Tuesday, July 03, 2007

She's Sleeping!

First off, I just need to say, weightwatchers.com SUCKS! Don't they know they have a bunch of fat ladies waiting to get on there to post their points, or find out points values? And when they go down for DAYS at a time, us fat ladies get really frustrated?!

Anyway, Stella is asleep right now. That's right, ASLEEP! And she is not in her carseat, she is in her crib. Yesterday was BAAAAD. When Tim got home, an hour and a half early I might add because I had a meeting, I told him that if she didn't start taking a nap, I was going to have to go back to work because being a mom was not fun anymore. In fact, it was torture. Well this morning I woke up and decided I was going to be positive. I was going to be little Miss Optimist. And that I was going to start scheduling Stella's days down to the second. I need to scour kid's calendars and find LOTS of activities for us to do. And I am going to tell Stella what we are doing now and what activity we will be doing next. And I'm going to do it a lot, so she knows what to expect. Also, I am going to ignore her temper tantrums no matter how much she cries until she stops. So far, both techniques are working.

This morning, she had breakfast at 8:30, then we got ready to go on a walk but then it started pouring. So instead I ate breakfast while she alternated between playing and tagging on my pant leg. But I just ignored her and finished my breakfast. Then we played for a few minutes, then I took a shower. When she cried from her exersaucer, I sang songs, and when that failed to entertain her anymore, I ignored her. We made it through everything without any major meltdowns. Then we went to the park because it stopped raining and stayed for about half an hour until it started pouring again. Then back home for a little playtime, then lunch, then more quiet play, then reading, then a nap. And she is sleeping, so something must have worked. Yes! It feels silly to constantly be saying, "we're going to do x for five more minutes and then we're going to do y" but Stella seems to respond to it, and that's all that matters at this point. You may say I don't want to jinx things by getting too excited, but you see, I am being little Miss Optimist, so this is the way things are going to be from now on! Of course, Daddy being home tomorrow may put a little monkey in the wrench, but we'll just make him stick to our new schedule too!

Stella had her 15 month check up yesterday, and she did great, even up to the needle pokes for her vaccines. The nurse was really good, too, she did it so fast I couldn't even believe she was done. I don't even think Stella cried, she just winced. She is 24 pounds, 9.6 oz, 31 inches long, with her head circumference at 46 cm. Her height and weight are both 75th-90th percentile and her head is still at 50th. Her growth curve looks like something out of a textbook. Doc said we were doing a good job on everything, which makes you feel good, especially when your child is having a no-sleeping, temper-tantrum phase. She said we were handling the temper-tantrums correctly. She said Stella's front tooth was curved inward and that was caused by her pacifier, so we needed to get her to give that up. I think that's total hogwash, since everything I have read says that pacifier use doesn't affect their teeth. BUT, it does mean we probably should get rid of the pacifier before her 18 month appt so we won't have to lie to the doctor. I shudder to think...
The other funny thing about Stella finally taking a nap is that I don't know what to do with myself! I have so much stuff I want to get done! Probably I'll just surf blogs and do this post, but really, that's fine. I also did Quicken and cleaned the kitchen so I have been responsible already:)


Kelli in the Mirror said...

I think Gilly was 19 months when we got rid of the binky. It wasn't as bad as I had feared. We started by only letting her have it in bed, and did that for quite awhile, and then went cold turkey.

Jooley Ann said...

What a great picture! Love it. And I'm glad to hear Stella is napping. I hope she keeps it up!!