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Day 15:: It’s a SNAP


There’s a cold snap coming. I’m fearful that my lovely little rose bushes are going to croak. I pulled this little beauty off yesterday {along with a couple others} and several of my bushes have lots of new growth. Any rose gardeners out there want to advise me as to what to do? Let ’em freeze? Cover them up? Cut them back? We’re in the deep south and I planted them last spring, there are 6 bushes and do you remember their beautiful blooms? I’d be a sad lady if they froze to death… the forecasted low tomorrow night is 16.

In other news… d r u m r o l l p l e a s e… John Martin slept 6 hours straight last night! I’m almost embarrassed to report it because clearly at 6 months old and 18+ lbs he should have been doing this long ago! I hope to report such news on a regular basis. He is still a touch under the weather… for those of you with bambinos suffering from nasal congestion I suggest this…


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  • Dianne
    January 15, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    Hooray! I knew he could do it. Bet you all feel better today. Good luck with the roses. In N.C. ours have already died back until spring. All my camillias will be brown tomorrow though. brrrrrr

  • Devon
    January 15, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    Congratulations mom. And please don’t be embarrassed. Our doctor had to ‘lecture’ us as well in terms of getting our son to sleep through the night. At 9 months. It’s hard!

    Thanks for the tip on the vapor lotion. We are all sick out here in Seattle too. 😉

  • Kellie Patton
    January 15, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    Yay for JM and Darby! I have never seen that soothing vapor wash – I will have to try it – though we deal with more runny noses here than congestion!

  • odomfamilyfun
    January 15, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    Congrats on the 6 hours…that is huge! I have a son that was 2 in August and if we get six in a row I consider having a celebration breakfast for the family—so I am with you on the no sleep. My kids just aren’t nappers or night sleepers….and I let them cry it out…and often cry with them…oh well…we are making it 🙂 Take the good nights when they come and celebrate! Your flower is just beautiful!

  • Heather
    January 15, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    glad the vapor rub worked.

    found your blog through ali wilson’s. i grew up in auburn with her husband. saw your profile pic on her comments page and had to click to see it bigger. i’ve enjoyed reading your blog.

    anyway, thought i’d de-lurk to tell you that our dr suggested i give georgia a spray of that ‘little noses’ spray 3 times a day to help keep all that bratty congestion away. it seems to really help. so thought i’d share.

    enjoy the new sleep. and please know that you are NOT the only one up in the middle of the night wondering if you are the only one up in the middle of the night 😉

  • The Nebrigs
    January 15, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    praise the LORD!!! for 6 hours of glorious sleep!!

  • Tara McClendon
    January 15, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    High five, JM! Way to let your sweet mama get some rest (and you too)!! D, I’m working on a reply to your email…hope you’ve got JM sleeping a lot during the day as well b/c you’re gonna need a couple of hours! When you say you’re all ears, I take it literally! 🙂

  • Wright Family
    January 15, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    Yay!!! It is such a great day when our babies sleep for stretches! Hope he keeps it up for you. {and don’t be embarrassed. anyone with children has been through the no sleep times–it’s so hard!}

  • erika
    January 15, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    ohhh your beautiful roses! I hope they survive! go JM! way to sleep! love you sister, hang in there!!!!! if you wanna pawn any of those kids off you know you can send ’em my way. I’d like to have you… but I’d take them too!

  • becky
    January 15, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    yes yes yes!!! i love that stuff. it is hard to find, though, around here. i have to stock up when i see it. hooray for JM!! you go big boy. i’m not sure what to tell you about roses. i’d say cover them really good. but i kill every green thing i touch!

  • Shannon, EJ and Gabe
    January 15, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    I was right there with you not too long ago w/Gabe. He didn’t sleep through the night until shortly after he turned 1. My biggest thing was I just could not do the whole cry it out thing so upon much research I came across a book “The no-cry sleep solution” and I loved it and I followed the suggestions and he was sleeping through the night about 3-4 weeks after we started it. I’m def going to use it for the next one!

  • the brown's
    January 15, 2009 at 6:02 pm

    way to go JM!!!

  • Ginny
    January 15, 2009 at 6:06 pm

    Yeah, JM and mom!! I bet you feel like a new woman. Keep up the good sleeps JM.

  • The Howell's
    January 15, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    I love your blog, I found it through my sister, not sure how she found you though! I do know that you knew my brother at Auburn-Kyle Armstrong. ANYWAYS-about your roses, definitely cut any blooms you have, cover the bushes and believe it or not, as with most plants especially pansies, water them very well. Sounds crazy I know but it will actually preserve the roots. Icicles will form around the roots which is better than them freezing dry if that makes any sense. Of course, now it’s 8pm so it may be too late. I’m not looking forward to the freeze either, we’re in Montgomery.

  • Jennifer
    January 15, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    Hooray for JM and for you, too! If you ever need any sleep tips, please ask away. I have plenty of them because I was kind of obsessed with the whole sleep routine thing. 🙂

    Your rose is beautiful – I hope the rest of them survive. Our very own cold snap has arrived – it’s -2 right now!

  • the sweet life with olives
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  • Linley
    January 16, 2009 at 7:19 am

    Congrats Mama!! Sleep is still a battle at our house for Peyton, he has never been a good sleeper from day one. I say, start early and nip it in the bud – you’ll be glad when he is 3.5 and not having problems going to bed. 🙂
    In other news… we ALWAYS have a bottle of the vapor bath at our house. I buy it in bulk at Target. Love and sleepy blessings from the Paske crew!!

  • ml
    January 16, 2009 at 7:29 am

    Hey Darby! We’ve never met, but it looks like we know a lot of the same people. My husband, Hays, grew up in Dothan. I enjoy reading your blog often, and I am glad your little man slept through the night!

  • thelaundryisneverfinished
    January 16, 2009 at 9:18 am

    It did my heart good to know that there are roses blooming out there somewhere. 🙂 I hope they survive! And yay for John Martin!!

  • christy
    January 16, 2009 at 9:58 am

    I am in the Southwest, but here in the rare occasion we get a freeze they say water your plants that day, cover them with something, to the ground. Do not cut back until spring when the threat of frost is gone. The "dead" branches act as an insulator to the plant. I do not have roses, but do this with all of my frost sensitive trees & plants. Good luck!

    Congrats on the 6 hours! Woo hoo! Don't feel bad either as my lil one didn't sleep through the night till he was like 2. years that is!

  • The Harris Family
    January 16, 2009 at 11:34 am

    Yeah for JM! and for mommmy! Thank you Lord~

  • The Jernigan's
    January 17, 2009 at 7:18 am

    Hey Darby!
    I found your blog through Anna Barron’s blog and have been a stalker for a little while. Your children are adorbale and you are such a domestic diva!! You are too talented!
    I also found your sister’s blog and she too is amazing!!
    As for the roses, they will come back in the spring so dont worry too much!! I hope you cut as many blooms as you could and spread them around your house! Lauren