All about the Melatonin

My boys have been taking Melatonin for almost 3 years. We started J on it because he would go to bed at a reasonable time and then wake up every 2 hours and be awake for the day at 6am. Little J was taking 2 or 3 hours to get to sleep and then would be awake by 6am for the day. Neither of these schedules worked for me.

Over the summer, Little J started falling asleep a few nights a week before the meds were given out for the night and sleeping all night. Yes he was still getting up between 6 and 7am but he was sleeping for 9-10 hours. So over the past month I have been weaning him off of it. He has been off Melatonin for about 2 weeks and he is doing fine. He goes to sleep when I say it is bedtime and most school days I am dragging him out of bed at 6:40am. This week on fall break he has gotten up earlier than that but he is good about grabbing a cereal bar from the fridge and then entertaining himself in his room.

J on the other hand did not sleep well at all this summer. There were several days a week where he was waking up between 3 and 4 in the morning and staying awake for the day. I tried upping the melatonin and this didn’t seem to create a pattern of better sleeping. Some days it seemed like it worked and other days he would be up just as early. So I backed it down again. One of the things I was noticing was that he was waking up really hungry at that time. So we started a bedtime snack. This seems to help. He is still waking up in the wee hours of the night, but now he is getting in bed with me and going back to sleep until it is time to get up. While this is not ideal, I’d rather him in my bed asleep than running around the house or in the backyard and creating an over tired monster that everyone has to deal with later in the day (well 2 monsters cause I don’t do well with no sleep either.) Besides, if I’m not up all night trying to get him back to his room and he is in bed cuddling…all sorts of good feelings are created instead of bad.

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Fall Break and a good deal

So just as J gets settled into school and the routine and his new parapros and all the IEP modifications, our school goes on Fall Break. In theory I love fall break because it gives us a time of rest and fun when the weather is nice enough to enjoy it. BUT, this year I am working. That means the kids stil have to go to sitters’ houses. However, this first week they are both at the YMCA intersession camp offered at our school. J attended the summer camp version at the school for 2 weeks this summer and we barely made it through. Now Little J is old enough to go as well so they are both there. I dropped them off around 8:30 yesterday morning and didn’t breathe a sign of relief until after 12pm. They said he did well and Little J excelled once he got over his shyness. Little J did tattle and say J was doing some pushing, but it must not have been bad enough for the leaders to tell me about.

I also had a severe uveitis flare-up yesterday. My iris gets inflammed and then can get stuck and then my vision gets horrible. Thankfully, my neighbor is an optometrist and she just opened her own practice in Civano which is so close to our house. She took me over to the office after hours and did an exam. I got sent home with plenty of drops and drop prescriptions. This has been a chronic problem for about 4 years now but I haven’t had a terrible flare-up that couldn’t be fixed with allergy drops in over a year.

Now for the good deal. I discovered a site called ArtsCow that does custom items using your pictures as well as prints at reasonable prices. Every once in a while they offer a promotion called share and shout. I tried it out last month and got a free memo pad that I had personalized for J’s teacher to use as a Christmas gift. This time they are offering a 6×6 hard bound photo book for $0.99 and free shipping. All you have to do is click on this link  ArtsCow and then follow the directions for sharing. Once you’ve shared you will get a coupon code for your book. When I made my memopad, it arrived in less than 2 weeks and I was thrilled with it. Also, once you join artscow you will get all kinds of promotions in your email plus lots of free print codes added to your account.

New Endeavors

Last Christmas I decided to do as many handmade gifts as my talents and time allowed me. I had a great time and everyone enjoyed the custom items made personally for them. After Christmas, I stocked up on more supplies and have been crafting ever since. Then this summer I picked up a few more projects. I now have a store on Big Cartel with some of my jewelry items. I can customize any of it to include your own photos on the tiles/bottle caps and words/names on the stamped jewelry. Right now I am only offering Washers for the stamped jewelry but when I get my bench block I will also have stamped blanks in different sizes and shapes.

Head over to Karameia for all the details.

Initial Stamped Washers

Customizeable Glass Pendants

If you are interested in placing an order, please use the Big Cartel site. I will get some pictures on custom photo ones posted soon, they will make great gifts for parents and grandparents. I think in the near future I will be doing a giveaway but I’ll need a minimum number of comments on that post. So feel free to start sharing the news.

Dusting off the cobwebs

Just in time for Halloween of course when everyone expects extra cobwebs. 😉 Okay so its been 9 months since my last post (no there is no baby but lots of new beginnings) and I’m apparently not as witty as I once was. Bear with me as I find my groove again.

I finished my Medical Assisting School this summer and did a 5 week externship in a Pain Management Clinic. My wonderful sister-in-law came to live with us for that time and did an amazing job taking care of the kids and the pets cause I was brain-dead from 40+ hours of training/work a week. While I was at that clinic I met the manager for a company that processes urine samples for patients taking pain medication. After my externship she hired me to work in a different clinic. I worked at that clinic for 5 weeks and now I am in a different clinic on a more permanent basis. It is the best job I could have hoped for. There is enough intellectual stuff to satisfy without an overwhelming work load. I do some paperwork, ask a few questions, seal up the samples, and send them by UPS at the end of the day. I hang out online during the down time or read a book. In fact I am writing this in some of my down time.

J is now a 2nd grader and is doing as well as can be expected. We had a rough start to the school year but after 4 weeks of school, medication changes, IEP changes and wonderful teachers and parapros, he started doing better. We are now 2 months into the school year and he is having a lot more good days than bad and even after sporadic bad moments he can make a change and end the day on a positive note. It has been a real struggle with me working and his dad still in South Korea, but we have an amazing network that has helped us make it. His marvelous parapro from Kindergarten Ms. P (who is now Mrs. Z) has been keeping him after school since last year when I went back to school. He loves it at her house and all of her kids and her husband think of him as family.

Little J is now in 1/2 day kindergarten in the mornings. He got the same teacher that J had and he loves every minute of school. He really knows how to turn on the good behavior when he is out of the house and has all of the staff hoodwinked. He is a fantastic friend and is very caring to all the kids. A mom from our church picks him up and keeps him for the rest of the day and he enjoys his time there as well. Again another blessing in our support network.

Hubby is still in South Korea and will be there until next summer.

So if you stuck with the update this long, it’s time for the funny stuff I know you all come for.

J has to do spelling activities every day for homework. He gets to pick as long as the points for the whole week add up to 40 points. One of the higher point activities is to write a letter to a super hero using 10 spelling words. Since my kids still enjoy preschool type shows they aren’t familiar with traditional super heroes. He has done this activity twice and both times has written to God. The first time he wrote a lot of requests like, “Can you please cancel school for a year?” and this week he was full of thanks like, “And especially thank you for letting me get to school extra early today.”

Little J has got the funny prayers in spades. “Thank you for not letting us eat stinky food and thank you for the good food we got to eat.” And apparently he has an “in” with Santa because the other day he was trying to bargain with me and told me that if I let him do what he wanted to that he would tell Santa to bring me a good present. I didn’t let him do it, he threw a fit and then got sent to his room. Later that night I went to tuck him in and all his bed stuff was on the floor and he tells me “I did that because I was mad at you.” So I’m guessing I won’t be getting that good present.

So if you are so inclined, comment so I’m not talking to the world-wide interwebs.