Since last post I have now figured out the quick solution to run xampp with mongodb, thanks to this post: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/3635200/how-to-work-on-the-xampp-mongodb-in-windows
I ended up running mongodb through my old z-wamp, copied the php_mongo.dll file from z-wamp and added it to php.ini under the xampp installation.
Also my 2 y.o. has gotten out of bed 3 times since then and is now sleeping in my office / guest bedroom (I’m working in the kitchen to catch the sunrise, the local time is 02.46 (am, that is), and I’m an extremely-early-riser, not a night owl) Also I just had to put her to bed for the 4th time. At least my wife can play sleeping beauty for now as I’m keeping the house quiet.