Friday, November 29, 2013

Things get difficult, things get easier

Things get difficult...After our fourth difficult night in a row, I woke up reliving exhaustion of the newborn twins days. When Jenn's alarm went off at the usual 5:30am for her daily workout at the gym (I know, impressive!), Teagan was already in our bed. She had been up around 1am as well. The previous night was the Quinn Show -- up every 1.5-2 hours like a newborn. I can't even remember the details of the two nights before that. They are congested, which is likely the cause of the wake ups. We've done it all, from elevating their beds to the humidifier to my homemade eucalyptus rub for their chests and feet. This too shall pass.

Despite our crankiness and exhaustion, I knew we had to get out. The morning would go quicker if we were kept busy. A little sunshine and fresh air never hurt anyone. So, we bundled up and walked through a very cold and quiet Riverdale Farm and actually had a fantastic time.

The animals were ultra-friendly today. We sang songs to a sheep while he happily let us pet him. Three little pigs (haha) actually took a break from their meal to check us out.

Look at that face!
Fighting over who gets to sniff Q's hand first
We then popped into the Brickworks, an environmental/sustainability centre that is the host of one of the most fantastic farmer's markets. They have a great cafe that serves local and organic foods, so the girls and I grabbed some soup.

Things get easier…When we walked into the cafe, I went up to the counter to order. It took me all of 30 seconds. When I turned around, the girls were sitting quietly on two chairs right behind me. Wow, you guys are being so good! I said impulsively.  A few months ago, I would have been holding one kid in my arms, while trying to put the other in a leg lock, otherwise they would terrorize the place. I got them a "treat" of a Kiju mini juice box and told them to go and grab a table. They did! We sat together eating soup and drinking juice (coffee for me) for at least 10 minutes. I had just read this post by K J and the Kids. With a daughter and two sets of twin boys, she talked about how things are finally tame enough to go out to a restaurant with the whole family. Her kids are much older than my girls and I am by no means at this stage yet, but I felt like today was a snip it of some things getting easier. Despite an exhausting night, the three of us managed to have a really nice morning together.

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  1. I just realized the same thing last week while in Orlando at my dads. A few weeks ago, the boys were a total nightmare at the pediatrician a office just for a well visit. Last week they walked through the mall holding each others hands, stood in line with us to order lunch & sat in regular chairs at the table & didn't even attempt to get down or run around. I thought maybe it was just grandpas presence but it has carried over since being back at home. While they still have their moments they seem to be listening & following instructions a lot more :)

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    1. It's definitely a nice realization :)

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  2. I hope the girls are feeling better & you are all resting better soon!

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  3. Glad your morning was better than your night. It's hard to drum up the energy to do things when you're bone tired, but I agree with you that it does help turn things around. Hope everyone is feeling better soon.

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  4. Your recent posts about Q & T's sleeping challenges and the comments and suggestions that follow are helping me SO much. Grace began crawling out of her crib a week ago and has even locked us out of her room! I'm trying all sorts of stuff but her sleeping situation is a mess right now.

    As a thank you for the tips, I'm sending lots of sleepy toddler vibes your way. I'm about to lose my mind so I know how tired you must be...

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    1. We definitely feel your pain. Is Grace in a bed? When Q made the switch, Jenn was parked outside the door for ages. The most effective thing for us has been to quietly put them back to bed without conversation or emotion….again and again again ;)

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  5. Nope. That doesn't get better. Or at least it hasn't with me. :) I swear 1/2 of the week we are woken up by someone with a bad dream or night terror. (sigh) Ok, it's usually 1 of the same 2..(Ryan or Sydney)
    What kills me is when this same kid, Ryan got up at 5:30 am. Now, your wife...that's fine.....she's all working out....but don't wake my ass up and walk around turning all of the lights on in the house which then wakes everyone else up. Everyone else who usually sleeps until 7am. So now I have a house full of either really hyper awake kids or really tired and onry kids. MOST of the time it's a mix of the two. Not a good combination. TRUST ME ! Ok, so this just happened this morning and it's fresh on my tired brain. :)

    I hope everyone starts feeling better in your house. Glad you could have a non tackling, wrestling, carrying, treat getting moment.

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    1. Haha! I'm hoping that they grow out of this! T does a bit of the nightmare thing - she will wake up screaming. Usually she's back to sleep quickly.

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