Day 7

Nov. 10th, 2012 01:34 pm
cifarelli: (Ember)
I skipped posting Day 6 yesterday. Bad me!

Yesterday, Corwin's school had a Storybook Parade, where all the kids dressed in a costume and carried a book that their costume was from. Corwin went as the "stalking and lurking adventurous cat," Slinky Malinki. Essentially, this means he wore the black cat costume that Ian wore for Halloween -- and Ian put up such a fuss about Corwin wearing the cat ears that I had to go dig out some old Cheetah ears I still have from a costume I wore in college for Ian to wear.

Ian was quite the sight yesterday -- he was wearing a Cars shirt that is really a pajama top of Corwin's. It was size 6 when I bought it last year, but has shrunk so much that it now fits Ian, who normally wears 2T these days, just fine. And the cheetah ears. I took some pictures on my ipod, but I haven't bothered to try transferring them to the computer yet to see if they're worth posting. Maybe tonight.

Since it was just Ian and me who needed to get up to the school yesterday morning for the parade, we went on the bike. That was a good decision both logistically (avoided the whole trying to find a parking place in the street and cajoling Ian to walk instead of staring at trees, bugs, and cracks in the sidewalk) and in that it got me a little bit of exercise. :) I haven't been doing too well with my exercise regimen lately. Motivation has been lacking, and being sick this week hasn't helped.

I went to bed at 10:15 last night, which is late compared to what I had been doing this week (9-9:30ish). Fell asleep just fine, but then spent a couple hours awake in the middle of the night coughing. I contemplated just getting up, but I really wanted the sleep. I finally found a position on my stomach that alleviated the coughing...and then Ian started coughing. Fortunately, he didn't cough for long and I was able to fall back asleep after that. Ready for my family to be healthy again!

Today I'm at work all day, so doubtful there'll be much of interest for me to post about tonight. But you never can tell!


Sep. 7th, 2008 10:22 pm
cifarelli: (Ember)
Hey, I've already spammed you today. What's one more post, right?

So, in my first post of the day I mentioned that I was still tolerably healthy.

Well, I take it back. I can't believe I said that. Got through work okay today, though I was sneezing a fair bit. But since I've been home this evening, things have been steadily going down hill. Breathe, what's that?

It didn't help that Corwin started crying when I put him to bed tonight and didn't stop for a very long while, in spite of us trying to comfort him, giving him Tylenol, etc. A couple of friends have suggested ear infection. He's never had one before (so presumably not prone to them) and we haven't noticed him tugging at his ears or anything like that. Of course, that doesn't mean he hasn't got his first ear infection. Gonna see what he's like tomorrow and call his doctor then if it seems warranted. He did finally stop crying and go to sleep after Tylenol, calmly sitting upstairs in my lap listening to music and watching Andrew play EVE Online, and then crying in his bed for another 10 minutes or so. It's also possible it's teething related, as he is cutting his eyeteeth right now. But he is sick -- he's had a clear runny nose all day.

Blah. Not looking forward to being home just the two of us all day tomorrow. :( Andrew has to go to work because he's got some things that really have to get done, but I may ask him to come home early if I or Corwin are much worse than we were today. I don't fancy trying to drag Corwin off to the doctor on my own if it's needed when I feel half-dead myself. :(

Day #3

Aug. 5th, 2008 08:55 pm
cifarelli: (Corwin)
So Corwin went to sleep tonight without screaming and crying for the third night in a row. I even read him a book before his nap today (kinda randomly, because the book from last night was still in his room and he was asking to read it), and he went down for that without screaming and crying, too.

So has my son just been trying to tell me for months that he wanted to read a book before bed?


Jul. 8th, 2008 08:10 pm
cifarelli: (Ember)
SOOOOOO not what we needed tonight.

As background: for years, there has been a mysterious occasional leak underneath my kitchen sink. Once in a blue moon I find water under the sink, or I find that the pattern of where it has been damp down there (the plasterboard or whatever the bottom of the cabinet is made of warps slightly) has changed a bit. Whenever this happens, I hunt for the leak, fail to find it, and then watch diligently for it to recur (it never does) for several days until I forget about it again due to it not occurring. I've even had a couple of different handymen take a look at it, and they both swore they saw no leak.

