Thursday, May 01, 2008

Today was awesome!

Today was awesome!

Rachel went to bed last night at 7:30 and stayed asleep all night long. She's teething still, so that means that neither of us has gotten a full night's rest for a few weeks. She didn't wake up until around 8 AM (which was nice because Josie slept over* and we stayed up too late) and was as happy as could be.

She used her potty and let me diaper her without complaint...all day long. Usually she screams and squirms, but today she just stayed still and practiced her [d], [t], [g] and even [dʒ] (as in Jacob and Josie). Her top left front tooth has broken all the way through her gums and so she's been doing quite a bit of experimenting lately. She happily babbles her way through whatever she's doing. She even takes breaks while she eats to get out a few good /Phhhlllllhhh/ sounds (which can be very annoying).

Her nap time was glorious. She only had one nap, but it was a good nap! She was so tired but wouldn't fall asleep; she would nurse and start to drift off but would remember that Auntie Josie was over, so she'd search around wildly for her and, upon spying her, would calm down and start to fall asleep again. I reassured her that Auntie Josie would still be here when she woke up but only if she fell asleep soon.

I put her down at 11:30 and after she complained for a few minutes she fell asleep and slept and slept and slept! I was afraid she wasn't ever going to wake up, but just before 1:00 she woke up and called out for us to get her.

She slept for a full hour and a half! You realize that is more nap today than she had on Monday and Tuesday combined. On Tuesday she had 2 twenty minute naps and Monday was just a hard day--so hard that I just about went in for a hysterectomy (kidding).

We went on a walk in the afternoon, which made Rachel very happy. It was so cold outside though that she didn't put up a stink when we came back inside.

Josie was incredibly helpful. I was able to finish a load of laundry, run the dishwasher, sweep the floor, and tidy up the house without having Rachel following me around crying. Rachel enjoyed playing with Auntie Josie and Mommy so much! We played tea party, we threw balls, we danced, we had a blast! And I was able to sneak in a short nap for myself while Rachel was being a marathon napper.

Andrew came home and made dinner and, get this, he cleaned up and did the dishes afterwords, too!

Our home teachers came over and brought their little boy, Sawyer, and he and Rachel had a great time. They shared, they played, they stroked each others hair. There were a few tears from accidental eye pokes, and a few stepped-on toes, but overall they had a great time.

Today was so great that I'm glad I didn't go in for that emergency hysterectomy. That isn't to say that we're ready for child #2 yet, not at all; it just means that today I feel like I could handle more than one child. It was a wonderful day.

And to end the day Rachel went to bed right around 7:00--completely zonked out on us. Here's hoping she sleeps through the night again and we have a repeat of today tomorrow.

*Josie was "excused" from school today because it was career day. She got assigned auto mechanic as her career to study. I'm sorry, but that's lame. Perhaps for another child it would be interesting but for Josie? No way. So instead she got to shadow a full-time mother.


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  2. *laughs* I love that anonymous comment. I'm glad it was such a good day for everyone! We had a similar day, only Katryn slept until 1:30am, then 6:30am. Not too bad I thought.

    Good for josie on skipping class, I would have done the same thing, and I bet my parents would do the same for my little sister.

  3. Don't you just love those annonymous comments that push their own oppinion?
    I'm glad that you had such a great day and hope that you have another good day today.
    if you didn't watch the video, it was all negative and not really abjective.

  4. We had a good day too... Rachel took 3 hour-long naps, Karen took one (of course they didn't overlap though, that would be too easy...), they went to bed well, it was still a teething day, but not nearly as bad as the day before. Earlier this week I was also thinking emergency hysterectomy... but we're past that now (at least this week!)

    I was thinking when we come we should all get together on Tuesday the 13th so Shaille and Casey will be around too? We should meet at a park or get a room on campus or something since with all the kids there's not much room at most people's houses anymore.

  5. I'm glad you had such a good day! Kelsi is a non-napper for the most part too and some days can be so frustrating. ;) Isn't it great when after a few days of hardly any naps they just crash and finally take a good nap.