Saturday, January 17, 2009

Is it just me?

I am not understanding why every member of my family can fall asleep at any given moment when their body says it is time for sleep. My body constantly tells me it is time for sleep and yet, sleep for me is hard to find. I have to at least have three things happening for me to even have a prayer of sleep finding me. 1. It has to be dark. 2. It has to be quiet. 3. Nobody can be touching me. I have never had the problem with letting my children sleep in my bed, because if they do, I will definitely not get any sleep. Tori likes to come in and she knows that she cannot come on my side of the bed. She has to go to her dad's side. The problem with that is then my husband sleeps too close to me so, I can't sleep anyway. My children have inherited the ability to fall asleep at will. Within minutes of them going up to bed, they are asleep. I can be talking to Chad right after we put the lights out and, literally, within 10 seconds he can be snoring. It takes me a good 30 minutes to an hour to fall asleep and even then I don't stay asleep all night usually. I have even tried sleeping pills. If there is some sort of secret, I would like to know. Maybe, it's genetics. If that is the case, things are not looking well for me. I know my dad has a hard time sleeping as well.
All of our kids have been born sleepers. Our kids sleep 18-22 hours for the first few weeks of life. They then have three naps during the day until they are about 9 months and then go down to 2 until they are 18 months. I am just now starting to let Sydnee have only one nap during the day. By 7:00 at night, she is so ready for bed. Even Brahnson, who is twelve, likes to go to bed at 8:00. We have even given him the option to stay up until 9:00 p.m. I usually will be in bed by 10:00, but I can't fall asleep until around midnight. We then get up at 5:30 a.m. to do scriptures. I can't nap during the day because that decreases my chances of being able to get to sleep during my normal time. I am grateful that I have children that sleep. I just wish I knew how they do it.

Friday, January 9, 2009

This was nice.

Today, I had the opportunity to meet some moms of students in Camren's class. One of the moms, Zoey, called me and asked if we could get our boys together. I said sure. We had a meeting at the school to plan for the 5th grade Colonial days that is coming up and Zoey was wondering if afterwards we could go sledding behind the fire station. One of the kids that we were going to be with has a dad that is a volunteer firefighter and he invited us to also have hot chocolate inside the firestation after we were through. I thought that sounded very fun. I went to the meeting and all the moms knew who Camren was. (I had never met any of these moms at this point) I was told some wonderful things about Camren that they had heard from their kids. I was told that Camren always shared his treats, that he sat by their kids at lunch, that they thought that he was such a sweet and nice kid. I have to say that as the mother of Camren, I wasn't surprised. That truly is the way Camren is. It is his nature. It is nice to get confirmation from people outside of your home that your children are living the way that you have tried to teach them. Anyway, sledding was fun, but very cold! I spent my time in my friend's van with Sydnee. It would not have been all that bad if the wind would have not blown so cold. I did have a nice time getting to know Zoey and her family. Unfortunately, the firemen got called away to put out a fire, so we were not able to do the hot chocolate thing. Jorden was disappointed. Maybe another time. I'm sure we will be seeing a lot more of our new friends.

Sledding in the cold, cold, cold!!