Well tonight after Corwin's bath Andrew went in the kitchen and found a puddle of water on the floor and it was VERY wet underneath the sink. So we cleaned up and then turned on the water. Lo and behold, we saw a drip!! Still can't pinpoint exactly where the problem is, but it seems to have something to do with the seal between the sink and the disposal. So I will NOT be running the dishwasher tonight (it is probably okay, but I'd rather be safe than sorry) and will be trying to remember not to use the disposal side of the sink for anything until we can get a plumber out tomorrow.

But yeah, this kind of thing is so NOT what we needed in our zombified states tonight. And I wonder what exactly triggered it to leak like this now, after we've been away for a week and a half. (I do know it had to have leaked tonight as I was cleaning up after dinner, as the floor was most definitely NOT wet when we got home this afternoon.)

I wonder if I can get a plumber out and still take Corwin to the library or the children's museum tomorrow morning. Guess I will try to get a plumber talked to early so I can plan around him (or try to schedule him around our Wednesday morning plans).

Oh...and zombie Paulina forgot to set the baby monitor up in Corwin's room before I put him to bed this evening. We didn't use it while we were on vacation since we were either in the same room with him, or he was just around the corner in the closet without a closed door between us and him. Debating if I want to use tonight as a trial run for not using the monitor at home, or if I want to try to sneak in his room in a little while and plug the base unit in. Guess we'll see how I feel when we get around to going to bed.

Home again!

Jul. 8th, 2008 05:15 pm
cifarelli: (Ember)
We're back at home. We got here shortly before 4:00 I think.

However, we all slept really badly last night so are feeling pretty zombified this evening. Despite going to bed around 10:30/11:00, it was 1:30 by the time I figured out I had to set the thermostat all the way down at 65 in order to get the room cool enough to be comfortable for sleeping. After that, though, I couldn't tune out Corwin's tossing and turning and occasional talking/yelling/fussing, and finally got up again around 3 to put a towel in between his mattress and his bedsheet -- the bed as we received it had no bedpad on it. I foolishly assumed he'd be okay that way since he still sleeps in long-sleeved footed pajamas, but after hours of listening to him toss and turn I decided maybe the lack of bedpad was keeping him awake after all (I can't sleep worth beans if theres not something between mattress and sheet to keep me from feeling hot and sticky). So we all got up and I made that change, and then we all went back to bed and listened to Corwin toss and turn a bit more. I'd guess sometime between 3:30 and 4:00 I finally fell asleep, for what I'd seriously guess was the first time all night. I woke briefly at 7 long enough to note the time and that my compadres both appeared to be asleep, and then again at 7:50 when Corwin declared himself awake for the day.

Andrew got up with Corwin and I got to stay in bed, dozing, until just before 9:30. Since I was the one with more sleep (sad when somewhere in the 5 to 5.5 hour range is MORE sleep between the two of us) I got to drive today. And boy could I tell I hadn't slept enough....every time Andrew would try to be helpful by reminding me of something I'd get cranky and snap at him. And Corwin was a fussbudget, too....he didn't really get enough sleep either. He actually did as well as usual in the car, but he was major cranky while we were packing up the hotel room and getting ready to go. Kinda like yesterday, but worse I think.

Now we are sitting around the house trying to summon willpower to make dinner and unpack/put away stuff. And we're also trying to summon energy/willpower to enforce all the home rules that Corwin has forgotten after being gone for over a week. We're both so tired that it's really tempting to just let him get away with stuff so we don't have to discipline and physically remove him from situations. *sigh* Parenting is hard, and doesn't go away when you're tired. :(


Jul. 7th, 2008 08:49 pm
cifarelli: (Ember)
I'm writing from our hotel in Lafayette, LA tonight. We left the beach house around 10:30 this morning and arrived here about 5:30 this evening. Corwin was fussy this morning (apprehensive about us packing up and getting ready to leave I guess) but has been fine all day once we got in the car and got on the road. Lunch was at a Barnhill's buffet restaurant (kind like Golden Corral, for you TX folks), where Corwin ate a TON of food. He ate a whole plateful of fruit, diced ham, rice, and macaroni & cheese, plus two watermelon wedges. We couldn't get him to STOP eating until his plate was clean. Andrew and I thought it was okay, but probably not something we'd pick to eat at again if it was just the two of us.

