I miss writing! LOL I've been posting quick blurbs because time has been short and life has been busy. Things are good tho, which is always helpful :)
After Emma's 1am stint the other day I was reminded by a friend of the miracle of melatonin. If you're not familiar with it, it's the natural substance your brain creates to tell your body that you're tired. Well, as you can imagine, it works wonderfully for getting a little girl that WON'T go to sleep to have her body say "you should be tired now" and off she goes. It's not a drug that actually knocks a kid out like using Benadryl and a few other 'things' that people also suggested to me... no, this is a healthy and natural way to induce sleep. I bought some capsuls a while back for Mike and I to take to Ukraine and have for ourselves and eventually the kids too. Although it doesn't work well on ME (go figure, I'm a freak of nature), it does aparently work for the kids :) This is a relief. If anyone has night owls, this might be something to keep on hand just for those days where the kids "can't" fall asleep and need a little help getting started. Also, it does not KEEP a kid asleep, so it has no drowsy effects after. Yes, God's gift to man (or should I say Mom?).
Last night our littlest girl turned BIG! She slept all night in the toddler bed!! We tried a few nights previous and she had a very hard time going to sleep (hadn't been reminded about melatonin yet!) and then kept falling out. Of course it's not a far fall and there's a pillow on the floor next to it, but I ended up putting her back in the crib to wait a few days. Well, Daddy did bedtime yesterday and she went to sleep really nicely! I did hear her twice during the night and got up to put her back in bed (she was asleep on the floor), but I hope she will get used to the bed and not end up out of it too much soon. For now we're keeping the crib up too, especially for nap times since that's a harder time of day to get the transition.
Here's when Brianna first saw her toddler bed (I set it up while she was asleep, so the bed-head hair is all natural :) )
The girls' room is not a big room- it's average size, about 11'x11'. It now has 2 cribs, a toddler bed, a twin bed, two dressers (one's in the closet), and a dollhouse. WoW! LOL No, there's not much walking space :) A few pic's? Of course :) This is what the room looks like. Complete with a messy twin bed (but check out the beautiful pink afghan that's on there- Grandmommy Pocock made that for Emma, isn't it pretty??).
Here's some video (finally- One True Media's working again!) of Micah sitting up :)
He's doing so much better already! He goes up and down all day long and is sitting without using his hands for short periods too!