How I Got This Guy To Sleep Through The Night

This guy…

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This guy is adorable, charming, funny, daring, and…he would not sleep through the night! 

Over the course of his 16 month life, we tried every trick in the book that worked for our other three children .  We tried methods that didn’t work for our others.  Nothing worked.

He was waking up three, four and sometimes five or six times a night!  I was exhausted!

He is the reason that I started researching essential oils.  He is the reason that I purchased essential oils.

The day I received them, I applied diluted lavender oil on the bottoms of his feet at bed time and guess what?  He slept through the night!!!

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And he slept through the next night and the next night!  The following night he woke up once, but quickly went back to sleep.

Being the skeptic that I am, I thought perhaps this is just a coincidence, so on the 6th night I didn’t apply lavender at bed time.  He woke up at 11:00, 2:00, 2:15 and 2:30.  At 2:30 I applied it and he slept until 5:30.

Okay, now I’m convinced!

I’ve also used it on my middle son who has night terrors when he is overtired or goes to bed too late.  On the few nights that I thought he might have night terrors I applied lavender and he, too, slept through the night.

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Week in Review, Part 4

Last Monday, all of my children were enjoying a freeze pop on the deck when the sky opened up.  They loved the rain shower!

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Towards the end of the week, all four of them went to visit my parents for a few days.  While the children are away, mommy will play! :)

I made this starburst hot pad.  You can find the pattern here.

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I finally finished this necklace.  It’s been on my to do list for a long time and I only needed to tie it off and secure the knot.  I don’t know what took me so long!  I wore it wrapped around my wrist on a much needed date night with my husband.  The necklace is based on this pattern.

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I also cleaned out the chicken coop and added some flowers and mulch along the sides.

Before…

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I shoveled out all of the shavings from the coop and the run and added new sand to both areas.

After…

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While I was working the girls decided to take a dust bath under the lilac bush behind the coop.

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It’s hard to see in the photos, but they are throwing dirt up under their wings.  It’s a lot of fun to watch!

Saturday evening the older two asked if we could have a camp fire.  We said, “Yes!”, but told them that they needed to make the fire pit bigger.  They spent at least an hour working on it.  They did a great job!

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The beautiful sunset as we were sitting by the fire.

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How was your week?

 

 

 

Week in Review, Part 3

This week my daughter took her first swimming lessons at a local lake. I waited until she turned 5 so that I wasn’t required to go in the water with her. Not that I don’t want to go in the water, but if I’m in with her then I need someone to watch the younger two.

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We spent four afternoons at the lake and everyone loved the water! As usual it took this guy a little while to warm up to the idea of going in, but once he was in he didn’t want to get out as long as no one splashed him.

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The younger one on the other hand, walked straight in and would have kept going even though the water would have been over his head. He has no fear!

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I made my first batch of pesto with this beautiful basil from my CSA bag.

DSC_0187I only used the green basil because I wanted the pesto to be that bright green color.  It was delicious! I’m the only one who will eat it, so I froze most of it.

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I also made this double chocolate zucchini bread with the zucchini from the CSA. (Sorry…I didn’t get a before picture.)  My sister introduced me to the recipe and the children have no idea that zucchini is in it, so they gobble it up!

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We went to the library to check out some new books and a movie. The older three handed in their reading log and they each earned a prize from the treasure chest.

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Last week I forgot to mention that I made this dishcloth in honor of the Fourth of July. I can’t decide if I want to keep it or sell it. Maybe it will be one of my entries for the craft show at our fall fair. What do you think?

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How was your week?

Week in Review, Part 2

This week was a relatively quiet week.  My oldest spent one night at a friend’s house.  He and my daughter also spent two nights at my parents house and the younger two joined them for the second night.

While all four were away, my husband and I had a nice date night!  It was our first time going out to dinner without any little ones in over six months.  It was so nice to reconnect and eat dinner without cutting anyone’s food!  :)

I used the quiet time to get caught up on some housework that desperately needed to get done and prepped a few things from my weekly CSA share for the freezer.  This is the chard that I chopped and blanched.

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I forgot to mention in last week’s post that our town always has 4th of July fireworks the weekend before the 4th.  The whole family went and all of the children stayed awake until the very end.  It was so much fun watching my 17 month old ooh and aah as the sky lit up.  I left my camera in the car, so I don’t have any photos.

The older two asked to light sparklers on the 4th, but it was raining, so we did them on the 5th.

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My June Hustle

My June Hustle was to earn an extra $100.  I earned $70.  How did I do it?

$35 – sold baby items on my local Facebook buy/sell/trade group

$28 – sold a couple of retired Longaberger items on eBay (the $28 is after the eBay fees)

$7 – earnings from my account with Inbox Dollars

I hope I can do better in July!

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Week in Review, Part 1

I’ve decided to create a weekly post highlighting the previous week’s activities.  I hope it will remind me to take more pictures of my family and will serve as a journal for me.

My mom and I took all four kids strawberry picking.  I forgot the camera in the car, but here is our bounty.

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We discovered that one of our pullets (female chicken less than a year old) is in fact a cockerel (male chicken less than a year old)!  How did we figure this out?  He started crowing this week!

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Our friends invited us to spend an afternoon in their pool.  It took the younger two about an hour to warm up to the idea of going in the water.  Once they did, they didn’t want to leave!  Everyone had a great time!

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I finally got caught up on the laundry thanks to my wonderful husband.  He took the boys out for the morning and I sorted, folded and put away about six loads!  It’s so nice to see my bedroom floor again!

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Last but not least, I received my order of essential oils this week and we started using them.  More posts to follow on how they are working for us.

Tomorrow Can’t Be Here Soon Enough

I can’t wait for tomorrow!  My order of essential oils should be delivered by the time I get home from work.

I’m hoping that these oils will help my family with a number of issues, but the most important issue we are dealing with is my 16 month old not sleeping through the night.

He wakes up from one to four times a night.  Usually he goes right back to sleep (with my help), however, at least once a week he decides that he wants to hang out with me for an hour or so.

I’ve tried everything.  Letting him cry it out, co-sleeping, bed-time snack, bed-time routine, etc.

I’m exhausted!!!

How can essential oils help?  Lavender has calming and relaxing qualities and if often used to help with sleep issues.

I’ll let you know if it works!