This evening we met up with [ profile] xalupi and Erin here in Lafayette for dinner at Prejean's, which was good but a bit disappointing because they didn't have their regular menu available tonight. Their gumbo was awesome, and I had a duck dish that Erin knew about since she has been to the restaurant semi-regularly -- something on the regular menu but not on the menu for today. The duck was good, but a little fatty. I wasn't thrilled with the sides though. Just looked at the web site (linked above) and see several things on the menu there that sound yummy -- but they weren't on the menu for today so I didn't have the option to order them. Including Red Snapper Pontchartrain, which is what I would have had if I'd had the option. There were also a couple of shrimp pasta dishes that sounded good in their descriptions.

We ordered the popcorn shrimp for Corwin, but when they arrived they were regular-sized shrimp rather than what I usually think of as popcorn shrimp. He refused to touch them, though he was happy to eat the french fries that came with them. *sigh* He also had some fried cheese and the peas we had brought for him. But I didn't really expect him to eat a ton since he'd had such a huge lunch.

We got an actual crib from the hotel this time. Though it's still not a normal full-size crib. It's narrower than a standard crib, but I think it's the same lengthwise. *shrug* He didn't put up much fuss at all when I put him to bed in it a little while ago, though, so hopefully it will be okay. He's sleeping in the same room where we will be sleeping (we're in a suite again; Andrew and I are out in the living room at the moment), though, so we'll see how it goes after we go to bed. Having his stuffed dinosaur and his blanket in there with him really seems to make a difference.

And now I should be good and relinquish the laptop so Andrew can get back to playing EVE Online (or check in on WoW if he intends to). I have toddler dishes to clean up for tomorrow, and a book to read anyway. Good night all. We'll be back in Houston tomorrow.
cifarelli: (Ember)
I didn't sleep well last night due to Corwin randomly squealing/screaming a couple of times, and having bad dreams off and on a lot also.

I don't really remember the dreams very clearly any more, so you'll be spared the epic writeup. However, they involved at various times being at my Grandma's house in Dallas when a strange man showed up at the door in the middle of the night. He was ostensibly a bill collector or insurance salesman or some such, but he was really a magic user of a sinister sort. I could tell he was up to no good and so was trying to find my uncle's phone number to get him to come over and tell the guy that his excuse for being there wasn't valid, but I couldn't find it. Somehow the bad guy ended up in the house, but I don't remember any details. At another point, I was in an airport with Corwin, but we couldn't find our flight and I kept being in danger of losing Corwin (him running off, me forgetting him, etc.) Then somehow I had lost Corwin and I was hanging out with [ profile] e_why in some really weird place that we were trying to escape from but couldn't. I think the sinister magic-using man from my grandma's house was involved, too....maybe he was trying to prevent us from escaping? And the whole time I was worried in the back of my mind about having lost Corwin, but I knew I wouldn't be able to do anything to help or find him until I was safe myself.

And of course this morning in the real world, Corwin woke up not too long after Andrew got up, and kept getting more and more agitated until he was full on crying by the time Andrew was ready to leave for work. So I got to get up earlier than usual and throw on some clothes, and I didn't get all the way through my morning ablutions before Andrew brought me the still fussing and upset boy so that he could leave. So I'm in my glasses and haven't washed my face yet this morning. Should go do that here in a minute I guess, that and get Corwin dressed.

Yeah, it's taken me a long time to get this post written, as Corwin has been a lap-hog almost since we got up. He's been better about playing with his toys since we finished breakfast, though -- thus me finally finishing this post.


May. 6th, 2008 12:21 pm
cifarelli: (Ember)
Corwin woke up this morning sometime between 4:30 and 4:50 a.m. by my bedside clock (which runs about 15 minutes really more like 4:15-4:30ish a.m.). It was 4:53 when I finally looked at the clock, but I'd been listening to him make noise for who knows how long before that.

