Category Archives: sleep issues

Indigo Dreams: Awesome Music/Nature Sounds for Meditation for kids (and mama too!)

Recently I’ve been getting into meditation.

If you asked me, even a year ago, to try meditating, I’d have given you a big ol’ eyeroll and heavy sigh.  “Meditation? BO-RING!!!”  But some time around September 2015, along with a great many other people’s uptick in interest of various things metaphysical, I decided to give it a shot.

Well, compared to past attempts at it, I was a little better at sitting still, but my mind was still a bit of a racecourse for speeding gerbils.  Not very relaxing, though I tried.  I really wanted in on the various global meditations for world peace that were going on – we sure could use a bit more of that stuff, am-I-right-or-am-I-right?

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Then another mama online mentioned that an MP3 album on Amazon – “Indigo Dreams: Rainforest Relaxation” (right now it’s free to listen to for Prime members) was great for helping her kids relax and get to sleep!  Wild horses couldn’t have stopped me from test-driving that one! 😀   Being a good mama, of course I tried it out on myself and decided to see how it went for relaxing me during a try at meditation.

Wow, yeah! It was certainly relaxing!  In fact, it was SO relaxing, I was able to have myself a little mama nap! 😀 (I love those!)

So I started having little meditation sessions with the kids – Z was bored and wandered off, but H took to it like a duck to water.  I noticed that she seemed to have better control of her temper afterwards too!

So have I tried it on them at bedtime?  Not yet, actually.  I can’t let them have the kindle (tablet) in their room at night, they’d just start playing Minecraft, lol!  And it’s a bit of a bother to transfer it from the computer to their MP3 player, but I guess I gotta get of my butt and get that done, huh?  I’ll update after I’ve done that and seen how well it zonks out the kids. 😀

Our Special Hurricane Adventure!

A couple of weeks ago, we got hit by Hurricane Sandy! We live in New Jersey, and while we knew it was going to be bad, we didn’t think it would be this bad. Wishful thinking, I guess 🙂

My family and I are all right, still no power/no heat/no phones, and we’re sleeping in a camping tent at night (Thanks Dad! That tent you gave us almost 10 years ago is really coming in handy during this time!)

The kids are FINALLY back in school! YAY!!!

Let me repeat that, lest anyone not understand my unspeakable joy at that last pronouncement:  YYYYAAAAAYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!

I really mean it.

So at least they are warm and occupied during the day.

At home, it’s huddle in the tent!

If you do decide to use a tent for warmth, I suggest putting it on top of your largest bed mattress (much softer to sleep on and warmer than the floor). We’ve got ours set up in the living room.

Then we piled in every blanket, bathrobe and sleeping bag (1) we’ve got, and it is just enough to get us through the nights.

Then of course it had to snow. We’ve got 5 inches outside, but thankfully school is still in session!

YYYAAAAYYYY!!!!!!!!

Copious amounts of joy. Spread the word.

And I’m coming up with more creative uses for canned soup and hamburger helper! (my favorite was a can of Progresso French Onion soup, some instant mashed potatoes, some thawed (what other kind is there these days?) corn kernals, some zucchini chunks, some chunks of veggie/turkey burger, and 2 boxes of hamburger helper’s Creamy Chicken noodle flavor.

Instead of the milk (which we don’t have), just use all water and a little chicken boullion, or instead of water, use chicken broth, and just prepare according to the directions. It’ll be a little soupy, but it’s hot, tasty and not too bad nutritionally, sort of.)

So hopefully we’ll get power soon, in the meantime, please join our family in praying and wishing the best for those who are affected much worse than we were. Our hearts go out to them.

Love,

Lara

(from a coffee shop wifi station)

 

To Sleep, Perchance to Dream…

At 5 years old, the twins have long since left diapers behind (pun not intended), and are using the potty regularly.  Actually they use the regular toilet, but with a child’s seat on it.

Halle’s ok, as far as nighttime potty trips go. She’s able to wake up, hold it, and get to the potty on time, but Zanna still has a bladder control problem.

About an hour after she falls asleep, we have to rouse her, lead her to the bathroom and prop her up as we coax her to pee.

And a couple of hours after that, we take her there again.

Then-after, she seems to be fine and may get up again in the wee hours of the morning (pun not intended) all by herself.

If we don’t have this kind of intervention, she wets the bed multiple times each night.

Her last drink is usually 2 hours before bedtime, and she even manages to pee before sleeping, but it’s still not enough.

So I’m wondering if I should invest in an alarm for bedwetting, or in homeopathic/herbal bedwetting tablets.

I’m hoping that rousing her before she wets will be enough to train her, but she sleeps so heavily!