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by LoriAnn

Rivertribe Album

On Saruskabeth‘s suggestion, I’m trying out white noise to help Tigger sleep through tractors, delivery trucks, roosters, dogs, and the other loudnesses of China (I currently hear a rock concert outside, but it’s just the grand re-opening of the furniture a block of way). We generally play Did You Feel the Mountains Tremble? by Rivertribe while she naps (the same music she was born to), the only problem being that the volume is inconsistent, so it might get quiet right when the dogs outside really get into it.

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by LoriAnn

Favorite Toy

Tigger with her favorite toy: a green washcloth from Kathleen (thankfully she sent several!!)

As I tried without success this morning to help a very sleepy Tigger drift off into sleep land, I remembered the days when holding her against my chest was enough to induce a nap.

Now, laying her tummy-to-tummy with me begins a mountain climbing expedition. Laying her on her side prompts roll-over practice. And laying her on her back atop my chest, she strains her neck so hard to make eye contact with me, she almost falls off. Or tightens her tummy in a baby sit-up, trying to… well… sit up!

It’s really rather cute!

Happy 4th month birthday, dear!

^_^  saruskabeth ^_^

I feel like its been a month since my last post. In fact, it feels like its been a month since I woke up this morning. I gotta tell you, parenthood may be rewarding in the end, but it s so darn tiring on the way there!

Today I:

1.)confronted countless tantrums by one very determined almost two year old (one of which lasted 45 minutes before I determined the cause was his desire to wear a different pair of shorts than the pair I picked out. And they totally did not match his shirt, let me tell you!)

2.) once again faced the challange of new-baby jealousy induced regression of a potty trained three year old (every day for a month, now! Augh!)

3.) listened to a wailing 5 month old who has decided that she absolutely must be standing, eating, and be actively entertained at all times, (If she could do those things without assistance, I’d be much less annoyed.)

4.) realized that this pile of laundry is never going to wash itself, so I might as well, you know, burn it or something, and

5.) discovered a colony of ants have made themselves at home in her diaper pail!

Oh, did I mention the gang of 12 year olds I found drawing phalic images and interestingly spelled obscenities in my driveway with my sons’ own sidewalk chalk? Ah, yes. It was a good day. At least I can go to bed now that all my kids are asleep and the husband is finally home from work. Well, as soon as I wash the dishes. And start a load of ant-infested diapers. And I should really make out the grocery list. I never get it done with the kids awake. Oh, and I never did get around to vacuuming the mess from that glitter fiasco. Gah, I’m going to need an energy shot. And a therapist.



by LoriAnn

Oh, the challenging of parenting a baby. Every day, a new chance to put those problem-solving skills to use!


Over the past weeks since we’ve been back in China, I’ve been frustrated with Tigger’s apparent lack of naps. “Oh no,” I moaned, “we’ve traveled so much so only knows how to nap in a moving vehicle. Now we’re home in our town where we walk everywhere, and she simply can’t nap!” She’s been cranky every day, rubbing her eyes, yawning, but not napping. I even bought Elizabeth Pantley’s No Cry Nap Solution and read it in one day! Three days into its plan for helping your baby nap (today), I decided to stop recording her nap durations and frequency, and to just watch her instead. Which is actually one of the book’s recommendations, after giving tips for recognizing your baby’s cues.

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