Today, Mr. Bug was watching Word World, a cute little show on PBS where everything is built/made from letters. All the word friends were getting Christmas gifts. When Santa got to Dogs house he dropped the letters for ball down the chimney, but one of the L letters got lost. So when Dog woke up in the morning, he couldn’t put his letters together to make a ball. Bear came by and offered to help Dog find another letter L to use, so they put the three letters they had in a small bag and left. When they did this, Mr. Bug started crying and said “no ball, no ball.” He was very upset. I tried not to laugh as I sat him on my lap and tried to comfort him. I told him “It’s ok, keep watching, they’ll fix it.” I sat with him on the couch watching the show. He sniffled the whole time ’till they got another letter L and were able to make the word ball for Dogs Christmas present. At this point he hopped of my lap and excitedly shouted “Ball! Hurray!” and did a little happy dance.
It amazes me how involved he was in such a simple little story line.
No naps is not working. The first day or two without went fine, but now he’s randomly passing out at four or five in the afternoon. So I’m reinstating naps. I’ll just try to keep it short so he still sleeps well at night. Having him sleep in his room is going well. He’s still climbing into bed with us in the wee hours of the morning, but I can deal with that. At the risk of jinxing it, I’ll say it currently takes 20-40 minutes to get him to sleep. Here’s hoping that number goes down and not up.
Captain Caveman recently purchased Skyrim. I do believe he has left me for the Xbox. Apparently the game is advertised as having over 400hrs worth of gameplay. Perhaps he’ll surface sometime next year. I wish I could spend as much time as he does playing video games.
Actually it’s not that bad. We have a deal where one of his days off each week will be completely Xbox free. Also on his days off he’ll frequently watch the kids for an hour or two so I can have some video game veg(is that a word?) time. As cool as Skyrim looks, I’m not ready to commit to that much game. I’ll stick with games that are less of a time suck.
I can never get to my camera in time. Whenever either of the kids does something especially cute or funny, it’s always over by the time I get the camera out. How much of this stuff will I remember? How much will I forget? I wish I could guarantee that I’ll remember every little thing. I hate to think that in a month/year/decade, I won’t remember. The days pass slowly, but the years fly by. I’m sure there’s a song somewhere that says something to that effect. I feel like each year is passing by more quickly than the last. Maybe it’s because there’s so much going on right now. Maybe it’s the fact that a year is a smaller and smaller percentage of my life as time passes. Probably a bit of both. I have two beautiful boys that are already growing far too fast for my liking. There are certainly things that I look forward to as they grow older. There are also things that I won’t miss about the here and now, but I wish I could hold on to the things I will. I’ll leave you with this song. Mommies beware, it may make you cry.
Mr. Bug has been doing a bit better at bed time now. He’s not taking 2hrs to fall asleep. He still gets up around 2-3am to get in bed with us, but I don’t mind that. Nap times are still almost impossible though. So we’ve decided to try going without them. It may help him sleep more than 9hrs at night. Today was day one without a nap. It’s 6pm and he’s still in a pretty good mood. I’m going to try to keep him up till 8, and see how it goes. If he would sleep from 8-8, I’d be in heaven. We can just have a quiet time in the afternoon instead. He’s a little young to be dropping his nap, but he’s always slept less than other kids his age, so we’ll see what works.
My father is retired military. My husband is a disabled veteran. The eldest of my younger brothers is Army and National Guard reserve while he attends a military university. He will be completing ranger training later this year. My 16yr old brother plans on enlisting. The military has always been part of my life. I have a profound respect for those who have served, and their families. Veterans deserve our utmost respect. We do not do enough for them. I’ll close with some quotes.
“War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.”
-John Stewart Mill
“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.” –Benjamin Franklin
“God grants liberty only to those who love it and are always ready to defend it.”
“Anyone who holds to the historically untrue, and thoroughly immoral doctrine that violence never settles anything…I would advise to conjure up the ghosts of Napoleon Bonaparte and the Duke Of Wellington, and let them debate it. The ghost of Hitler would referee…Violence, naked force, has settled more issues in history than any other factor, and the contrary opinion is wishful thinking at its worst. Peoples that forgot this basic truth have always paid for it with their lives and their freedom.”
Mr. Bug has been taking longer and longer to get to sleep for his naps and bedtime. Last night it took two hours before he fell asleep. I’m done with it. I can’t do this anymore. I used to cuddle him to sleep because it would help him fall asleep faster, but that is obviously not the case any longer, so what’s the point. I can’t sit in bed with this kid for two hours, I have a newborn that needs me too. So I’m done with it. As of tonight, we are transitioning him to the room we set up a few months ago. He’s been taking naps there, so hopefully it won’t freak him out too much. I’m putting him in bed, and sitting outside the door in a chair. This will probably make him take longer to go to sleep at first, but hopefully things will settle down within a week or two. I don’t know exactly where we’ll end up, I just know I need to change what we’re doing, because I can’t do it anymore.