Two Weeks of Disruptions

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I am officially back to reality today. Over the last two weeks, my children had the most continuous disruptions of their lives. They are both to a point where they are quite flexible; with a new baby on the way, I figured this was a good time to have lots of fun.

Brayden missed naps for family parties and church events. They both had shortened naps for family parties and activities like snow mobiling. They spent a few days with the grandparents while my husband and I celebrated our anniversary where they were of course spoiled. My husband was home for two weeks, which always means the schedule is a bit off. We had many more “off” days than “on.”

Despite that, things are pretty good. Today will be our first day back on our regular schedule. Saturday night, our kids started to act a little crazy close to bedtime. Last night my husband made the comment he was so glad our kids are usually on a schedule because he didn’t know if he could be consistently nice if they weren’t :). So we will be working on getting back into routine today, as I am sure many of you are.

As far as blog items go, I am about one week behind on answering questions, which is really quite good considering. Things should be getting back to normal this week.



  • Mother Hood said…
    I TOTALLY here ya! We are all out of whack too! Funny how whacky sleep schedules = misbehavior! I’ve been at my limit with the 3 year old. He’s been dominating the 16 month old since Christmas. We’re working on teaching him to respect his brother and his brother’s belongings (even though he’s a baby, he has feelings too!)
    January 5, 2009 5:01 PM
    Plowmanators said…
    Motherhood, what a long battle. It is so hard for those oldest children to learn that everything doesn’t revolve around them (I am an oldest and still struggle with it…lol).
    January 9, 2009 3:39 PM
  • Cindy Markovcy said…
    Oh yes we are so off schedule too! It was a wonderful 2 weeks with visits from family, my stepdaughter was here too and we enjoyed doing many things we wouldn’t normally do. But this week I’m working on getting back on track too 🙂
    January 6, 2009 5:49 AM
    Plowmanators said…
    Cindy, I hope it is working well for you. We are much better, but I have had two doctor visits this week and my son one, so three of the five mornings this week have been off. Sigh. It will come 🙂
    January 9, 2009 3:40 PM


  • Becca and Adam said…
    My three month old has turned into seriously a monster since we’ve been back. She had been doing great putting herself to sleep for naps and night and sleeping 6-8 hours a night . . . now she gets so upset that we can’t even let her cry it out because we can’t calm her back down after letting her cry for a while. Seriously, she cried for 2.5 hours without stopping yesterday. I’ve had to nurse her to sleep the last two nights at 11pm because she would NOT go to sleep!! what do i do? what should her nighttime schedule be at this age?
    January 6, 2009 7:15 AM
    Plowmanators said…
    Becca, I would read through the CIO posts (see blog lable CIO) and the sample schedule for her age (see sample schedules lable) and the bedtime posts (see bedtime lable). Those should give you guidance on this problem.
    January 10, 2009 1:42 PM
  • Marissa said…
    HI! love your blog. My 2 month old was doing so well before the holidays. She was on a mostly 3hr schedule with the occasional 2 1/2 cycle and doing really well after me starting her on BW at 4wks. The week before Xmas I think she hit her 6wk growth spurt and I was nursing her constantly every hour. Then can the road trip visiting the in-laws for 3days. It was a mess! I had to keep nursing her to calm her, she kept getting overstimulated, overheld, and BOUNCED way too much. I wish I could be forward with the inlaws, but I had to be polite and just grin and bear it while I watched all my hard work go down the toilet.It took me a full week to get her normal again, problem is now she is stuck like clock work on a 2 hr feeding cycle. Shes nine weeks. she cant nap for longer than an hour anymore, and before xmas she was sleeping 1 1/2 hour or more. She stays awake for 45min normally and for a couple of cycles she will stay up an hour+ but she will only sleep for an hour. How can I get her to sleep longer so I can get her back on a 3 hr schedule? =(
    January 6, 2009 11:56 PM
    Plowmanators said…
    Marissa, see this post:Waking Early From Naps/Won’t Fall Asleep For Naps: She also might need a slightly longer waketime at 9 weeks. You can get back there, it will just take some work. See also this post:Eat/Wake/Sleep Cycle:
    January 10, 2009 1:48 PM
  • Colleen said…
    hi there! New to the blog and am loving all the information. I’m a little flustered right now because we’re in the middle of a week long visit to our family’s house, and it’s been wreaking havoc on our 8 week old girl’s routine. do I just go with her flow until we get back home? She didn’t sleep at all well yesterday and today I can’t get her to wake up to eat at all. IT’s scary to me because she was eating/waking/sleeping like clockwork 4 days ago…. Help! Thanks.
    April 11, 2009 11:24 AM
    Plowmanators said…
    Colleen, this is quite late, and hopefully you have found that baby bounces back after some consistency back home. In those situations, it is best to stick to normal as much as possible, but also relax and try to enjoy yourself 🙂 See the blog label “flexibility” for more.
    April 28, 2009 3:03 PM

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Valerie, also known as The Babywise Mom, is the mother to four children. She has been blogging on Babywise and general parenting since 2007. She has a degree in technical writing and loves using those skills to help parents be the best parents they can be! Read her book, The Babywise Mom Nap Guide, to get help on sleep from birth through the preschool years. You can also find her writing at, Today Parenting, and Her View From Home. Read more about Valerie and her family on the About page. Follow her on FacebookPinterest, and Instagram for more tips and helps.

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