At 5:30, I finally got up and went in and changed his diaper and walked around the house with him a little bit in the dark to try to convince him that it was still night and not time to get up yet. He was WIDE awake when I went in to check on him. He stood up and smiled at me with just the biggest grin. I eventually put him back to bed, and he cried briefly and then settled down. But went right back to his grizzling routine -- i.e. making noise.

I finally turned the baby monitor off so I could stand a chance of getting back to sleep, figuring that if he got really upset and started screaming I'd hear him regardless. Unfortunately, by this time it was not very long 'til Andrew's alarm went off to tell him to get up for work.

I turned the monitor back on around 6:50, and Andrew later told me that he hadn't heard him make any noise on the downstairs monitor since he'd been up. Unfortunately, Corwin woke again and started screaming right as Andrew was about to walk out the door for work. So we were up for the day around 7:15, still a bit earlier than usual.

Needless to say, Corwin has been acting really tired from about 10:00 this morning onward. I held off lunch 'til 11:30, and put him down for his nap around 12:15 (he usually goes down between 12:30 and 1:00). We'll see how long he naps.

Now I have to decide if I want a nap, too.
cifarelli: (Corwin)
Corwin slept in this morning; I had to go get him up at 8:20 so he could nurse before I left for work (I would have just let him skip it, but he missed last night because Becca and I weren't home yet when he went to bed so I really needed him to nurse). He made a little noise around 6:20 this morning, and then fell back asleep and hadn't made a single peep by 8:20. And even when I went in to get him up, it was obvious that while he wasn't deeply asleep, he wasn't lying in there awake waiting to get up either. It took him a little while to realize I was there and wake up enough to get up. Why is it that the rare days when he sleeps late are always days when I have to get up for work? Murphy loves me!

Andrew said he went down for his nap with no fuss at all today, and he didn't make a peep when I put him to bed tonight either. And he just seemed really tired starting about 45 minutes before bedtime tonight anyway.

I wonder if he's prepping for a growth spurt (or in the middle of one already).
cifarelli: (Ember)
but instead Corwin woke up screaming shortly after Andrew and I went to bed around 11:30, and we haven't yet really been able to calm him down. His temp is fine, his slightly wet diapers have been changed twice, we can't find anything visibly wrong, we've offered him milk in a cup, nursing, and a cold teether....and he is constantly either screaming or in that ragged breathing not-quite-calm state. We finally gave him Tylenol and he's now sitting with Andrew listening to music. I'm not in bed because I won't fall asleep until Andrew comes back to bed and Corwin is quiet anyway.

Corwin got his Hepatitis A vaccination this morning. When he got the rest of his 12-month vaccinations a month ago, he woke up screaming from his nap and it took over an hour before I got him to stop. I'm wondering if this is the same kind of thing...just delayed to the middle of the night instead of after his nap.

I have to go to work in the morning, and tomorrow is a long Saturday for me -- I'll be there all day 'til 6:00 p.m. *sigh* Ah well... at least my being a zombie will have justification.
cifarelli: (Ember)
I should go take a shower and get ready for bed. But instead I will write an LJ post first!

I finally broke down and got a Facebook account. That site has WAAY too many ways to waste time. My current favorite is Scramble -- find as many words as possible on a 5x5 grid in 3 minutes. I love stuff like that. Though I'm currently pretty middle of the pack in the games I've played. Except the ones with 'hard' boards, where there are fewer words overall to get. I seem to do better on those, usually.

We took Corwin out to dinner with us at Rockfish last night. We ordered him a kids meal of a chicken breast and mixed veggies, but he was too distracted to eat very much. And possibly too full, as I'd fed him most of his regular 'home' dinner before we went out (since Andrew doesn't get home 'til 6 or so and Corwin is used to eating just after 5:00). But he did behave about as well as we could have asked for, so it was all good.

