On Monday, I posted about Mazzy loving the outdoors at our summer rental and a few people made comments like, "I don't understand how you can bring up a child without a yard" in reference to my decision to raise my kids in the grass-less streets of New York City.
I wonder about that all the time, too.
THEN. I wrote yesterday's post about my morning routine and people were amazed by the fact that my husband and I leave for work at 9am. Something I never really gave much thought, but obviously this is a schedule made possible by raising kids in those same grass-less streets of NYC.
Every lifestyle has its advantages and disadvantages. I sacrifice a yard, I gain at least two hours a day with my kids. My commute is just 15 minutes door-to-door from my apartment to my office. Mike and I are able to do the entire morning routine together. I can also leave work at 5pm and get home by 5:15pm.
That being said, this time in the country has been an absolute dream and I feel a little sad knowing Mazzy will have to say goodbye to it this Monday.
SLEEP TRAINING UPDATE
Sleep training was thrown a little off by our vacation but it is still a huge success. On the second night here, Harlow actually put her head down on the side of her highchair during dinner, I think telling us she was tired and needed to go to bed. She then went down without a peep whatsoever at 6:15pm.
Since then, Harlow cries for maybe two seconds when we put her down for bed. By the time I exit the room, she has stopped.
Mazzy's bedtime has been less consistent and within the first half hour will often disrupt Harlow's sleep. My tornado of a child struggles to settle down. We've been putting Harlow to bed at 6:30 and Mazzy to bed about 15 minutes later. I am going to try to get them back on the same schedule when we get home.
Naptimes have also been a little rocky, although we have been very good at sticking to our schedule while away. Harlow goes down when she should but only sleeps for a half hour each nap. I'm hoping that this improves when we get home.
I'll do a full report after a week at home along with a giveaway of Erin's services. She has been invaluable throughout this whole process.
VIDEO OF THE WEEK:
Someone on facebook asked why I never post videos of the girls anymore. I do. On Instagram. Witness the cutest sneeze since the Baby Panda…
SAD STORY OF THE WEEK:
In response to my post about Mazzy killing my iPhone…
Did anybody try "ELMO"?
WINNER OF THE WEEK:
Congratulations to Mary Beth for winning this week's caption contest! Apparently, she was inspired by her numerous food allergies and digestive issues.
Mary Beth wins the title of "Caption Contest Queen" along with her very own AppCrayon— the iPad tool that taught Mazzy how to hold a crayon correctly. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to claim your prize.
MIND-BLOWING PIN OF THE WEEK:
PARENTAL TWEET OF THE WEEK:
ONESIE(S) OF THE WEEK:
PRESS OF THE WEEK:
Believe it or not, people are still talking about Baby Mugging. I was given a shout-out in September's issue of Reader's Digest!
Now I have to go because Mazzy is hysterical. Apparently, Mike left the house to put stuff in the garbage without her. DEVASTATING.
Also? This would never happen IN THE CITY.
Have a fabulously long weekend and see you all Tuesday!
— Mommy Shorts