For moms in Savannah and the Coastal Empire


Why do kids get up early on days when mom could sleep in?

by Traci Schumacher on Fri, 03/29/2013 - 10:49pm

It's Spring Break for my kids this week, and you know what that means. The kids will be getting up early in the mornings.

Why is it that the same children who must be coerced and persuaded and threatened to get up at 7:30 on a school day can so easily pop out of bed, often before 7:00, on days off from school?

Sleep dilemma: how hard do you fight a late afternoon nap (for a no-longer-napping child)?

by Traci Schumacher on Tue, 07/10/2012 - 9:49pm

My 6-year-old son fell asleep this evening around 6:30. I had sent him to his room for being mean to his little brother, and when I went to check on him he was fast asleep in bed. So here is the dilemma: let him sleep and risk throwing off the rest of the night or wake him up so he can go to bed at the usual designated time?

Middle-of-the-night conversation

by Traci Schumacher on Thu, 07/05/2012 - 9:42am

In the middle of the night recently my 3-year-old son called for me. I stumbled, half-asleep, down the hall to the room he shares with his big brother to see what was the matter.

When I arrived, my 6-year-old had also awoken. He sat up in bed and asked me, “Do I have to go on the field trip to the pool?” Clearly he had just been dreaming about a pool field trip of some sort.

“No,” I answered, wanting to resolve the issue quickly and get everyone back to sleep.

The changing of the time

by Traci Schumacher on Wed, 03/14/2012 - 2:26pm

I put my 2-year-old down for his nap today, and I can hear him now – 45 minutes later – chatting away in his room. “The bear runned away. He said (with a voice change), 'I runned away from you.' And then happy ever after.”

While this monologue scores high points for cuteness, it scores low on the Mama-Happiness scale. My little guy should be sleeping!

Holidays and the disruption of routine

by Traci Schumacher on Wed, 11/23/2011 - 3:54pm

Thanksgiving and the holidays are not
just about being thankful and remembering what's important in life.
They are also about days off from school, relatives visiting, trips
out of town, special events... the disruption of the normal routine.

When you try to replace something but your kid has other plans...

by Traci Schumacher on Thu, 11/17/2011 - 3:18pm

I recently bought my 2-year-old a new blanket... a bit bigger, warmer, and cozier than the baby blanket he's been using (and rolling out of) in bed. He was delighted to see Lightning McQueen and Mater on the blanket, and was eager to use it right away.

So I washed the blanket, and presented it to him at his next nap time. I thought I could remove the old baby blanket now that my son has a nice new one. But he had other ideas. "Now I have two blankets?" he asked, smiling.

Keep baby safe while sleeping... new AAP guidelines

by Traci Schumacher on Wed, 10/19/2011 - 2:49pm

I saw an article at CNNHealth about
some new guidelines released by the American Academy of Pediatrics
(AAP) for keeping your baby safe during sleep. These are in addition
to placing baby on his/her back to sleep, having a firm mattress, and
avoiding anything soft or loose in the crib (such as stuffed animals
or blankets*).

Too tired to sleep

by Traci Schumacher on Wed, 07/06/2011 - 10:13pm

I hate it when my toddler gets so tired that he can't sleep. It seems like a cruel joke... when he needs sleep the most, his body resists it.

After an unusually busy weekend, which included his first sleepover and a late night of fireworks, my little guy has had it. All throughout the day today he told me, “I'm tired.” But we had a play date, and he missed his nap, even failing to fall asleep on the ride home.

Happily not sleeping

by Traci Schumacher on Thu, 04/21/2011 - 10:12pm

It's 10:00 pm, and over the monitor I can hear my toddler happily singing and chatting away. His two siblings seem to be asleep, but the little guy is like the Energizer Bunny tonight for some reason. After a busy day, I thought he would have gone right to sleep. But not tonight. He's been in bed for over an hour, amusing himself.

Funny how you know your kids and what they normally do in different situations, and then they throw you a curve ball every once in a while... just to keep you on your toes, I guess.

Siblings Adjust to Sharing a Room

by Traci Schumacher on Mon, 01/24/2011 - 12:23pm

This weekend we moved my toddler's crib out of our bedroom so that he can share a room with our 4-year-old son. After nearly 21 months, I finally have my bedroom back!

When our littlest guy was born, I wanted to keep him close, which also made breastfeeding in the middle of the night much easier. Later we worried about getting the timing right in order to avoid causing resentment in our older son. Anyway, time goes by, and before you know it, the child is almost 21 months old!

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