Re; toddler food intake
: "Your job is to offer; to provide nutritious diet, and encourage" is what my SIL keeps reminding me
. DD has been on a 5 month hunger strike, since a couple of months pre-2. Eats just enough... I worry I'm not giving her enough. But our job is just to offer. More tid bits that keep me calm when I worry about her intake: "She might be an 'eat-to-live-kid', and not a 'live-to-eat-kid'" <dd's godmother and the dog-lady with all the answers about all animals (human or otherwise)... and "If bone growth is good, which is reflected in personal height curve, then we don't worry... kids go through food phases, like anything else." <Pediatritian FIL, great doc, great grampa. DD is in 50th percentile, for height, and 8th percentile for weight, at just a hair over 25 lbs.
Re; toddler sleeping
: this one has me spinning a bit, too. But I think I've resigned myself to the apparent fact that it's just not in the cards for me to get more that a 4 hour stretch of sleep in a night, ever again!!
Because when she does
have the rare occassion where she does sleep, I wake up every couple hours anyway. SOmething that may be circumstantial: On days when her nap is truncated, she goes to bed earlier, and sleeps better.
Something that has worked for sleep, for us intermittenly, and others: start a dim-light, 1-2hr pre-bed-time routine... make bed-time earlier, like 7:30. Have some mellow story-book time, maybe story-book cd's too, and other quiet activities. Try a warmed (from the drier) towel and a post-bath massage, right before jammies, and some relaxed breathing (show him how to take deep breaths and relax his body); then some snuggling, maybe warm milk, etc... point is, do special "bed-time-only" relaxation activities together, regularly. After a few days, there's a change. When I'm on it, dd goes down GREAT. She's just a really light sleeper, and the neighbors can be loud...