It's been so long since I started down this road. Now on my fourth child, he is almost 16-months old. Very much lovable, as many toddlers are (I love this age), the nights are pure horror, whereas his first year...

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  1. Did I break it? Sleepless Nights with the 16-month old
  2. I became a parent almost 16 years ago to...
  3. WEEKEND WARRIORS JANUARY 15-17
  4. WEEKEND WARRIORS JANUARY 8-10
  5. Weekend Warriors - December 25-27
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Did I break it? Sleepless Nights with the 16-month old

It's been so long since I started down this road.  Now on my fourth child, he is almost 16-months old.  Very much lovable, as many toddlers are (I love this age), the nights are pure horror, whereas his first year of life was a walk in the park in the sleep department!  Whether it be teething or something else, he is up and fumbling around from 2am onward.  I nurse and try to put him down in the same cycle for up to 2 hours before I give up, call my co-parent for back-up, and/or just let him scream it out, waking up everyone else in the household and probably neighbors too.

I was up last night from 2:27 until 5:12 AM, and during my awake time I crafted strategy for tonight's wake up:

  • Be disciplined.  When he wakes up, he no longer needs to eat, right?  Maybe just go see him in the crib, pat his back as he drifts back to sleep.
  • Show stamina.  I can't crumble.  I need to stay with it.  Don't let him into the bed.  
  • Use drugs.  Does it seem like the teeth are what are bothering him?  I should use the advil/motrin/tylenol as it seems like it makes sense
  • Get my co-parent on board.  We need to be aligned on the strategy.  At one point this morning, I noticed a glow from the other side of the bed, and there was my toddler watching Elmo on my partner's phone as he snored!

Please: may tonight be a better night.  I cannot be a zombie any longer!

    

I became a parent almost 16 years ago to...

I became a parent almost 16 years ago to this day, and I had always been drawn to the "love and logic" parenting approach. Upcoming in PDX is a one-day session by Dr. Charles Fay. If you can afford a day learning about it, check it out! Upcoming on October 18th 2016: https://www.loveandlogic.com/portland-oregon-oct-18-2016

    

WEEKEND WARRIORS JANUARY 15-17

Here’s the scoop for the weekend. For more ideas on what to do this weekend, check the Events Calendar on Metro Parent-PDX Kids Calendar and the urbanMamas calendar page.

Friday, January 15th

Bookapalooza at Fort Vancouver Regional Library in Vancouver. Peruse a gigantic selection of used books from all genres and take home your favorites for only $0.50-$1.00 each. Thursday-Saturday, 9 am-6 pm. Free admission, books for purchase. 

 
Belmont Builders at Belmont Library in SE PDX. Building supplies such as Legos, K'NEX and more will be provided for participants of all ages to get build, play and get creative with. Friday, 12:30-1:30 pm. Free!
 
Honey Heart Kids Yoga at Yoga Shala in N Portland. Geared toward ages 3-6 years old, this class combines yoga, social skills games and mindfulness techniques. Friday, 5:15-6 pm. $12. 
 
Saturday, January 16th
 
Music from Latin America at North Portland Library in N PDX. All ages are invited to enjoy the Latin American folk music of Grupo Condor, featuring Spanish, African and Native American influences. Learn about each culture's contributions to the music and the instruments used in creating it.  Saturday, 11 am-noon. Free!
 
Opening Day of Geronimo Stilton: Mouse in Space at Oregon Children's Theatre in SW PDX. Villains are threatening New Mouse City and the only hope is our reluctant hero, Geronimo Stilton. In this “enormouse” adventure, Geronimo is launched into space on a top-secret mission to save the day.  Based on the wildly popular book series featuring Geronimo and his pals, Thea, Trap, and Benjamin, this story will rocket your family to another world. Saturdays and Sundays. Show times vary. $14-$32. 
 
Martin & Music - Martin Luther King Celebration in Lake Oswego. A gospel choir led by an R&B legend will perform followed by a two-man show featuring an accomplished film actor and a Broadway musician. Suitable for all ages. Saturday, 7-9 pm. Free!
 
Sunday, January 17th
 
Preschool Story and Stroll at Tryon Creek State Natural Area in SW PDX. Geared toward children ages 2-6 and their families, this event combines outdoor exploration, art, literature, movement and play. Sunday, 10-11:15 am. Free!
 
The Cultured Chef Book Event at A Children's Place in NE PDX. Discuss food from around the world and prepare a tasty treat with the authors of The Cultured Chef. All ages are welcome. Sunday, 2-3 pm. Free!
 

More ideas for fun things to do on the Metro Parent-PDX Kids Calendar Events Calendar.

Hope this gives you some ideas. Have fun out there! And don't forget to double-check event details by calling or checking the website of the venue, performer, or host organization.

