Thursday, May 20, 2010

Oh, What A Night



Grace woke up right as we were heading to bed last night. And not "Oh, hey guys, I'm up, and I'd like to coo." It was "HEEEEEEEEEY, I'M BEING MAULED TO DEATH BY A PIT BULL. COME! GET! ME! NOW! OR ELSE I'LL DO IT. I'll WAKE HER."

So, we oblige. Because we're scared to death of our own daughter. Claire, that is. Scared to death she'll wake up and not be able to fall back asleep. That's sorta her shtick.

We spend the next 30-45 minutes trying to figure out what is paining Grace, with no luck. And finally decide to lay her back down.

That worked. For about 90 minutes. Then she woke up screaming again. This time it was a Rottweiler.

Another 30 minutes of patting, shushing and we're all back in our beds, drifting off to sleep. We wake up a couple more times during the night, and then for good at 6:45 a.m.

We eat. We sing. We yawn. Back to bed for all three of us. Grace fell asleep. I laid down. And the heavens opened up and smiled down at me ... Claire fell asleep. All on her own.

For the first time in a very long time, the girls are both sleeping and I have about an hour before I need to get started on my day. I think I'll take a nap.

It was about 20 minutes later, I was just easing into sleep, curled in my blankets, listening to the rain on the roof.

This time it was a German Shepherd.

2 comments:

  1. Katie, I just love your writing style throughout the blog. You make it so enjoyable to read! I really think you could compile all your blogs into some sort of motherhood memoire and make a killing! Keep up the good work . . . as mother and journalist!

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  2. Katie, my Amelia screamed bloody murder for 9 months of her life. Even my mother couldn't stand it. I was a zombie. My mother still talks about it. My doctor was baffled. Her insides rumbled all the time. She was one collic-y baby. He finally prescribed giving her some drops of baby Benadryll and that did the trick!! Finally some peace and quiet for both of us. It's what they give children chemo victims too when they are vomiting. Use it when the girls have to go on car trips. It will settle their stomachs and it's topical. It doesn't go into their blood stream. It soothes their stomach and makes them sleepy. Amelia is 14 and she's still motion sick and she still takes Benadryll when she has to ride in the car for long distances. No harsh side effects. Best tip I was ever given. If you have to take the girls on a plane, give them a dose about 30 minutes before to help them with the ascent and descent. Much better for them and all the passengers. She may have a tiny bit of digestion problems and this may do the trick until she can grow out of it.

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