The only drawbacks were that there wasn't any adult seating in the snack area (although those little kid sized picnic tables were perfect for the kiddos) and that there wasn't a kid sized bathroom (that we saw). When we attempted to go to the potty, Ophelia looked in there and said "There's a big scary flusher in there. I don't want to go on the big scary flusher." I must also suggest a changing station in the family bathroom - I was befuzzled at the lack of one, considering this is a place for kids and families to go. My final suggestion would be a giant bouncy "exit" slide that deposits the kids right next to your car - so to make it easier to get them out of there without a fight! Ophelia was NOT ready to go home when it was time to go.
1. Early bed time. When Ophelia (now 2.5) was still co-sleeping with us, she went to be whenever we did. And her sleep habits were horrid! Then I started a bedtime routine with her - and the first step in that routine was a consistent and EARLY bed time. 6:30 pm to be precise. Now that she is a little older, her bedtime is 7 pm. If she stays up much later than that, she starts to get overtired and that leads to The Crankies and Bedtime Battles. Now - I've found that we can make bedtime even earlier if we have had a long day - but making bedtime later almost always ends badly. This tip also has an added bonus for the parents: a few hours of 'kid free' time before we have to hit the hay ourselves!
2. Routine, Routine Routine. Now don't roll your eyes and say "I've heard it all before" because this is a definite MUST in getting kids to bed without a battle. Children really do behave better if they know what to expect. And having a solid bedtime routine helps kids know exactly what is going down every evening - no surprises (well, except maybe a special new pair of jammies on occasion!) Find a routine that works for you and your kiddo and stick to it. Here is what works for us: Dinner, Nakie Time, Bath, Lotions and Potions, Jammies on, Night Nights (we have a silly routine of saying goodnight to various things on the way to her room), 3 Stories, In Bed.
3. Stories. We are lucky that Ophelia LOVES her stories. She loves them so much that we actually had to set limits at bedtime or we would be reading until dawn. She gets THREE stories of her choice - long or short - but THREE is the limit. This is a great way for her to settle in a bit and wind down for the evening. Most nights dad does her stories so this is also good 'dad time' - as he is working most of her waking hours during the week.
4. Comfort Items. Personally, I think we have gone overboard on this one - as some nights there is not much room left in bed for Ophelia - BUT I think that having a comfort item (or 2) that helps your child feel safe and calm can help at bed time. Ophelia has her Taggie Blanket that is the ultimate item, but we also have Water Cup and Twilight Turtle and Sleep Sheep and Snuggle Pig and Lambie and Duckie and Pink Bear ... and we have music for her to listen to as well. And books. She always wants books in her bed with her when she goes to sleep at night. We have relented - as sometimes she will sit and read to her dolls after we leave the room - BUT we have limited to a short stack so as not to bury her in an avalanche of books in the middle of the night!! Oh - and night lights!! Don't forget the night lights!
5. Stay Calm. When Mom and Dad are calm, relaxed, and cool as a cucumber, bedtime always goes better. Whether a trip to grandma's or the big game has made bedtime later than normal or if a missed nap or a bad day at school is causing meltdowns or if you have a midnight waker, the best way to approach the scenario is with the utmost serenity - even if your head is about to explode. There are so many things that can throw bedtime into a tizzy: teething; potty learning; illness; under/over stimulation. As parents we have to learn to take it in stride and not throw a fit: after all, kids learn by example, right?
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Labor started on Sunday late morning with irregular, non painful contractions. By dinner time, I was pretty sure they were the real deal. Jim got Ophelia fed and bathed and ready for bed while I laid down on my side, drank water, and used the contraction timer. Yup. Regular at 6-7 minutes apart. Starting to get uncomfortable too. Better get that bag packed! An hour later, after Ophelia is officially in bed, mommy showered, and our friend Adam arriving any minute to babysit, contractions are closer to 3 minutes apart. Wow. That was fast! By the time we got to the hospital, they were 2 minutes apart, painful, and I was dilated to almost 6 cm. Oh - and the baby was breech with the feet coming first. Cue the emergency c-section team. Sparing all the gory details for now, at 9:41 pm on July 5, 2009 we welcomed Rowan Marie Maxwell. A whopping 7 pounds and 14 ounces and 19 3/4" long at 36 weeks!
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