Sunday, June 12, 2011

Bedtime Stories

I'm usually never in the right place at the right time, much less with my camera in tow.  Here are some rare pictures where the weather cooperated, the lighting was perfect, my camera was at the ready, and Baby O was too cute for words in his PJ's.

And while I'm on the subject of pajamas, I hope I don't jinx our sleeping schedule of late by mentioning a few bedtime stories...

Sleeping has been pretty doggone wonderful in the last couple of months.  I don't know if it's due to recent growth spurts, lack of teething, the addition of a warm blanket or what, but this kid has been sleeping through the night and is consistently taking a one hour morning nap and an hour and a half in the afternoon.  Hallelujah!  Previously, if Baby O got up at 3 am or later, there were three options:

1) Sleep with him in the guest bed (everyone gets some sleep in this scenario).  This was my preferred option.

2) Bring him into our bedroom to sleep (everyone except Mommy and Daddy O get some sleep)

3) Put him back in his crib (absolutely no one gets any sleep, including Boy O who is in an entirely different bedroom, and Mommy and Daddy O inevitably get into a lack-of-sleep induced argument about whose method of dealing with Baby O's wake ups are better)

I don't know how or when this occurred but when an early morning wake up takes place, it seems as if we are able to reason with him (is this possible with a 20 month old?  or is this just wishful thinking at 3:30 am?), place him back in his crib, no tears, and he even sleeps in!  Will it last?  Probably not, but a person can hope...

A conversation between Daddy O and Baby O is considerably shorter than an early morning conversation with me-somehow the dialogue with my toddler usually includes a trip to the fridge for milk and singing.  Apparently Daddy O just says that he is too tired to go downstairs etc... and Baby O says, Okay, and goes right back to sleep.  Am I a softy?  Yes, but either way, it seems to be working.


  1. glad it's working...not sure how we got so lucky/blessed/whatever in the sleeping area either, but the last couple of months have been easy for us too...and I am very grateful-makes life so much easier and do-able.

    I didn't know they had states/capital songs...we'll have to get them! i knew they had grammar and history songs...which, I'm sure we'll end up using after the world songs were so successful! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Yes, yes! I love these CD's! My only criticism is that they aren't the most creative tunes, but the fact that my son knows what 50% of the states and capitals are makes learning from a map and explaining a cross country road trip so much easier. The states/capitals CD comes with a large fold out black and white map of the US and it is perfect for coloring one state per day.

    It doesn't seem to be for everyone in the family however....Daddy O can't really stand the CD and tunes over and over, so we listen to it during the day :).