Wednesday, November 9, 2016

A Sleeping Toddler: OK to Wake! Alarm Clock

A sleeping toddler is a priceless thing to witness! I love when I sneak in after Vann has fallen asleep and I can watch him rest peacefully. I take that time to say a prayer and thank God for my son.

With that said, to get him to sleep is at times a different story and once upon a time to keep him in his room was an issue as well. Around the time he was two and a half and Maggie was born, Vann began getting out of his bed earlier and sometimes not staying in bed for his full nap. I posted asking for some recommendations because 5:45 am was a bit crazy to be waking up when we didn't have to. A few friends told me to check out the OK to Wake! Children's Alarm Clock. I didn't have anything to lose so I ordered the clock.

It was at my door 2 days later and I made a BIG deal out of it. I told Vann how this little "friend" was there to help him sleep and he would light up green when it was ok to come see Mommy and Daddy in the morning. At naptime it can also be set to turn green to notify him he can come out of his room. I was STUNNED the next morning when he waited until his clock turned green to come out. I think it had a lot to do with the big deal I made out of it and that excitement has lasted! I love that it was a simple solution to help him rest, help us get that extra sleep, or allow us to get ready before he was up!

Here's how we use the clock: 

Setting up expectations: The first week we had the clock we gradually set the alarm clock closer to the time we wanted him to get up. My goal for him was 7 am. He was waking up anywhere from 545 am to 645 am. I started out at 6:30 am. Before he fell asleep I let him know the clock, his "friend, would turn green when it was time for him to wake up. I explained that the clock was really smart and knew exactly when to turn green. The next morning I watched on the monitor as he sat on the floor in his room and waited for it to turn green.When it turned green he ran to find us and wanted us to come see. We made a huge deal about it and told him what a great job he did waiting for the green light to come on. That week we continued to move the clock back by 5 minutes each night. By the end of the week he was coming out of his room at 7 am and we were ecstatic! I even changed it to 7:05 a few months ago and he continued to follow that routine until the recent time change.

Naptime: I use the nap timer with the light feature. I set the timer for the amount of time I would like him to nap. It is set for 2 hours. Typically it takes him 20-30 minutes to fall asleep at naptime, so the light turns on after 2 hours and he sees it when he wakes up.

Time Change: Time change has made me so grateful for the Ok to Wake! Alarm Clock. I changed his clock to fall back, but I didn't reset the alarm to transition him to the time change. On Sunday morning, I saw on the monitor that he woke up about 6:15 am. BUT he waited until 6:45 am to come out of his room. He didn't realize the time had changed so it felt like 7:45 am to him. He said, "my clock is broken because it didn't light up!" I love that he waited 30 minutes for the light to go off. It shows me that he looks forward to the light and it is making a difference in our morning. I have now started going through the process of training him to get used to the new time and moved his clock back to 6:45 and increased it by 5 minutes each night and we are back on track.

**There is an alarm instead of the light, but for our purpose we don't want to wake him. I can see how that will be useful when he begins school and has to wake up earlier.

I am impressed with this invention and share with all my friends who have an early riser! You can buy it several places. I bought ours on Amazon and it's currently on sale at Target!

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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Rediscovering Your Marriage in the Midst of Motherhood!


This post is for you! If you are friends with me on Facebook then you know I share a blog called "Scissortail Silk" quite frequently. The author is my friend Becky Thompson and she shares wisdom about being a wife and mom on her blog and in her book "Hope Unfolding". I came across the book and it hit my heart deep. It was like we were sitting on a couch chatting with one another while I was reading. I have shared it with so many mama friends and they have all loved reading it and finding they're not alone while listening to God's voice in the crazy midst of raising a family.

So, when the news came that she was publishing a new book and I could apply to be on the launch team, I jumped at the chance! After waiting a few weeks an email that I was selected was chosen. Then her new book showed up in my mailbox! Each launch team member got a copy a few months early and started reading as a group of about 200. The tagline for the book is "Rediscovering Your Marriage in the Midst of Motherhood" and Becky truly helps each of us do that. It's the most perfectly designed book with a daily challenge (simple but meaningful), reflection, and prayer (collectively about 2-3 pages) that helps you focus attention and rediscover your marriage all while being a mama! I literally read it when I sit down to feed Maggie in the morning and I start my day. I can't give away the details of the challenges, but I will say they are working in my marriage and the other members of our group. It's incredible what these simple steps can do!

