Friday, January 29, 2010

Don't be fooled...

See this cute little girl? Yes, I see her. She's soooo cute and has a wonderful personality... and then NIGHT comes. Holy CRAP, Claire. She used to be SUCH a great sleeper. She started sleeping through the night at 2 months old. She would fall asleep on her own at 1 year old, and that's only because Levi and I thoroughly enjoyed rocking her to sleep. But NOW. She keeps waking up at night and it's driving me crazy. Last night for a full hour, without any breaks, or breaths it seemed like, she PATIENTLY said over and over again, "Come here, Mooooom." in her sweet little voice. Finally I went in there thinking, "Well there must be something wrong." There was; she had to go pee and she was hungry. She begged for milk, and I said no and she SCREAMED. (she never does that. Ever.) So I asked, "Are you hungry?" and she said, "Yes, I'm really, really hungry." So I got her some milk and she calmed down. I just laid with her for a second and she fell asleep. I snuck out of her room and 10 minutes later she realized I wasn't there and started calling for me again but with a little cry this time. Levi could see my frustration, so even though he had to go to work this morning, he offered to try and help. I knew this wouldn't work. I'm the ONLY person on this Earth she'll fall asleep for. I thought maybe, JUST MAYBE it'll work. NOPE. She SCREAMED her head off and flailed as if he were abusing her. Seriously, frightening screams were coming from this girl. So I went in, picked her up, brought her in my room and she fell asleep in there. (I was really trying to avoid bringing her into my room at all costs, but at this point I had been up for 3 hours.) I found out she's getting another molar in, but I gave her some IBuprofen before she went to bed and by the time she woke up in the middle of the night it shouldn't have worn off yet. I'm thinking maybe she's going through a growth spurt and she really IS just starving in the middle of the night, but why oh why won't she go BACK to sleep after I go in to see what she needs? If anyone has any suggestions, please feel free to share. Even if you're stalking my blog and I don't know you and you have the best advice ever, please share. I guess I could try ignoring her ALL night but what if she really is hungry? I don't want to make her starve, ya know? I've also tried feeding her right before she goes to sleep, no drinks, though. We don't give her anything to drink an hour and a half before she goes to bed. And one night, I'm pretty sure she had a nightmare about someone stealing her clip out of her hair. She said, "No! Don't take my clip out! No!" I just wish I knew how to fix this because I'll be waking up with a newborn in about 6 weeks and I can't have Claire waking up as well, especially since she won't let Levi have anything to do with her in that situation. This is the part where you feel bad for me. And go.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Dance, dance do the dance

Last Wednesday Claire started her first dance class. I thought it was going to be more like gymnastics, where she would flip if the teacher tried to get her to do anything, turns out she loves it. I'm so glad, too, because it's the most fun thing to watch. I'm sure having a boy is awesome and everything, but having a girl is all I know and I LOVE every second of it. Even when she's dramatic (and lately, she's been that a lot) I just think it's hilarious. I always thought I'd want all boys since I'm more on the tomboyish side. I danced when I was really little, just like every little girl, but I ended up being more into sports, blood, and dirt. I thought I'd never know what to do with a girl if I ever had one. Then I was given one of the girliest girls I've ever met. She's definitely brought out the girl in me. I used to HATE the color pink, but it's her favorite and now I've seriously grown to love it. And no matter how hard I try to get her to play basketball with me or play catch, she'll either have nothing to do with it altogether or just amuse me for a minute and then walk away. But I love everything about her, especially her girliness. 

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

A Few Photos of Claire

I haven't done this in a while and I just took Claire out the other day and bribed her to let me take some photos of her. She was so cute but it only lasted 2 minutes haha.