Wondering On Wednesdays…

The sleepless nights continue.  My almost 2 year old has given us 1 full nights sleep since she was born.  She is weaned 100% during the day, but we are working on night weaning (which I have been told should help her sleep more once she is weaned).  Last night, I was determined to NOT cave and nurse her.  I nursed her before bed, but that was it.  I refused to nurse her the rest of the night.  It was a rough night and a sleepless one at that.  However, I am proud to say that I didn’t cave and nurse her.  Instead, I replaced my B’s with a sippy cup of milk and encouraged her to drink that instead.  Although not impressed, after many tears, eventually she would cave and drink her milk from her cup and fall asleep for short periods.  This would continue on and off from about 12:30-4am though.  I really don’t believe I got into any sort of REM sleep last night and am very tired.  Although I’m hoping she will just magically sleep through the night tonight (haha) I know it is more likely that tonight we will go round two with this instead.  You guys, I dread this.  Going on almost 2 years with no solid sleep is starting to break me down.  I need sleep and if I don’t get some quality sleep soon I think I’m going to lose it.

For those of you who have toddlers that still do not sleep through the night, you know all to well that the days are long and the nights are extremely short.  How having you been coping with the lack of sleep?  How do you get through the day amidst feeling like you are walking in a fog most of the time?  Do you notice ways in which you function are not 100% the majority of the time?

Some days I honestly do not know how I get through the day.  If I’m honest with myself and you, these last two years have been pretty difficult on me mentally, emotionally & physically.  I feel like keeping a routine has been important for me.  I also make sure to always fuel my body in the morning with breakfast.  This is something I dont’ skip on.  Although, in the past I have eliminated caffeine from my diet, I’m not going to lie and say I have one coffee daily about mid-morning.  I also drink lots of water.  Water is typically the only other liquid I drink all day besides a glass of milk with dinner.  I also try to keep a balanced diet and avoid tons of sugary foods and junk foods.  My to-do lists are always long and on-going and being a SAHM and taking care of a toddler all day is very exhausting.  However, I do allow myself breaks when I am feeling very sluggish.  Exercise has also been a great outlet for me (although, since hurting my calf muslces I’ve been on a bit of a work out hiatius.  I’m hoping to get back into the swing of things again soon).  I’ve never been much of a nap-person because I can’t relax my body/mind enough to take one BUT a cat-nap may be a great idea for someone who can.

Days like today where I am extremely tired, I notice that I am functioning oddly.  My brain is never working.  These are the times I use body wash instead of shampoo to wash my hair and I’m pouring orange juice over my cereal instead of milk.  I know I’m tired when these kinds of things start happening.  It’s a huge reality check for me that my body is telling me I need sleep.  I’m just at a loss as how to get quality sleep when I have a toddler who just doesn’t sleep, therefore I don’t sleep either?  I’m tired of being tired all the time and I’m tired of complaining of being tired all the time.

 

 

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Aimless 20 Talk Tuesday…

…random things I’ve done today.

  1.  Got the girls ready this morning myself since Zach left for work at 5:30 this morning.
  2. Took K to Toddle Time.
  3. Cleaned up yogurt all over the kitchen table that K decided to paint with, instead of eat.
  4. Loaded & unloaded the dishwasher.
  5. Put away two baskets of laundry.
  6. Read Brown Bear Brown Bear to K what felt like 100 times (this is her favorite book right now).
  7. Changed the Cat box.
  8. Swept the kitchen floor & the hallway.
  9. Vacuumed the living room.
  10. Packed half of the girls things for camping this weekend.
  11. Ate an apple and couldn’t help saying to myself as I ate it, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.”
  12. Kissed E on both cheeks and gave her a big hug when she got home from school.
  13. Weeded though K’s top dresser drawer where I found more 18 month clothing that needed to be stored away.
  14. Found all of our hats/mittens/scarves (it’s getting chilly in WI).
  15. Snuggled K into a two hour nap.
  16. Ordered diapers/wipes from Costco online, ordered E more undershirts for layering and a couple bday gifts for K.
  17. Picked gum off E’s fleece PJ’s that she must have just shoved back into her drawer after getting the gum stuck in fear that I may get mad at her.
  18. Went to the post office & got stamps, filled my gas tank & deposited cash into Savings at our bank.
  19. Picked up pieces of dog food all over the floor because our dog is going on an eating strike and so I forget food is still in her dish on the floor and K thinks it’s fun to take it and throw it everywhere.
  20. Paid our Sanitary bill.

