One Couple's Stumblings Through Parenthood and Marriage

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

A Whole New World

Don't worry. This isn't another post involving "The Little Mermaid." No, this has to do with two new, high-impact changes we made last night involving our three daughters.

1) Operation: Teddy Down-size. Teddy bears are a double-edged sword. On the positive side, children love them, and they help get the kids to sleep. On the negative side, the kids have a hard time sleeping without them. Since our twins don't sleep with a night light, if they loose track of one of their teddy bears and then wake up and can't find them, the resulting crying and calls for "KITTY!" make for broken sleep for mom and dad. Therefore, Annie decided yesterday that our girls would get one item each to sleep with, not two, or three, or more. Kate gets horsey Genna gets baby. That is it. Both are easy to find, and keeping track of one 'teddy bear' is far easier than several. Result: we only had one call out for Kitty from Genna during the night. Very nice.

2) Operation: Child Consolidation. Last night we put all three girls down in the same room, at the same time. Julia, despite being six months old, now shares a bedroom with her twin sisters. We were very nervous and thought it was certain that the twins' playing and singing in their cribs would keep Julia awake. We put them all down at 7:30, and told the twins to keep quiet so Julia could sleep. But they were very excited to have her in the room with them. As soon as we closed the doors, Kate & Genna began singing "Julia" by the Beatles. Very cute, but potentially disastrous. Much to our surprise and joy, Julia slept through everything: their singing, laughing, playing, and crying. All three slept in til 7:30 the next morning!

I am so impressed by my girls right now. They are pretty much the best daughters ever. For now.


Anonymous said...

You have the most beautiful girls on the planet.

love, Mom

Raging Wombat said...

I agree. Just don't let my sisters hear that. :)