on J until last week when I finally got some fitted diapers (for J to wear under it) in a swap.  Oh well, we will keep it around for (Lord willing) future babes.

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I used the free 1932 soaker pattern, and it was very simple except for having to pick up stitches to make the leg cuffs, which was frustrating enough to almost make this good little baptist girl cuss.

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Ottobre Wool Soaker

I (somewhat) recently finished a striped wool soaker made using the Ottobre pattern.  I am not a big fan of the fit, it is too big and baggy around the hips.  But maybe it is supposed to be bigger than should fit J right now…  I dunno.  The legs holes fit him well, but that could just be because I DESPISE having to pick up stitches to add that part, and I’m not very good at it.  Maybe if I had made the legs and waist bigger (I did an elastic waist instead of drawstring)… Either way, I’ll probably never make this pattern again and stick with the flowerpot tots one, which I love.

Anyway… it is striped and cute and works great, so I am not complaining too much.  Here is a picture of my little man hanging out in it:

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My First Time Sewing a Fitted Diaper

I realized last week that I may or may not get a sewing machine when we first get to Moldova, and even if I do, I will not have nearly as much time to sew over there.  So all of the projects I’ve been wanting to do all summer are getting done in the next couple of weeks.

First up was a fitted diaper for J made out of old t-shirts and some strips of terry cloth.  I wore that tie-dyed shirt in the opening number of a state beauty contest when I was 16, but we don’t have to tell him that.  ;)

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It’s still a little big, but that is better than being too small because he can grow into it.  :)  I’m so proud!

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