Thursday, May 24, 2012

Vacation #6

Before it all fades from memory. Last weekend we traveled to Atlantic City for a 3 day weekend. It's about a 4 hour drive and Noah was great going and coming home. He slept maybe an hour of each drive and just sorta chilled the rest of the time.

We were hoping he'd enjoy some beach time. That didn't really happen. Dude does not like to walk in the sand. And the last two days the weather wasn't so great for beach going anyway.

What he did really enjoy was sitting on the benches along the boardwalk and people and bird watching. One of his current favorite things to do is climb up on a bench and sit there and climb down. (whatever works for him.) At home he loves to point up to and watch every plane that flies over head - which is a lot because we're in the flight path for Dulles. On the boardwalk, the birds were even cooler than airplanes.

He loved running from one bench to another. He also would see older men sitting on a bench and would go over, climb up on the bench, and "talk" to them. Thankfully they were nice enough to talk with him.

Maybe even better than the boardwalk though - all the decor of the casinos. Our boy is already kinda obsessed with lights and big, gaudy light fixtures in public spaces. Add in all the flash and color and over-the-top aspect of casinos and he was in heaven. Then, there was the wild carpets and design in the tile floors. Heaven for him.

And he certainly didn't sleep any worse in the hotel room/crib.

It was rainy our last morning and we thought it'd be fun to take him to the local aquarium. Nope. It was even more scary than the zoo. All those big fish - and oh my a snake. He had his head buried in Nerdstar's shoulder. The funny part is, there were three 3rd grade classes that showed up shortly after we did. A nice young man gave a talk to one of the classes in front of the big fish tank - and Noah sat on a bench with Nerdstar and listened to all ten minutes of it.

This was our 6th road trip/vacation with him. And while we certainly are mindful of his likes and limits, so far he's a great travel companion.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Inherent Boy Stuff

Until about two weeks ago, Noah could not have cared less about cars - other than to take rides in ours and go somewhere. He was all about throwing around balls. We had a couple of different sized cars in his room, and a couple of matchbook cars. He finally started playing with them. It's interesting to see that inherent boy programming kick in.

He also loves to point out school buses and big trucks when we're driving. I tried to find him a little school bus at wally world yesterday, but no luck. I got him a couple of little construction type trucks instead.

Now if he'd just stop throwing all the cars and balls down the stairs.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

The Problem

I think we know what Noah's problem is every night between 2:30 and 3:30.

When he was a baby (sigh, he's still our baby, he isn't even 2 yet) we would simply put him in his bed, walk out of the room, and he'd go to sleep. Then, sometime after he turned 1 or so, at night he started wanting Nerdstar to sit in there with him a while. Of course, then I had to start sitting with him while he fell asleep for his naps. Now, all of this was fine, until it snow-balled.

It started taking him longer to go to sleep at night. But even then, when he'd wake up in the middle of the night - like we all do - he'd hit his glow worm and go back to sleep.

Until about two weeks ago. Then he decided that when he wakes up in the middle of the night he wants someone sitting there in the room while he goes back to sleep. This can take 30 - 45 minutes. And if you try to leave the room too soon, he cries and it all starts over.

Poor Nerdstar broke out the extra pillow and blankets and just slept in his room from about 4 a.m. on last night.

This is not going to be an easy thing to fix.

We're headed to Atlantic City this weekend, where he will get to have his crib in the same room with us. (The only good thing there is maybe we'll get to sleep!) So, we can't take this weekend and do lots of staying up the second half of the night and letting him scream until he's hoarse.

The following Friday my 11 year old nephew is coming for the four day weekend. The good side might be that Noah is too worn out to wake up, or hell, we'll let my nephew sleep on the floor in there.

So I don't know when this will get resolved.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012


If you've been following along on fb, you know of Noah's complete sleep bullshit - hence, this post.

I am so tired of being tired, sleep deprived, brain dead, overly emotional.

I am tired of all of Noah's books, and the way he just flips through the pages instead of letting us read it.

I am tired of the "ah ah ah" sounds he makes instead of saying words.

I am tired of feeling like an asshole for yelling at him because I'm too tired to deal with anything.

I am tired of not having anyone to reach out to when my brain goes black and I feel like I can't take another minute.

I am tired of not having anything left at anytime to do more for Nerdstar.

I am tired of telling the damn dog to "move" all day every day.

I am tired of feeling like I suck at the one thing I really wanted to be good at.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

He's Still On Meth

We can only assume Noah is in another growth spurt. It's that or he's just evil. The kid won't go to sleep. He just wants to play and play and play. He wakes up around 8 - 8:30 in the morning. He takes maybe a two hour nap starting between 1:30 - 2:30 or 3:00. Then he stays up until 10 or 11.

Now, I know that sounds like he's sleeping. But it's wearing us out. He's a very busy boy.

He's also eating (the same 10 things) every three or four hours. Plus diluted apple juice and 3 or 4 bottles of milk - 4 oz at a time.

Part of what's so bad about his not sleeping is that I've been trying to do a work from home job and have to do 3 hours a day, 7 days a week. It was supposed to last for seven weeks, but it looks like it'll end a week or so from today. It's just impossible to work when the boy is awake. So, now instead of getting some down time or cleaning up a little while he naps, I have to work.

All of this means I'm more tired and grumpy than I'd like to be. This morning I almost told him "I don't want to beat you today, but I will if I have to". What sucks about that is, it's not really him - he's the same happy, busy, into everything boy every day. It's me.

None of this will last forever. It might not even last a year. But I tell you what, this being a SAHM is for much younger women!