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.

Ani’s 8th Grade CAT Results

Subject # Correct Percentile
Vocabulary 20/20 99th
Comprehension 20/20 99th
Language Mechanics 19/20 95th
Language Expression 20/20 99th
Math Computation 19/20 97th
Math Concepts and Application 20/20 99th
Reading Total 40/40 99th
Language Total 39/40 99th
Math Total 39/40 99th
Composite 99th

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.
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We saw it in 3-D. Adrian was very pleased that he put the glasses on all by himself.
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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.
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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!
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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.
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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.
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Verdict: YUM!
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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.
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The tablecloth had pigs on the edges and the cups, plates, and napkins had pigs and birds on them.
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The boys wore their Angry Birds t-shirts. They love those shirts.
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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.

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Roller Skating

When I was a kid there was a roller skating rink near us that I went to many times. That skating rink is still in the same place, but is half the size it used to be (it shares the building with a furniture store now). It’s also open only a few hours a week. A few weeks ago we joined a tween girls homeschool group and one of the activities was to go roller skating, not at the rink by us, but at a rink in the next county over.

The kids had never roller skated, but they were excited about trying. I didn’t skate (but they allowed me to go on the rink in my regular shoes to help the little boys skate around). Ian decided he’d try it. Like me, he hadn’t skated since he was a teenager. Everyone did surprisingly well. Cameron, especially, caught on very fast.
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After an hour and a half or so Ani fell down and decided she was ready to be done. Fritz sat down on the floor and wouldn’t budge until we removed his skates. We could barely get Cameron to leave the rink.

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The rental skates are just as gross as they were 20 years ago. Actually, I think they might be the exact same skates as 20 years ago. Ani and Cameron are planning to go skating regularly (Ani and another 12 year old really hit it off and the other girl already goes skating every Saturday) and since it’s $2.50 to rent them each time at that place ($2 or $1 depending on the day at the place closer to us), I figured it would make sense to just buy them roller skate. They’ll pay for themselves in about a dozen times. (Plus they look way nicer than the old rental skates.)

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West Virginia

Jamie had a training thing in Harpers Ferry the first two weeks of June. Adrian and I went with him the first week and then Fritz joined us the second week.

Adrian couldn’t get past a “bump” in the play place at a Burger King and insisted I come in and help him figure it out. It turned out the bump was actually just footholds for climbing up a tube, kind of like a ladder. Climbing in a play place is not easy when you are not a small child, by the way.
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Adrian and I spent a whole day at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. He insisted on wearing a Burger King crown the entire day. It is a little odd for people to address your child as “King Adrian.”
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Adrian had no trouble navigating the very old, carved into the side of the hill, rock stairs up to the old church. I, however, was rather grateful for a nice rest sitting in the cool church after that climb.
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We walked across the bridge next to the train tracks a few times. It’s part of the Appalachian Trail, close to midway between Georgia and Maine.
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He insisted I take his picture taken on this random corner and wouldn’t move until I took it.
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The story of John Brown (well, pretty much anything in a museum) really caught Adrian’s attention. We went to the John Brown Wax Museum, a little, rather dusty place with wax dioramas and descriptions of what each scene represents from John Brown’s life. Adrian wanted me to read every word to him. He was fascinated.
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The boys did a lot of swimming. We went to the hotel pool pretty much every day. (By the way, those frog life vests are one of the best inventions ever. It made it much easier for me to take two non-swimmers to the pool alone and also allowed them both a little more freedom in the pool.)
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Fritz tried sushi for the first time. Verdict: He loved it! (Yes, that is the chunk of raw fish – salmon – kind.)
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We went back to Harpers Ferry National Historical Park before heading home, this time along with Jamie and Fritz. The year markings show how high the flood waters got in each of those years. Jamie’s almost 6′ tall and then Adrian on his shoulders with his arms up adds a couple more feet. Those were some pretty deep floods!
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We had a really good two weeks (and I hear the big kids had a lot of fun with their grandparents while we were gone, too)..
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