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September 19, 2012


This morning I'm more tired than I've been in a long time.  

Tagg followed up a growth spurt with teething and it's giving us all a run for our money.  And he's started his little rebellion with sleeping in and decided to become an early riser.  Like 5:30am early.  Wells did the same thing at his age and returned to normal eventually.  So I know it's coming.  It won't last long.  And it's actually kinda nice to get in the extra time with my sweet boy in a quiet house with a cup of coffee.

I leave him sleepin' as I rise early
Always up before the dawn
The house is dark, but I see clearly
Kettle sings a morning song
The bacon's frying, babies crying
I soak up the sights and sounds

Minutes turn to days and I wish that I could slow it down

We had a truly long night with Wells the other night that resulted in her sleeping in our bed.  Twice.  Something we swore we'd never do and hope to not repeat.  But she needed the comfort and we all needed the quiet.  Once she got relaxed she asked to leave and go back to her bed.  And then we repeated the process again 30 minutes later resulting in all three of us waking up the next morning smooshed together listening to Tagg singing alone in the next room.  I'm not sure if she's having night terrors or just bad dreams.  Or just doesn't feel well and can't get comfortable.  Or has moved into some awful new phase that will hopefully pass soon.  But she's tossing and turning and crying in her sleep all night.  She's not even fully awake each time and doesn't always call for me.  And she has never asked to come sleep with us (that was our idea) for comfort.  As soon as we go in her room to check on her she stops crying and goes right back to sleep.  And then just as we all fall asleep it starts again.  I'm at a loss on how to help our sweet girl.  Thankfully, it's gotten so much better the past several nights and it's only once or twice a night that she calls out.  I finally told her that I was here and I loved her but I was sleeping and she couldn't keep waking me up all night.  Maybe it worked?  Because last night she fell back asleep before I even had a chance to go to her.  So we're already seeing improvement.
It won’t be like this for long
One day soon that little girl is gonna be
All grown up and gone
Yeah, this phase is gonna fly by

So baby just hold on
‘Cause it won't be like this for long

And before I continue my sleep deprived pity party, I want to stop and think about how lucky I am to have such immense blessings in my life.

To have a beautiful and loving daughter here on Earth with us who has nothing wrong with her but some restless sleep.
She has strong lungs and can articulate her emotions.
To have a son who is also here on Earth and growing and developing properly with no delays or set-backs.
I have okay hearing (my friends would laugh and call my bluff if I said it was great) that allows me to hear my children each and every time they cry out.
I have two capable legs that carry me to them as many times as necessary.
I have two arms that grant me access to physically comfort and a voice that can soothe them.
I have a house with central air, free of pests and problems, and well fed children in safe cribs with clean sheets and blankets and lambies that allows me to know there are no external criteria affecting their sleep.

So tell me, what are you battling with today?
What are you thankful for today?



  1. Very sweet post. Your babies are just growing up so fast! I am thankful for coffee today! It is the simple things. PS your hearing is terrible.

  2. I can so relate for the past month Sterling has been waking up 3-4 nights a week screaming saying he had a nightmare. Its different everytime sometimes he tells me there were snakes or crabs in his bed- weird. It got to where he was getting in bed with us 2-3 nights a week which resulted in Matt going to the guest room because our bed aint big enough for 3. Anyways that is why we switched him to his big boy bed, we figured maybe it was time to ditch the crib. He has been much better since that. Now he Only wakes up maybe once a week and I just go in his room and rub his back and tell him its ok and he goes back to sleep. It will get better girl and I feel your pain! And we are blessed.

  3. that darius rucker song gets me every time. so sweet. I hope this passes soon for you but love your gratitude through the storm.

  4. Henry did that last night too! Woke up twice, I asked him if he had a bad dream and he nodded "yes" (but he's usually agreeable to anything I ask him, so who knows) and I rubbed his back and went to bed. One hour later - same thing. I think he is having little night terrors or nightmares. I guess that's why they make french press coffee, huh?

  5. Love your outlook on this! :) Your blog is adorable. :) xx.

  6. I am thankful that my kids are happy in school. I am also thankful that the house is quiet. It really does go by hindsight.

  7. My 'babies' are grown ... but I still stay up on nights ... making certain they get home safely when they are out late and driving. The sleepless nights get fewer and farther between, but enjoy that they are totally in your care now and you can control it. I find myself being up and just praying that they are safe and I cannot close my eyes till they have arrived safely back home! xo

  8. Beautiful. It's a blessed life for sure.

  9. I'm thankful that I'm at a stage in life where I do regular stop-checks like you posted about. Like "this sucks but I know it will pass and I'll miss it."
    I just did one...

