Sunday, February 14, 2010

Will I ever get a good night's sleep?

It's not looking likely.  I remember when Zoe was a baby, people told me "oh it will get much better at night as she gets older".  HA!  They lied!  I can't tell you the last time I had a good, uninterrupted, night of sleep.  Wait, yes I can.  It was last month, when Zoe spent the night at Grandma's.  Basically I get one good nights sleep a month.  And, sometimes, not even that, when Amos decides to be a pain. 

The sad part is that for me, sleep really is like a daily vitamin.  My body feels good, I'm in a good mood, all is right with the world.  Don't get me wrong, I am trying to get sleep.  I even do my best to be in bed by 9:30/9:45 PM.  So things start off good.  Then, Amos will need to go out and he will bypass anyone else in the house to get me.  So many nights, I am startled out of a sound sleep by Amos whining.  I get back to sleep, only to wake up practically hanging off the bed because Zoe has climbed in our bed and has taken over all the extra space.  I've tried it all.  We put her back in her bed and she just comes back.  I've tried just scooting down to the bottom of the bed and she makes her way down to the bottom of the bed too.  I've tried sleeping in the guest bed and if she wakes up and I'm not there, she goes to find me and climbs into bed.  That's if Amos doesn't get there first.  He also stalks me at night.  If I get up to go to the bathroom, he's usually right behind me.  (Making sure I don't make a run for it?)

A few nights ago, I was exhausted.  I wasn't able to get to sleep much and finally decided since Zoe was in our bed, I'd go sleep in her bed.  I was in her bed about 5 minutes before Amos found me and jumped up to share the bed with me.  So, once again, I had about a 2 inch strip of bed to try to sleep on.  It doesn't work well.  Between the two of them, I'm never going to get sleep again. 

I don't even know what to do anymore.  Do I spend the next few months taking her back to bed multiple times a night?  Do, I go to the guest bed and lock the door and try to ignore Amos whining?  Apparently, everyone else in my house can sleep through his whining.  LOL!  Plus, Zoe is really good at unlocking doors, so it's not like it would do that much good. 

All I know is that I either need to start getting some sleep or my body needs to hurry up and adjust to little or no sleep.  Wonder how long that will take? 

Friday, February 12, 2010

Agent Z - The international super spy

You've got to love kids with an active imagination.  The past couple of days, Zoe has become "Agent Z", an international super spy.  She's been tip-toeing and scurrying around the house in sunglasses and a pink, glittery fedora.  LOL!  We've been told we have to call her Agent Z and she is the spy boss.  Last night, she slinked into the living room, peeked around the corner and then rolled on the ground to get to the other side of the room.  Like a bad police academy movie.  It's cracking me up!  She totally gets into character.  I'll have to try to get a photo. 

We've had days when she was a rockstar, complete with microphone and fingerless gloves.  A cowgirl, where she wore her cowgirl boots with just about everything.  We've had pink cowgirl boots and bright red ones.   She's been a ninja, wearing her old Tae Kwon Do outfit, running thru the house kicking things.  A superhero, complete with cape.  We also went thru a pirate phase, which included an eye patch.  She would want to go to the store with me wearing the eye patch!  The fun never stops! 

And, I hope it never stops for her.  A healthy imagination is a good thing.  I can't wait to see what she comes up with next!  For now, back to following Agent Z!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Daddy Daughter Drama

I think I'll just call it "DDD" for short.  What is up with that?  Lately it has been the worst!  Zoe looks for any kind of buttons she can push to get Daddy to pretty much lose it.  Is it an attention thing?  Is it just a 5 yr old girl thing?  Who knows, I don't.  But I do know that it is driving me crazy.  Almost every morning and every night there is some type of drama, yelling, door slamming, etc.  I'm thinking by the time Zoe hits 13, her bedroom door will have been removed.  It is a blatant power struggle mostly.  Dan asks her to do something, she flat out tells him "no".  He gets mad, she is being disrespectful, then the yelling begins.  She screams that she hates him, he's mean, lots of stomping, etc.  Ugh.  This latest event, has caused her to be mad for 2 days.  The funny thing is that she has nothing to be mad or upset about.  She was in the wrong, she was being disrespectful to him, so why is she mad?  Who knows.  I just try to keep my mouth shut because whenever I do try to "intervene" the outcome is never good.  I might have to do what Amos, our boxer, does when they argue, he quietly leaves the room and heads to a back corner in the bathroom.  LOL! 

I thought little girls were supposed to be "Daddy's girls", at least that is what people told me.  I'm sure it will change at some point and I will be the villan.  Everyone told me at the beginning, oh she is going to be such a daddy's girl, watch out!  When?  When does this happen?  I'm not complaining though, I like that she is a momma's girl, but I still wonder what I did wrong.  (Everything that goes wrong is somehow my fault!) 

Well, it should be interesting to see how this plays out.  Like I said, this is Day 2.  Last night when Daddy went to do the nighttime routine, she said she didn't want him there.  He took away her Wii remote and stuffed animal after the "incident".  We gave her the opportunity to "earn" them back and she, so far, has declined.  I don't know how long she can hold out though. 

It's never dull at our house, especially when the DDD is in full swing, which seems to be about every other day!  If only I could find that instruction manual.  LOL!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Bus duty

Daddy is in charge of getting Zoë to the bus today. I haven't heard from him this morning, that could be good or bad. LOL! Last time, they missed the bus & Zoë was not too happy. Thankfully the school is in the neighborhood so it really wasn't an issue.

Last night I said to Zoë "daddy will be getting you ready in the morning". Her response "sigh...he made me miss the bus last time". I told her I was sure that wouldn't happen again. Boy will I hear about it if it does. LOL!

I'm a little scared since I haven't received a phone call, email or text.

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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Snow Day

OMG!  This was our first experience with a school snow day.  Going to have to get things better organized!  I was able to work from home some, but that's pretty much an impossible task with a 5 year old.  Thankfully, we've got kids in our cul-de-sac that she plays with, so it helped some.  I hope we don't have to do this again any time soon.  I was running out of things for us to do.  There are only so many bribes I can use to get her to stop talking to me during a conference call!  This time lunch at Burger King and a quick trip to the Disney Store to get a Club Penguin puffle did the trick.  LOL!