I like this dog

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

I received this in an email a couple of days ago. It seemed so perfect with how I am feeling lately. I will explain below, but first the email I received.

An older, tired-looking dog wandered into my yard; I could tell from his collar and well-fed belly that he had a home and was well taken care of.

He calmly came over to me, I gave him a few pats on his head; he then followed me into my house, slowly walked down the hall, curled up in the corner and fell asleep. (continued below)

An hour later, he went to the door, and I let him out.

The next day he was back, greeted me in my yard, walked inside and resumed his spot in the hall and again slept for about an hour. This continued off and on for several weeks.

Curious I pinned a note to his collar: 'I would like to find out who the owner of this wonderful sweet dog is and ask if you are aware that almost every afternoon your dog comes to my house for a nap.'

The next day he arrived for his nap, with a different note pinned to his collar: 'He lives in a home with 6 children, 2 under the age of 3 - he's trying to catch up on his sleep. Can I come with him tomorrow?'

I am this morning feeling rather sleep deprived. We have been up with Matthew in the night the last two nights. After we went on our vacation in July, he got used to sleeping in the same room as us. We had a couch in our room and he has been sleeping there the last six months. We would try to put him in his room from time to time, but he would end up in our room. Well at least he slept through the night, so we were not in a hurry to force him to move.

Now that he is two and half. I know there are some milestones ahead of him. For example, some day he will give up his binky. Someday he will be ready to be potty trained. Both Matthew and I agree that today is not the day to do either of those things, so that left moving him to his own room.

On Monday I moved his couch to his room. Now he can sleep on his couch or his bed, but in his room. I started off with nap. It took him 3 times as long to fall asleep. He ended up having a short nap, because I had to pick up the girls from school. Same thing with yesterdays nap. Monday night he slept in his bed it took him over an hour to fall asleep (better than nap time), then up in the night. He woke me up only three times. Last night, he slept on his couch. He fell right to sleep in about an half hour. Wow, this is great, because maybe he is adjusting quickly right. No, I think he woke up four times last night. Each time sneaking into our room. This time he decided he was not going to get anywhere with mom, (smart boy) so he went and stood by his dad's side of the bed.

So now both of us are woke up and today the little boy is up and full of energy and I am ready for nap. The only problem is I don't have time for a nap today. Hmmm.... Meanwhile, my dog and cat are both asleep on the couch. Oh the life of a pet.


Rory Baxter January 7, 2009 at 10:09 AM  

What a cute story. I think all of us who are mothers of young children are in a constant state of sleep deprivation. Esp if we have more than one little person.

Vacation always has a way of messing with set routines and "rules" - no matter how long they have been in place before vacation - it always takes a long time to get back to that after vacation.

Remember before too long Matthew is going to give up the binky, he is going to learn to use the bathroom, he is going to be doing all those things big boys do - and you will be longing for these days when he was sleeping so sweetly on that couch in your room.

It is hard to think of anything straight when you havent had enough sleep. It is ok to let things go (like dishes or laundry,etc) and stop and rest with him if you can. I know that is tricky with the girls' schedules right now, but it might be worth it to just stop and enjoy the moment and just rest/sleep when you can with him for now. The other things will wait. He, and your sleep and sanity are worth taking some time to just stop and enjoy these precious years that will be gone all too fast.

Be sure to let me know if there is anything I can do to help - we would love to pick up matthew or take the girls for you to let you & Shaun get some much needed rest if you would like us to.