we are living a nightmare

I swear that I’m in the middle of a nightmare. A nightmare that is loud, exhausting and never-ending.

Parker slept through the night 3 nights in a row. Awesome. Then she had her 6 month shots yesterday and b/c she always has a horrible reaction to them, when she woke up screaming at 11:30pm I immediately brought her down, gave her Tylenol and a bottle and then she went right back to bed. Well not tonight.

Tonight it was the OTHER one who decided sleep was over-rated. Bailey woke up at 11pm and has been crying ever since. Parker started in about midnight. It’s now 12:37am. I know that doesn’t seem like a long time, but to listen to constant crying for that long is horrible. Especially when you are exhausted, frustrated and generally pissed off.

After trying a few times to get Bailey to calm down we finally just let her cry. That led to Parker waking up. After trying a few things (besides giving her the bottle) to get Parker to calm down, I finally gave up and came down here. I figure that they’re fine, just tired (or whatever) and will eventually cry themselves back to sleep. I’m giving them 30 minutes before I go up again. 1. because I’m absolutely SICK AND TIRED of climbing those damn stairs and 2. b/c I think they expect me to come back up asap. They’re not getting the best of me this time.

Why oh why is life so hard sometimes? Yesterday I had a horrible tear-filled day due to money issues, today was slightly better on that front but then I’m greeted at the end of another long day with this mess. WHAT ARE WE DOING WRONG WORLD?

On another note, and b/c I still have 19 minutes until I can go back up, I will write about something I’ve been meaning to write about for a while now.

The Allen Family Update:

CHRIS: Almost finished with school for the summer, Webster gets out at the end of next week, closing out a great first year of teaching. For most teachers summer means a welcome break, for him it is the begining of hell. Well, maybe not hell, but close to it. This summer he will be running 5 soccer camps, two for Webster High School and three for Webster Soccer Club (youth camps). He’ll be home with the girls 2-3 days a week while I continue to work and 2 days a week he’ll be working for my dad. Then for 3 weeks in July he will be taking 3 classes. One class a week which will give him 9 credit hours towards finishing his teaching certificate program. These are going to be so hard for him b/c the classes are SO intense. Good news for next year, Webster gave him some classes so he will be teaching a couple biology classes and some health classes. He still won’t be considered full time, although he actually will be teaching more classes than the “normal” teacher, but there is a pay raise involved which will help us out a lot. Please keep him in your prayers as he has a lot to do this summer. We also just found out that he has to take two classes at UMSL this fall. That means a full teaching load (with new classes to prepare for), coaching boys soccer and taking two night classes. AHHH! We’ll never see him, but I know he can do it.

JODIE: Nothing new really. Still working at Llywelyn’s office one day a week and trying to work as much as I can for my parents. I’ve been doing more and more work from home lately which has been nice b/c I’ve gotten to spend more time with the girls and have actually had a chance to get more practice in on Illustrator than I was when my work computer was at my parents house. This summer I will still be working and trying to support C with his classes. My dream is still to get Jodified Designs going, and although I would love it to happen sooner rather than later, I think we have enough going on with C’s schedule for now.

BAILEY: What is she NOT doing? She’s 22 1/2 months (23 months on June 8th) and very VERY active. She can say her whole alphabet and can count to 13 on her own (I don’t know why she stops there!) and lately her favorite thing is to sing! She sings “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” and “The ABC’S”. She loves Parker and always has to know what she’s doing or where she is. She has the best heart I’ve ever seen, she’s just so sweet with her sister. I know I was NEVER that nice or loving towards Abbie! Anyway, she’s talking a mile a minute and you can understand most things! :) We’re looking forward to some days at the pool this summer as she LOVES to swim and can’t wait for her 2nd birthday!

PARKER: I guess I won’t start with the fact that she hates to see us sleep at night! :) Just kidding. She is 6 months old and in the 100% in height and 90% in weight! She’s HUGE! But although she is a chunk and a half, she is rolling over from her back to her tummy and her tummy to her back, sitting up and starting to crawl. She only goes backwards, and it’s more of a scoot than a crawl, but she’s close! She loves watching her sister and laughs belly laughs at her constantly. She’s still mainly a momma’s girl, but she’s getting better with other people. As soon as we get this nighttime nightmare under control she’ll be the perfect baby!

Ok, they’ve been quiet for 8 minutes now… could my cry it out together scheme have worked??? We can only hope. So that’s what’s going on around here. Obviously I will still be blogging, just thought I would update officially.


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