The Myth of Sleeping Through the Night

When my kids were tiny (read: one to three months old) people were always asking if they were sleeping through the night. My standard response was, “No. Are you?” That served two purposes. One, it showed that that is kind of a ridiculous question. I get that people just want to make conversation, but, seriously, pick a different intro question. Two, it made people stop and think, and many people replied something along the lines of, “You know, actually I don’t.”

See, the thing is many people don’t sleep through the night. Some never do. They rouse up and glance at the clock. They get up to get a drink of water. They get up to use the bathroom. Or they just plain wake up and lay there unable to sleep. Whatever. The difference between an adult and a baby is that the adult knows how to either settle back down on their own or not wake up other sleeping people while the baby has not learned that skill quite yet.

To be honest, I don’t know if my kids, at 4, 6, 10, and 12 sleep through the night regularly (and I know at 34 I don’t!). Just last night I heard Fritz get up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom. Ani says she often wakes in the middle of the night. The key is they wake up, do whatever they need to do, and go back to sleep. As far as I’m concerned they are “sleeping through the night” whether they are or they aren’t because, really, what “Are they sleeping through the night?” really means is “Are they causing you to wake up during the night?”

But that leads me to a bigger question. Is a baby (a tiny baby) who causes you to wake up during the night a problem? I just don’t think so (it’s when they are 6 that it becomes a little tiresome). When I had Ani, I knew that odds were she would wake me up many times a night at least at first. It was something that I knew came with having a baby and being a mother. It just didn’t bother me. It took quite a few years of being woken up at night by various children, but now my kids all know how to settle themselves back down without my help most of the time (Adrian isn’t there 100% yet and occasionally Fritz has very scary nightmares that need an awake mommie to be totally okay).

And, of course, now that I can simply reply, “I assume so” to “Are they sleeping through the night?,” no one asks. They just kind of assume that, at this point, they are.

Brave

Almost a month ago the boys, my sister, nephew, mom, and I went to see Brave. We all loved it. It definitely wasn’t what we expected based on the previews, but were very happy with what it turned out to be.

Our local theater recently renovated and put recliners in place of the typical movie theater chairs. They are so comfy.
Brave

We saw it in 3-D. Adrian was very pleased that he put the glasses on all by himself.
Brave

Food Storage Eggs, Sausage, and Cheese

The other morning I decided to open a can of Thrive Sausage Crumbles and make eggs, sausage, and cheese for breakfast.
Food Storage Eggs, Sausage, and Cheese

It was so easy to get the sausage crumbles ready to eat. I just put 2 1/2 cups of the crumbles into 2 cups of hot water, let it sit about 15 minutes, and drained out the extra water. The sausage tasted like it was freshly cooked!
Food Storage Eggs, Sausage, and Cheese

I put a little bit of oil in the pan, heated it up, and added two eggs. I scrambled them until they were almost set up.
Food Storage Eggs, Sausage, and Cheese

Then I added 1/4 cup of sausage crumbles and 1 tablespoon of grated cheddar cheese. I stirred it up and by the time the eggs were finished cooking, the sausage was nice and hot and the cheese was melted.
Food Storage Eggs, Sausage, and Cheese

Verdict: YUM!
Food Storage Eggs, Sausage, and Cheese

We have some OvaEasy Egg Crystals in the basement. They taste just like fresh scrambled eggs when cooked. Shelf Reliance has shredded cheddar cheese (I’ve tried it – it’s excellent – but we don’t have any in our food storage), so this meal could be made 100% from food storage.

Nutrition information for 1 serving (1 tsp oil, 2 eggs, 1/4 cup sausage, 1 Tbsp cheddar cheese): 340 calories, 29 grams fat, 0.5 grams carbohydrates, 0 grams fiber, 19.5 grams protein (this equals 9 Weight Watchers Points Plus)

Angry Birds Birthday Party

Today is Fritz’s 6th birthday. About 3 weeks ago Adrian turned 4. In between, we celebrated their birthdays with an Angry Birds birthday party.

We decorated the dining room with two bird mylar balloons. The latex balloons tied to the chairs are pigs plus one bird.
Angry Birds Birthday Party

The tablecloth had pigs on the edges and the cups, plates, and napkins had pigs and birds on them.
Angry Birds Birthday Party

Angry Birds Birthday Party

The boys wore their Angry Birds t-shirts. They love those shirts.
Angry Birds Birthday Party

I did a pin!

Every once in a while I go on Pinterest and pin a few things. And then I promptly forget about going on there (to pin or do pins) for a few weeks. Sometimes, though, I think about doing a pin. Usually the ones I do have to do with Ani’s hair. The one I did today is no exception.

The instructions for the braided chignon are here. It really is as easy as they claim. I think Ani’s hair turned out very pretty.

I did a pin!

I did a pin!

I did a pin!

I did a pin!