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Sunday, June 6, 2010

The Times, They Are A-Changin'

So I decided to give myself a week off.

Alright...the week decided to take me away. That's what really happened.

I needed to gather myself and deal with some issues that were going on here at home and, for now, I think I've got it under control-ish.

(I'll have to blog about my "rule of 'ish'" sometime. I LIVE by it!)

Let me fill you in on what's been going down. We live in a 2 bedroom home. There are 4 of us here. (Most of you know this.) Our goal is to have our 2 kiddos sharing one room so we (the hubster and I) can have our room to ourselves. We even fixed up the master suite to be accommodating to 2 children and took the smaller bedroom for ourselves.

Eliana's been sleeping through the night like a champ and I decided to begin putting her in the same room as Alex. He and I spoke about this a bit and he didn't seem to be mad about it at all. I took this to mean that he was alright with it. Instead, I should have taken it to mean that he didn't quite understand exactly what he was giving the "OK" to.

Within days of Eliana sharing a room with Alex for naps and bedtime, my home was in complete chaos. Alex couldn't contain his frustrations. He was going bonkers and I had NO clue what to do or why he was doing the things he was doing. After some thought, though, I figured that it had to do with Eliana being in "his" room for both naps and bedtime. He didn't want to share.

This is what was going on last week. Chaos moved to action. I took Eliana out of his room and decided that we would completely back off of the whole idea for a bit. Then I had to do damage control. Alex was visibly upset by everything and I needed to spend time talking to him, boosting his self confidence, and making sure that he understood his importance in this family.

All is well, now.

Eliana is fine and Alex is behaving normally again. (a.k.a., he is acting like a toddler boy getting into the normal kinds of mischief).


So, as long as nothing crazy happens, expect things to get back to normal-ish around here. ;)



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