|The sweet friendship between siblings|
|32 months old!|
We chose to spend the time focusing on two areas of need: 1) the lengthy to do list that has been building since our move(s) and 2) neglected training with the children. We still needed to get our licenses and vehicle registrations switched over to Texas (*sniff* offical "goodbye" to PA). Fortunately we had the time available because it took us multiple trips and a couple of days to complete the process. We also had some home projects that were needing to be completed.
The second area of focus was in regard to a few areas of training with the children that had been neglected. Our main objective was to begin working on improving independent sleep. To ease the adjustments to different locations, we had been allowing each of the children to become dependent on our presence to fall asleep or fall back asleep. While I'm glad we could provide the comfort they needed, we had reached a point in which it was becoming increasingly difficult for me to settle them both to sleep by myself when David was away for work. The children were also not attaining the full amount of rest they needed without the ability to cope with sleeping alone. (We believe that to teach them independence is to teach them how to cope well in life). So, we spent a week diligently progressing through a method for each of the children. It was tough at first, but by the end of the week the difference was remarkable. They were sleeping so much better and rising in more agreeable dispositions (and Mama has been getting just a little moment in the day to rest as well which has allowed me to be more personally refreshed and better able to manage the remainder of our day).
|15 months old!|
|It's a boy! |
His name will be Huxley Nathaniel R.
Our "tiny tot school" and "tot school" activities have very slowly crept along. I've discovered that two elements of child training are essential before success with planned activities. First, sleep training allows each of them to maximize rest and be fully alert and cooperative in the day's activities. We have just not been able to incorporate an activity many days due to poor attitudes and/or behaviors resulting from a lack of adequate rest. While we've made great strides with teaching Annelise to sleep independently, Tennyson continues to have difficulty falling asleep without someone remaining in the room with him. He consequently falls asleep entirely too late and wakes less rested than he needs. Second, independent playtime or roomtime training allows each of them to receive individualized and focused attention. They need to feel as though they have a moment in which they are not having to compete for attention. So, while one receives attention, the other one quietly plays alone in his/her bedroom. We have never been strong in the area of independent play. Both of the children prefer to have someone else with them (though they are not always able to maintain a peaceful relationship). It's something that I had always intended to instill in them, but never did. They need this time to themselves and this time for individualized attention from myself. I believe it will not only help us now, but also when Huxley arrives. I've created a plan for the next few months to begin working with each of them on independent play/roomtime each afternoon when David gets home from work (so that I can focus on one child and he can care for the other one). We are also continuing to work with both children, but namely Tennyson currently, on independent sleep. Hopefully, by next month we'll see some progress and can incorporate more fun activities in our days!
New Books We're Enjoying This Month:
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