Sunday morning we woke up to an eerily quiet house. There was no crying, babbling, screaming or pitter patter of little feet at our abode. For the first time in 16 months T and I were in our own home together. ALONE! I’ve been alone in the house and T has been alone in the house, but never have we experienced this moment of bliss together.
T and I had a date night on Saturday and the Beans were shipped off to the Grandparents house overnight. Dinner was a bit of a let down (I won’t bother telling you where we went but we did go to a very highly rated restaurant in the city that we had gone to in the past and loved but this time – not up to par).
Even with the not so fabulous dinner it was still a great night out followed by a delicious morning of sitting on the back deck, looking at the forest, listening to the birds, drinking our coffee and reading our books. That’s right – we were able to drink our coffee in peace, read more than a paragraph at a time and just be.
We chinked our coffee cups together and said a toast to many more moments of alone time in our house!
The Beans have two naps a day right now and at almost 16 months I would think it’s time to change this to one nap a day. With all this sleep interrupting the day it’s hard to plan things, do things and get out of the house for longer than an hour.
The Beans sleep from 10 until 12ish, then again from 3 to 4:30 (and they have to be woken up at 4:30). I’m trying to figure out the best way to get them into a routine of going down for a nap after lunch and hopefully that nap will last for two to three hours. We’re starting with a slow transition, keeping them up a little longer in the morning and increasing this time every week in hopes of getting them to that nap at lunch.
The problem though is that some days it is REALLY hard to get them to 10 let alone any later in the day. Sofie could go ALL day without a nap and typically not be grumpy (she did this when we were in Bahamas); whereas Sebastian NEEDS his sleep and LOVES his sleep (I’m sure if he slept better at night this wouldn’t be an issue, the little Bean is having teething issues right now).
What did you do with your little ones to get them to one nap a day? Is it really so bad to have two naps a day – I know I would love to be carried up to bed, given a blanket and told to go to sleep twice a day!
This week in the concrete jungle (and I mean that literally, just look at pictures of the 3m high fence in downtown Toronto), T and I have mixed it up a bit. T is working from home this week and I’m coming downtown for work. That means that T is home when I get home, T is getting dinner prepared, T is there for help during the Beans dinner, bath AND bedtime. So for this week I am getting a small taste of what it would be like to have a husband that worked 9-5 and at just 1.5 days into the week I must say I like it – A LOT!
I know this schedule is not realistic for our lives, it is not realistic for the type of job that T has and loves, nor is it realistic with our commute from home to work. I just want to say I’m liking this whole come home to dinner organized business and having help at the end of the day with the Beans schedules. It’s also fun having all four of us together every night for a few hours. Playing, laughing and enjoying the time together.
So even though this little piece of heaven won’t last I want to thank the G20. The negatives of this spectacle have been turned into positives for our little family, so thanks G20, I owe you one!
The past few nights have been rough. We have a Bean that is not sleeping well, ergo we’re not sleeping well. I find it amazing how I/We have become so used to the Beans sleeping through the night, so much so that when one or both of them don’t sleep through the night it feels like we’ve (especially me) rewound our lives 15 months and have newborns in the house again.
I need my sleep. If I don’t get my sleep I become grouchy. Grouchy might be too nice of a word for it really. I’m a bitch with a capital B! I’ve been like this forever and at 34 years old I doubt I’m going to change anytime soon.
I just need to find a solution to our Bean’s sleep troubles. Any suggestions?
Frolicking at the farm
Can't get enough of these Goldfish crackers
Chillin at the cottage
Hurry up Sebastian, we have places to go!
My Pinto Beans
Mom come look, I think I found a spider.
See, it fits Mom now let's get in the boat.
This past Sunday was glorious outside. The sun was shining, the air was warm and I managed to tear myself away from the kitchen long enough to splash in the water with the Beans.
Yes, my kids are wearing clothes while playing in the water. They were even wearing their shoes at one point as well – who cares, clothes dry, it’s only water.
Do you know how hard it is to get two 14 month olds to stand or sit still for a picture. It’s almost impossible.
But those moments when the camera cooperates by taking the picture when I press a button, the Beans are looking at the camera and are sitting still are so worth it.
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