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Posted by Kristen on August 17, 2009 at 6:55 AM in Sleep
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masonsmile.jpgThe funniest thing is happening at my house. We still can't seem to make it one night without at least one or two kids waking up in the middle of the night. You are thinking, "you have a baby. Of course you shouldn't expect to sleep." You are also thinking, "didn't you already write about this just last week?" And you would be right on both counts. Let's just say that sleep or sleeplessness, to be exact, would be on my mind these days.

In the last week or so we have gotten into this crazy cycle of only 1 1/2 hours of peace and quiet at night before someone is crying to eat, crying because he is hot or crying because the hall light is supposed to be on but then some parent forgot the new light requirement and turned it off. You know those sticker charts for kids to do their chores? We parents need one for lights and drinks and temperature and specific blankets and baby dolls. Of course that sticker chart for parents would have to be a fluid document because the baby doll requirement changed for tonight from the leopard to the tiger. I made the mistake of washing the required blanket and not drying it in time so I had to make a last-minute substitution that will most likely violate the required night time body temperature. This is because the thought of kicking off the blankets will never cross this child's mind.

And that baby who got his first cereal? Yeah, it didn't make him sleep any better because his tummy was fuller (you deceiving Internet that made me promises). In fact, he woke up more because it gave him constipation. In case you are wondering, that means I have an extra problem to add to this vicious night cycle where I currently find myself. But when your baby looks like this, you somehow don't really mind.

If you are wondering why his mouth is purple, it is gentian violet. Gentian violet is natural solution to baby's thrush. It also stains his mouth this awesome purple for three days.


Amber writes...

My baby's mouth looks the same, but it's because he eats the markers his big sister leaves out. The fun never stops around here, either, let me tell you.

I hear you on the sleep deprivation. And the constantly changing requirements. There's no winning this game. I'm just taking lots of photos to use for blackmail later. It's all I've got going for me some days. ;)

john writes...

What a smile!

Jess writes...

Q looked at the picture and wanted to know why "chunk-o-saurus" had a purple mouth, my first guess had something to do with it being #2's fault, so kudos to big brother for NOT coloring his mouth purple!

My solution for the lack of sleep...quit looking at the makes it seem MUCH worse!

JL writes...

PLEASE tell me the gentian violet will work for yeast on baby bottoms. We have stubborn yeast over here on 21 m.o. It's driving me crazy. I will try anything, b/c we've already tried just about everything!

Becky writes...

Your house sounds like ours! We have schedules, routines and stick to them all quite well. But it never fails, something falls apart at the bewitching hour! Luckily, they now sleep through the night but frequently there is some type of meltdown over the discovery of the stuffed dog is not where its suppose to be, missing nighttime socks (yes, we have separate socks - decorative womens footies - to use at night because otherwise, son #2 goes through all the socks I FINALLY got around to washing and putting away in just a few days - so nighttime socks he wears only at bed, then puts them under his pillow), and I've definitely been there where I thought - "hey I'll wash that" and then totally forget about it. Who said nighttime routines are good??? Good Luck

Becky writes...

JL, have you tried putting a probiotic (non dairy related) into their milk? My one son had yeast issues that came from a dairy allergy. We were told to put a scoop of powdered acidophilus in his milk and shake it up. Theres no taste. Its not instant relief but it builds the good flora up and helps. We kept him on it for a long time. The powder probiotics has more of what you need than to keep feeding the child yogurt - according to my nutritionist. Also, I know of some people who put yogurt on their babies tooch and it works. Good luck but if your child has had yeast this long, there is probably another culprit involved - ie food allergy or have you tried changing detergent or baby wipes? Butt creams will make it worse too.

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