Going to Bed on the 4th of July

4th of July 2017

This year, I live in a neighborhood with lots of families, so I was wondering how bedtime would go during the fourth of July week. Every evening, there were fireworks being set off and they didn’t stop till midnight usually. However, bedtime went okay for baby. I was rather surprised but happy. I think it helped that he heard them going off and knew what they were before he started on bedtime. He slept through the fireworks each evening. It was rather odd now that I think about it, how he had a hard time sleeping after the firework holiday was over with. Maybe he got used to the fireworks?

I couldn’t go to sleep though. I was envying my baby as he slept through the fireworks. I surely could not do that. I had to wait till 1am till I could even think of sleeping. However, that is my usual time that I end up going to bed anyways.

It’s so odd how a baby can sleep through fireworks, but awaken at other things like noises of someone talking. I do have a white noise machine to cover up some house noises though and I’m sure that helps with house noise. I know though that it did not cover up the fireworks as the fireworks were way too loud.

Gotta write and run as it is nearing my bedtime. I guess I’ll be getting to bed past my bedtime again…..as happens to often.

Overlooking the Obvious

So, when I learned I was pregnant, I was feeling a lot of feelings. Didn’t really expect to get pregnant after 4 years of marriage. I figured it wasn’t in the cards for me, so it took me by surprise.  I thought I would read up on things to be prepared for whatever came my way. I even took a few classes at the hospital where I would deliver the baby. So, I figured I was pretty set to go and I knew the basics to get by with whatever happened when we took the baby home from the hospital. –

Well, I overlooked a few things.  I saw how it said that baby needs to be fed  8-12 times a day for about 4 months. I knew this would be a pain trying to wake up and feed the baby at night and all day every few hours. However, I thought it would just be a 15-20 minute session. So, I figured it wouldn’t be too bad. However, I forgot to add in the time it takes to burp baby and change his diaper. I also forgot to add in the time it would take to get baby to sleep again. Now, I know on a good day that it takes at least an hour to get a feeding session done. However, most times it takes up to two hours because baby is growing and feeds from both sides. He is also picky about how he goes to sleep. It has to be his way or no sleep…come what may. I remember how the lady at one of the classes said that sometimes baby will want to feed for 45 min. I thought this was the exception and just a “sometimes”. Evidently, the lady was just glossing over this fact or making it sound not too bad on purpose.

So, there I was concerned about the actual labor part of having a baby. Yet, that wasn’t the worst part. It was what I wasn’t concerned about that “got me” in the end. It was the breast feeding that took me by surprise even though  I was given little warnings and clues.

Our little boy is growing into a big boy fast. At 4 weeks, he wants to feed every two hours most of the time during the day. Sometimes, it is every hour. So, we just decided that we needed for sure to get formula because his eating needs are demanding. I need time to eat, go to the bathroom, sleep, shower, etc. Can’t do that with a baby who wants to eat all the time unless we have formula to give him in the meantime. We also have started giving him a pacifier and that helps a lot too because sometimes he just wants to suck and not really eat.

Oh, the joys of breastfeeding!

 

Sleep and Progress

Girl Sleeping

It’s a little hard to get things done when u don’t get enough sleep. I should know since I’ve not been getting as much sleep as I would like. Usually, the white noise machine I have works to get me to sleep. However, it doesn’t work as good lately. Sometimes, it is because I have to get up and go to the bathroom every few hours. Other times, it’s because I have too many things on my mind that I’m thinking about. Last night and the night before, it was because I was having problems breathing. I had to prop myself up with an extra pillow to actually breathe better and be able to fall asleep. I attribute all these reasons for not getting enough sleep to the baby that is due mid May this year. Yep, it’s nice to be able to blame someone else for once…..LOL.

So, since I get tired easier, I have been slow on my book illustration process. Yes, all the images but one are colored. However, I noticed some defects in a good number of the colorings. Some spaces, when seen in an 8.5″ x 8.5″ format are not with color. So, since my book is going to be an 8.5″ x 8.5″ format I need to fix these issues. I also noticed the lines for the images are not as clear for this size as well. So, I am doing the lines over so they are bolder and the image is much more enticing. I am on image #9 right now regarding these corrections.

After this book is finished, I am going to do another children’s book that is for either boy or girl. I already know the subject matter I am going to put in the book as well as the images. Yep, I’m always trying to think one step ahead even though I’m not there yet.

 

Too Many Thoughts in my Head

Today’s a blah day today.

My brain is on overdrive, but I slept till ten today so it’s playing catch up.

I have too many thoughts in my head to concentrate on one.

I’m thinking about my trip to the mid-west coming up soon.

I’m going there to visit family.

While it will be fun, it still takes some planning.

Of course I’m gonna be taking some pictures while there.

I will be there about a week.

I’m also thinking about my new book I’m writing and illustrating.

I’m thinking about using my niece as reference pictures from which to draw from.

I’m also trying to decide if I should hurry up and publish the book by September.

Or should I wait and take my time to publish it.

I’m sort of thinking on getting it done by September instead of taking my time on it.

These are only two of the various thoughts in my head.

I think I can handle up to three thoughts in my head at one time.

So, I think I have over three thoughts banging around in there.

I feel like I have a subdued  brain freeze.

So, I’m not gonna post a picture for my post here.

Usually I do, but today can be different.

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Sun, sun go away!

Sun, sun go away.

Don’t come again another day.

I wish you would hide away.

Behind a cloud all morning long.

You can tarry and stay gone.

You are so bright, I wake a fright.

To see you in my room alight.

I hug my pillow close and tight.

But still, I see your light.

Sunrise is way too early to be a fright.

And wake from my nice sleepy night.

The awful sun.

        The awful sun in my backyard.

I am not a morning person, so I wrote this quick poem to display my adverse/complicated feeling towards the sun. I really don’t like the sun waking me up every morning before eight thirty in the morning. However, no matter how I cover the windows, it still wakes me too early. Blinds and curtain don’t avail unless I use ugly thick drapes. Drapes I will not have in the bedroom. I like pretty curtains, so the fight with the sun goes on. Can I ever win without the use of drapes?