Tonight we went to Bob & Nancy's as usual, and Corwin went to sleep in his Pack and Play in Bob's office after just under 10 minutes of crying. I think that's a record for him over there. I was curious how he'd do tonight, since he was doing pretty well with the sleeping when we were in Austin last week. Maybe he has finally outgrown whatever it was that kept him from going to sleep elsewhere than his own room. *crosses fingers*

I know I had more I wanted to say, but now that I'm taking the time to type it, it's all flown out of my head. Oh well. Guess I'll get to bed a little sooner!

[EDIT: I remembered! I introduced Corwin to cow's milk yesterday. I just gave him some in a sippy cup to see what he'd do with it -- if he rejected it then I'd try the mixing it with breastmilk and gradually increasing the proportion method, but he seemed to like the cow's milk just fine. He hasn't drunk more than 2 ounces or so at a time, but then he never drinks more than about 2 ounces or so from a cup, and he's not acting like he dislikes the milk. I think this means I can probably stop pumping at work, unless I need to for comfort on my long day. I already know I can do a short day without problems 'cause I forgot some of my pump parts when I worked last Saturday, so had to go without. Woot! :)

I'm mentally ready to wean him down to just nursing when he gets up in the morning and before bed at night. However, I find it really hard to tell him no when he wants to nurse during the day. He will start to paw at my shirt and then get fussy if I don't let him nurse. And I have a hard time with causing him to fuss like that when I could easily give him what he wants. Even if I get up and give him water or milk instead, he'll just go back to pawing at me a few minutes after I sit back down. I dunno....maybe I just need to exert more effort at distracting him from nursing.

I also worry a little that he won't drink enough if I don't nurse him. As it is, he rarely finishes one 4-oz cup of water during the day -- he works on the same cup of water all day and there's usually some left when he goes to bed at night for me to pour out. Yesterday I think he might have drunk a little over 4 ounces during the day between the milk and his water, but today he just drunk more milk and less water. On the days I work now, he's really only drinking 4-5 ounces of breastmilk while I'm gone, too, plus under 4 oz of water. I guess the theory is that if he's really thirsty he'll drink what's available, and he's probably currently getting what he needs from nursing. I just feel like I'm depriving my child by cutting him off, and it's hard to work through those feelings.]

Doing well

Mar. 5th, 2008 11:00 pm
cifarelli: (Ember)
Today has gone really well all things considered. I cross my fingers and knock on wood that tomorrow will as well. :)

Corwin slept all night without incident last night. He resisted his morning nap today, but did eventually go to sleep. He only got to sleep a half hour or so though before the garbage truck came by and woke him up, and he wouldn't go back to sleep after that. He fought his afternoon nap as well, but once he finally gave up screaming at me about it, he slept for a good hour and a half or so. He went to bed tonight AS IF HE WERE AT HOME!!!!! I put him in bed, he screamed at me while I walked out of the room and for a few seconds afterwards, and I haven't heard another peep since.

The class for my mom this morning went well. I did end up having to use our laptop because the computer provided by the school wouldn't connect to the internet for some reason. The laptop connected with no problem, though -- my guess is I was connected to an unsecured wireless network from one of the other businesses in the strip center, but there's no way to verify that idea.

This afternoon [ profile] beckyboo83 and I went shopping at the Round Rock outlet mall once Corwin finally went to sleep for his nap. My mom stayed home with him. Got lots of 18-month summer clothes for Corwin, along with some Harry & David chocolates, a pair of shoes, and a handful of shirts for me. And a few kitchen odds and ends. Figured out that the outlet mall is the place to shop for Baby Gap stuff for Corwin. I picked up a 2nd pair of overalls for him for half the price I paid for the first pair at the Galleria in Houston.

Tomorrow, Rebecca is gonna come over around lunchtime, and after lunch we're going to take Corwin and head up to [ profile] sunflowerkwm's place to hang out with her and Maddie for the afternoon. We'll head home again around dinner time or when Corwin craters, whichever comes first, since I don't see him really taking a nap while we're up there. After dinner I'm going to go to game night at the Gregorys' place. I've decided to go ahead and leave Corwin here with his grandparents. While I really want to take him down to play with the other kids and let folks see him, if I'm honest with myself it isn't really a very good idea. He'd get to see them for at most an hour at the end of the day when he's already tired, and he isn't yet old enough to really enjoy interacting with them anyway. And the odds of him going to sleep in his Pack & Play at the Gregorys' are pretty slim, which means I'd likely get to deal with some period of time during which Corwin screams and I don't get to interact with people 'cause I'm trying to calm him down so he doesn't keep the other kids awake, and eventually I'd have to give up and come home without ever actually getting to do much of anything. Basically, it would be really stressful for me and I'd likely end up not enjoying myself at all and leaving early. Leaving him here, there's a possibility I'd get called to come home because my parents are having difficulty getting him to sleep, but even if that happens I'd at least get to relax and enjoy socializing with people until my parents called.

