We have decided that Friday is the day we put Lilli in her crib and let her cry it out. Sleeping has become very difficult. She has gotten up twice in the past two weeks in the middle of the night wanting to play. She has also found herself on the floor a time or two. I know this isn't going to be easy, but it has to be done. I told our pediatrician about it and she was supportive. She gave us some suggestions on what to do. We are debating on whether or not one of us is going to sleep on the floor in her room for a few nights OR if we are just gonna go for it. Todd says he believes in "ripping off the bandaid at one time." I think I subscribe to that philosophy as well. Lilli is so stubborn and I think if we give an inch, she will take a mile. I just wish there were some way to rationalize all of this to her: AKA an easy way out!
I am taking her to a place called Henry's Ark in the morning. It is a petting zoo. Lilli loves animals and I've wanted to check this place out so I think this is a win-win situation. If I'm not mistaken I think this zoo harbors animals that have been abandoned, neglected, and possibly abused. I don't think there are any exotic animals; mostly just cows, goats, and normal farm animals. The best thing about this zoo is that it is free. They do ask for donations and of course I will give one. I am a lover of animals!
We took her to feed the ducks at the park today. Our park has black swans that have no fear. They were nipping at my shoes as I was trying to shake the last of the bread crumbs out of my bag. Lilli loves it. She thinks the quacking and fluttering chaos is hilarious. She is always trying to pet them. I have to watch her around those black swans, however. They can be aggressive!
We went to the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival Saturday night. My mil accompanied us. It was at a farm that has buffalos and other farm animals. They even had some kangaroos and wallabys. We got to pet the wallaby. It was a nice evening. I thought Lilli would fall asleep on the way home but she SCREAMED the entire way and it took us about 40 minutes. My mil was great and kept singing to her and trying to distract her. Nothing worked. She stopped crying not long after we dropped my mil off at her house and then she was fine. When I got her home she had dirtied her diaper but I can't imagine that that would upset her so much. The only thing I can think of is that she ate a dessert-size plate full of green beans and maybe it upset her tummy. Who knows. Maybe she just needed to scream for awhile!