Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Sleep Update

You may remember me blogging about our 2 year old's sleep issues a few months ago here. I decided that her waking up several times a night was starting to control my life. It was the topic of most conversations that I had as well as a huge point of stress for me. I decided to give up my right to a good nights sleep and try to let it go. I can't say that I completely accomplished that, but I have been feeling better about the situation.

About a week ago we had a breakthrough. After ruling out all other medical issues, we decided that the habit of giving her milk in the night had to stop. I thought it might help her to stop waking up if she got out of the habit of having it. I also realized how much milk we were going through every month. We bought at least 10-12 gallons of milk every month, and she was drinking most of it. 

A little over a week ago we decided to cut the milk out when she is in bed. That meant no milk in bed before she went to sleep or when she woke up in the night. Like most habits with kids, it took about 3 days before she quit completely freaking out when I told her no milk. It was a few more days before she cut out waking up her usual 2-3 times a night, and just recently she is generally sleeping from 8pm-5 or 6am before she wakes up. I still will take her some milk in if it's after 6am and she usually goes back to sleep until 8am. 

I am so thankful that she is sleeping better. I know it will make her feel better to get a good night's rest and it will also help my day out a lot. 

This girl is much more pleasant running on 10 hours of straight sleep!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Mutiny Against Excess- Weeks 4 and 5

Week 4
Wow! The last few weeks have been busy. So busy in fact, that I didn't have time to post. Between doing VBS, working and having fun in the pool with the kids, we haven't had a moment to think. I did, however, get my 'Mutiny Against Excess' done for the last few weeks. 

The first place I had to go was our closet. I have gone through my clothes and shoes in the past getting rid of a few things, but mostly hanging on to things I "might" wear in the future. This time I had a different mindset. I wanted to get rid of the clutter, but also get rid of things I might wear, but don't really need. I was pretty proud of myself in getting rid of several things that I actually like, but weren't necessary for my every day. Y'all, I even got rid of a pair of Toms. That's kind of a big step for me. I also went through our t'shirts and my bedside table. One can only have so many Beth Moore books :-)

I am happy to have my closet down to a manageable size and be able to see everything that's in there. 

Week 5

The girls' closet
My big focus in here wasn't the clothing so much. I feel like we have that down to pretty much only the things that they wear. The biggest issue was the school papers cluttering the top of the closet. I had saved every single thing that Jackson did at Mother's Day Out since he was two. I realized that I was quickly running out of room and that there was no way to save everything.

Jackson isn't really into drawing or coloring, so I knew that most of the coloring sheets could go. These weren't works of art that he was proud of, or even cared about. I decided to get rid of almost everything that wasn't a hand print or foot of art. For most major holidays they make hand/foot print crafts. I couldn't handle getting rid of those types of things.

I ended up with a small walmart sack of things saved from Jackson and Ava. I plan on getting a small plastic tote to keep these things in. I think it will be fun to look back on them in the future and compare sizes.

I also finished up their room by purging a few toys and baby blankets that were no longer needed. I finally feel like their room is down to the basics of things we use every day.

I've still got weeks 6 and 7 to post about, so stay tuned for that.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Mutiny Against Excess Week 3

I am on my third week of our mutiny against excess. I thought that I was going to be moving out of the kitchen an into our closets, but I decided to hang around the kitchen one more week and clean out the cabinets. This is something that I really don't like doing at the time, but it is so worth it in the end.

My cabinets were getting to the point of overloaded very fast. Since I don't have a pantry, all of our food is kept in one section of our cabinets. I had boxes with one packet of oatmeal in them, cereal boxes with only a little cereal left in the bottom, and baby bottles we will never use. I really wish I had taken a picture of the pile of empty boxes and condiment packages that I cleared out of my cabinets and drawers. Here are a few before and afters though

I got rid of a few baking dishes and storage containers that  we never use. I also used some bins to organize water bottles and other things that were falling out on us. It felt good to have my cabinets organized, clutter free and vacuumed out.

Next week I'm camping out in the girls' closet. I'm a little bit afraid to venture into that, but I'm know I'll feel a lot better when it's done.
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