Mon - For some reason I can't remember that far back Tues - I brought home pizza cuz I had to take the girls to the city for dentist and doctor appts Wed - garlic chicken stirfry Thurs - mini burgers and fries Frid - Mexican chicken casserole (new recipe from Pinterest)View Thread
First of all, I wanted to say don't beat yourself up. You're doing this by yourself and after having DH not help much since Avri was born, I can't imagine having to be alone all the time to take care of two kids.
I remember reading an article in a parenting magazine that recommended staying in the room with them for like 5 minutes, then saying you had to go do something but that you'd be back. Then you go back and sit with them for a couple more minutes and then say you have to go do something else and stay gone for 10 minutes, etc until you go back and they're asleep. However I'm sure that would be difficult to do with having Zak too take care of too. Plus, it sounds like he might go to sleep okay but then gets upset when he wakes up without you. Have you tried practicing with him what to do when he wakes up? Like let him pretend to fall asleep in his own bed, then together you guys walk either to your room or downstairs so he knows how to go find you on his own? Then practice it where you actually go to the other room and let him come find you on his own. Maybe that would give him a little bit of confidence knowing that you'll always be there. You could also try new bedding for his bed to get him excited or a new stuffed animal to help him be brave. Good luck!View Thread
That's so awesome that your girls are so close and the way they hug each other at school before they go to their own rooms. I think that it's so special to see siblings bond like that. It's sadly not always the case.View Thread
I hate the time change. My girls have been getting up between 5:30 and 6:00 now. Avri is ready for bed by 6:00 every night and it's a bugger to try to keep her awake until even 6:30. Shae has been taking naps because she's tired which means she can't fall asleep at night which means she's extra tired in the morning. It's a vicious cycle.View Thread
Congrats on the new baby! That's so great that DS1 loves his baby brother so much. My girls are very much the same way. Shae can get Avri to smile and laugh more than anyone else can and loves to help her and love on her. She's really into feeding her right now and will put a puff in her mouth for her or spoon feed her cereal and purees.View Thread
I would absolutely get a second and even a third opinion if necessary. You feel like something is wrong (justifiably so IMO) and the sooner you address it the sooner you can get help for your DD.View Thread
We've always paid $5/hr. I have no idea what the going rate is. We also live quite a ways out of town so if the sitter was only there for a couple of hours, we threw in some gas money too so that it was worth her while to drive all the way out to us.View Thread
My DD recently went through some fear of the dark. She had a night light and a dream light but kept saying that she saw monsters in her room. We now leave a lamp on in her room all night and she's not had any problems since then.
I personally would not spank for this issue. If she truly is scared, then that is just cruel in my opinion to punish her for being afraid. What I would do is something that I recently read about in a magazine article. Tell your daughter that you will stay in the room with her for a few minutes. Then tell her that you have to go do something in another room and that you'll be back in a couple of minutes. Come back in two minutes and stay for another 3-5 minutes, repeat, stretching out the time between coming back. Once she's asleep, you don't go back in. According to the article, it takes about 3 days of this and then you shouldn't have to do it anymore. It reassures them that you will be there when they need you.
If she's simply just missing you from you going back to work, I'd try to make sure to spend extra time in the evenings before bed snuggling and playing one on one so that she gets some extra attention that she may be missing. Good luck! I know how frustrating it is when they won't sleep.View Thread