So that's the plan. And now I should get to bed, since I still have to get up when Corwin does in the morning.
cifarelli: (Ember)
Today is my long day at work; I'll be here 'til 6:00 this evening. For some reason today I am really really tired. I've wanted a nap ever since I got here this morning. :P And being tired hasn't helped my patience with some of the patrons today, either. My coworker who is here with me 'til 2:30 just left, but I don't think she was feeling any more awake than I do today. But at least she gets to go home now. :P

Corwin suddenly started screaming and crying at 5:15 this morning by our bedside clock (so really more like 5 a.m. by any other clock). I got up and fumbled for pants, but by the time I got them oriented properly to put on, he suddenly stopped. So I went to the bathroom and went back to bed. He was quiet for 15 minutes or so, and then started in on his usual morning half-awake grizzling and babbling. He didn't need anything....but he kept me awake. So I've essentially been awake since 5:00 this morning, with a bit of dozing between then and 7 or so. No wonder I'm dragging.

Plans for next week
Plans for next week have been firmed up a bit. Current plan is that Corwin and I will travel to Austin on Tuesday afternoon. I'll teach the class for my mom on Wednesday morning. We'll head back to Houston on Thursday or Friday, depending on how I'm doing as a single parent. I'd like to go to the game night on Thursday evening, so if Corwin isn't driving me too crazy with refusing to sleep we'll try to stick around for that and head back here on Friday. I'd like to go spend some time with [ profile] sunflowerkwm, probably on Thursday, if she hasn't had her baby yet (or if she has and wouldn't mind a visit anyway).

Should try to get some work done to prepare for my presentation while I have the computer to myself for a while, but I'm so tired I'd rather just read my book until someone else needs help with something. We'll see what I get done.
cifarelli: (Ember)
I don't want to be up at this hour.

But a certain son of mine woke up just after 5 a.m. and has refused to go back to sleep. I nursed him and put him back to bed, and he was quiet for a half-hour or so (no idea if he slept). Then he started talking, and worked up to a good crying fit by 6:30 or so. So I am up, and he is playing.

Whatever happened to kids not wanting to get up in the morning and the parents having to drag their butts out of bed? Oh, right....not 'til they turn into teenagers, huh?

I don't like this part of parenting. I need more than 6 hours of sleep to function.
cifarelli: (Ember)
I got Corwin to go to sleep in his pack and play over at Bob & Nancy's last night! It only took an hour, about 2/3 of which he spent crying, to do it, but he did actually go to sleep. It was amazing!

I spent the first half hour after I put him in the pack & play sitting in the room with him. Not interacting, but just sitting there so he'd not be alone. He cried and stood up and rolled around for most of this time, calming down on the couple occasions I gave in and put a hand on him, but otherwise no calmness. After a half hour of this I told him that since my presence wasn't helping him calm down, I was going to go in the other room and let him calm down by himself (I know he probably doesn't understand yet, but I tell him anyway). I left. He screamed. After 5 minutes I went in and comforted him and then left again. He cried for another 15-20 minutes and then finally gave up and went to sleep.

He slept for a half hour and then started screaming again. I went in and found him standing; laid him back down and comforted him and he fell right back asleep. About 15 minutes later, Andrew's Magic game finished up and he was ready to go home. I went in to get Corwin and he was OUT. I had to touch and talk to him to wake him up (normally, when he used to sleep there regularly several months ago, the noise of folks walking around, talking, and using the bathroom by his room would wake him before I got in there to get him).

