Sunday, November 26, 2006

I miss my blends!

Hey gang,

It's been a ridiculously long time since I've updated. So what's been going on with me in the last month and a half? Hmm, let's see....

Well, for one, I chopped my hair!! I got it cut to just above my shoulders which I haven't done in years. I'd been thinking about it for awhile and then I just realized it was time for a change. I didn't tell Scot ahead of time because he loves long hair and I didn't want to be talked out of it. I wasn't too sure what I thought of the cut at first, but now I love it! As for Scot, well, I think he was disappointed because when I asked what he thought, he said, "As long as you like it." Oh well, he's used to it now! I'll post a picture soon so you can see for yourselves.

Here's where I can use some advice from you moms out there. About a month ago, Emily woke up one night screaming like I've never heard her scream before. I was terrified but then when I went into her room, I realized she was just having a nightmare. Ever since that night, bedtime has been hell for us. Emily thinks there are monsters in her room and I've moved the bed away from the wall to show her there aren't any and also taken a flashlight to help her do searches in her room to prove to her there are none. She has even started saying there are no monsters in her room, but she still starts crying and continuously getting out of bed each night. I'm wondering if part of this is just attention seeking. We've tried cuddling her, night lights, music, stuffed toys, bath right before bed, the "hard line" approach (i.e., "If you get out of bed, the music goes off, etc.). It takes about 2 hours before she finally falls asleep but even then, she wakes up several times and eventually ends up in bed with us because we have to get some sleep. I think I'm going to have to call the SuperNanny soon for pete's sake! Any advice?

Fitness-wise, I've changed things up again. Working out during my lunch hours at work did me well last year, but things have gotten so busy, that I simply can't get out often enough. So, I've been starting to do Body Pump classes with my sister-in-law some evenings. Also, my friend from work gave me her elliptical because she wasn't using it, so I've been able to do some cardio while watching tv (yay!!). There's still much to be desired in the eating department but I won't give up until I find what works for me.

Other than that, life is continuing on with its hectic pace. School is busy but going well. I won a bursary that will give me some extra money each term, and I'm almost finished another course as well as some data collection for my dissertation. I'm still thinking I'll be done in about a year to a year and half. Can't wait!

And now, I can go catch up with the rest of you. Yay!


At 1:27 PM, Blogger Melissa said...

Hey look, some of us are updating now! :) Happy to see you back, I just updated too. I hope to see more coming back.
About the monsters, I haven't gone through that yet but my dr did give me an idea if this comes up. He said to take a clear plastic spray bottle and label it with paper (trying to make it look professional, lol) with the words "MONSTER SPRAY" and just fill it with water. Spray the room before she goes to bed and set it on her nightstand. Of course it's hard to tell her there are no monsters and then give her monster spray, haha. I thought it was a cute idea though. Good luck! And glad to see you around =)

At 1:31 PM, Blogger KatieFeldmom said...

YAY! You're back!!!!!!
Can't wait to see the new hairdo!

At 4:17 PM, Blogger Mari said...

Hi nice to have another updated blog to read.
I don't know much about monsters, sorry.
So, lets see the hair.

At 5:19 PM, Blogger FV Tom said...

HI Julie! Good to hear from you.

Sorry, my son didn't have any monsters as a kid ... I can't help.

Be good

At 5:03 PM, Blogger Kristina Michaud-Wilson said...

Hey Julie,
I need to do some updating too...
As for the nightmares, Katie gets some once in a while too...she has also been prone to "night terrors" a few times (terrorizes the parents, not the kids!)
I have heard of the monster spray idea too. Might not hurt to try it. Other than that, would it be okay for her to fall asleep on the couch and be carried to bed for a while, until the phase passes? Or could she sleep in Kyle's room for a while, so he could "protect" her?
Wish I could be of more help!
Good luck!

At 7:09 PM, Blogger amy_oleary said...

hey good to hear from you. I love cutting my hair short. can't wait to see a pix.

Hope you have no more monsters.

At 5:46 PM, Blogger chantal2bfit said...

Hey there! I'm just starting to catch up with blogs again. Glad you're still updating! Sorry, no comment on the monsters since I have no kids. Hope it works out eventually though!

At 10:37 AM, Blogger Pamela said...

At that age this is soooo common & it sounds almost like Night terrors which are a whole nother ball game .. & NOT I've heard..
ME well you might think I'm weird but I still say the "Monster Words" with my 8 yr old every night.. even when I'm at work we say them over the phone.. It's more about the comfort of the ritual than anything else. Yes We've talked at length about there being no real monsters.. but it's simply become a way for him to wind down before sleep

The word we say are pretty much this..

Monsters stay out of this room - you have no buisness here.
No Monsters in the closet..there is no room in there.
No monsters under the bed - you can't fit under there.
No monsters outside the window-you can't hang on out there.

Nothing will bother Steven or scare Steven - No bad dreams will come to Steven ALL night long..
Monsters stay out of this room You have no buisness here!

Feel free to modify it to fit Emily..or sub silly things like "there's too many toys under there" or clothes, or dolls or whatever.

Best of luck hon!


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