Saturday, February 21, 2009

New Book: The No Cry Nap Solution

Elizabeth Pantley, the author of the very successful (and sanity-saving), No Cry Sleep Solution, has recently published another book in the series. Here is some more information from the website:

Elizabeth Pantley's books for parents are as close to a user’s manual as there is. The “No-Cry” books offer remarkably clear and practical advice. This latest book in the series addresses an issue we have all faced and many struggled with: helping our children to nap.

"Easy naptime solutions that really work--without any tears."
Kathy Lynn, President, Parenting Today

"Naps: Children need them. Parents want them. Here are the tools to make them happen."
Maureen A. Doolan Boyle, Executive Director, MOST (Mothers of Supertwins), Inc.

Does your child:
  • nap only in your arms, a sling, a swing, or the car?
  • require elaborate rituals before sleeping?
  • get fussy, act cranky, or have tantrums due to lack of sleep?
  • take very short naps--or none at all?
Naps are important to a child's mood, well-being, and development. The No-Cry Nap Solution offers you a proven formula to allow your baby, toddler, or preschooler to get daily restorative rest. You'll learn gentle, loving, tear-free techniques, developed by world-renowned parenting expert Elizabeth Pantley and tested by hundreds of families around the world, guaranteed to help you:
  • Convince any child to nap every day
  • Effortlessly settle your child for naptime in his or her own bed
  • Turn short, fitful naps into long, peaceful ones
  • Establish a nap schedule that works for you and your child
  • Easily adapt nap routines to your child's developing needs
  • Confidently deal with sudden changes, nap strikes, and travel
Here is a link to the book on Amazon.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

My Valentine's Date

It is 8:30pm.
The boxes are unpacked.
The husband and the babe are sleeping.
A chocolate cake has just been iced.
The cat and I are headed to the comfy chair for a Valentines Date with my knitting needles.

Am I in heaven?

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

To The Love of My Life


The remainder of the week will prove to be filled with moving boxes, things we haven't seen in a few years, rushed lunches and dinners, hurried evenings of activities and a few "drive by kisses"...but I wanted to let you know what an important part of my life you are.

There isn't a day that goes by that I don't fall in love with you all over again. I could have never imagined such a deep spiritual connection I would share with you. You are so much more than the "man of my dreams." Our love and our life have far surpassed the dreams of a young, innocent girl.

Whatever life brings we can handle it together. With a foundation of love, trust and understanding and the commitment to spend the rest of our lives laughing together we can overcome the challenges of this crazy life.

I reject the idea of having one day a year to profess one's love for their partner, and prefer to tell you in words and show you in actions everyday of the year. I guess pregnancy is making me all mushy on the inside and I feel a duty to exclaim that I love you so much it makes my heart hurt and that I'd marry you all over again and again and again....

Love Serenade
The Waifs
When the night-time comes you can hear
My heart calling
Calling out to you my one true love
Thinking about you all of the while
Thinking about you its making me smile
Honey Im sitting on top of the world just
Thinking about you

In the morning light that's when I'm feeling right
Another day come, another day go, another day closer till I make you my own
Honey Im siting on top of the world
Just thinking about you

I wouldn't say it if it wasnt true
Honey I'm in love with you
I'm going to show you what I can do

Come over here you've gotta be told,
My love for you is out of control
Honey I am sitting on top of the world,
Just thinking about you girl
Im going to show you how much I care,
Marry you and take you away some where
Sit back in a rocking chair and rock all day with you my dear

Cause I love you, I love you I love you I love you

Your adoring wife,

ps. I love the shit out of you :)

Monday, February 9, 2009

Just Roll With It Baby

When life is too much, roll with it, baby
Don't stop and lose your touch, oh no, baby
Hard times knocking on your door, I'll tell them you ain't there no more
Get on through it, roll with it, baby
Luck'll come and then slip away, you've gotta move, bring it back to stay

You just roll with it, baby, come on and just roll with it, baby
You and me, roll with it, baby, hang on and just roll with it, baby

Roll with It
by Steve Winwood

Sophia and I packed for the weekend and met The Dadder at the new house in Carlisle. Geo was drilling this weekend but the girls made the best of their time. We unpacked and moved into several rooms of the house. After the boxes were cleared and the energy began to settle I was reassured that we could actually survive this move.

There are a lot of things about our new space that I love. The one-floor design is at the top of the list. Although we spend most of our time on the first floor of our current home, it seems like a huge relief to only have to clean one floor, and to have everything right there. No hidden spaces.... no stairs for kiddos to climb.

The second thing is the amount of light that pours in the house. Because I married Captain SafetyMan, all the shades are drawn (so the theives can't see that there is no furniture in the house, of course!) and I didn't realize, until this weekend, just how much light pours in the windows. It will be a nice break from our beautiful but very, very dark living room.

There is also some really nice hardware throughout the house. I love to decorate and redecorate but hardware has always been a tough one for me. If I could bring all the samples into my house and then choose I think I'd be alright...but having to picture your house in your head and then pick from a huge wall of hardware is a hard one for me.

There may not have been any furniture to sit on (which means that I complained of physical, third-trimester ailments) but Soph and I had a blast finding ways to entertain each other. Well, mostly I chased her around while she entertained me. It amazes me how a broom and dust pan can hold the attention of a toddler. Amazing.

So...we're just rolling with it, baby. Nothing we can do...just rolling with it...I promise we'll make it through.