Tuesday, January 19, 2016

(Non) Sleepy Toddlers and Maybe a Give-away!

Go to Sleep, Go to Sleep

Before I had a baby, I would never have imagined how busy a one year old is. Or how stubborn they can be when they don't want to do something. Like naps. Naps are the bane of my existence. I hate them and if Little L didn't get so cranky when he doesn't take one, I wouldn't make him.

But....if you have a high needs baby, I understand your pain. Let the nap be pushed off and you get a tired, screaming toddler who wants everything and nothing. Put him to bed on time, get a toddler who screams and kicks while being put to sleep. No win for this mom.

So that's where we've been the last week. Fighting with naps. Plus the added excitement of moving Little L to a toddler bed and his daddy being home for four days straight. Mornings are daddy time and during the week T goes to school so the only morning times are on the weekends. With the long weekend, T has been home so Little L refuses to miss anything. We're attempting to get back on schedule today and hopefully naps will start to get easier.

Speaking of toddler beds. My mother-in-law bought us this beautiful Verona crib that Sorelle makes. I highly recommend them. If you use the link under this paragraph, it'll take you to the beautiful cribs that Amazon has. It is absolutely gorgeous. Only problem is that Little L has never once slept in it. Yeah I'm that semi crunchy mom that lets her kid breastfeed to natural term. Which means he's pretty much connected to me at night. But he's getting older so T and I decided that we were going to turn his crib into a toddler bed and start with naps. What a joke.

Sorelle Verona Cribs

I THRIVE on nap time. It's when I get to shower by myself, do yoga, dishes, and anything else that needs done. Little L hasn't learned how to put himself to sleep yet so I put him to sleep in our bed and then transfer him to his bed. Thing is, he only sleeps for about half an hour in his bed. If anyone has any tricks, I'd love to hear them! But I am DETERMINED to get him to sleep by himself! (See what I did there?)

One of my favorite hobbies to do while the little one is sleeping is some called an ATC. It stands for Artist Trading Cards and is a little piece of artwork on a card that is the size of a baseball card. You can use anything and they can be any theme. I belong to a group called Transit Traders that meets every other month and we swap cards and learn new techniques. If you live in Northwest Pennsylvania and like to craft, shoot me an email and I'll set you up with times!

My favorite themes are royalty (especially King Henry VIII) and foreign countries. But I do a little bit of everything. This hobbies helps with to de-stress and unwind, especially after a long day with a fussy toddler. You can use printed pictures, embossing, jewels, stickers, newspapers, anything you can think of. As long as it's not rushed and on a 2.5x3.5 inch card then it's a go. Here are a few of my recent creations.

I love anything French also so I was thinking of making three corresponding French ATCs and giving them away to one of my lucky readers! If this would be an interest to anyone, leave me a comment on this post or shoot my tweet! If there is a small but strong interest, I'll give the information on my next post!

So try to get some sleep mamas. And if you have a baby/toddler that loves naps, take an extra snooze for me!

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