Friday, December 09, 2011

In Loving Memory of Sleep

Should say "By Kids"  
Being a mom has turned me into such a light sleeper.  Not sure, but it might get worse when they are teens.  I guess we'll see.  Sometimes I get up real early in the morning, around 4am, and I'll just do a check around the house to make sure everyone is actually sleeping in their bed.  Make sure no one has rolled onto the floor. So I notice this morning that Ashley wasn't in her bed...not the couch....not the boys room.  I started to really worry.  As I'm standing in the hallway in a sleepy fog, Ashley comes out of my room and says, "hi mom."  She was in my bed!  She is so little I didn't even know she was there.  Little stinker.  The only problem is if I do walk around so much like that then I can't go back to sleep usually.  Since I only slept 5 hours I was gonna certainly try.

As soon as I close my eyes I hear clickety-clack.  My dog's nails walking across the tile back into where my kids' rooms are.  Whoa!  I threw off my covers and ran out into the hallway.  I knew exactly what my Great Dane was up to and he was looking for some indoor plumbing.  Right on my kids' carpet.  I caught him trying to go in my boys' room and as soon as he saw me he bolted.  Yep, he was up to something so I let him outside and he ran right out to potty.  So frustrating!!  He never used to do this but he's always been the dog that once he learns a bad behavior from another dog, it stays with him the rest of his furry life.  Every night we've been having to shut all the bedroom doors to make sure he doesn't ruin the carpet in the back rooms.  Yes, he has a perfectly working bladder. When all bedroom doors are shut, he always goes to the backdoor to to tell us he has to potty in the backyard.  If he had a bad bladder, he would pee anywhere.  However, the kids aren't always going to keep their bedroom doors shut and he knows he can sneak back there.  Anyway, since I had to stand and wait 10 minutes till he was ready to come in, I gave up the sleeping idea and just got some coffee instead.  :P

Ivy and Kyle have really been looking forward to their field trip at school today.  They only go to a school once a week so stuff like this is extra special. Well, a couple of days ago 3 of my kids started sounding sick.  Ivy was the worst so I took her to Urgent Care and sure enough, she has Bronchitis.  She cried her little eyes out.  She said she really wanted to see what it's like to ride in a school bus and see the special Christmas play they were going to.  Makes mommy's heart sad too.  We haven't had to experience sicknesses in the last 6 months so this is such bad timing for Ivy.  When my kids were in public school they were sick ALL the time.  It was insane.  Just being faithful to church was a miracle because the more kids you have, it takes a bit longer for sickness to run it's course.  Even if 90% of the family is healthy, if you have one little one sick, you gotta care for them at home.  Not only that but sending my kid to school sick was unfair to all the other kids (and their parents).  I always wished other parents would realize that too.  Even since school let out last May, my kids have been super healthy.  TILL this week.  Hey, that's pretty awesome.
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