Tuesday, March 15, 2011

child-like

Olive's preschool picture
have i posted this? olive's preschool photo. it's pretty darling, right? little girls in pigtails kill me. olive has been experiencing a lot of growing pains in the last few months. the worst of it is over but from late December to early February she had them almost every day/night. it was so pitiful to watch her cry and she found no relief from anything but pain medicine. i measured the kids the week after we moved here and less than a month later olive had grown almost an entire inch. IN LESS THAN A MONTH. this photo was taken in early fall and i can see a noticeable difference in her height and transition into being more child-like.

we are working on some sleep issues with her. she is naturally defiant, shocking news i know! but particularly at night time she wanders around upstairs and "has to tell us something" every few minutes. a small part of it is that she wants to be with us but in general i think she just doesn't settle down well on her own. but on the flip side who has the time and energy to coddle an almost 4 yr old to sleep every night? no one here i know that. so this week we've started her back on doses of melatonin and of course it's working like a charm. this happens a few times per year and gradually we can wean her back onto sleeping without it.

5 comments:

Vicky said...

Sounds like my eldest. She tries every trick in the book to try and stall bedtime: needing a drink, taking forever to brush her teeth, needing to ask a "really important" question.

sanityseeker said...

oh so adorable. i remember growing pains in my knees as a kid and it was HORRIBLE.
love your blog, been reading for over a year now (longer??). can you expound (is that the right word?) on the melatonin dosage etc? we're dealing with a constant waker here and it's getting old, especially with nursing new babe all night long. thanks!

renee kristine said...

ooooh my goodness! I've been reading your blog since she was... i dont know, 1?! she's already a little lady! so darling!

jenny mae. said...

@vicky
YES right? last night's "really important thing" was "i can make a diamond shape with my fingers. OMG GO TO BED CHILD!

@sanityseeker
we got some chewable lozenges from vitacost that are 2 mg each. our pediatrician recommended no more than 4 mg but 2 mg work perfectly fine for her. they are all natural.

@renee
she is growing like a weed for sure. unreal that she will be four in less than a month!

Vicky said...

I've nominated you for a Kreativ blogger award.