Andrew says maybe it'll only take him 50 minutes to go to sleep next week. :P
cifarelli: (Ember)
Andrew has the family cold now also, so ended up staying home from work today being sick with the rest of us. That said, I'm actually feeling reasonably decent -- pretty much functional, except for frequent stopping to blow my nose. :P I can only hope this lasts (or improves!).

For no good reason I can explain, I feel compelled to record what I got done today:

-slept in (with interruptions) 'til 11:30 while my hubby wrangled the baby
-went to Target and bought two humidifiers (one for Corwin's room; one for our room) and some Robitussin (guaifenesin 100mg) for Corwin to try (haven't given it to him yet; probably tomorrow).
-set up both humidifiers; so far Corwin does seem to be sleeping better with that.
-vacuumed the living room rug, breakfast room, and kitchen
-mopped the kitchen
-two loads of laundry
-unloaded/reloaded/am now running dishwasher
-made oatmeal for Corwin

And now I am off to bed, since if Andrew is going to work tomorrow, I'll likely have to be up at 6:30, if not earlier.
cifarelli: (Ember)
We headed to Austin on Saturday afternoon, arriving in time for dinner with my family Saturday night. After getting Corwin to bed, Andrew and I ran off to the Gregorys' house for some socialization and game playing. We got home around 11:30 to find Corwin awake and drinking a bottle in my mom's lap. We all got to bed by shortly after midnight, and I was up again with Corwin at 2. He didn't sleep terribly well, as I heard noise from him after 3 and after 4 as well, but at least those times didn't require getting up.

Sunday, we all noticed that Corwin had a runny nose when he woke up. Since he otherwise seemed fine, we went ahead and took him to church that morning. After church and lunch, he actually took a nap! It wasn't even a struggle to get him to go to sleep -- surprised the heck out of me.

When he woke up from his nap, we headed out to Zilker Park to meet up with some of our other friends with kids. There's not a lot for Corwin to do there since he's not walking yet, but we were looking forward to being outside and spending time with friends we don't see very often. Corwin did spend some time in the kiddie swing, and he got to ride on the Zilker Zephyr (the park train) thanks to the generosity of the Haunspergers. He wasn't that enthused by the swing -- he swung for a little while, never looked thrilled, and decided he wanted mommy pretty quickly. He LOVED the train, though, if I can judge by the amount of smiling, babbling, and armwaving that went on while we were riding. I'm glad we took him for that alone.

Pictures from the park are here )

From there we headed to the Haunspergers' house, where we had Mangia Pizza for dinner. Yum! After dinner, I took Corwin home to put him to bed, and Andrew stayed and played a game of Talisman with folks. Once I got Corwin home, it became very clear that he was in fact getting sick. He was a BEAR to get to sleep for the night, and once I did so his breathing was "snifflesnifflesniffle." When I went and stood outside the door after he'd been asleep for about 15 minutes, he was mouthbreathing. I headed back over to the Haunspergers' to pick up Andrew, leaving my parents with strict instructions to call if anything came up that they couldn't handle. I ended up over there for a couple of hours waiting for Andrew's game to finish (it never did; they ended up calling it when I and [ profile] liz_gregory were both ready to go home and went to retrieve our husbands).

On Monday, Corwin was pretty miserable, so we ended up skipping the New Year's festivities and staying in with him at my parents' house, as detailed in my previous post.

Tuesday morning, I had a sore throat from drainage when I woke up. I stayed in bed for a good while while Andrew and my parents wrangled Corwin. Tuesday afternoon, we packed up our stuff and headed back here to Houston. Corwin conked out in the car almost immediately (having refused all naps offered prior to that), but he only slept for 45 minutes or so before being awake the rest of the trip. But he was at least pretty happy, so the drive wasn't a miserable one.