What random things did you do today?

Wondering On Wednesday…

There is nothing that I hate more then blow drying my hair.  It takes about 20 minutes for me to dry it completely.   I also sweat buckets the entire time I’m doing it, which feels gross and makes me want to shower again.  Recently, I became best friends with dry shampoo for this very reason.  With that said, my husband, who doesn’t have a lot of hair, not only blow drys his hair, but he also blow drys his body from head to toe after “drying off” with a towel as well.  I’m not joking.  It is seriously as ridiculous as it sounds.

You betcha, I laugh at him every single time I see him blow drying his body after he already drys off with his towel after his shower.  I understand if he wants to blow dry his hair (even though that could dry in 2.2 seconds on its own) but I really don’t understand him blow drying his body too?  I find is really strange and comical.  However, it’s actually really annoying to me too.

One of the reasons why this little habit of his is annoying is because he makes the bathroom extra hot  while I’m trying to get ready in the morning (after it already being hot from blow drying my own hair). Secondly, it never fails, he gets out of the shower and then sits down with a wet tush on the toilet seat to do his business.  Then, I use the toilet after him and my butt gets wet from him not drying off before hand.  If he takes the time to blow dry his body, I never will understand why he can’t make sure his butt is first dry before sitting down on the toilet.   Lastly, this is about the 4th blow dryer we are on since being married in 2010 (so every 2 years we need to replace it).  I don’t know about you, but before meeting my husband my blow dryers lasted three times as long as they do now.  You betcha I blame him for their lack of lifespan now!

You guys, I could totally see us being on one of those relationship  game-shows where the game show hosts asks each person in the relastionship to write down the one thing that really annoys the crap out of you that the other person does and see if you each can guess what the other would say… well, this would be one of those things that TRULY annoys the crap out of me that my  husband does.   This is probably so because there really is no rhyme or reason for him,  in my mind, to do it.  When I tell him this, he points at the blow dryer and says, “this is a hair dryer” then he proceeds to point up and down his body and tells me that his body has hair on it like it should provide me with more evidence as to what he is doing makes any sense.

Does this make any sense to any of you?  Does your significant other blow dry his body after already drying off with a towel after taking a shower, or maybe you are a guy reading this and you do this?  Please, leave me a comment below and tell me all about it.  I really need to hear who else does this because it seems bonkers to me & I will continue to poke fun of my husband unless someone can give any merit to this odd habit of his!

On a side note, just the other day I was making fun of my husband blow drying his body and told him that I was going to use his habit as blog material.  His exact words were, “Hah, go right ahead.”  …I considered that fair enough warning.  Also…if this is one of the few things my husband does to annoy the crap out of me, I really do consider myself a lucky lady.  I love you Maynerd…even with your strange grooming habits and all!

If you have a sense of humor and want to scroll down for a very innappropriate meme related to man blow drying the choice is yours, but it made me laugh out loud…probably because it sounds like something my hubby would jokingly say (sorry Mom).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Aimless 20 Talk Tuesday…

