Wednesday, July 13, 2011

And tomorrow a toaster will fall on my head

I am not sure why I'm even tempting fate by putting these words in print but here goes: My children are behaving really well lately.

There. I said it. When Jack first turned three, I was ready to get that eBay ad up for him and ship him out. He was a holy terror literally overnight, as soon as we blew out the birthday candles. But somewhere around 3.5, Jack mellowed out and is pretty pleasant to be around these days.

It's not to say he's perfect - he's a far better listener with Maria than he is with me. I worked at home this afternoon and asked Jack to go potty after his nap. "No!" he tartly replied. A few minutes later, Maria said, "Go peeps and then we'll have a snack." No response from Jack. Why? you ask. Well, it's because the guy was too busy hustling to the bathroom.

But I digress.

My children are being good, and it's freaking me out.

Jack's my sweetie, and he's really starting to take to Jossie. He loves being the big brother and taking care of her. And Jossie finds Jack hilarious - she'll only give him the big laughs that we're all courting. (Jeremy somehow thinks making Jossie do the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man impression will make her smile, but no dice.)

So my pediatrician read the riot act to me at Jossie's five-month check-up in late June. Overall, things were good but Jossie's naps were all over the place - sometimes she would go the whole afternoon without napping and other days, she would sleep noon to 5 p.m.

I attempted to re-read Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child (I own every baby sleep book out there, and this is by far my favorite book - I highly recommend it). Honestly, I only read a few lines each night before falling asleep myself (ironic), so we just started winging it. And the crazy thing is - Jossie is actually falling in line. I'm getting her to bed at 7 p.m. with minimal fussing. The morning nap is pretty much there and we're so close to getting that afternoon nap to stick. She herself gave up her pacifier (Jack did the same thing at an early age, and for both of them I can take absolutely no credit for this achievement) and she's overall a more pleasant gal with some more consistent sleep in her.

So that's what I have for now. Tomorrow, it will be different. That's one of the basic tenets of parenting I know all too well: Once you get used to something, it changes.

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