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But I had an interesting thing happen with dd tonight...I have suspected for quite a while that she has some sensory issues, gets overloaded easily, tantrums, etc, and tonight she would NOT go to sleep despite backrubs, etc and was SO obviously tired. She had been sleeping in her sleeping bag on the floor and wanted to sleep in it again and I asked her why, and she said, "because I can't get out of it." (as in, wrapped up in it) interesting.....
That's my DD to a T. We go through periods of her sleeping in a sleeping bag. We also have a HUGE stuffed dog which she will often sleep under. When I asked her why, she said that the heavy dog on her helps her sleep.

Will Run Tomorrow. Beach route or hill route?
post #582 of 667
Y'know, all this talk of sensory issues reminds me of how well I slept when I visited some friends who had a German comforter which I think they called a Feiderdecke (I don't speak German, scusi)--filled with down and extremely heavy.

Plus, there's always Temple Grandin's squeeze box. It's very appealing! Maybe I have sensory issues, too.
post #583 of 667
Wendy, I vote for beach! You can always find hills to run in Ohio, but the beaches are few and far between. :

Checking in briefly before bed. I was forced to take the day off today, DS had tumbling class this morning and there wasn't any other time to fit in a workout...darn kid and his 4+ hour naps! I love them and hate them at the same time, kwim? It's a wonderful thing (and I've been able to nap a lot too) but it just stinks being stuck in the house all afternoon every day. By the time he's up from nap, there's just enough time for dinner, some quick play time, and maybe a bath before bed, that's it!

I'm supposed to have track in the morning, but am having a last minute panic attack that I might not have a babysitter. Because, of course, it's too late to call and check if anyone's coming. I'm probably just being paranoid, but last week, the mom emailed to let me know which of the kids was coming, but she didn't this time. Keeping : that there's a knock on the door at 5:30 in the morning! Oh well, worst case I guess I just pack up DS and go for a run with him if I have to.

Good news #1: My former co-worker is squeezing me into his schedule for a bike fitting tomorrow before he heads off to China with the Olympic team on Friday! Yay!
Good news #2: I just posted yesterday to try to find a babysitter for track for when my high schoolers have to go back to school in 3 weeks and I already have two applicants who look great! One of them specifically wants the 5:30-7:30 time, too! Woohoo!
post #584 of 667
good morning. writing to report that I rode my bike into work again today, another 8 miles - check.

Last night we did a 1:45 mountain bike ride. I felt bad because everyone had to wait for me a lot when I had my heart thing, but folks were pretty nice about it. have to get started on work and get some things done. talk to you later.
post #585 of 667
We've finally got wireless in the new house, so I'm catching up on a few days' worth of threads. We moved to a house 3 blocks from nice running trails and I've been out quite a bit - dh works from home now (which is a whole 'nother story ) but it means I can slip out to run in the morning if the kids are asleep or quietly occupied.

The trail dead-ends a bit over a mile from where I start, if I go west, so I took the kids and dh on a bike ride that direction, and dh said "You run this far?" and I had to laugh - yeah, only if I want a short run! It made me realize I've really made progress since I started running last fall!

I realized though that the 5K I want to do at the end of August is called a Mud Run for a reason - the pictures from last year were just stunning. I wanted dd to do a short kid's run, she's excited, but I'm not sure getting totally filthy will be up her alley. I guess I should ask. I'm a little ambivalent myself, but otoh it sounds fun.
post #586 of 667
I am sorry to pop in with bad, NRR news but wanted to tell you we put my mom into hospice care yesterday and they do not think it will be very long at this point. We drove back home last night and are exhausted. I am going to work today to put out fires and then working out how to go back to where my mom is as poor R is just fried, however, the hospice looks to be better set up for visiting children than the hospital was. If anyone has good resources for helping children with death I would appreciate recommendations. I will be looking for some books today as that is often a good conduit for conversation for us.

This mama really needs a run. I am planning to make some time for it today and to take my running things with me when I go back. Be well, everyone. Missing you.
post #587 of 667
balancin1 Your family is in my thoughts.


Moonshine: so glad to see you here. Do you have pics of your kitchen yet?

Geofizz and Mamabeth: When I'm super stressed out about something and can't get to sleep it helps me to sleep in a sleeping bag. Provided it isn't 90 degrees out. Cathtoria: When dd1 was itty bitty we used to have to wrestle her into a hold like that in order to hold her still.

I have a few other random personals in my brain right now, but must get to working.

