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If I recall correctly, Scott Hahn described the arrival of each of his children as “twice the love and half the sleep”. Assuming he and his wife represent 20 units of love and .50 units of sleep, and each child accounts for a power, having six kids has brought him 64 times the love and 1/64 the sleep. 😉

Anyhow, in mid-October Atom Heart Mother and Father are due for twice our current level of love and half our current amount of sleep. 🙂

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For at least the two months of my son’s life, his screaming would drive me nuts. My blood pressure would shoot through the roof, my heart would pound, I’d have the overwhelming urge to run far away, and the Hulk had nothing on the rage I felt toward my little bundle of frustration. His screams, attributable to nothing I could conceive other than possibly tired (not hungry, not uncomfortable, not sick), were like an endlessly ringing phone with a really annoying ring tone.

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I’ve been a parent for nearly five months now, and I’m still baffled as to why kids fight so hard against sleep. It’s usually really obvious when they need to nap. They’re cranky, lethargic, uninterested in playing, and rubbing their eyes. Obviously, kids of toddler age and older can willfully disobey or resist their parents, but what about infants? Why do so many kids cry and scream when put down for a nap? It’s clear from their behavior that they need naps, and they are happy and refreshed upon awaking, so why fight? By some kids’ tantrums, you’d swear sleep is life-threatening. 

Any ideas?

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