December 10, 2009 |  Category:   life


Looks like Fall has officially passed and winter is comfortably settling in. We’ve had a mild Fall but we can now see our breaths when we walk outside and the ritual of bundling up with scarves, hats and gloves have begun in earnest.

We have 2 more weeks to go in the holiday season. There’s still a lot to be done and I think next week will be the killer week we need to get through, but Mark and I are hanging in there. I ain’t gonna lie though, we’re tired. The thing that is killing us is that the girls continue to wake up early every morning at about 6am and Claudine has been getting into this new habit some nights of waking up crying right when we are getting ready to crawl into bed ourselves. I think the worst thing you can hear at 2:45am when you’re literally pining for sleep is to hear your kid cry as soon as you hit your head on the pillow. They don’t understand that you’re only getting 4 hours of sleep a night before their early morning wakeup call – they just want you to come over and console them. And so we do. Most nights all she wants is to “rest a little bit” on our bed for three minutes, then she’ll willingly go back to bed. I don’t really know what that’s about. All I know is that I’m grateful that the girls have each other to entertain themselves in the morning while we steal another hour or so of sleep.

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  • Fiona December 10, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    I hope that what’s sitting over us right now isn’t headed your way: lows of 13, highs of 25. Ouch! However, I love it when people say “I ain’t gone lie.”

  • Anna December 10, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    Ugh. That sucks.
    My guy (9 mo) has been getting up for the day at 4:30 lately.
    Kill me.

  • Brenda December 10, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    I really don’t know how you both do it. I was just freaking out over getting ready for the Renegade fair without a booth helper/partner while trying to also finish Christmas orders. I stand in awe that you’re doing so much more AND raising two sweet girls!!!

  • ariel December 10, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    i’ve been reading your blog for a month and i love all your photos. i don’t know how you manage to accomplish everything but i think you are amazing! i love reading your stories and your photos are beautiful!

  • Brooke December 10, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    I hear you on the exhaustion front! My Isla is waking for the day at 5am at the moment and we’re also rushing to finish up Christmas orders and prep for Feb trade fairs.
    Thankfully at least it’s summer here and the early am starts aren’t quite so painful!
    Good luck for next week! x

  • Beth December 10, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    totally the worst sound. With a newborn in the house, the last thing I want to hear is my toddler crying at 2am. I feel for you!

  • AK December 10, 2009 at 11:00 pm

    Can I ask you where you got that hat for Mia? So cute. (I love one in my size, too)

  • katrin December 11, 2009 at 12:59 am

    I know this waking up at night or early in the morning – the longest time to sleep for years was about six in the morning – but in the last year (school started for Rasmus!) it changed a bit. sometimes he sleeps till eight at the weekend, that’s a real highlight! I think the good thing about kids habit is, they are mostly not forever … maybe Claudines waking up in the night is just a sign that she feels you’re busy and something is going on. hold on – wish you all the best for the next two weeks!

  • octamom December 11, 2009 at 9:29 am

    Absolutely dazzled by your photography and your gorgeous kids–linked to you today. Thanks for such a stylish window on your world!


  • Jenna December 11, 2009 at 10:20 am

    AK – actually, that is my hat she is wearing! It’s just from the Gap, this season.

  • Nicole December 11, 2009 at 10:50 am

    Ughhh, our son has started doing that too! He will be 3 in Jan. and he wakes up at almost the same time every night with night terrors. He calms down when in our bed and then after about a half hour we can put him back in his and he sleeps the rest of the night.
    I found you thru Octomoms site, and now I’m headed off to explore yours!

  • Matty December 11, 2009 at 11:20 am

    My daughter is 9 and has had night terrors for as long as I can remember and they too occur just as our heads hit the pillow. She is usually in a dream state when we get to her and we have to fully wake her up or she will go right back into the dream..

  • Sue December 11, 2009 at 11:22 am

    Mark and Jenna,

    I really do NOT miss the nights when minimal sleep was interrupted by loud cries. HOWEVER, try to train your brain to cherish – absolutely cherish – these moments. My 17-year-old baby boy is spending his last months at home as he prepares for adult life in college and the military. Only this year have I truly understood what cherishing moments is all about. My daughter is now 21, and I have grown to appreciate texts and money requests and complaints and whininess from both of them. In one form or another, it is our children’s way of telling us they love us and we are great parents. It is difficult – this parenting thing – but so worth it.

    May patience and clarity and peace be yours through the holidays (love is automatic!)…

  • Annemarie December 11, 2009 at 1:22 pm

    I love how all three photos have that touch of red. We too had a mild fall in Texas and now have to pay the piper with some seriously cold weather. We don’t get to see snow, however.

    Lovely blog. Glad I came over from Octamom. Enjoy the cold.

  • Madame Sucre December 12, 2009 at 9:02 am

    I’m about to start my small dessert table and baking business with my 16 mo old waking up to 3 times a night every single night. It kills me too. I also have a day job .. I totally understand what ur going thru.. and reading the other’s comments , I feel bette than there are other ppl out there who are just going thru exactly what I’m going thru! ..

    wish you the best of luck!