Jack and I are sick. It's a long, lingering head cold we started Tuesday night. Jack was mostly congestion, I had mostly sore throat. But I think we are trading symptoms here in the last couple days. His coughing last night kept me up, along with what I guess would be an anxiety attack about coordinating the house to get to the hospital in case I go into labor on my own. I couldn't sleep for hours. Maybe the cold or the benedryl contributed. Or just the fact that I'm a month from my due date. Either way, not sleeping last night made today the worst of the week for me. I couldn't go to church and didn't get out of bed until noon. I finally started to feel better late afternoon, just well enough to converse with my boys.
Anyway, lots of sick and laying low this week. Mostly we wear sweatpants and stay at home. At times we felt better, and could get out to do things. Friday Ben and I went on a date to the Alamo, a much needed break for adult time. Last night we went to the Denver County Fair. I probably should have stayed home to rest, but it sounded really fun and I felt bad dragging Ben down for the weekend. He took a lot of photos, if those get up I'll share them with you.
I also babysat Wolfie, bought a new dishwasher, unpacked and decorated the nursery, packed my hospital bags, finished Jack's sweater, and did the sundry other chores I must do to keep the house humming.
Oh, the owl, I forgot that I wanted to tell you about that. We ordered this alarm clock for Jack and it's FANTASTIC. I had been working on him getting out of bed himself, so when the baby comes he doesn't need me to retrieve him from his room. He did great after a few days, but wasn't really understanding when it was ok to come out. Sometimes he would come downstairs 20 minutes after I put him down, expected praise for waking up on his own. This owl from Amazon is an alarm clock that works brilliantly. Jack loves it and follows it faithfully. It glows orange, says "Go back to sleep now" and plays lullabies if you press its belly and it's not time to wake up yet. It turns green at the appointed time, and says "It's time to wake up" if you press the belly after wake time. You can set night and nap modes, it's super easy to program, and again-Jack adores him. We've had 100% sleep and wake behavior since we started using it last week.