Thursday Open Thread

Hello! Thanks so much for your kindness and concern as we’ve navigated this insomnia thing with DD9. I’m happy to report that the night before last, it took her less than an hour to fall asleep, and she slept through the night. THANK YOU, Benadryl!

It’s just past midnight as I write this and I have yet to hear her stir, so I am hoping and praying tonight was as successful. We repeated the Benadryl, plus I gave her a little foot rub with some lavender oil, as advised by a few different facebook friends.

If all goes well, we will cut the Benadryl dose in half, then discontinue it altogether. I will say that in many ways it felt like having a newborn again- interrupted sleep, never knowing when she’d stir, listening for the littlest noise. But scarier because newborns are supposed to wake up. Having my normally solid sleeper go through this was unnerving, to say the least.

We also removed the digital clock from her room, as I am convinced that watching the hours go by was only making her feel more helpless and frustrated. And it’s nice to know her pediatrician is in the loop, should this problem recur. Did I mention she gave us her mobile number and told us to text her any time? I love that woman.

Today our 15-year-old niece arrives from Connecticut for a week-long visit. We plan to do lots of sightseeing and sunning, and will even visit a nearby college. I still remember her as a newborn, and now she’s going to be a junior in high school. Should be a fun little preview of DD’s teen years. Our niece is the type of kid that makes me look forward to having a teen!

What are you up to? Chat away!


Tuesday Open Thread

Last night was night #5 of DD9 having trouble falling asleep. Granted, it has improved (took her 6 hours the first night, 3 the next, and now it’s ranging between 2 and 2.5 hours) but THIS STILL F*CKING SUCKS.

I have done everything I can think of. A few sips of warm chamomile tea. A sleep meditation for children podcast. A nice bath before bed. Making sure she gets exercise. No caffeine, ever. Giving her explicit permission to turn on the lamp, sit in her book nook and read for a while if she gets tired of tossing and turning. Letting her know this is no big deal, happens to everyone, and it’s summer so she shouldn’t worry, it will pass. And still she works herself into a tearful frenzy of guilt and frustration.

And I’m getting no sleep because she’s knocking on my door some nights, and waking me as she paces to the restroom on others. Plus I’m just worried. And running out of my gentle, Zen patience.

I’m trying Benadryl tonight. If that doesn’t work, then we’re seeing the pediatrician for next steps. Because I can’t have a 9-year-old with a sleep disorder, KWIM? I have always been a shitty sleeper and ascribed it to my parents never having me on any schedule, letting me stay up as late as I wanted from an early age. We have worked like dogs to give our kids consistent sleep schedules and it has worked really well – until now.

What say you, ladies? Am I overreacting? Is it too early to be this worried, or should I be seeking medical advice?

What’s on your mind today? Chat away!


Weekend Open Thread

Our 4th of July celebrations were curtailed because we had to get our kids to bed early last night. My poor sweet Maya had an awful bout of insomnia the night prior, so we pulled out all the stops– warm milk, a little reading, and some sleep meditations. Of course, our Great Insomnia Showdown had to coincide with all the really loud f*cking fireworks going off outside. SERENITY NOW.

The cutest part? She called it “amnesia.” My goofy baby doll.

Of course even though I didn’t have insomnia, I got next to no sleep right alongside her. It was truly painful watching her beat herself up and perpetuate the vicious cycle of trying (and failing) to go to sleep. She’s the kind of kid who has a hard time turning her brain off, so we’ll just have to experiment and see what works.

Did I mention she also sleepwalks on occasion? Good times.

What are you up to this weekend? Chat away!


Wednesday Open Thread

So Target caved and put out a statement “respectfully requesting” that customers not bring firearms into their stores. Some groups are hailing this as a big win, while others are saying that the move has no teeth and Target should impose an outright ban, where legal. What do you think?

Also, this was a mighty disgusting display put on by some proud ‘Muricans out in Murrieta, Calif. yesterday. They turned out in ugly, xenophobic, illiterate droves to turn away busloads of immigrant children who were going to be processed at a Border Patrol facility there. All in all, this has been a depressing week.

Rage along, cheer me up, talk to me, ladies! What’s on your mind?

(and sorry for the late thread, Elisa is on vacation and I think there was some confusion as to who was supposed to cover for her.)



Tuesday Open Thread

I’m angry, ladies. The Supreme Court has really fucking done it this time.

What next? I keep seeing memes and petitions on facebook that talk about fighting back. But in my head I guess I’m feeling like once the Supreme Court rules on it, there’s no going back.

Is there? Can we do anything to fix this ridiculous mess?

I’ve never stepped foot in a Hobby Lobby even though we have one near my house, because I knew about the pending case. But between that and Target being asshats about Open Carry (and kicking protesting moms with petitions off the premises at a San Antonio store) I’M RUNNING OUT OF PLACES TO SHOP. Get it together, America!

GAH. Feel free to vent along with me, or talk about whatever’s on your mind today!


Thursday Open Thread

We’re back from North Carolina! It was such a great trip. The highlights: staying at BIL’s rad house, going to see Katy Perry live (DD’s first concert!) and meeting NC Mom for brunch. Total blast, from beginning to end.

Today we asked DD what her very favorite thing to do is. She gave it some thought and said: “Go on vacation.” As we were kids who didn’t get to go very many places, DH and I are so happy to be raising little travelers. While we had flown cross country before, this was their first nonstop flight and they did just great. While I will always miss the baby stage, I will say that this is kind of a golden time for our family. I am loving having a 4-year-old and a 9-year-old.

What are you thankful for on this Thursday? What else is on your mind? Chat away!


Monday Morning Open Thread

What’s up?

ICYMI: Images of children as young as infants in detention facilities in Texas have emerged. Because Congress has failed to pass comprehensive immigration reform and countries such as El Salvador and Honduras are plagued with breathtaking poverty and violence, the U.S. has a humanitarian crisis on its hands. As many as 90,000 unaccompanied children are in these detention facilities that the think tank Center for American Progress has released a fact sheet on the kids and the violence they are escaping in their home countries.

While MomsRising is not a direct aid organization, we are an advocacy group promoting certain policies and structural changes. We just went out to our members asking them to sign a pledge that will be delivered to Congress and the White House this Wednesday. We are asking for administrative relief from President Obama on deportations and for Congress to act on immigration reform. Can you please sign and share?

Many thanks all! What else is in the news? What’s up with you?