Thursday, March 17, 2011


Tomorrow afternoon I will be walking into North Daviess Elementary School to sign my little man up for kindergarten. I really can't believe the time is already here - it can't be that the little tiny bundle I held in my arms 5 years ago is independent, strong, spunky, and ready for school. He already loves preschool and I'm not too worried about him transitioning into kindergarten, because he seems to really enjoy the school atmosphere and learning in general. Mommy will be much more upset about sending him then he will be about going. This weekend we are traveling to Southport to cheer on the Cougars in semi-state! Max is really excited about our Friday night stay in a hotel (where he will be able to swim)! It should be fun - I'm sure I will come home with lots of pictures to share.

One struggle we are having right now is keeping Max in his own bed at night. We have always kinda struggled with this, but it's gotten worse. Max has suddenly become extremely afraid of coyotes - which we can sometimes hear howling at night. He has heard Gabe talk about them, and then he also heard some at Nana and Papa's one night. He does go to sleep in his own bed as long as I'm laying down with him, but wakes up each night at around midnight and comes to our bed. When he climbs into our bed he wakes me and asks me questions, like "Can the coyotes get in our house, Mom?" or "Can the coyotes see in the windows?" Now he is terrified of the window in his room, so I promised to get him a curtain as soon as I go to Walmart next. If he just came in our bed and slept soundly - it would be no big deal. But he tosses, turns, kicks, etc.! This kid is a moving-machine while he sleeps! So in turn - Gabe and I get NO sleep:( O well, I keep telling myself that it won't last forever - soon Max will be 'too cool' to sleep with his mom and won't want to have anything to do with me. Right now I just need to cherish the cuddle time I can still steal with him:)

The pregnancy is going well right now - I am 18 weeks and feeling alot better than before. I won't say the sickness has completely gone away - but I am definantely improved. Although the Dr. says I still have not gained any weight, there is a definate 'baby bump' now and I'm feeling more hungry than before. The last few weeks I have been on a slushie kick - so everytime I pass a gas station or Dairy Queen I MUST stop and get a red slushie. Wierd - but it just seems to hit the spot:) Only two weeks until we find out if this Swartzentruber baby will be a boy or a girl - I'm excited to finally know and begin talking about names and buying pink or blue baby stuff!


The Gingerich Girls said...

I craved slushies with Grace too, YUMMY!!! With the sleeping thing with Max, I don't know how to keep him in his own bed (Izabelle is doing the samething), but when he wakes up in the middle of the night, maybe you can try having a sleeping bag on the floor, so that if he wakes up afraid he can still come into your room and you can console him and tuck him into his sleeping bag, that way he doesn't keep you guys awake w/ all the moving and you all get a good night sleep.

Tera said...

So happy you are feeling better. We have issues with Braylee (and occasionally Brynna) in our bed sometimes too but I'm like you, I remind myself how lucky I am to enjoy this time in our lives snuggling with our little sweeties!

Chelsa said...

We had that trouble with B coming to our bed... and he is like Max- a moving machine! We now let him go to sleep in our bed and when we go to bed Ryan moves him to his own room. It seems to have worked for now. He is a sound sleeper- so moving him doesn't wake him up.

Glad you're feeling better! Can't wait to hear what you're having!

sarah said...

I am so glad that you are feeling better! And we can't wait to hear if the baby will be a boy or a girl swartzentruber. That is so exciting!! Clayton and his girlfriend are having a little girl in July :)

Hailee would fall asleep in her bed for the longest time but wake up at 1 and come crawl in our bed. However now Bodie sleeps with us, but we have a toddler bed in our room (suppose to be for Bodie) and Hailee has now made that her bed. Ha ha! Guess I am not much help on giving advise on this subject since I have two kids in my room. All I can say is that at least she is in a that other bed.

Ashley said...

I am excited to hear what you are having!!! Two weeks isn't far at all. Until then keep slurping down those slushies. haha. I haven't had one in forever...just may have to get one sometime soon;)

April Stilwell said...

Abbie, we had the same problem with Parker. I just can't let him in my bed because I love sleep too much :) I usually take him right back to his bed and he has a little radio that we keep beside it. I turn it on low and that usually relaxes him and he falls back asleep. I think right now he's listening to a Disney Cars cd. I think it distracts him from his little imagination!!!