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Rabid porcupines have arrived

Thought you’d like to know that shortly after posting a description of how easy my life is, Bunlet got sick and started waking up every hour. It’s been three nights of it, and while my husband is still kind and concerned, I am like TOMORROW’S MY BIRTHDAY AND YOU’D BETTER FUCKING START SLEEPING. (We did have a sweet moment this morning…Mr. Bunny had been walking around with Bunlet in a carrier trying to get him to sleep. He finally took him into the bathroom and ran a hot shower to generate some steam to help him breathe. He (Bunlet) fell asleep after a while. I brought Mr. Bunny some coffee and started laughing. Why are you laughing, he whispered? Is it because we’re standing in a really hot bathroom at 5am? Parenthood.

Two other incoherent items…

1. In my list of things that make my life easy, I forgot to mention routine. I guess the post screams THIS IS A PERSON WHO THRIVES ON ROUTINE (sssssshhhhh, post! the babies are sleeping!!!!), but it’s probably even more essential than having no social life. Obviously lots of people find routine suffocating and unbearable, but…not me. Not having to think about when to do shit or who is going to do shit…glorious.

2. I’ve been really enjoying this series on (twin) toddler tantrums, and think you should all read Emily. She hasn’t always posted regularly, but when she does, BAM! Her voice is one of my favorites. I’ve been testing some different approaches to tantrums and her reminder that no response really means no response has been helpful. Though I’ve also discovered that no response doesn’t necessarily mean do something else, like catch up on reading, because that seems to make Bun Bun very angry. Just sitting quietly works best, when the circumstances permit it. Which they almost never do.

Anyway, off to sew my eyes open. If I had a Bernina I bet there’d be a special attachment for that…

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  1. I’m sorry to hear about the sickness. It’s heartbreaking when they sound horrible breathing.

    I also need and thrive on routine. Our lives seem to fall apart without one.

    I can’t believe you and Bee have the same birthday. Happy Birthday my friend.

    I hope bunlet starts to get better today and you can all do something together that doesn’t involve sitting in the bathroom.

    April 14, 2013
  2. Poor Bunlet! Sick babies are so sad 😦 I hope he feels better soon!

    And now I have to somehow find time to read everything Emily has ever written. How on earth am I going to do that??

    April 14, 2013
  3. Oy. No fun that waking every hour. Hope it improves soon.

    April 14, 2013
  4. I have a 7 mm flat feller on the Bernina that would work pretty well for the eyelids. I hope Bunlet recovers soon, so you can have appropriate festivities.

    I’m with you on the routine. When Bug was a baby we left EVERYWHERE at 11:00 promptly because lunch-and-a-nap every day at the same time. Tatoe used to start rubbing his eyes five minutes before The Appointed Napping Hour.

    I find the toddler-tantrums thing you link to also amusing. (OY, TWINS.) My shrieking tolerance is relatively low, though, so often my kids get put somewhere else to shriek. Also I am with them, alone, for about 60 hours a week, so my shrieking tolerance is usually gone by Tuesday evening or so.

    April 15, 2013
    • You will never read this, so I’ll have to email you, but… my long term plan is to institute some kind of shrieking /whining zone, probably their room, with a backup if it’s occupied by a sleeping baby. But I’m not sure I’m ready for that, or that Bun Bun is. I don’t want it to feel punitive, I want it to be a “cry all you need to, but not here” thing. Do you have any suggestions or thoughts?

      April 18, 2013
  5. Happy birthday, and I hope Bunlet is feeling better and that all of you are getting some sleep.

    April 16, 2013
  6. I kind of wish I was a routine person. I can see how it makes life less complicated, but somehow, no matter how many new, organised leaves I turn over, I just can’t seem to make those habits stick. The disposable nappies I had to send to childcare last week are testament to this!

    Emily is very good… Thanks for the reminder.

    Hope Bunlet is feeling better, or is at least getting in some sleep. (And it’s your birthday? Me too! High five, mid-April twin!)

    April 16, 2013
  7. homebrewedbaby #

    wow! shout-out from Bunny, i feel like a celebrity! i’m glad my own incoherent ramblings have been helpful to someone, though 🙂 Illness has descended upon our household also and tonight i was feeling like all my zen learnings were a hallucination with E, who reached a tantrum category level i’ve actually never seen before. good times.

    and yes, here, schedules. aaaaallll about the schedules. i love routine. the boys love routine. my mother-in-law is always astounded at how happily and readily the boys gather their blankets and animals upon the 1:30 announcement of “nap time” (as long as they are HOME). do not fuck with our routine.

    i’m sorry, was i talking about me again? HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!

    April 16, 2013

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