Wednesday, October 20, 2010


Well, obviously I didn't make another Korea blog post like I was going to last week. Clarissa's one year mark came and went on Friday and I was determined to get a blog post in and it never happened. My days keep flying by faster than I can keep up with them these days.

Anyway, almost a week late I'm here to say that Clarissa has now offically been home for a year! Yay! :) I'm having a hard time comprehending that it's been a year. It really did go by ridiculously quickly. But it's nice to look back and see how far we've come. Clarissa is doing really amazing. She's healthy and happy and she has us all completely wrapped around her little finger. She's still a terrible sleeper, but we're working on that. She's such a busy kid that she really hates it when she has to take a break to sleep! This week I'm researching melatonin for kids. If you have any experience with it, I'd love to hear it.

This morning as the kids were walking out the door to go to school she said "bye brothers!". She isn't putting very many sentences together yet and that's the first time I've heard her say that! It was really cute, I love it when she surprises us with new words. She is so in love with her brothers and the feeling is mutual. I love to watch them together.

Last Thursday the boys had parent teacher conferences. I'm taking one mom bragging paragraph to say that I was really proud to sit down with their teachers and hear how great they're doing this year. Matthew's teacher is requesting that he get tested for the gifted program, something we went through with Josh a few years ago. Plus Josh tried out for a music program a couple of weeks ago that the fifth grade is putting on and they gave him a solo! He's singing the first verse of "Lean On Me"" at the program in a few weeks. I'm really proud of my boys, they're such great kids.

This weekend we're hoping to get in a trip to the pumpkin patch and I'm really looking forward to that! Fall is my favorite time of the year. I love the leaves, the pumpkins, the halloween decorations, the weather...I love all of it. Our subdivision has a fall related name and when the houses were built everyone was required to put trees in their front yard that would produce pretty leaves in the fall. So I love driving down our street in the fall and seeing all the pretty colors on the trees. I'm always kind of bummed when fall is over and all the pretty leaves are gone!

For now it's time to think about dinner and getting our evening routine going. The kids are at a church activity and will be home soon. Time to get off the computer and go be the mom!


Beckest of the BECKS said...

WOW, a year! How awesome! You have such a beautiful family!

Kristin said...

L was on Melatonin.

She took 3 mg at night (I think, it's been awhile)

Do you have a GNC by you? They sell a type of melatonin that melts on your tounge in cherry flavor. I think it comes in 1 mg form. I'm not sure.

It helped L for awhile but she has very serious, significant more than run of the mill sleep disorders. It is due to her Autism and ADHD. She's now moved on to Trazadone and that helps her sleep.

I know that sleep problems can really cause a disturbance in everyone's life. I hope it gets better for you.

Kathy said...

I use melatonin with my children. I get it at GNC. It is 1mg and it is chewable/melts in their mouth. It is a miracle worker (as far as I am concerned). I started it with my middle child. I would put her to bed and she would lay there for 1-2 hours, not fooling around, just being still and not be asleep. She was tired but couldn't get to sleep. She then wouldn't want to wake in the AM for school. Then I was told about melatonin by a friend, did some research and decided to try it. The first night she was asleep within 1/2 hour! She woke up happy and ready for school.

Unknown said...

Have you thought of trying a weighted blanket for helping with the sleep issues? We got one for my daughter about 2 months ago, and she has slept wonderfully every night since getting it!