Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Packing for a Sleep Study Adventure


Between my two boys, we've had 3 sleeps studies and have another one scheduled.  We divided and conqured.  I've done two of them and my husband has done one.  He'll get the next one too (mwah-haha).

Realize that you, the adult, are not going to get much sleep.  People will possibly be coming into the room at various times throughout the night.  Also, you'll be woken up to go home around 5 or 6am, depending on the hospital.

You should arrive to the sleep center with the child already in his or her pajamas.  Follow whatever instructions your doctor gave you, but typically you should avoid sugar/chocolate/caffeine and possibly keep them from napping.


For a baby:
  • Diapers/wipes
  • Snacks
  • Water/Juice/Milk (keep in mind that there might not be a fridge for you, but you can always ask to see if there is)
  • Pacifier
  • Favorite toy(s)
  • A change or two of clothes...in case of a diaper blowout, spillage, etc

For a toddler or young child:
  • Prepare by showing them several videos of other children having sleep studies.  I told Z about his sleep study 2 days before.  This was enough time for him to get used to the idea, but not so much time as to stress about it.
  • Everything from the baby list that your child might want
  • Their pillow if it is important to them (with a not-white pillow case so that it doesn't get mixed up with the other pillows.
  • The blanket from their room or bed (so that it smells and looks more like home).
  • Items to re-create any bedtime routine that is important to them.  For example, we read 3 books each night, so we brought 3 books to read before lights out.
  • You will not be able to dress them before going home, but I always bring extra clothes just in case.

For the parent:
  • Ask what sort of place they have for you.  Some sleep centers give you a small sofa, others a hospital bed and other just a chair.
  • I can't sleep without my pillow so I bring it with a differently colored pillow case.
  • A blanket.  While they will probably have something for you, it's likely to be thin.
  • A sweater
  • Comfortable clothes that you can sleep in but don't mind people seeing :)
  • Something to entertain you from lights out until you are ready to fall asleep.  I brought my kindle.  My husband brought his work laptop.  You just want it to not distract your child who will need to sleep.
  • Snacks and/or water.  There will be nothing for you to eat or drink.

Friday, November 1, 2019

Pop Up Camper Remodel - Meet Cassie the Camper!

My Mother's Day present was this new-to-us cute little pop up made the same year as my high school diploma!  That's right...it's a 2001 Jayco Qwest.  And we've named her Casita or Cassie for short.




We've been tent camping for a few years.  This is our third season. Setting up our tent was easy for a tent, but it was still about an hour counting getting the tarp under it, putting the beds in, etc.  This little lady should take about 15 minutes.  When you have two active little guys, shaving off 75% of the time is huge!  Also, while our tent was water proof, it would collapse in a strong gust so we could really only go out if the weather was near perfect.

She's not quite old enough to call "vintage".  It's just old.  But she has good bones.  And she's ours.

 There's a table and a sofa.  Our bunk is a king size and the kids is a full.  The guy said it was a queen so I'm a little bit annoyed that it's smaller, but our kids are small so I think that it'll be okay.  Both the sofa and the table could be another bed so it's not like we are hurting for sleeping places...and they usually end up in our bed by the end of the night anyways, so having a king on our side was important.

But, other than the smaller bunk being a bit smaller than hoped for...overall I'm pretty happy and ready to get started renovating it.  Over the past 3 years I've been obsessively pouring over submissions on The Pop up Princess and following threads at The Pop Up Portal so I was already planning on making new cushions, curtains, flooring, painting the cabinets.

I've made a project plan, and my goal is to take her on her maiden voyage (with us anyways) in 5 weeks.  Unfortunately we've got 3 big projects going on right now...the spring garden planting.  It's almost time to get the veggies that are not cold hardy in the ground in our zone...Tomato's 5th birthday party prep and now this...that's not counting the work we need to do in the garage so that Cassie can fit and rig up our van so it can tow.  And my 4 day work trip to San Diego this week.

 The Good:

  • There is no substantial water damage.  Subfloor is solid.
  • I love the lay out of the huge wrap around sofa
  • Comes with an oven that can be used inside or moved outside.
  • It has heat and A/C.  It gets really hot in the summer and at the ends of the season it can get pretty cold.  And you never know what you are going to get.  We camped the last weekend of September two years in a row.  One year it had a high in the upper 90s with a "real feel" in the 100's.  The following year it was 45F at night with a high of 55F.  

The Stuff to Work on:

  • The smell.  It's like bug spray and must.  Not good.
  • Door is rotted on the bottom.
  • Canvas is a little gross looking, has a few small rips and while it doesn't leak, the canvas doesn't bead the water, so it needs to be water proofed.
  • There is carpet.  Ew.
  • Cabinet top is chipped and has weird divets built in (for the oven).  I was hoping to just cover the top with something nice, but I think we'll need to rebuild it.
  • Every moving part needs to be lubricated.
  • Did I mention the smell.  I have a very poor sense of smell so I know that if I can smell it, it's got to be AWFUL.

So, let's just say that Pete and I are going to be busy over the next few months and are excited to have it all ready for some new memories!  I'm ready to get out there and make some memories with my guys!