4th Birthday Fail. But Still a Win.

Yesterday. Last picture as a 3-year-old!

Yesterday. Last picture as a 3-year-old!

Today my sweet baby Jonah is four years old. I CANNOT believe it. This past year has truly flown by. He’s made so much progress with his speech, and his personality is REALLY showing through. He’s a stubborn but sweet little booger. I’ve taken to calling him a “threenager” all year and I’m kinda bummed because “fournager” just doesn’t have that same ring to it.

This is the first year Jonah has really understood his birthday and what it’s all about, and so I had BIG plans for today…and then he woke up sick. (Good thing I stayed up til 12:30 making and frosting those gluten free cupcakes for him to take to school, right? Sigh.)

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This morning. Happy birthday?

So, today, I don’t know if our plans will work out or not. There will be cake, and there will be presents, but that may be all! We were planning to take him bowling tonight because he is obsessed with Wii bowling and he thought Sophie’s bowling party last month on her 8th birthday was the best day of his entire life. But now, we will just have to see.

Regardless of how high or low key the celebrating is, I’m just thankful I have my little sweetheart here to cuddle today. He was the blessing God gave us that we weren’t planning or expecting and he brings so much joy to our family. It’s a privilege to be his mama, to bake his cupcakes and wipe his snotty nose and give him cuddles when he’s not feeling well.

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My baby! One day old.

Happy birthday, Jonah Laton! I can’t wait to see what you do with FOUR!

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Tales of a Reluctant Co-Sleeper

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Bobby and I have never co-slept with our kids. We have a few main reasons.

1) I am a terrible sleeper.

2) Bobby is a very heavy sleeper and I always feared he would smoosh an infant and not know it.

3) For the first 9 years of parenthood, we had a full-size bed. There was barely room for the both of us.

(We rectified this almost 2 years ago for our 13th anniversary. PRAISE THE LORD. King is king.)

Nevertheless, with both our boys, we have been forced into co-sleeping. Because…two parents too exhausted to throw little kids back into their own beds in the middle of the night. We eventually broke Joshua of it, but he was up in our full-size beds most nights from age 3.5-5. That was ROUGH. He loved to sleep ON my back and kick Bobby in the crotch. We’re lucky we were able to have Jonah after the abuse Bobby endured at the feet of his sleeping son. But finally. We broke free about 5 years ago. Sophie never tired to get in bed with us really (she might be my favorite) and Jonah never did either…until this fall, when he could finally get his bedroom door open.

Then it was game-on in the forced co-sleeping arena. Now Jonah sneaks into our bedroom most nights between 1 and 3 a.m. Since we have a king bed now, it’s not as bad as it was with Joshua. Although he still likes to sleep on my back or my HEAD, he pretty much leaves his dad alone. However, I am generally relegated to sleeping on about 1/16 of our giant bed as for some reason Jonah feels the need to push me as close to the edge of it as I can go without falling off.

Two nights ago, he didn’t come into our room until 3:55. And he was AWAKE. I was awakened by him plopping in between Bobby and I, sitting up, and LAUGHING. Then he said “Oh, hi guys!” and THEN he laid down and grabbed me and reached for Bobby and said “GROUP HUGS!” (He loves group hugs. We have a lot of family hugs, what can I say?) And our bed is so big, he never quite reached Bobby, and my darling husband slept right through the group hugs. Jonah made several attempts, saying, “GROOOOUP HUGS!” in a loud sing-songy voice while I muttered “No, no, no group hugs. Lay down. It’s time for sleepy. No group hugs.” He gave up on the group hugs  eventually but not on the Wayne’s World-type atmosphere he felt should be happening that moment. He was up for at least another 30 minutes, as was I…it was really fun getting him up for #%&* 7:30 preschool that morning! Pass. The. Coffee.

Another “benefit” of co-sleeping is that when you get up early to work before your kids wake up so that when they DO wake, you can PARENT instead of work…they wake up to your alarm and then you’re just screwed in a variety of ways. Welcome to my Friday. The one day that Jonah doesn’t have to get up for school, he was up at 6:00 am. Womp-womp. Talk about your all-time backfires.

So, why don’t we stop this, you ask? Well, two reasons:

1) Oh em gee, so tired in the middle of the night.

2) Jonah and Joshua share a room. We put him back in his bed, he screams and cries like the tiny monster he is, and Joshua is all wakey-ville. Also his wall adjoins Sophie’s room. So basically, if we let him sleep with us, I’m the only one awake (sometimes Bobby, but mostly me). If we put him back in his room, all 5 of us will be awake. And, all three kids get up for school at 6:30.

MOMS: Taking one for the team since the beginning of time.

So basically, I think we’re probably going to be reluctantly co-sleeping until Jonah grows out of it, which, for his brother, happened around age 5. Only ONE MORE YEAR. Maybe. <Yawn.> Do you co-sleep in your family, and is it by choice or um, “child-led”?

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I’m Cuckoo But It’s Not for Cocoa Puffs

Though I literally have zero free time these days, I have somehow made a wee bit of time for a new obsession. A podcast of all things.

I have never before listened to a podcast. But then my cousin Anna casually mentioned to me that she was addicted to Serial from This American Life. It’s a podcast where one story is told in a series of shorter weekly episodes. The subject: one of my fave things, a CRIME CASE! It’s the story of Adnan Syed, who was convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee in Baltimore, Maryland when they were both 17 in 1999. Serial is dedicated to figuring out whether or not he really did it.

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And it’s awesome. It’s R-I-V-E-T-I-N-G.

I’m totally addicted. There are currently 10 episodes, a new one coming out every Thursday.  Even though when I started listening they were already 6 episodes in, I caught up really quickly, listening with my earphones in while I worked in coffee shops. When they took a break for Thanksgiving, I waited in agony for a new episode! As always, it was worth the wait, and as always, it leaves you wanting moooooore at the end.

I love it. So does everyone else, apparently. There are Reddit threads and people tweeting up a storm about it and basically…no one can get enough of SERIAL!

(This pic will only be funny if you are addicted to Serial. I think it’s hilarious!)

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Are you listening in? Let’s TALK ABOUT IT in the comments!!! Not addicted to this Serial yet? Get on it…..go listen for free at Serialpodcast.org!

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