Forgive the absence!
I know all of you don't want to hear me ramble on, but rather want to see more adorable pics of the babes. Well, you'll have to wait. I am suffering from a serious case of sleep deprivation.
Seems my little Zoe Marie, now 14 months old, has decided to become a night owl in her second year of life. At least she comes by it honestly. No, I'm not talking about me. That would be her Papa...
Anyhow, Zoe was sleeping pretty well after her newborn days were over and then a few months ago she began the dreaded middle of the night wakings. Uuugghhh... Katya was pretty bad, Thea was awesome (sleeping through the night from almost day one), however, Zoe is really bad. Last week, at the peak of all her sleeplessness, she was waking up every two hours-almost every night.
Since I thought I was a pro at sleeping children (that thought alone is a recipe for getting put in my place-huh?), I gave away my copy of "Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child". So, I rushed out to the used book store and grabbed a new one. Pronto. Read it-double pronto. It is an excellent book.
It's pretty amazing how much sleep little kids need. We forget that they are little and require so much more sleep than we do. After reading the book, I put Zoe on a new sleep routine: Asleep by 6:30, instead of 8:30 and one long nap at 12:30 or 1:00, instead of two. I did have to let her cry out her first night of waking up at 3:00a.m. for an hour. That was absolutely horrible. I will tell you though, she is a different child.
Now that most of you are yawning either from the boring story or from getting sleepy, I'll see if I can come up with some cute pics for my next entry.
Until then, happy sleeping! :)