Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Crib Be Gone and Other Stuff

Last night, Pumpkin spent the whole night in her new bed. As mentioned previously, I could not keep her in it with the fish bribe alone, but I also had to transfer her musical birdie thingy over to the bed, which she apparently cannot sleep without. She woke up an hour earlier than normal, but she was in a strange room/bed, and I still have those paper, temporary blinds up, which do let a lot of light in. Today for her nap, I was not having success with the fish or the birdie thingy, so I tried another tactic. I told her that if she didn't get into the bed, I was taking the fish away. Instant compliance! It worked again this evening when I was putting her to bed. I'm sure that some of you think I'm being a little mean, but I know that Pumpkin needs a little push. She LOVES her crib. There has never been an incidence where she has tried to climb out of it, although there have been many instances of her climbing into it. She has spent many waking hours just singing and playing in her crib, and never seems to want to come out whenever I suggest it. That is why I'm being so pushy about this. I seriously doubt that she would come out of the crib on her own any time soon. This whole tactic has also helped me gain some control over her as she has really been doing that two-year-old-test-my-parents-all-the-time sort of thing lately. I'm not a control freak, but I'd like to be the boss while I still can be. So I am presuming that this battle is won! On to other matters.

I have been a very reluctant cook for the past few months, so a few weeks ago I vowed that I would try a new recipe a week from here on in. It took me three weeks to get to the first one, but hey, I did it. Tonight I spent about two hours making Thai Mango Chicken with Hoisin Sauce, and didn't really like it. Doesn't that just suck! The recipe sounded great, it took a heck of a lot of time to make, and I didn't enjoy my meal. No wonder I'm a reluctant cook!

I've got a cold and cannot take any drugs 'cause of this pregnancy thing. I just shot saline solution up my nose and don't feel any better for it. I took a nap yesterday in the day to try to get some recovery, but all that did was keep me awake until three in the morning while I tried desperately to fall asleep. I've also hit the point in this pregnancy where there is no comfortable sleeping position, which definitely added to my sleep woes. Funny, I'm not hearing any violins...


Whirlwind said...

I was told there are safe meds to take when you are pregnant and sick (but can't remember - I think sudafed and robatussin). Maybe you can call your OB and ask.

As for the bed - once she realizes she can get up and play or read - I'm sure she'll love her bed and keep herself entertained. Moe was like that as well when we switched her. She loved her crib but at over 3, it was time to make the switch. She constantly would gfet out. Now she's fine with staying put. And even though she wakes up first, she'll grab a book or toy and keep herself entertained most of the time.

Chantal said...

Yay on the bed front, bummer on the cold front. I am sure there is something you can take. I have to admit that during my last pregnancy I was so sick and tired (and desperate) that I took half a dose of Nyquil, just once. I slept and felt better the next day. It was totally worth it. Not like i was chugging the stuff all day long :). I love to cook but i have a requirement. Anything with a prep time of more than 30 minutes is out . I just don't have time. And like you said, if it isn't good, all that time wasted just feels bad. Hope you are feeling better soon.

kittenpie said...

Ours didn't climb out of her crib til she was about 3.5, so she didn't move into a bed until then! Easier to manage when you are spacing them farther apart, though, I realize.

Good luck, though, and just keep at it. We often find the threat of removing something works better than a reward in the crankier months, which is why watching sports is a late part of the bedtime ritual - it can be removed easily. Hey, removing the fish is not that bad a threat, and one you are willing to carry though, so it sounds good to me!