I thought I'd just do a quick update on several things as I meant to and I never got round to doing it.
1. Operation Sleep Through. This has been largely successful. Now, unless the baby is ill, or teething, she generally sleeps a full night. It only took a couple of nights to achieve as well which we were pretty amazed by (we had given ourselves a week to deal with it). Of course, the others will wake at times, so I can't guarantee a full night every night for me, but it's made a huge difference and I am much less tired and snappy.
2. Back to school blues. Really, they haven't been as bad as I feared at all. Getting up early has made a huge difference to the way our mornings happen. The Eldest seems to have "woken up" at school, continuing to make good progress with her reading and spelling generally. I am very proud of her. The Boy has taken big school in his stride, we've only had a couple of weepy mornings, apart from that he's settled in well and is a rather splendid little lad. The Feral One LOVES preschool, she thinks it's the best thing ever. Preschool seem to love her too :)
3. Time to stop yelling. I'm extremely pleased to announce that Screaming Harpy Lady has not been seen this week. Hopefully it's the start of a calmer stage in my life, now that the baby is nearing a year old and I am less tired. I still have grumpy days and I'm not all sweetness and light, but at least I am always in control of my temper.