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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

A few questions answered ...

Well, I didn't get a lot of questions ... but I will answer what I did get asked.

1. How did you really get your 4 months old children to sleep 12 hours? Was there any method that you used? Or sheer luck?
I did read that book, Healthy Sleep Habits, Healthy Child. And I spend A LOT of time on Those ladies at TwinStuff know their stuff!! I got tons of good sleep advice there. But the most commonly heard thing was get them to bed EARLY! Do not keep them up thinking that they will be SO tired they sleep through. Everyone said between 630pm and 730pm is a good bedtime. So once they were down to 1 middle of the night wake up, we tried putting them down at 7pm. It was wonderful, because it gave me and DH our evenings back to ourselves. And shortly there after, no more middle of the night wake up calls!! And with the exception of a hand full of nights, they have not deviated from that schedule. So some method, but I also think my kids are just good sleepers, and I don't know if I can take credit for it completely.

2.OK ... let's talk about the election. Carol and I really don't like Hillary and hope Obama doesn't pick her for a running mate. We will both vote for Obama although, in our neighborhood, we are lone liberals in a sea of conservatives.
How about you two?

Ah, politics. Can I say that I'm not happy with either candidate? Or that I'm not happy with either party? Here is my issue. When it comes to certain issues, I am a Democrat. I am all for gay marriage, I am pro-choice, I am for the separation of church and state. Being an atheist, I don't want ANY decisions made for our country based on someone else's faith. Nothing scares me more than the idea of a bunch of crazy fundamental Christians in positions to start forcing their dogma on the rest of us! The thought of another Republican president over the next 4 years just sits so wrong. GWB screwed things up so royally, I need to vote for a Democrat just for a change. And Obama has promised us change!!

BUT, economically, I'm about as Republican as they come. I make my money, I want to keep my money. I do not want Universal Healthcare. I would like privatized social security. See how I can sound like a Republican?

Basically I want the government out of my bedroom, out of my wallet, out of my life as much as possible. So someone explained to me that what I actually am is a Libertarian. So, I will either vote Obama, or a 3rd party candidate that is better inline with some of my ideas. Sometimes I feel that a 3rd party vote is a throw-away vote, but then I realize if we want a change to occur, we have to voice our unhappiness with our crappy 2 party system.

So that's where I stand ... What about you all?



Kim said...

It is funny because you about summed up my views. I am not entirely happy with either party and want to take what I like and dislike about each - which is about the same as you said! I am definitely a Republocrat! lol

edie & ella said...

great summary of my politicalness -- I am just about the same there is all areas you touched on. I am not an athiest BUT I agree that we need to keep the crazy fundamentalist christians on their pews.....I like kims term Republocrat -- I might use that one the next time someone asks.....
On another note -- the sleep thing. I just realized that I needed to put E/E to bed earlier -- it has so worked. I wrote a post about it a few days ago ----- they still get up a few times/night (more Edie than Ella) but it makes it easier to get up when you haven't had to wrestle them down in the first place ------ sam

Aimee & Hannah said...

OMG you took the exact words out of my mouth!!! Hard core Republican here too!!! :o)

Lisa said...

Wow! I couldn't agree with you more! I do hate talking politics because it seems that most of the time the people that I talk to are die hard for one party or the other. You summed up most of my views also! I read a joke yesterday that said: Why do we get to have 51 Miss America contestants but only 2 presidential candidates? Well, the answer is that we don't only get 2 but voting for any other the others would be viewed as a waste. The whole system needs a revamp!

My twins also slept through the night from about 4 months on. We did exactly what you did. At about 2.5 we moved the bedtime to 8 and they are sleeping very well and waking up with no problem. TS suggestions definitely saved my butt there! Do you find that it is harder to get them down early with the warm weather? My kids get so excited about playing and it doesn't get dark until later that I find that it is 8:30 some nights before we get to bed.

How is daycare going? Are they still enjoying it?

Hope all else is well!

Gemini Girl said...

First of all- those kids are growing up so fast!

secondly-im not happy with either one of them. Blech

C said...

I agree with a lot of what you said about politicians. I am socially liberal but economically conservative. I'm not impressed with either nominee... I hear Mickey Mouse is the top write-in candidate. I must admit he's rather appealing at this point.

MoMo said...

We are a bipartisan household...I claim to be a democrat but at the same time, I am like you--there are issues that I just don't agree with. But since we are barpitisan our votes just cancel each other out so sometimes I feel like we are throwing our votes away!

seriously? said...

Here from NCLM. I am not happy with either, it always seems like voting for the least suckiest person.

I won't get too much into my own personal views but I agree with a lot of what you said, stay out of my bedroom/house, stay out of my wallet.

Jerry Lewis said...

I have to tell you that the problems did not start until we had an all Democrat Congress. So what are the Democrats doing? Obviously, the Legislative Branch makes policy, law, and allocates the money...what does the president do exactly? Nothing! The Democrats have majority control of Congress and everyone is so quick to blame George Bush. Do not get me wrong, he is an idiot, but the Democrats are not much better- GO NADER!