    If you like the Darius Rucker song have you heard this one by Trace Adkins..."You're gonna miss this"

    Get your tissues ready...makes me cry every time.

  10. I have never read your blog before, but stumbled on it from another site. I do not know any of your preferences, beliefs, etc., so I know you will feel free to disregard this advice if it unwanted. I have raised three children and now have an empty nest. Let me tell you, the days are long, but the years are very, very short! In any case, my middle daughter went through a terrible episode of waking, crying, and seemed to be riddled with fear. I found a Christian tape with soothing worship songs and began playing it for her in her room until she went back to sleep. Before I would turn on the music, I would pray aloud for her, asking for protection and letting her know that God was there with her. It was the only thing that worked. I hope that you are able to sleep through the night soon. They do grow up ever so quickly. Blessings on your family!

  11. Amelia had the same issue. It was almost like she was sleep walking, without the walking. For some reason it would always calm her if we asked her what she would want for breakfast in the morning. That seemed to shake her out of the odd not awake/not asleep phase and she'd quite down and go right back to sleep. Very odd but you are right - there is so much to be thankful for that I'll take some interrupted sleep. Thanks for the reminder. :)

  12. I could probably write an entire page on this. But, not sure it would be ready to be published quite yet on the world wide web! But, to say that even in trials I am learning we are so blessed. What a gift.

  13. oh sweetie - i hope this too shall pass. what a lovely thing for you to turn that around and just give thanks. and thank YOU for sharing. that was a nice little insight into your life.

  14. Thanks so much for this post. I feel ya on the long nights - we've had a few of them recently here, too. It's been difficult for me to look on the bright side and your post reminded me to do just that.

  15. Not in a "misery loves company" kind of way, but it's so nice to hear kid situations with other momma's. What's even better is hearing your sweet words about your precious babies. I want to go squeeze mine now!

  16. Julia you inspire me. Your ability to see blessing and thankfulness in the midst of a hard time with kids is inspiring. Hang in there momma!

  17. My little Sabrina is doing the same thing. She was up at 2am last night wanting to be picked up. I resisted and just calmed her down by telling her she has to go back to bed and that I love her. It usually works.
    I am thankful that all my 3 kids are healthy!

  18. I'm so sorry for the lack of sleep. I don't know what I am going to do when I am a mother. I can't function if I don't get at least 8 hours. I am battling my oven that woke me up this morning by beeping and hasn't stopped beeping allllll day!!! I am thankful for you and other bloggers for taking my mind off of it for 10 minutes. :) oxox

  19. Oh my gosh I so feel for you right now. Izzy did the same thing for what seemed like FOREVER (it was really only about 4 weeks off and on). I thought it would never end. To this day we still don't know what was going on. You're a good mommy, and all will go back to normal soon :)

  20. Wow, you certainly have your hands full! My husband and I are now talking about babies and we're scared but know that together, we can do it. So nice to hear how your family handles the ups and downs!
    ♡ Lexi @ Glitter, Inc.

  21. The way you express your gratitude in this post is beautiful! Children are certainly the biggest blessings - through the good times and the tough ones. 😊

  22. My eldest had a year of night terrors - don't ask me how we coped, but we did. We saw a specialist etc. but all just suggestions and you have to do what's right for each child. We would comfort, soothe, sit with her, and she would settle after 30-60 mins. She was 3/4 at the time. Their brains are processing so much and although they are smart, articulate and witty at times, their emotions and processing the events of the day, can take their toll on their little brains. She would be fast asleep and talking nonsense. In the morning she would have no recollection. Also with night terrors versus nightmares, nothing you say can help as they are still asleep & they advise not waking them.
    She stopped when we moved house and she started sharing with her little sister. Just like that. Amazing! We'd almost been driven crazy! Good luck! (love your blog!)

  23. I love the last paragraph. So true! Sometimes it's hard to remember, esp in the middle of the night, but your words are a great reminder!

  24. Loved your fresh and honest post.
    Enjoy each day, and it is so ok to put them in your bed to get a night sleep. You can only go so long on empty!!! Then when you have the energy aim to keep them in their own bed. No sleep was a killer, my oldest didn't sleep through the night until she was 4, I am so not kidding.
    But now they are 19 and 16 and with one away at college I so miss not having them home with me.
    Enjoy!!! It does get easier.


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