I took a day off yesterday and went berry picking with my close friend. I thought we were picking both raspberries + blueberries so I didn't bring my kids along (her dd is 18). Turns out the blueberry farm with ripe berries was closed, but I did manage to pick a flat of raspberries. I could have brought along both dds to just do one kind of berry. Sigh. It was fun to be without kids, but I missed them. I've been working a lot lately.
post #588 of 667
balancin1 - i do have a list of books for the preschool set - let me dig them up - someone remind me if i forget, we're running out the door right now.

kerc, mb, geo, et al. - when ds was small and cosleeping, he needed a heavy arm over his back. it was almost like he couldn't stop moving on his own, and in turn, couldn't fall asleep while he was moving. his sleep is a disaster this summer - giving up the nap, but really needing it. maybe i'll try getting his sleeping bag from the attic.
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, Balancin.
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balancin1...
post #591 of 667
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I am sorry to pop in with bad, NRR news but wanted to tell you we put my mom into hospice care yesterday and they do not think it will be very long at this point. We drove back home last night and are exhausted. I am going to work today to put out fires and then working out how to go back to where my mom is as poor R is just fried, however, the hospice looks to be better set up for visiting children than the hospital was. If anyone has good resources for helping children with death I would appreciate recommendations. I will be looking for some books today as that is often a good conduit for conversation for us.
Not sure it always applies to humans, but "The Tenth Good Thing About Barney". I think it's a Judith Viorst book. Check with the hospice program about resources. They will frequently have a children's grief support group also.

Don't know if anyone watched Primetime last night but it was a special about Randy Pausch and his Last Lecture. There was a question put to his wife about how they will tell the children he has died, or is dieing. Her answer from a grief counselor was to say that he had gotten so sick his heart just couldn't work anymore. Telling kids that someone has "gone to sleep" can lead to children being terrified to fall asleep for fear they won't wake up again.
They had also decided they would not tell their small children how sick dad was until he got to the point where he spent most of his time in bed. They wanted the children to enjoy their time with him making good memories, rather than seeing him as sick.

mothercat
post #592 of 667
Chelsea I'm so sorry mama. My dd seemed to really like Badger's Parting Gifts and it is about an older friend dying. Maybe there are some sorts of ceremonial goodbyes you could all do together? That's so hard though, I'm sending prayers.
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Chelsea, many to you and R and the rest of your family. Thinking of you, mama.
post #594 of 667
B1 - Thinking of you and your family.
post #595 of 667
I meant to ask you biking mamas, is it insane to spend 125 on a Burley when I still don't have a bike? Or is that such a good price that I should snap it up and then get a bike to fit?
post #596 of 667
Plady I'd snap that up! I use it as a stroller too sometimes.

B1 I'm sorry
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Balancin to you and R, I'm so sorry mama. If she is going into hospice they often have chaplains working with them, and IME they are AMAZING at helping with grief work since it is what they do...with kids too. Not sure if you're religious or not but even if not they are trained to not push it and just be there for the family as part of the hospice care. with kids, just be as honest as you can be about your own feelings (scared, sad, etc) and that will give her permission to do the same. I do hope you get a nice run in the midst of all of this.

dh is headed to the doctor for his turn today, poor guy. he's supposed to go out of town tomorrow for a pretty intense retreat for work, so not sure how that's going to turn out. I am going to try to run tomorrow since it's my last chance for an outdoor run before he leaves, but not fast or far, just to be safe.

that's so interesting about the sleeping bags! hey, whatever works. It's of course in the high 90s here but I usually am weird about having the covers tucked in around me too.
post #598 of 667
I find it so interesting with the children (and even adult) stories of how we need to feel like we are being touched, nestled, or held tight in order to be still and comfortable to sleep. This speaks volumes to me about attachment parenting and babywearing because we all need that closeness - especially as babes.

I honestly can't get a good night's sleep when it's hot because it's too hot for covers, but I like them all the way to my neck always. I do wish I could cut a hole out for my feet though.. they always feel like they are on fire.
post #599 of 667
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Originally Posted by JenLove View Post
I find it so interesting with the children (and even adult) stories of how we need to feel like we are being touched, nestled, or held tight in order to be still and comfortable to sleep. This speaks volumes to me about attachment parenting and babywearing because we all need that closeness - especially as babes.

I honestly can't get a good night's sleep when it's hot because it's too hot for covers, but I like them all the way to my neck always. I do wish I could cut a hole out for my feet though.. they always feel like they are on fire.
: to all of it. It's not too hot here but my favorite sheet when it was hot when I was little was this ancient thin cotton one that had been used so much it was basically just gauze. It was perfect for feeling covered w/o adding warmth.
post #600 of 667
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I'm another one who strongly prefers to be covered up to my neck when sleeping. It has been hard w/ cosleeping w/ ds where I can't have my heavy quilt and shouldn't have the sheet up either - although I have figured out a way to have the sheet on me but not cover ds and it works pretty well...
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