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Kayla, my oldest. She is 4 1/2 and is a sweet, loving and silly little girl. She took us 2 ½ years and 3 IVF’s to conceive. Kayla is allergic to dairy. We manage her allergy and work to balance her safety with giving her a normal childhood. Kayla loves to read books and play games - she amazes me every day.

Alysa, my youngest. She is 3 years old and is a silly little spitfire. She’s our monkey and loves to climb on everything. She was a “natural” baby, but it was only b/c of my wonderful doctors that we were able to stop an impending miscarriage. Alysa suffers from Acid Reflux Disease and sleep apnea. She may be little, but she has a big personality. She adores her big sister and is so much fun to be around. She keeps me laughing every day.

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Sunday, March 09, 2008
Day/Night Confusion at 3 1/2?
So it seems anyway. And it's really getting old...FAST! Tuesday night (I think) Kayla was in and out of her room. Granted, she was putting herself back to bed (a miracle in and of itself), but...she was up until 10:30!!! We put her to bed at 7 - that's a long time to be stalling off sleep. So I figured, ok - she's got some insomnia - J gets that, maybe it's genetic. Wednesday though, she took a nap - no surprise, but I knew it would cause problems Wednesday night - she was up that night until about 9/9:30. Again, in and out of her room. Thursday, I never put her in her room for a rest because I didn't want her to nap. I figured, then she'd be so tired, she'd fall asleep at 7-7:30 like normal. No such luck. She was up until about 8:30-9. Last night was another past 10:00 night (and I mean 10:00 old time). Today, of course she fell asleep during her rest. The kicker, is that Thursday night, she came out of her room with My Little Ponies in hand and said she needed help putting the helmet on during her REST. Yup, she said rest at 8:00PM. She's just all confused. We keep having to take her Leap Pad away and threaten to put her light in "time out" (meaning J will shut the light off with the pull string). We did get her down to using her reading light. I told her she can read, but it's a bit ridiculous now. Especially since we're getting some major melt-downs - she needs the sleep. Tonight it's even worse b/c she was so upset that it's light out. She kept telling me "it's good morning time" and that it was still light out. So, we've taken to not talking to her and not telling her to put herself back to bed. Instead, I just pick her up, while not looking at her and sit her on her bed and leave the room. I'm hoping no attention will do the trick. But then again, keeping in her room won't make her go to sleep. She's up there right now reading... (it's 8:30pm). I'm at my witt's end. It was melt-down city tonight at bed time. Any great tips for me out there?

But, I did get a good preschooler'ism out of it. Last night, she came out and from the top of the stairs, asked me a question (I honestly don't remember what it was). I answered her and then she said, "I'm sorry Mommy, but I did not hear you. What did you say?" It just sounded SO grown up that it really threw me. Was I talking to my 3 1/2 year old or a mini adult???

In other news - we rearranged Alysa's room today. She's been climbing on her doll crib to turn her light and fan on. This morning when I went in to get her, she was in bed and told me she turned her fan on (ceiling fan) all by herself. She had gotten out of bed, climbed in her toy crib, turned the fan on and got back into bed. One day that thing is going to cave under her feather-weight. So...we took out her glider, got her a new chair (her size - an early b-day present from my parents) and set up her big girl room. She is so excited and actually played for an hour before her nap today.

Another dairy tidbit...
Today, I was telling Kayla about out trip to Disney next year. She didn't want to see Cinderella and or Snow White, but when I mentioned Lightening McQueen, she got so excited. So she was going on and on talking about seeing LM and Mater. Then she said, "And Mommy, if you see dairy, you let Kayla know. You keep me safe." Her understanding is growing by leaps and bounds...

posted at 7:51 PM  

At 8:05 AM, Blogger Blessed said...

my sweet sister the Muse - still gets her days and nights confused and she's 20 something :) -- I don't know, it sounds like you might have a night owl on your hands -- good luck figuring out a solution!

At 6:34 AM, Blogger Happy Momma said...

Claire has been going thru that this week as well! I am about to rip my hair out! One small exception my daughter thinks 6:00 a.m. is an appropriate time to rise even though she didn't go to bed until late! It would be okay if she napped but she hasn't done that in two years.....leaving me with a 4 year old afternoon meltdown daily!!!!

At 11:06 PM, Blogger Jenileigh said...

I love her room! Its so pretty but not as pretty as Alysa!


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