Monday, November 30, 2009

Farewell NaBloPoMo 2009

Well, here it is, the end of November and the end of NaBloPoMo. Like always, I'm glad I did it, but I'm also glad it's over.

I've got one house to decorate, another house to clean from top to bottom (that's a post of its own) and I've got three books on my night stand that have a thin layer of dust on them from neglect. Add in a visit to Santa, presents to wrap and cookies that need to be baked, and I've got a busy couple of weeks ahead.

I'll be taking a bit of a blogging break, but I promise to be back soon. :)


  1. Whew! Great job! I know I'm tired. And I'm sad that I wasn't a great commenter on others' blogs during the process. But it was all good.

  2. Good luck getting everything done!! What are the books you're trying to read? I wanted to let you know that we tried your recommendation for the mini meat loaves with the Stove Top in them and they were a huge hit (and soo easy!).

    Thanks and have fun decorating.

    I'm in need of advice about making my baby sleep. I keep thinking how weird it is that he's my third, but I still don't have any idea what I'm doing. For the past week, he's been getting up every 1.5 to 2 hours, which is ridiculous. I tried giving him Tylenol thinking it might be teething, but that didn't help. He seems to be most happy when he's sleeping on his belly on the couch (right next to me) for naps only - I'd freak about putting him to sleep on his belly at night. I am okay with allowing him to cry it out, but 3 months seems a bit early... Any ideas? THANKS!


  3. M - Glad you guys liked the mini meat loaves; we eat those a lot! As for the books, they were "Before Green Gables", "The Eyre Affair" and "The Queen's Bastard". I can't remember the authors' names off the top of my head (I've already turned them in, otherwise I'd go look at them!), but they should be easy to find at your library. I never actually got to "The Eyre Affair", but I couldn't renew it since someone requested it. I plan on reading it soon, though, because I hear it's really good.

    You poor thing and the lack of sleep; those are the toughest days. I don't think it gets any easier to figure out sleep schedules after the first one since each child is so different. If only what worked for the first kid worked for all of them, right?

    Crying it out at three months seems early to me, too. We generally waited until 6-8 months to do it. Could he be going through a little growth spurt and just needs to eat more often? If so, it could be a short-lived thing. Have you thought about getting a little alarm to attach to him while he sleeps on his tummy? I know several people who let their babies sleep on their tummies (since they slept best that way), but used the alarm to alert them if their breathing slowed. Someone else I know slept in a recliner with the baby sleeping on her chest for a few months until she felt comfortable enough to leave the baby on his tummy in the crib.

    We broke down and read Dr. Weissbluth's "Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child" when Liam was about four months old because we just couldn't take it anymore. He had some great ideas, but just be aware that the editing is terrible and you'll want to throw the book against the wall because it seems so poorly written. If you can get past the first third of it (sleep info and generalities) and get into the age appropriate advice, it's a good one.

    Good luck!