Sandman, Where Are You?

Pixie at Swirly's fanciful, perfect wedding, Aug 5 2006. Ahhh, life at the Campbell Cottage is always interesting and almost always changing in some way. As Miles grows into a bigger boy each day, new challenges surface and old issues are forgotten. We no longer dread every car ride like we did six months ago. Now we dread naptime when he is so sleepy but can't surrender to the sandman. Which is what is happening today. We have not been the scheduling kind of parents up until now, but we are finding that Miles is underrested and is telling us in ways only a baby can that we need to support him by enforcing new ideas. The last two days of reading his earliest nap cues and ushering him upstairs for a sweet ritual resulted in hour and a half long naps. It was so easy! Trying to get him to bed last night, however, was another story. He protested in every way possible, all the while rubbing his eyes and yawning. Making happy energetic faces one moment, and glazed zombie ones the next. Singing, rocking, nursing, laying down with him, cozying him with his silkie blankie and bunny simply did not welcome rest. Today's nap window is slipping away, and I don't care. My job is to be flexible, his emotional rock, and remain kind and calm. It is tempting to hand him to the neighbor and run screaming down the lane with my hands above my head at times. Instead, we're sharing cheese crackers with Blue Girlie and watching her roll gratefully on her back all over the floor. And telling you all about it.


Blogger OmmmMaggie said...

Ah, the eternal balancing act between flexibility and structure! Sounds like you're handling it beautifully, even when you do want to pull your hair out. Here's to cheese crackers and a roly-poly pup!

8/09/2006 05:28:00 PM  
Blogger Julie said...

You look gorgeous my dear! I babysat for one of the Portland babies last week and I must say that I totally failed to get him to go to sleep at bedtime. Happily, his mommy is flexible too and she wasn't terribly suprised to see us up reading stories when she got home.

8/09/2006 07:50:00 PM  
Blogger Colorsonmymind said...

Oh I know that running feeling sweetness.
Hope the sandman visits regularly.

You are such a great mama.

8/09/2006 09:33:00 PM  
Blogger Wendy said...

Hang in there, Mama! (Satch loves those crackers) Hey...Swirly got married?!?!?!
Where have I been?!?! If this is the one and only Swirly, I must head over to her domain and extend my congrats.

8/10/2006 03:47:00 AM  
Blogger Bohemian Girl said...

gorgeous you.

8/10/2006 09:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Jen said...

You're an inspiration to watch. I'm so glad you have this blog, otherwise I'd miss out.

By the way, great pic and thanks for sharing the snacks!

8/10/2006 12:38:00 PM  
Anonymous gangie said...

oh m'dear--you look mahvelous! don't give up on mr. sandman--he will bring sugar booger regular nite-nites and dreams soon, and you and B too.

8/10/2006 08:31:00 PM  
Blogger liz elayne said...

oh look at you, gorgeous you.
i have to admit that i think i need a schedule too...hmmm...i should learn something from this...

8/10/2006 11:46:00 PM  
Blogger julie said...

you look absoulutly stunning in that photo.
sweet dreams to the baby.

8/11/2006 07:37:00 AM  
Blogger Tongue in Cheek Antiques said...

Oh I tripped back into your blog and was caught up with beautiful you and baby doll! Happy to see all is well with you and that life is ever as good!

8/11/2006 08:31:00 AM  
Blogger The Whole Self said...

oooh, i'm feeling you on the miles stuff-
pummie is totally backtracking in nighttime sleeping progress-- he's up every hour-two hours to nurse now. i'm a walking zombie! soon to be a walking massaging zombie. :)

you look absolutely glowingly gorgeousmama in this photo!

8/11/2006 10:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a beautiful picture of you! And yes...naps and sleep issues in general are the one black cloud over the veritable sunshine of my days with the Madam. It's always something...teeth, change in weather, daylight, clouds, whatever. It's frustrating, but like you, I'm working on staying flexible. Sometimes I even succeed.

Isn't it exciting to see them changing EVERY SINGLE DAY, though? :)

8/11/2006 02:18:00 PM  
Blogger Teri said...

that dress is the bee's knees...

8/16/2006 09:36:00 PM  
Anonymous herwttgr said...

What a great picture. It appears as if the rose is reaching out to kiss your cheek. I don't blame it - you are a very beautiful woman! Combined with the intelligence revealed in your writing, that smile and the sparkle in your eyes, one can only assume your significant other worships the ground you walk on. Any man worth his weight in salt would sleigh dragons for you!

9/06/2006 12:24:00 PM  

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