Another really cool thing about this pre-order are the gifts Becky is giving away just for ordering.  *Advanced Reading Copy of Love Unending
*The first five chapters of Love Unending while waiting for your ARC
*Becky’s Ebook - Guilt to Grace: A Mom’s Guide to Crushing Guilt 
*Access to a Live Launch Day Web Event with Becky

So, don't miss out! Pre-order today! Not only will you get Becky's gifts and the book, but I am also doing a giveaway! All you need to do is send me your email address to be entered and the drawing will happen on January 3rd when books are released! 

Then, enter your info for your free prizes here and send me your email address for the giveaway here! Be sure to use the same email address you used in your pre-order! 

And, please share with your friends! Every mama NEEDS this book! 

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Preschool Starts Back!

It's back to school for you! Daddy, Maggie, and I dropped you off this morning. Your teachers Miss Erin and Miss Leisa greeted you in your classroom. You went straight in and I had to grab a quick kiss because you were ready to play. You did tell me and Daddy last night that you'd miss us while you were gone.

You were dancing as I tried to snap photos of you before school!

You had a great first day at your new school, made new friends, and enjoyed learning! 

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Maggie is 4 Months!

Oh Maggie! 

You are 4 months! You are so happy and such a sweet joy to all of us! 
You SMILE so big and it gets even bigger when you see your brother. You think he is so funny. 
You are a little more than 12 lbs, getting longer, and eating like a champ! You are nursing, but we get to add in cereal, an orange veggie, and a green one for now! 

You have found your voice and use it lots. You love to squeal and giggle. You copy us and mimic sounds to "talk" back to us. 
You are strong and can pull your self up when I give you my hands. You like to bop around on your legs. 
You are sleeping in your crib now. You've done a great job with the transition. You like to be swaddled, but manage to get your arms out. Last night you had rolled onto your side and slept like that for a bit. 
You stayed overnight at Mimi and Papa's and did a great job. 

You will finally take a bottle from us. We were afraid you weren't going to drink one while we were gone to TX, but you did! Mimi and Lolli had the magic touch! 
You roll from your back to tummy and tummy to back! 

You wear 6 month or 3-6 month clothes for the most part. You've been enjoying wearing some of Ava's clothes that she is letting you borrow. Your cousin has some good style going on, so you get the benefit! 
You LOVE bath time. You can be upset/done for the day and I give you a bath and all is right in the world. 

We love you to the moon and back beautiful girl! 

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Our Big Boy is 3!


You are 3! Happy Birthday!

You are the coolest boy I know and I am so happy that God gave us you!

When I think back on all you've learned and done this year it blows me away! Sometimes I forget you're only 3. You can do so much on your own now. You're an awesome big brother and love Maggie so much.

You love to play outside.
You've turned into a fish this summer in the pool.
You really like going to church and learning in your small group.

You can dress yourself.
You use the potty like a big boy.
You sleep in your big boy bed.

You talk so well and use big words like "fantastic"! (My favorite was when you said "great-tastic"!!)
You have lots of friends and pray for them nightly.
You say the prayer at dinner for our family.

You spend time at Mimi and Papa's and love riding the Gator.
You can use your pedals on your tricycles.
You can count to 20.
You are a big helper and put your dishes away, help with laundry, and get things for Maggie.

You love Lyla and are great with her.
You greet Daddy when he gets home with a big "Daddy" or "Dad" and a huge hug!
You still like to sleep with your bita and need your tags in your hand before you fall asleep.
You wake up each morning with your alarm clock that turns green at 7 am!
This year for your birthday you started requesting a super hero theme around May! That's what I went with and then around July it began changing from super heroes to Pirate Jake to Paw Patrol to lots more! Daddy and I know how much you love the trampoline park, so we went with the super hero theme and Rush!

You woke up the day of your party and said, "I'm so 'cited!" Lots of your friends came and jumped with you to celebrate the big day. You enjoyed pizza and cupcakes that Lolli made. You were so excited to open up all of your presents and this year you got a lot of trucks, Paw Patrol gear, and fun learning goodies!

What a fun year it's been and a great celebration with sweet family and friends! Here's to another year. I am reminding myself to slow down and enjoy it because 3 years have gone entirely too quick!

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