July 5, 2011

Off His Axis

Last week's stomach bug and the summer heat seem to have knocked Moe off his axis a little bit. Much to my dismay, Moe's sleep issues have returned, and he hasn't slept through the night since Friday. I hope this is short-lived but whenever I'm sleep deprived, I tend to think the worst. We'll never sleep a full night again!

You may remember that we stopped giving Moe melatonin a few months ago. He had been waking during the night and we wanted to try an experiment. As expected, Moe had more trouble falling asleep, but he was not waking during the night. We were all much more rested. But the last four nights, Moe has woken up in the middle of the night and been up for several hours. Our air conditioning's lackluster performance this summer certainly hasn't helped.

All last week and into this week has been full of ups and downs. Saturday we had a really nice lunch out, then went to Tap Plastics to buy some boxes for the 3D choice board. We are also (once again) rearranging things in the house to better make Moe's toys and books "in sight but out of reach." Moe can open most boxes and can climb really well, so Jeff was interested in trying to make some clear boxes that Moe can't open without help. We bought some cool pieces of acrylic remnants ($1 a piece!). They are still sitting in my car.

Sunday we went to the pool. Moe slept in so we went a little later that we usually do. We were excited because that meant that the mushroom would be on, and we had never played in it before. I thought Moe would love it. He didn't. He seemed a little afraid of it, and was actually quite anxious in the water, clinging tightly to me or Jeff. This is new and unusual behavior, and I'm not sure if it was caused by the sound of the mushroom, which streams quite a lot of water, or just his mood. Water can be overstimulating for him if he's tired or not feeling well. So he tolerated the pool for a while, but we didn't stay long.

Jelly, although also terrified of the mushroom, enjoyed the pool quite a bit and I had her sitting on the edge and jumping to me, as well as holding on to the side and kicking her legs. She's going to be a swimmer in no time!

We thought about going to the Monterey Bay Aquarium on Monday, but Moe, having been up much of the previous night, slept in quite late. We had a mellow day, but I found it a little depressing. I remember so many fun Fourth of July outings when I was growing up, including parties at our own house and block parties with relatives. Jeff reminds me that the kids are still very small, but I see the kinds of things my friends are doing and I know we just aren't there yet. I wish it didn't bother me, but it does.

We had a fantastic fireworks show from our back yard, however, and brought Moe (who wasn't sleeping anyway) out to see them. He seemed to really like them. Jelly, for once, fell asleep early and I was not about to wake her up, especially for something that might have been scary for her.

After we put Moe back to bed, I went into the front yard, where the view was even better. I caught glimpses of at least 3 or 4 fireworks shows from surrounding areas. I have no idea where they all came from. Next year, I think maybe we'll have a party at our house, and invite everyone out to the front lawn for the fireworks display. I'm realizing more and more that if it is too hard to go to things with the kids, we'll just have to have everyone over here.

Of course, next year may be a whole different story. Hope you all had a safe and fun holiday weekend!

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