Last week I aquired a big tub full of old issues of Parenting and Parents magazine. I am in serious heavan, as I LOVE reading magazines. I used to subscribe to a bunch, but now don't really have the money to. Sigh.
So, I'm learning all sorts of interesting things from these magazines. Like how to ease tantrums, put the romance back in my marraige and that (suprise!) most sicknesses can be avoided by stringent hand washing. The most suprising thing, by far, that I have learned is that in a poll, more parents would rather sleep with their pets than their own children. I know that I live in a bubble of parents who actually welcome their children in to their bed, but this was a saddening statistic to read. Okay, so Parents isn't the end-all, be-all of information, but still. It made me sad.
I have also discovered something good over the past few nights-- and that is, Iris is a more sound sleeper than I thought she was! I've been up trying to hack up a lung for several nights straight and Miss Iris sleeps right through it. Through the hacking and nose blowing and getting up to pee and get water. She snoozes away. I have been worried about how co-sleeping will work with Iris and the new babe, but now wonder if maybe it will be easier than I thought. I just don't want to interupt Iris's sleep more than needed.
Oh, and on one other note, I've become less convinced Eloise is the best name for our new baby. One of my big naming issues is wanting to choose a name that is very unpopular (i.e. if it's in the top 1000 names for the last decade, it's not for us!) So, Eloise fits the bill, but unfortunately the totally adorable nickname, Ellie, doesn't. It's been in the top 200 the last few years. Ella, another name obviously very similar, was number 22 last year! Ugh! Yes, I'm obviously a huge freak, but these are the things that keep me awake at night. I had no idea both of these variations were so popular until I started reading this huge stack of magazines. It seems like every third article someone has a daughter named Ella or Ellie. Can I name my daughter Eloise and keep it at that? Will everyone just try to shorten it anyways? Oh, the dilemma! Beatrice is starting to sound better and better to me, now.