March 19, 2012


Last week, Claire started sleeping 9 - 10 hour stretches, and the boys started sleeping in until 7:30. I honestly feel like a new person.

I thank this weather we're having. Consistent 80 degree highs in March? In Michigan? Unheard of. I'm loving every minute. The 10-day forecast shows a 46-degree high next week and I'm terrified it's going to be the end of this glorious stretch of warmth.

The boys play outside for at least an hour or two every afternoon and I think that, coupled with our "spring forward" have added to their nightly sleep.

And Claire had a stretch over several weeks where she was fussy from 6 - 11 every night. We're not sure what caused it, and in retrospect, I don't think there was any one cause. Last week, I posted about her fussiness on facebook, and within an hour she stopped and hasn't had that evening fussiness since. I've had enough experience to know that just her night-long sleep for 5 nights now doesn't mean it will continue. She could regress at any time. As could the boys.

My post-partum hormones have settled in and I'm in that stage where everything seems worse than it really is. I wouldn't exactly say that I'm depressed . . . just emotional. Added to that is my shoulder pain . . . you know the pain that goes away when I'm pregnant? It's rebounded and it's bad. It's keeping me from exercising as much as I'd like to. With all of the summer weather, I'm lacking clothing that fits . . . which, of course, adds to my emotion.

So, with all of this going on, the warm weather and extra sleep have been good for my mental health.

Kyle isn't coaching baseball this spring, for the first time in the 9 1/2 years that we've been married. I know he misses it, but I'm so grateful. If I were home every night with all three kids on my own, I'd be a mess. So glad to have him home!

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