Wednesday, March 13, 2013

We've Been Busy

Adjusting to our life in Utah has taken some time, but we are incredibly happy here in Springville. As you can see, my blog posts have become less frequent. When I was pumping and nursing 5-6 times a day, I had several opportunities to blog. Once I stopped pumping in January (I still can't believe I made it 14 months), my posts dramatically decreased. There just isn't much time! These days, I spend my days chasing two 15 month old boys and trying to entertain a three-year-old girl. By 8 o'clock, I am so exhausted that I just want to sit and read or watch mindless television. I am trying to remember that I really love blogging and that my children will enjoy reading all about our lives one day. I hope that motivates me to do better about keeping this family journal of sorts.

Currently, Eliza is crying in her bedroom. We are trying our best to get her back on a normal sleep schedule, but it has been difficult. After we first moved, we let her stay up past her normal bedtime of 7:30/8:00 because things were unsettled, the environment was different, and she really didn't seem too tired. However, the bedtime of 8:30-9:00 PM has slowly crept up to 10:00-10:30. Obviously, that isn't an acceptable bedtime for a three-year-old. With daylight savings, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to reset her internal clock. Not so. Not so.

Last night, she went to bed at 7:30 and cried in her room until after midnight. Of course, Nathan and I went in and talked to her countless times, but she just didn't want to go to sleep. She expects to go to bed when Nathan and I go to bed, which just isn't going to happen. Ezra and Elliott are perfect sleepers, and although I realize Eliza doesn't have to be perfect about sleeping 12-13 hours a night, I would appreciate having a couple hours of alone time before going to bed each night. I think every parents deserves a few quiet hours to relax and recoup their energy after a hard day's work.

Because Eliza went to sleep even later than usual, she was terribly grumpy today. I know she needs an earlier bedtime (she really becomes deliriously crazy if she is up past 8), so that makes listening to her scream and cry a little easier. Being a parent is a hard job, but I really know I am lucky that Ezra and Elliott go to bed with no complaints and wake up happy each morning. Eliza used to be the same way, and I am confident she will find her natural sleep rhythm again.

In the meantime, I'm praying her admirable amounts of determination soon diminish. She definitely doesn't give up!


  1. Blogging has to take a back seat to family time. While you've been missed, it's totally understandable.

    Unrelated note: KJ will start food in a month or so and I fully intend on looking up the ingredients you posted a while back (sweet potatoes, carrots, etc...) :)

    Happy Thursday!

  2. I feel ya on the blogging. I've obviously been slacking real bad. Anna is almost 13 months and I still need to post about her 12 months business. I'm glad things are going so well for you in Springville and Utah in general. We can't wait to join you! I hope Eliza's sleep gets back to normal soon. That can really wear you down. Tell her we love her and she needs to get her rest so she can recharge her batteries. (I may or may not be overhearing "Doc McStuffins" on Disney Junior at this very moment, talking about this very thing.) That way when we get there we can do all sorts of playing and she will have the energy for it. I'm wiped out just thinking of all the fun we'll have.


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