We were born to make manifest the glory of God within us.
It is not just in some; it is in everyone.
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Saturday, August 18, 2007

Waking up Wombat

A short break from Covey's habits... something else needs work!

Lately I have fallen into the bad habit of letting Wombat stay in his bed for anything up to an hour after he wakes up, while I finish what I am doing. I listen to him on the monitor, so I know he is not too upset. He has a big, safe bed with toys and books to look at, and although he often cries a bit when he wakes, he generally plays quietly and goes back to sleep for a bit. Even so I don't think this is a positive thing for me to be doing. I notice that he cries more often during the night and is much less cooperative during the day, whereas if I get him up as soon as he wakes up, he is so happy to see me and tries very hard to be good. This has been happening both in the mornings and his afternoon nap time and it's starting to stretch out longer and longer. The crunch point came this week when I caught myself turning off the monitor so I wouldn't have to listen to him Yeti wouldn't hear him whinging because his teeth hurt and he has a wet nappy and he wants his Mummy.

Naughty Mummy.

My new habit for this week is to respond to Wombat as soon as I know he is awake, and not to make him wait for whatever it is that I think is more important, because really, it's not. I just need to be better organised so I get the important things out of the way first, while he is soundly asleep, so I am only doing the optional, easy-to-stop things around the time I expect him to start stirring.

SMART habit progress:

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penguinsandladybugs said...

In my humble opinion, it is not necessarily bad to not respond to him RIGHT AWAY. He is learning self soothing which is really quite good for him. But, you are the mum! Don't be so hard on yourself, though! Have a good week!

Rebecca said...

Good job on your decluttering & exercise and your efforts on the rest of your habits. I agree with penguinsandladybugs, don't be too hard on yourself. Have a good week!

Nikki Bonham said...

I dont have my own babies yet, so I can't say much about your habit this week... but from looking at your habit progress list, looks like your decluttering is going great!!! I'm working on that as well. Keep up the good work!!

Amanda said...

I need to add exercising

The Lazy Organizer said...

It's hard not to want a few extra moments isn't it? I left mine in their crib for a few minutes as long as they were content. I think you'll find a happy medium.

Steff said...

I agree - you can leave them alittle if you know they might go back to sleep and play.
way to go exersizing - wish i was loosing 500g a week

Karen@FamilyBriefs said...

I'm jealous of your exercising. I won't even put that on the list because I don't know when I'd do it. Oh, I know if I MADE the time for it, I'd get it done (but what would I NOT get done that day . . .?).

I've gotten kinda bad about letting my youngest "play" too long in her crib. I do think SOME is good for her - it's almost the only alone time she has away from her other 3 siblings barging in. But I get wrapped up in my stuff and she ends up crying for a bit before I can go get her. Perhaps I'll work on that too :) I'm glad to know I'm not the only one :)