    

WEEKEND WARRIORS JANUARY 8-10

Here’s the scoop for the weekend. For more ideas on what to do this weekend, check the Events Calendar on Metro Parent-PDX Kids Calendar and the urbanMamas calendar page.

Friday, January 8th

Spanish Niño Time in SE PDX. This drop-in bilingual playgroup is geared toward ages 0-5 years old, and combines songs, stories and play as a means of exploring the Spanish language. Friday, 10:45-11:30 am. $5.
 
Legos at Gregory Heights Library in NE PDX. Lego enthusiasts from 5 to 11 years old can socialize, get creative, and work on projects with other budding builders. Friday, 4-5 pm. Free!
 
Free First Friday at The Children's Museum in SW PDX. Let your little ones explore Building Bridgetown, the Clay Studio, Treehouse Adventure and all of the other interactive exhibits at the museum. Friday, 4-8 pm. Free!
 
Saturday, January 9th
 
Preschool Sensory Time at Woodstock Library in SE PDX. This family storytime is open to everyone, although it is especially welcoming for children on the spectrum and those looking for a smaller and more intimate library environment. Saturday, 9:15-10 am. Free!
 
Kids Mornings Skate at Oaks Park in SE PDX. Start the weekend with healthy family fun at Kids' Morning Skate. Session features kids' choice music, skate games and a free group lesson!10 and younger and their families only please. Saturday, 10:30 am-noon. $6.50 per child, one adult free per child's paid admission. 
 
Imagineering: Pit Crew at North Portland Library in N PDX. Kiddos in grades 2 and up are invited to build their own cars and then participate in a series of exciting challenges. Saturday, 11 am-noon. Free!
Open Saturdays at Pearson Field Aviation Center in Vancouver. Check out the flight simulator lab, vertical wind tunnel, glider-building station, historic airplanes and a variety of educational programs for all ages. Saturday, 1-5 pm. Free!
 
Sunday, January 10th
 
Origami Circle in SE PDX. All ages are welcome to learn about origami and practice creating all sorts of projects including animals, shapes and flowers. Sunday, noon-1 pm. Free!
 
Family Game Night at POA Cafe in North PDX. Families are encouraged to play along with classic board games like Chess, Monopoly and Scrabble, as well as modern choices like Disruptus, Juxtabo, Spot It and more. Sunday, 3-6 pm. Event host requests that participants purchase $7 worth of food or beverages at the event.
    

Weekend Warriors - December 25-27

Here’s the scoop for the weekend. For more ideas on what to do this weekend, check the Events Calendar on Metro Parent-PDX Kids Calendar and the urbanMamas calendar page.

Friday, December 25th
 
 
 
Winter Wonderland at Portland International Raceway in N. Portland. Recognized as the "Largest Holiday Light Show West of the Mississippi", Winter Wonderland will grab your attention with glimmers and glows around every corner. Goes throughDecember 27th. $20 and up.
 
Peacock Lane Holiday Lights Display in SE PDX. Visit Portland's own Christmas Street, with an entire lane decked out in thousands and thousands of lights and festive decorations. Goes through December 31st. 6-11 pm. Free!
 
 
 
Saturday, December 26th
 
 
 
Final weekend of the Cinnamon Bear Cruise in Downtown PDX. You and your child will be guests of honor on this two-hour cruise. Enjoy holiday treats while a cast of fanciful characters entertain you with storytelling, music and magic. Have your picture taken with the Cinnamon Bear himself atop his magical throne. Saturday andSunday, 10 am-noon. $30 for adults, $22 for children.
 
Final performances for 2015 of OBT's The Nutcracker. Twinkling lights on a magical tree, snowflakes sweeping to a faraway land, the joy and familiarity of the Sugarplum Fairy ...don't miss The Nutcracker this year. Saturdayperformances at 2 pm and 7:30 pm. Prices vary.
 
Sea of Lights at the Oregon Coast Aquarium. Take a trip to the coast and see over half a million colorful lights and holiday decorations as you explore the Aquarium after hours. Saturday and Sunday 5 - 9 pm. $8 or free with same day paid admission.
 
 
 
Sunday, December 27th
 
 
 
Celebrate Kwanzaa at North Portland Library. Come help celebrate "Kujichagulia," self-determination. Sunday 2-3 pm. Free!
 
Kick off of Winter Whale Watching Week at the Oregon Coast. Whale Watching Spoken Here® program places volunteers at great whale watching sites during watch week so they can help others spot the whales. Trained volunteers help visitors watch whales at 24 sites in three states along the Pacific Northwest coast. Sunday throughThursday. Free!

More ideas for fun things to do on the Metro Parent-PDX Kids Calendar Events Calendar.

Hope this gives you some ideas. Have fun out there! And don't forget to double-check event details by calling or checking the website of the venue, performer, or host organization.

    

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