Saturday, October 23, 2010

6 O'Clock Inspiration

Lately Grace has had trouble sleeping through the night. It started when we took the small fan out of her room, because it was getting too cold for it. She would get up in the night and knock on her bedroom door, and we would hear her over the baby monitor, "Daaaaddy... Daaaddy... Potty." So I would kick Andy to go get her since she was calling for him. It's cruel, since the man has to get up at 5 in the morning on weekdays for work, but I justify it in my head with having let him sleep through most of Grace's infancy ;)
So he would go get her, put her on the potty, and she would do nothing. Either she wanted to play, or would say "Done" before he even got her diaper off. Needless to say, it was getting aggravating quickly. So we thought maybe it was because we took the fan out, and she needed white noise. We put it back in her room, and she slept through the night again, but she was up a few times the next. At this point, Mama Bear is getting grumpy. Being the mean mom I am, I would get up and answer her call for Daddy by growling at her to go to bed. "Potty?" "No, go to bed." "Potty! *Throw tantrum*", Mama Bear drags Little Gremlin back to bed. I don't know if she just wants a clean diaper or what, but that's what a diaper is for, right? If she's not going potty in the night when she says she has to, then the logical answer to me is for her to get over herself & go back to bed. We are tired of her crying wolf. Not sure what to do. She is day time potty trained, and has been accident free for a month now.
Anyway, this morning, around 6, I got the "Daaaddy" alarm and went to do my growly Mama Bear routine. She scampered back to bed in a hurry. I tried to go back to bed, but my head was too busy.
November is National Novel Writing Month (, and there's a world wide novel writing competition. 30 days. 50,000 words. Complete and unadulterated abandon. I have been trying to think of a plot idea for a month now, and NaNoWriMo is always in the back of my mind, year round. I was getting pretty frustrated with only 10 days left until the competition started. My only idea this year was Beauty & The Beast. So, okay, how do I redo Beauty & The Beast. Since it was the only idea I had so far, I started researching more of the story. Not just the Disneyized one (which I LOVE), but the original French tale. I used elements of several different versions, and then added some of my own ideas. So this morning, after my wake up call, I decided to boot up the computer and start naming characters, and come up with a more solid plot. Thank you, Grace, for 6 o'clock inspiration.
I got done close to 8, and Grace slept until just a few minutes ago.

Time to make the grocery list.


Tara said...

hey cool! good luck with the book - what a great idea!

we still keep a little potty in Savannah's room - just a $20 one from Wal-Mart. sometimes she comes out to use the potty (which wakes me up because I hear her door) and sometimes she uses the one in her room.

you could also look into a white noise machine if you think the fan is too cold. I bought one on Amazon for $30, I think, that I like pretty well. but there are a lot out there to choose from.

good luck - the waking up in the middle of the night thing isn't fun! but all toddlers and kids do it!