Today, I am definitely sick. Congestion is crazy ick. And I can't really take a decongestant because pseudoephedrine is potentially bad for my milk supply (which I can't afford) and the phenylephrine substitute doesn't work. So I feel bleh. Corwin is still congested also. We called his doctor's office, but they said unless he runs a fever or starts acting like either of his ears is bothering him, he doesn't need to go in. Fortunately, Andrew had planned to take today off work, so he's home to take care of us. But he's supposed to go back to work tomorrow; we'll see if that happens.
cifarelli: (Ember)
I'm not handling being home with my son very well today.  I think it's partly due to still being grumpy at him from last night when he refused to go to sleep in his pack and play at Bob & Nancy's after I spent over an hour trying to get him to do so. He'd be quiet and somewhat still if I was in there with my hand on him, but it hurt my back to bend over to keep a hand on him for very long.  My presence in the room wasn't good enough, though...he had to be being touched.  So we came home and put him to bed here. It was around 9:00 when I got him to bed. And he went right to sleep, without fighting it at all.

Anyone have any ideas on why he sleeps fine at home, but refuses to sleep anywhere else until he is just so tired that he CAN'T stay awake any longer?

Another thing I'd like to know is why he wakes up at 6:30 in the morning like clockwork regardless of what time he went to bed the night before (7:30 or 11:00, he still wakes up at 6:30 or very close to it).  I tried getting him to snuggle with me in our bed this morning, and he wanted nothing to do with it. If he wasn't either standing or nursing, he was crying.

Okie, got him down for a nap now, so I'm gonna go take a nap also and see if I can't be less grumpy when we wake up.  I've been yelling at Corwin this morning because he's so fussy, and I'm sure he's fussier because I've been yelling at him.  It's a wonderful self-perpetuating cycle.
cifarelli: (Christmas Corwin)
This weekend was our annual trip to Austin for Christmas with my family. This year, my cousin Edward and his gf Marcia (who live in Seattle) were visiting my aunt and uncle in Seguin, so they hosted an extended family Christmas at their house as well. Since it wasn't on Christmas Day, we actually got to go this year (we are always in Houston with Andrew's family on Christmas Day).

Merry Christmas!

A few more pictures are here )

We got more presents at my parents' house later that evening. Corwin got a couple of 18-month size outfits, a three-headed dragon puppet, two Fisher Price carts with animals in them, a rocking ring stacker, and several cds that I requested that I remember loving as a child -- some Joe Scruggs and Leroy Anderson (composer of "Sleigh Ride," "The Typewriter," and "The Syncopated Clock," among others). Oh, and a very cute Baby's First Christmas ornament.

The biggest downside of the trip is that Corwin doesn't sleep well when he's not at home in his own bed. He actually slept great at night this trip, in spite of getting to bed late both nights. Friday we got to Austin about 10:15, and didn't him to sleep 'til almost 11:00. He slept straight through 'til 6:45 or so, but that's normal wake-up time for him and he refused to sleep any more after that, in spite of being about 3 hours short on sleep. And then he REFUSED to take a nap at all, all day. He dozed for about a half hour in the car on the way to Seguin, and that was it for napping on Saturday. We tried to get him to nap in his pack and play at my aunt and uncle's house, but it wasn't happening. Then we had to keep him up once we got back to my parents' house to participate in the second round of gift exchange. We thought about putting it off 'til this morning, but my sister had to work today so last night it was. He got to bed just after 8:00 last night, and was so exhausted that his protests were feeble and he fell asleep right away. He woke up once around 10:00, and then slept through 'til 6:30. And once again refused to nap, in spite of being obviously still exhausted. I FINALLY got him to sleep again around 11:30 when he just conked out while nursing, and he did take a 2 hour nap. But oh did we have to fight for it. I'm somewhat dreading the return trip this coming weekend for New Year's. The kid has got to learn to sleep elsewhere than his own room. *sigh*
cifarelli: (Ember)
Head is better today. I had the headache still when I woke up this morning, but it went away on its own a couple hours after I got up.

Tomorrow I get us ready to head to Austin for family Christmas stuffs. We'll head that direction after Andrew gets off work in the evening.

I might bake oatmeal chocolate chip cookies during one of Corwin's naps. We'll see how motivated I am and how much other stuff I need to do to get us ready to go.

We're taking double layered pajamas for Corwin (his fleece sleepers plus short-sleeved onesies to go underneath) and the space heater, so hopefully he won't sleep badly there due to being cold. I may take a long-sleeved onesie also just in case, though I suspect that would be overkill.


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