Christmas Re Cap

Claire, compared to Coryn who was a sleep through the night by three months sort of baby, is a difficult sleeper. She fights it. She screams. She needs her pacifier and her nurse down or she won't nap. Today, though, she wasn't napping but I didn't particularly want to nurse her to sleep (she had just eaten), so I went in, made her lie back down, gave her her pacifier, wrapped her up in a blanket, and had each of her stuffed animals kiss her good night. She smiled every time they kissed her and I stood over her and whispered to her and stroked her face for a minute and she stared up at me with drowsy eyes and didn't get back up when I left. I wish it always worked that way. I feel like a baby whisperer.

I need little victories like that right now because lately I've been a sleep deprived mess. A lot of this is my fault. I don't like to go to bed early. I especially don't like to go to bed before Matt does. However, my 11pm bedtime wouldn't be a big deal if Claire was sleeping through the night, which she isn't. She is  almost 1 and she is still up three or four times each night. I thought that when I introduced solids she would stop wanting to nurse mid-night, but somehow it feels as if she is waking up more rather than less than she was on a breast milk only diet. She is a very light sleeper, for one thing, and for another she seems to need nursing to comfort her when she wakes up in the middle of the night. I have tried just replacing the pacifier and patting her back, but it doesn't seem to do the trick. We didn't need tricks with Coryn. Her sleeping through the night sort of just happened. 

In spite of the lack of sleep the night before, Christmas was awesome. The details are small. I'm actually really proud of how we didn't go overboard. They only got a couple of toys, a book, and a dvd a piece, not counting small stocking stuffers from the dollar bins and candy. Of course, there were presents from aunts and uncles, grandmas and grandpas, and the like, but I personally kept the Christmas gifts relatively inexpensive and just went for getting the toys with the best play value. 

Matt was saying eventually they are going to start wanting expensive stuff (if it counts, Coryn is already asking about a bike), tech toys and the like, but I have a hard time picturing that. I guess growing up with minimal to no peer pressure has me skeptical of how much kids really "need" the latest and greatest of anything. I never got anything like that for Christmas and I was growing up in the 90's. I knew about video game systems but I didn't particularly want one. We got a family computer at some point and had a few games for it. I remember playing Sim Ant until I literally dreamed about it (weird game to dream about). My first real tech toy gift was the clunky desktop computer I got for graduation. I enjoyed playing Myst and it's sequels on that (Riven and Exile are tied for top spot in my mind. Riven was more intuitive. Exile more exciting.) and talking about Tolkien on message boards.  After that all my tech stuff were personal purchases.  This is kind of a tangent, I guess, but I like to think I can keep my kids away from wanting a new i-whatever every year or whatnot. 

Not that Coryn is tech deprived. She actually inherited a used laptop when my husband (who is a serious PC gamer and needs a certain amount of equipment to keep up) upgraded. She loves computer games. Most of them are free online, however, or she is piggy backing on my husband's World of Warcraft account. Yeah, my four-year-old plays WoW. She can't read the chat yet, so I'm okay with that.

Claire of course was in baby heaven. I helped her unwrap a bead maze and the moment she got through the paper and could see the toy inside she started saying, "Ahhhh! Ahhhh!" and reaching for it until I detangled it from its packaging. She then bit it several times which is apparently how she proves her love for something.

It makes me so happy to see them happy. Such precious girls.