Skip to main content

Are you sleeping again?!

...zZzZzZZZzzZ. What?! Huh?! No! Not again...but really, yes, I'm sleeping again.

Morgan asked me this a couple days ago, and the answer was a resounding YES. What can I say, I've been extra sleepy lately. I'm not exactly sure of the cause of this new extra sleepiness, but I have some ideas. One, Ive been fighting off a small cold. Nothing major, really more annoying than anything. I have a sore throat and a stuffy nose but that's it (thankfully!). Its been lingering for a week now, so hopefully its on the way out. Second, "the social hangover". I heard this term the other day and I think it fits. Basically, the social hangover is the super tired feeling people have after the holidays from the disruption in their routines. It's all the late nights and busy days finally catching up to people. And like I mentioned before, this holiday season has been particularly rushed for Morgan and I. We have also kicked baby-planning up a notch. We have finally started to get the nursery cleaned out and somewhat organized. We also finally got around to registering for baby essentials and seriously thinking about the furniture we need to purchase. Third, third trimester of pregnancy. Over the last few weeks my quality of sleep has rapidly plummeted. I cannot seem to get comfortable no matter what. And IF I'm lucky enough to find a comfortable -  or at least tolerable - position, it wont last long since I have to get up to go to the bathroom so frequently. I can only hope these sleepless nights are preparing me for a newborn.

So I've become a master catnapper. I find 45 minutes to an hour of sleep is best for me (sometimes twice a day), and help me get through the day. Hopefully things will get a little better after my first two causes end, but until then you can find me snuggled up on the couch - snoozing...zZZzzzZzz

Comments

Popular Posts

The Ultimate Montessori Toy List -- Birth to Five -- UPDATED 2019

When you are interested in Montessori, it can be difficult to know exactly what types of products you should get for your home. Or which types of "Montessori" materials are really worth the price. There are no rules about types of products can use the name Montessori which can add to the confusion. Not to mention, every toy manufacturer slaps the word "educational" on the package for good measure!

2019 UPDATE: This post has been updated to include a variety of brands and new product finds! Just a reminder that no one child will be interested in all of this or needs all of this. These toys are just here to spark ideas and give you a feeling for some Montessori-friendly options available! 


So, with this post, I'm going to try to help with this confusion! Here's a list of Montessori-friendly toys and materials for babies, toddlers and preschoolers. 


First, let's clarify that there is no such thing as a "Montessori toy." Montessori never created to…

Working from Home with Kids - A Montessori Schedule

One part of my life that I haven't talked a ton about here on The Kavanaugh Report is how I'm a work-from-home parent. Eight years ago I started to work at home while parenting full time. For the first several years, I worked as a legal writer while maintaining this space on the side. When Gus was born, I moved into working on sharing our Montessori life full time. It has blossomed into a full time career sharing content here, teaching courses, and now the podcast! Through it all, my kids have been home with me. 
This all seems more relevant to so many of us now that Covid-19 has closed schools and forced parents to stay at home and work while caring for children. I'm not going to lie - it's tough. It's hard to balance work and kids, especially when children are used to a completely different routine. But, it's not impossible! And, it can even be enjoyable. 

As I talk about in my podcast Shelf Help, we block our days into 3 hours groups. It helps me remain fle…

Which Open-Ended Toys are "Worth it?"

As a Montessori parent, I try to provide a mix of materials in our home to engage my kids! That work that will spark joy, concentration, and repetition. It's not always an easy task, as Maria Montessori said, "Life is mysterious...only the choice of life can choose the work that the child truly needs. Therefore, the teacher respects this mysterious process and knows to wait with faith." So, there does sometimes feel like there is a bit of trial and error when it comes to choosing materials that your children need. 

For us, the right balance is easier to find when I spend time deeply observing my children. Watching their interests, sitting on my hands if I have to, letting them struggle a little with things, and letting them get bored. And what I have personally found is that here at home, a combination of open ended materials and more structured work have been the right balance. Open ended toys wouldn't necessarily be found in a Montessori classroom, but they are perf…