Whew. I feel like I deserve a medal for making it through January this year. After enjoying the first week in Charlotte, the rest of the month was a mess. There was an ice storm, a government shutdown, and then the medical crap came back. A couple weeks ago I spent 2 hours in the ER after experiencing what I later determined was a scintillating scotoma. I’d never had anything like that before, and therefore had no idea whether it was harmless or whether I was about to have some sort of crazy stroke! So that was pretty stressful. Whew. (It has not happened again, and I have a followup with an eye doctor on Monday just for peace of mind.)
Last Friday I was at the doctor’s office with Charlotte last Friday for an ear infection, and Jose was there with Emma yesterday for a stomach bug…
…but then Jose sent me this photo from Academy yesterday afternoon. So clearly, despite the fever and complaints about her stomach, Emma was feeling JUST FINE.
Adding to the perceived month of never-ending crap is that fact that Charlotte has completely forgotten how to fall asleep on her own. We had a perfectly good routine going before Christmas, but I guess the holidays and the flu and being on vacation totally blew it all out of the water. She is perfectly fine at bedtime until I (or Jose) leave the room, at which point she starts wailing uncontrollably.
If we go back in, we end up sitting there for up to an hour or more while she tosses and turns and generally stays wide awake. If we leave, the sobbing starts again.
So basically, I’m at the point of having to do cry it out with a stubborn 2+ year old and it suuuuucks.
But on to happier things — and there’s even a happier thing in the bedtime department! Since implementing the sticker chart, reduced iPad time, and earlier bedtime, Emma’s bedtime meltdowns have essentially disappeared. So HOORAY for that!
And more fun! We’ve got several fun things on tap for this weekend, starting with swimming lessons tomorrow morning. We stopped lessons at our old place late last summer, not because we weren’t happy there but just because the location became very inconvenient after we moved. (The place was close to our old house, so once we moved so much closer to work/school, making the hike down there for swim lessons amidst weekday 5:30 traffic, and then again to get back home, was a pain.) There’s a new swim school only 5 minutes away, so we’re starting there. Emma is an “X-Treme Beginner” and I’ll be doing Waterbabies with Charlotte.
Tomorrow afternoon, Emma’s school is having their annual Winter Carnival — the one big PTA fundraiser they do every year. We’ve never been, obviously, since this is her first year of “real” school, but from what I’ve heard it’s quite the event! Emma’s been talking about it all week!
And then Sunday is the Super Bowl, and we’re headed to a friend’s house for a party. There’ll be a ton of kids and snacks and company so it should be fun. I’m looking forward to having plenty of activities to keep us busy and out of the house this weekend!