Another rough and woolly night (It's Weary. Women get Weary. They don't get Woolly...random movie quote thrown in. Yep. You get it all on this blog!). Kyleigh mixed it up a little and decided to wake up screaming at 11 instead of 3am. Nice to get it over with so early. When she woke up again at 5, I turned the monitor off. It may be callous and cold, but the child is almost 15 months old. There was nothing physically wrong with her. She's just gotten used to us coming when we're called. We've proven to be rather trainable on that. She spent a few moments (five or ten) of being really pissed off, then she got over it and went back to sleep. Woke up around 7:20 chatting and laughing. Not exactly traumatized.
Jacob spent last night with my mom. She's bringing him home tomorrow. With him out of the room--therefor not losing sleep when his sister screams--this is as good as time as any to break her/us of our not-so-good habits. Here's hoping for a scream-free night tonight!
Since we did only have one child last night, the three of us went out for dinner. A slightly easier task with only one. Jacob is fairly well behaved out in public. But he's 3 and a half. He doesn't sit well for long periods of time and a restaurant full of people translates into a fresh audience for his charming antics. Shocking that we really don't go out to eat very much anymore.
A bookstore visit was also in order--another thing that is much easier with only one child. We recently completed The Spiderwick Chronicles with Jacob. There's another series--Beyond The Spiderwick Chronicles--that we wanted to start, so picked up the first book.
The challenge in finding books to read with Jacob is finding ones with a story he'd be interested in and with smallish length chapters. A few nights ago we started reading John Bellairs' The House With the Clock in its Walls. He's enjoying the story, but the chapters are so long that he begins to lose interest. We might have to put those on hold for a while. (Of course his dad was rolling his eyes at me as I pointed out the delightful illustrations by one of my favorite artists, Edward Gorey.) We decided that he is still probably a bit too young for The Black Cauldron but I managed to find another Lloyd Alexander book that I think he'll really enjoy...Time Cat about a time traveling cat. There was some discussion on whether or not he was ready for The Hobbit. I vetoed Lord of the Rings and Narnia. Not just yet, I think.
We are both delighted to be entering this stage of Jacob's life. A transition from children's books to complex chapter books. Story time is a delightful time of introductions to some of our favorite authors. However, Sandra Boynton and Eric Carle aren't going anywhere. Kyleigh gets throughly engrossed in Moo Moo, Baa Baa, La La La and The Going to Bed Book. The plots are riveting. Who knew that three singing pigs went la la la?