Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Energy Generated During Sleep…

‘Oh she’s/he’s sleeping, doesn’t she/he look like an angel?’

A common phrase heard when someone is remarking on the peaceful slumber of a young child.

Whereas, I have always referred to it as Sigh, ‘Recharging’. A time in which I scramble to accomplish all the other daily tasks that are nigh impossible to do with an extremely overactive preschooler under the roof.

Yep, my kids don’t sleep, they recharge. Much as our beloved cartoon hero’s Phineas and Ferb. My children also dream of wildly imaginative tasks that no one their age should attempt.

‘Aren’t you a little young you be giving a monkey a shower?’

‘Why Yes, Yes we are.’


But instead of building a rocket, backyard roller coaster or climbing up the Eiffel Tower. My kids are redecorating household surfaces and even toilet seats with permanent markers and climbing up the food splattered walls.

And sometimes Miss Hope just gets so darn excited during her sleep planning sessions she forgets to breathe. Finally, after over six months of waiting we FINALLY got her into the sleep study center.

And they thought it might be a good idea to hook her up to all of these here wires. I was thinking entanglement nightmare, but it wasn’t has bad as I thought it would be. That and I didn’t have to untangle them in the morning.

Winter 006

I think the wonderful tech guy only had to come in and reattach cords 4 or 5 times during the night. Which is a major endorsement of the glue and tape they used to apply the electronics, because Hope flips and flops like a fish out of water in her sleep. I know, I’ve been the recipient of a few well placed slaps and kicks to the noggin over the years.

Winter 007

Here’s my little FrankenHope all wired up and ready for bed. Her hair alone hides another 6 to 8 wires. And the finger sensor, well that one was her favorite. It lit up like E.T.’s glow digit as soon as the lights were dimmed. Can you guess which wire they had to reattach the most often during the night?

Winter 008

Wires and microphones to detect every little twitch and snore. And then even to differentiate whether the snore came from Hope or her mother bouncing restlessly on the comfy cot they kindly supplied.

Now we just have to wait four weeks for the results. But the best news is Hope and the Awesome staff both survived the night. Hope walked away with tons of glue needing to be washed from her hair and a brand new stuffed tabby cat she named Ella. Can you sense that Pumpkin is going to have new furry friend to be forced to play with?

Mom however is in desperate need of a nap.

All Phineas and Ferb characters, episodes, and locations are Trademarks & Copyright © of the Walt Disney Company 2007-2009. FawnDear is in no way affiliated with The Walt Disney Company or any of its subsidiaries (but they can hire me any darn tooting time they feel like it.) All information included in this site, including character shots like the one above depicting Phineas and Ferb and their secret agent pet Perry the Platypus is here for strictly informational reasons (You know comparing their imagination to that of my offspring). That and the writer of this blog loves their cartoon and thinks you too should check it out. No copyright infringement is intended.


Natalie said...

I know I'm a bit too old for it but i love Phineas and Ferb! I especially like Isabella ("What-cha do-in?") and Candace with Jeremy and Perry and Dr. Doofensmirtz and Phineas and Ferb and... okay, I like everybody. I hope Hope's having fun with the wires and not causing too much stress for everyone. I think I need to stop with these names, whenever I talk to my parents about you I call you FawnDear. Oh well, who really cares? :-) <3

laterg8r said...

we love phineas and ferb too - she looks so tiny in all those wires :D

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

Good luck with the sleep study! I remember T's first EEG--those wires do look kind of scary on a little kid.
Ah, Phineas and Ferb, we love 'em here, too.

Kiwi said...

I'm glad to hear that Hope was able to get through the night hooked up to all those wires. I hope the results are good. I totally know what you mean about 'recharging.'

~Mama Cayman ;) said...

Here's to the Awesome Staff figuring how best to get Hope a healthy night's sleep! Hooray!

Lisa Olander said...

So what did they finally say? Is she just a rocket booster preparing to go off or a little girl too excited to breathe while sleeping? Love your blog!