Tuesday, November 04, 2008

THE SWORD NEVER SLEEPS...and neither does my son

Oy.  Sleep deprivation is a bitch.  My son is now four-months-old and still not sleeping through the night.  One of my clients, a former marine, says "forget waterboarding; let's just put terrorists in a nursery!"  And I remember living back in New York and I had this neighbor who played the piano and sang opera—both very, very badly—and my client Ed Greenwood suggested that I lower a boombox out the window down to their apartment and play a tape of a baby crying all night long.  At the time, I didn't give the idea the consideration it clearly deserved.

Speaking of Ed, he has a new book out....

For those readers who have been anxiously and perhaps impatiently awaiting the last book in this Forgotten Realms trilogy…wait no longer.  The Knights of Myth Drannor are back!  After being chartered by the king and queen, the knights stumble onto plot after plot against the Crown, and earn the ire of the Royal Magician.  The question becomes do the knights have what it takes to become heroes who are brave, honorable, and relentless?  Will they do anything to conquer evil?  Or will Florin Falconhand face the greatest challenge of his life?

This is the final book in the Knights of Myth Drannor trilogy by Ed Greenwood.  The trilogy began in 2007 with SWORDS OF EVENINGSTAR.  After saving the king’s life, Florin and his friends are granted the right to adventure in the kingdom.  But the knights take on more than they bargained for, as evil follows them everywhere and they struggle to stay alive.  Greenwood concludes this trilogy about the celebrated adventurers that began in SWORDS OF EVENINGSTAR and was continued in SWORDS OF DRAGONFIRE.  Here, Florin and the knights must save the kingdom and themselves from a web of lies or it will be destroyed forever.

Ed Greenwood is the creator of the Forgotten Realms setting.  He is also the best-selling author of hundreds of novels, game products, and articles in that same setting.

If you love adventure and a world of fantasy, then this trilogy is definitely for you!  The Forgotten Realms setting is one of magic, treachery, and true heroism.  Become one of the many readers who have become immersed in the exhilarating journey from teenager to swashbuckling hero of Florin Falconhand and his friends.



Floe said...

An answer for SLEEP! As a mother of 10 month old TWINS (a boy and a girl) and a 2.5 year old (Also a girl), the answer is swaddling.

Yes, they don't like it. Yes, they break out of the blanket. Yes, they cry but you have to be stronger and persevere. Try to keep him swaddled.

Feed, change, then swaddle. Put him in the bassinet (back to sleep). He might cry at first. Go outside if you can’t take hearing your cute bundle so upset. Have a glass of wine but hang in there. It took mine a good twenty minutes before they settled down but it worked and my husband was able to come back to bed instead of sleeping on the couch- Poor thing.
You can try the swing but they don’t get a deep enough sleep that way.

Andrew Zack said...

Swaddling was great when he was smaller, but as a 20-pound, five-month-old, he's too big!


Floe said...

20 lbs at five months “Oy vey.” You can try feeding him some rice cereal with applesauce before the nighttime feeding. I know with breast milk they need to be fed more frequently. The rice cereal might help sustain him.
I know the lack of sleep sucks, the first three months for me were a blur because I was so tired.

Andrew Zack said...

He's on rice cereal, but we won't try any other foods until he is at least six months old, as this is supposed to help prevent allergies. He's also not a very consistent eater. Sometimes he takes an entire serving of rice cereal. Other times, he isn't that interested.


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