  1.  I had K into the doctor last Thursday.  Her doctor said she thought it was just a viral infection and to let it run its course.  Fast forward to yesterday and we had one miserable little lady and a temp of 100.1.  I brought her back into the clinic with the suspicion that she may have an ear infection, not expecting to find out she had a double ear infection.  Not fun!  This will be her 4th ear infection (2nd double ear infection since birth).  The last time she had one they said if she had another they were going to suggest tubes.  Her doctor didn’t mention it yesterday though and I found that strange.
  2. My calfs are feeling so much better from my pulled calf injury.  I was very diligent about foam rolling each side every hour for 2 minutes on each side, icing 10 minutes every hour and taking ibuprofin when needed and also resting when I was able.  Thankful the brunt of the pain has subsided because it was awful.  However, I am still not 100%.  I just pray I don’t reinjure it!!!
  3. I have my extra today little one today, tomorrow and Friday.  This morning I’m taking the toddlers to Toddle Time at the library.  It helps to break up the long day ahead and they have so much fun going too.
  4. E has her audition for KidStage this evening.  Her monologue is lines from Belle (Beauty & the Beast) and she is going to sing “You Are My Sunshine”.  I wish I could be a fly on the wall and see how she does!
  5. Yesterday, I had my allergy shot and then met my older sister for Coffee just across the street from where I got my shot.  It was nice to visit with her for a couple hours (even though K was there and highly distracting).  I got to try one of my seasonal favorites too the Salted Caramel Mocha.  It was delicious.  However, I’m still partial to my Jimminy Lattes!
  6. Just a reminder: even though it it Fall in WI, on humid, 75 degree Fall days it is NOT OK to leave your dog in your car while you are in the library for over an hour.  Your car, while parked in direct sunlight is roasting inside.  Seriously where are some people’s brains?!?
  7. Has anyone heard of these cat cafe’s that are popping up?  There is one in Milwaukee and one coming to Appleton.  Thoughts on them?
  8. Disbelief has struck me that K’s 2nd bday is next month.  When did this happen?!  How has it been almost 2 years already?  Time can just slow down anytime.
  9. Baby itch is in full effect, although I’ve been keeping to myself about it for the most part.  I’ve seen a handfull of itty bitty’s this week and it melts my entire soul.
  10. We haven’t done any Fall activities.  This is a bummer becuase I enjoy them.  I’d love to go apple picking and get to a Farm.  We haven’t even got our pumpkins yet…boo.
  11. I’m craving sweets something fierce…always a sure sign that my period is fast approaching…boo!
  12. I’m struggling to keep my head above water today.  I’m so tired.  I may need a 2nd coffee today just to get me through.  Hoping the kiddos nap at the same time this afternoon.
  13. Did I mention the mosqitos are back out again?  Waiting for E to get on the bus this morning was pure torture.
  14. My dog is driving me bonkers today.  I’m about ready to send her to doggy daycare or drop her off at my husbands work.  She tends to act out on days I have  my extra kiddo here because she is a mama’s girl and can’t stand me giving extra attention to someone other then herself.
  15. I’m trying a new soup recipe Friday, a Chicken Wild Rice soup in my crockpot.  Every year I tell myself I need a new crockpot and this year I am telling myself it again.  Do any of you have any you would recommend?  Mine is just a cheap basic one with a Low, High and Warm setting.  I’ve had it for a long time.
  16. My oldest still has potty accidents every now again.  She is 6.  Her doctor seems to think that she is constipated and because she is constantly constipated this weakens her pelvic floor muscles.  This could be the case, but I also think sometimes she does it out of laziness.  At any rate, I have a hard time getting the pee smell out of clothing.  My friend told me she has issues with her kids and getting urine out of clothing too and the only thing that works well is Tide Sport.  I bought some on Saturday and gave it a whirl.  I’m positive it worked.  So just a little tip for anyone else struggling with this issue, I wanted to pass on this tip!
  17. My carpets were professionally cleaned this summer.  They already look like shit.  I swear a new stain pops up every other day.  Where are they coming from?  Seriously, so frustrating.
  18. My to-do list is 11 long today and so far I have only accomplished 1 thing.
  19. Drink more water Nichole.  …something I’ve majorly been slacking at the last couple of weeks.
  20. Whining kids have called my attention.  It is nap time…