Oh friends… how are you all doing?! I feel like it’s been another summer break for me over the last few weeks, in that I just haven’t had a chance to blog because life has been extra tiring lately!
I blame it on two things.
One of those things is Tess. Her sleeping habits have been fairly brutal. She takes great naps and goes to bed easily. But is up a few times during the night (and honestly, I think I could attempt to ignore those because she just wakes up and cries, I cover her back up, she goes back to sleep – it just happens a few times a night) and then usually up by at least 5:30 AM for the day. I really had wanted to start my day at 5:30, but on my own terms, not because someone is waking me up.
I want to wake up on my own, get up and have a cup of tea (which was going to be a new thing for me) and start off my day in peace and quiet and tranquility.
I kid you not, since I bought that tea over two weeks ago, that hasn’t happened ONCE. Because I’m awakened by a toddler who is ready to be up for the day. Before my alarm has even gotten close to going off. So… that 166 percent STINKS!
And I’ve talked to a doctor, we have pushed her nap up and not as long, we have pushed bedtime back and then back up, I have bought her a sleep sack to sleep in because I thought she was getting cold, I have put lavender in her diffuser at night. I feel like I’ve tried numerous things. And it doesn’t matter! She’s up!
So maybe if I start getting up at 4:30, I’ll get that time in. But that’s also not real!
We also have had to deal with Sloane and not great sleep. She does not like to sleep in her room because she’s scared. It’s in the basement, but when I say basement, I don’t mean a scary, dark, smelly, wet room (like the one I grew up with on Elm Street), but a nicely tiled, well-lit, cute basement. But she’s still scared. I’ve also tried tons of things with her and still, nothing works. We put a twin bed up in Tess’s room so she could sleep up there and even then, she still gets a little scared because we won’t leave the door open for her! And this all comes full circle because when I want to just let Tess cry it out at night, I can’t because Sloane is in there sleeping (sometimes).
The only good sleeper in this house is Reece, who goes to bed and never gets up! He also wakes up, makes his bed, puts his clothes on and comes upstairs without me telling him to do any of that so clearly, he’s the clear-cut winner on favorite child at the moment! 🙂
So we are dealing with sleep issues… and just trying to not be completely overtaken by school work. And when I say we, I really just mean me. I feel like I’m the only one totally freaked out about making sure reading is done, projects are done, sight words are read, extra homework is done all the while making sure everyone has their teeth brushed, bathed, fed and clothes on. This year is much more stressful than last!
I don’t think it gets easier, either!
Do any of your kids start a new school year and get anxiety over it? Sloane definitely was nervous about starting second grade because it’s harder (and again, all I could think in my head was that this doesn’t get easier, girlfriend) and she worries about having friends (also something we don’t deal with with Reece who literally makes a new gangle of friends every day and would talk to a fly on a wall… and probably has). I totally blame myself for her anxiety issues because if I didn’t have them myself, I definitely have given her the gift of trying to be perfect. Which is not real.
Basically what I’m trying to say, friends, is that our home is a big bundle of physical and mental exhaustion! And I have no clue how to fix it! Other than go to back-to-back concerts this weekend and pretend like I’m 22 again!
Matt and I are going to Justin Timberlake at the United Center on Friday (Matt will be more excited about taking a picture with his basketball Idol, Michael Jordan, than seeing JT) and then Chris Stapleton on Saturday. It will be our second-straight weekend of not parenting much as Matt’s mom will be here all weekend (again) to watch the kids. I am super excited about both concerts – seeing JT is definitely a bucket list item!
We will spend Sunday trying to recuperate and then go watch Reece play basketball, which has been a combination of entertainment and pure annoyance. At one point last weekend, he was running down the court with his arms inside of his jersey. I almost wished someone would have hit him with the ball to prove a point that HEY! Maybe you don’t do that! Sloane decided that she wanted to take a stab at her dad’s favorite sport, so she is signed up to play in December. Crossing fingers for good things! 🙂
And to end on a happy note, Tess started two-a-day preschool the beginning of September and has really liked it! It’s been fun picking her up and her so happy to tell me what she did that day (in Tess words)! And this week has been the first week I’ve dropper her off and she walked right in, no tears, and no goodbyes. So, I think we have successfully transitioned!
And that is life lately. I could have summed it all up at the beginning by just saying these words.
We. Are. Tired. 🙂
Thanks, as always, for following along! And if you have any tips on how to get a toddler to sleep through the night, how to rid an almost-eight-year-old of school anxiety, and/or how to get a kid to pay attention during basketball, I’m all ears! 🙂