Bedtime is often a mixed bag with Miles. He's got particular requests/demands that he makes regularly, such as picking out two books, then hearing two stories, then having his back rubbed, etc. I can be eager to get it over with at times, primarily because, at that point in my day, I really need to … Continue reading Year 4, Day 38
About ten minutes after we put Miles to bed, he started chanting, "I'm not sleeping, Mommy and Daddy!" Gradually he started doing this in a variety of voices and pitches. Weird? Definitely. But hey, it beats screaming and crying. https://videopress.com/v/G4FS9c9u?preloadContent=metadata TURN VOLUME ALL THE WAY UP TO GET THE FULL (OR ANY) EXPERIENCE.
Last night, Jaclyn issued the following proposal: "I'm going to bring Miles into our bed tomorrow morning and he can just watch TV while we lay around." "Sounds great," I said. It should come as no surprise that, while Miles was brought to our bed upon waking up this morning, he did not do so … Continue reading Year 3, Day 311
Nights have been pretty quiet lately. Sure, it might take a while to actually get him to go to sleep, but once Miles goes down there isn't much that will truly wake him up anymore. We might hear him talking or crying out during the night, but this typically subsides quickly as he grapples with … Continue reading Year 3, Day 288
Every night, about an hour after he goes down, I quietly enter Miles's bedroom to check on him. I make sure he's situated snugly in bed, that his covers are on, and I dim his night light. Usually, even when I have to tug him back into the center of his bed, he sleeps through … Continue reading Year 3, Day 270
After six months of limited contact with the outside world, we're finally able to (hopefully) release the pressure valve that is threatening to create a Shining-like scenario in our home. Today we departed Charlotte for the first time in months for a weekend in the mountains of western NC. We've all been looking forward to … Continue reading Year 3, Day 192
It's been a rough week. My uncle, who met Miles during our eventful trip to New York and back a couple years ago, passed away after a lengthy battle with cancer. And Friday night, just as Jaclyn and I were getting ready to go to bed, news broke that actor Chadwick Boseman had also passed … Continue reading Year 3, Day 187
Whenever I'm the first one in Miles's room in the morning, I always ask him the same two questions: "Did you have a good sleep?" and "Did you have good dreams?" If he answers "yes" to the second question, I'll follow up with, "What did you dream about?" Today was the first time he ever … Continue reading Year 3, Day 171
I awoke around 4:00 in the morning to the sound of Miles wailing. "MOMMY!" he cried. "MOMMMMMMMYYYYYYY!" "Can you go get him?" Jaclyn mumbled. "I've already been up with him for a long time." Maybe it was my grogginess, but Jaclyn's semi-conscious statement was met with skepticism. Nevertheless, I got out of bed and staggered … Continue reading Year 3, Day 144
"Miles! It's dinnertime!" "Nono, go night-night!" I wish I could say this level of dinner avoidance was abnormal, but Miles will go to great lengths to convince us he doesn't need to sit down and eat.