Monthly Archives: June 2012

Schedules/Routines

There is so much I could write in this post!
Today I am creating it because of how well our ‘alone playtime’ has been going at the Draper house

no her alone playtime does not take place on the train at the zoo…ο»Ώ

Quick review of our scheduled routine evolution…
As an infant Mylin fell into a nice natural routine of beginning to sleep through the night (7-8 hours) around 2 1/2 months old.
This worked well for several weeks and then around 4-5 months old she began waking up again through the night and wanting to eat (when you nurse this is a simple solution and you are desperate to oblige – so then your infant gets used to that again!)
So, by 6 months we were back to a child not sleeping through the night 😦

A few friends of mine really encouraged us to commit to sleep training her for 1 week
They promised us that if we committed to it for a week it would work!
And what did we have to lose?
She was already keeping us up and getting us up…if it didn’t work we wouldn’t be any worse off!

So we did the sleep training and it worked in like 4 days!
It was bliss!
At 6 months of age she began sleeping 12-14 hours every night!

We had to re-do some of it and modify this when we transitioned her into her big girl bed
Her naps have become shorter – going from about 3 hours to 1 1/2 each day
(Currently we are exploring/evaluating her diet and also sleeping for naps in the pack-n-play to see if that makes any changes on her amount of sleep each day)

Going into my 3rd trimester with Sullivan I began to get worn out physically and emotionally
We tried to institute alone playtime again (we had tried several times in the past few months) and it finally worked like a charm!

In the mornings Mylin has 30- 45 minutes of alone playtime in her bedroom
This consists of a cd playing and her gate up on the doorway
She is free to do whatever she wants in there (read books, play with toys, take a short nap, or stand at her door and talk to me)
She doesn’t cry, and will often shut her door for some privacy πŸ™‚

This part of our day gives me an opportunity to do some chores (so at naptime I can sleep!), spend one-on-one time with Sully (if he is awake), make phone calls, or write blogs like this one!

I am so thankful to the friends that have encouraged the schedules and routines and have answered our questions about them when we are frustrated, discouraged, and in need of encouragement and thinking outside the box!

What are your routines/schedules like with your kids?!
I would love to have some new ideas!!!

If you are interested in learning more about schedules/routines for your kids, let me know and I can get you in touch with my gurus πŸ˜‰

First babysitter

Last Saturday night – when Little Mister was 2 weeks old, Joel and I went on a date!
(Here’s the link to Mylin’s first babysitter)

We were gone for about an hour and a half and both kids slept the whole time we were away πŸ™‚
Yay!

We didn’t talk much about the kiddos while we were gone, but after about an hour away we were ready to head back home to them!

So thankful to our babysitter, Emma, who came to love on our babes (or watch them while they sleep)

(Follow her this summer while she is away on mission in Africa)

So thankful also to my wonderful husband who makes me a priority – I love you so much, honey!

Little Miss 2 year old!

We can hardly believe our sweet Mylin is 2 today!
And that she is a big sister πŸ™‚
To remember with us you can start with her birth announcement post, and her 1 year post (there are many more in between!)
We are so thankful for our alert, tender, loving, and sweet daughter
Thank you, God, for giving her to us for this time of teaching and training!
We are so grateful!

Little Mister’s newborn pictures!

We have been blessed to have our friend Christina Connelly take Mylin’s pictures for the last 2 years
We’re so glad to have her begin taking Sullivan’s too!
Here’s his first session with her πŸ™‚

We have quite a little stud, don’t we?!

Meeting the family!

Home from the hospital and ready to meet and get held and loved on by family!
Aunt Roni

Jodgie

Bushie

Ma and Papa

Cousin Jace, Aunt Leslie, and Uncle Neil

Super Bushie!

Super Bushie and Super Jodgie
Cousin Ethan

Aunt Dawn and Uncle Stephen

We still have 2 more of my brother’s families to meet this summer – can’t wait for pictures with them and all of Mylin and Sully’s other cousins!

Our first days at home

This first picture sums it all up.
After 10 days of Mylin being between grandparents, home a little, and with our brother Stephen’s family – she was way out of her normal home routine
On my first day alone at home with both kids, I could NOT get her to take a nap (we’re talking 2 hours of her screaming and sobbing from her bedroom door…) 😦
Finally, we somehow all ended up in our bed and this happened:
I managed to get Mylin, Sully,and Eme to all take a nap at the same time…
It was a mixture of relief and defeat (I don’t want her getting used to this privilege of sleeping in our bed!)
Thankfully, by now, her sleep routine and place is back to where it should be!
The last two weeks have been a mixture of holding
 
Watching

Playingο»Ώ
 Walking

 Posing
And just plain loving on each other!
I am so thankful for my little blessings – and for our ability to stay home and play, sleep (most of the time…), and enjoy each other!

Happy Father’s Day!

You are very loved, honey :)ο»Ώ