christ.mas came and went. i worked a ridiculous number of hours. in coffee shops. and libraries. m was off for a bit. a much needed reprieve for her from the insanity of retail management. so she instead chased toddlers for days on end. needless to say i think she was not entirely disappointed to return to work on monday… and we were all happy to have our nanny return. i have spoken before of the sleep issues we have been experiencing. i have assembled and disassembled cribs so many times at this point that i may be technically certified in it. we have tried so very many variations. and to be honest. both m and i were getting quite tired of trading off sleeping on the mattress on the wigglers floor. so after the pediatrician appointment last week i removed the cribs. and m cut their pacifiers. oh my. not the best plan. were they sleeping in their cribs. not often. and usually cindy lou would just climb into magoos and they would both stay there or magoo would sleep on the floor. but take them out. remove bokcase (weeks ago). all clothing from dresser. glider (weeks ago) and ottoman (even before glider). superman jumps were way too enticing. twins do indeed teach you the need to do things with an immediacy you may not have appreciated otherwise… but not having the cribs up was mayhem. insanity. no naps. at times no clothes. no diapers. no rest for the weary. and then little sleep at night. grumpy. angry. restless. hellions. running out into the snow shoeless. up stairs. over gates. etc. not exactly “fun”. so i rebuilt the cribs. as toddler beds. again. and bought railings for the side. still not helping. they jumped over them. around them. and generally ran amok. i saw our nanny out on friday night and pretty much begged her to return on monday. when she arrived i explained the situation more fully. mid-afternoon i sent her a text. and low and behold it turns out my nanny is a unicorn. magical. my children nap for her. without issue. she reads to them. lays them in their toddler beds. they actually stay in them. and they sleep. i don’t know who these children are. but i will take it. we are still having some struggles at night but significantly diminished. sleep begets sleep. and apparently unicorns beget sleep. thank goodness for amazing nannies.
hook enjoyed his break from school. we didn’t do a heck of a lot as i was busy busy working and mere was trying to herd the minions. but the boy is now taking not only snowboarding lessons but also guitar lessons (a gift from us for xmas). he started last week and he is loving it). he runs upstairs when he gets home to practice. i hope his excitement persists.
and that’s about it. there is so so very much more going on but i haven’t processed it enough to express it in a way that will make any sense to anyone. if that even makes sense.
2013 isn’t off to the best start. but it is bound to get better. lots of babies to be born (to be clear – NONE by me) and adventures to be had. and life to be lived. and laughter. and love. and good times with great people. you can never go wrong with that combination. always remind yourself what really matters in life. because it can be gone. in an instant.
wishing you all a magical and amazing 2013!