Project Life 365 – Day 92 – You Today

Stayed up too late. The dog and the kiddo got up too early. Coffee wore off, so it was time for a nap. I had to fight Electra for the prime spot on the couch in the patch of sun, but we got it figured out.

So, this was me today, having a little quality nap time with my favorite hound. Ah, now this is the life…


Worn Out

It’s been a long couple of weeks. Writing, editing, story assignments, photo shoots, post-processing, designing new marketing materials, working on projects. Unfortunately for me, the sudden increase in my workload seemed to happen at the exact same time that Cadence decided to drop her naps completely.

How’s that for timing?

Even though she’s been going to bed a little earlier in the evenings, it’s tough for me to get a whole lot done during the day when I’m home with her. I can usually get a few emails answered, a few photos processed, or a few hundred words of a story written while she’s eating breakfast or playing with her toys on the sunporch. The bulk of my work usually happens at night though, long after everyone else has gone to bed and the house is quiet. I think I’m going to have to do a bit of reworking to my schedule though, because the past few days I’ve been dragging. Today, when Cadence and I were playing outside, I even got a little jealous when I looked over and saw this…

Boy, can my dog make napping look heavenly or what? I don’t know who decided that adults should not nap, but he/she has officially climbed into the top 5 on my People Who Piss Me Off List.

And on that note, it’s late, and I’m tired. So, I’m calling it quits for tonight. Sweet dreams folks!


365 Project – Day 318 – All Hail the Crib Tent

So, if you’re not a regular follower of this blog, you may have missed the Prologue of this post. If so, click HERE for the full backstory.

Long story short, at 21 months, Cadence climbed up high enough to fall headfirst out of her crib and we were faced with a very difficult decision. Do we transition her to a toddler bed, and give up any hope of getting a good night’s sleep ever again? Or do we try to find a way to keep her in her crib long enough for her to get over her climbing obsession and not end up in the Emergency Room with a busted skull?

As soon as we found the crib tent, the decision was easy.

I had my doubts though, whether Cadence would embrace the addition of the crib tent without a fuss, or if she would freak out and try to claw her way out of it like a wild animal caught in a trap.

Luckily, Cadence seems to love her new sleeping arrangement. Now, when it’s time to put her to bed, she doesn’t fuss or whine or try weasel me into rocking her until she falls asleep. Instead, she finishes her milk, gives me a hug, says “Nigh nigh,” and points at the crib, and then smiles at me through the mesh as I zip the flap closed. She also thinks it’s hilarious to give a few last kisses through the mesh before I leave and close the door.

Afterward, I usually hear her spending a few minutes jumping in bed. It’s either that or she’s having a cage match with her baby doll, her sock monkey and her stuffed Rango. I can’t be sure, because I don’t want to disturb her to open the door and find out. One of these days, I’m going to have to set up the video camera to find out just exactly what goes on in there in the moments she slowly winds herself down to sleep.

Even better, when she wakes, she is usually content to play for a bit before demanding that we come get her. And upon entering the room we are greeted with smiles and stories of her bedtime adventures, and sometimes even silliness like this…

All hail the crib tent. One of the best inventions ever.

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