Archive for June, 2009
That’s a question that gets asked in my house quite a bit. Since Daniel is usually the only little guy in the house, he tends to have lots of bosses. Even though Sarah & James are his siblings, in his eyes they are grown ups, so they get to tell him what to do – and let me tell you, they do and often. Since Will & Clayton have been here for the past two weeks (*blinks*), we have run into a problem with them telling him what to do or more importantly them correcting his bad behavior when they should let a grown up know what he’s doing. It’s been a constant battle with them. We tell them, come get me or another adult and we’ll handle Daniel. We try to make sure they understand that it’s not because of anything they did, but rather we want them to just be kids and not be responsible for Daniel. They have a little sister at their mom’s house, who I fear they “entertain” often and are required to keep her out of mischief, so I know it’s hard for them to switch roles when they are here.
But I think it’s equally hard for Daniel, being the littlest guy, to hear “no Daniel” or “you can’t do that” or “stop that Daniel” from every single other person in this house, ya know? Do I make sense? Or am I just being an over-protective mother hen?
Juggling everything this past week has made us all tired. Waking up every 3-4 hrs to give Tylenol/Motrin has finally caught up to Mommy. It started with Ian but he has now been fever free for 24 hrs so hopefully we won’t have to give him anything tonight. Gabi, on the other hand, seems to be either battling a little virus or teething, either of which is causing her discomfort and a low grade fever (99-100). Seems to be most prominent at night which leads me to believe virus BUT she won’t keep her hands out of her mouth which makes me think that it is teething. Whatever the reason, we have also been giving her Tylenol at night. So far, no fever for her today.
Then there is the Mama Drama stuff. I went yesterday for my wonderful boob smooshing appointment. Thankfully, it wasn’t nearly as bad as I had remembered. I only looked down once and that was enough for me. Poor boobs. They have been through hell and back. The good news, there is nothing there. The “lump” is gone. Don’t know that it was ever there. Seems that the ultrasound showed a group of ducts close together that may have been what the dr felt. Better safe than sorry.
I also had quite a bit of blood taken yesterday so by the time I put the kids down for their nap, I was exhausted. I tried to (more…)
After a day like today, where at the end of the night I am left feeling utterly exhausted….there are no words that can make me feel comforted but always….yes always, photos of my children can make me smile and bring me back to what mommyhood is all about. Tonight the sunshine after my day came when I uploaded these pictures of Violet – how could they not make you feel all warm and cozy inside.
Over the past hour or so I have been riding a sad, sad roller coaster. Is Michael Jackson dead? Is he in a coma? Yes, he is in a coma. Thank you CNN. Wait… Yes, he is dead.
Say what you will about Michael Jackson and his personal life. It was a mess. But no one can deny the impact he had on the world of music and pop culture. I have fond memories of my childhood and listening to his music. He was unique and troubled and the most amazing musician and dancer.
I am sad and in shock. I just felt the need to express it since my husband is not home and I have no one to hug.
Thanks to our local library, I now have a copy of “The Sleep Bible” in my hands! A friend highly recommended I read Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child by Dr. Marc Weissbluth in hopes that I will find a solution to our sleep issues. Now, to find the time to read all 457 pages as quickly as possible so that I can get started. I’ll be sure to let you all know how things develop, but until then, have any of you read and followed the contents of this book? Any tips and/or tricks?
On another note, I started using Baby Signs with my son yesterday. It’s definitely going to be a learning process for the both of us as I had to remind myself several times yesterday to sign as we went about our day. I’m hoping it doesn’t take me too long to get into the habit of signing without having to remind myself after forgetting to do it most of the day. I can’t expect to be perfect right away, but it would be nice, wouldn’t it? We’re starting with a few signs that I feel are important such as Mommy, Daddy, eat, more, all done and sleep. It’s advised to start slowly so I hope six signs isn’t overdoing it.
Now is the time to be patient and persistent. Changes and developments are not going to happen overnight. In fact, it could take several months for my son to produce his first sign and it could take me just as long to read “The Sleep Bible”. Uh, let’s hope not for the latter.
*raises glass* Here’s to improved sleep habits and better communication. Cheers!
Getting a toddler to do anything in any given time period is a tough job. A lot of mornings it comes down to one simple thing: my son doesn’t let to get dressed. He wants to sit around watching TV and playing with toys, eating breakfast and drinking chocolate milk, all in just his diaper. Any attempt to alter this schedule does not end well.
For quite a while, we tried taking a hard line with Eric. I ask first, and if he doesn’t listen, I tell him sternly that this is the way it’s going to be. I’m the parent, after all, and he does need to listen to me. Unfortunately, this is where the toddler power struggle begins.
I try to avoid the toddler power struggle, I really do. I offer choices, but he just says no and (more…)
I made a decision this week that no matter what, if the weather permitted it, I would get out of the house every day with the kids from now on. I’ve recognized that all the stresses of the past months were weighing heavily on our shoulders and the way that I’ve resolved to get the stress out of our lives is to spend more time together doing fun things. I have drastically reduced my internet time and moved on with the plan to get outdoors and enjoy the summer! For the past couple of days we’ve been enjoying the nearby park that has a small splash pad and quite honestly it’s been quite a treat! It’s been hilarious to watch Jacob experience it all – I totally pegged him for a sprinkler lover because he adores the pool and has a blast in the bath rub but nope! I watched him squeal in frustration every single time a drop of water touched him and then he’d run screeching from the splash pad towards Violet and I shouting NO SPRINKLER NO! As if he were throwing profanities at it….heh. I’m going to assume that if we keep going he’ll eventually get used to the idea of giant sprinklers but if not then I guess he’ll always be that weird kid hanging at the sidelines too afraid of get wet for fear he might shrivel up if the water touched him!
Today we took a walk to our (more…)
is not always easy. I am a picky eater. I have two children who are picky eaters. It’s hard to find a meal that everyone will enjoy that is also quick and easy or relatively quick and easy. Today I was scouring the internet and various sites that I frequently get recipes from and Sarah spotted a chicken pot pie recipe on Hillybilly Housewife. I took a look and found that I had most of the ingredients here at home and Sarah offered to go get the rest.
I did tweak it a bit to fit my family. First of all I doubled it, because I have a lot of mouths to feed. Additionally, I nixed the onions because no one here likes them, and I added corn to the peas and carrots and added potatoes. I also replaced the milk with buttermilk because I had some that needed to get used soon. The prep time was simply how long it took me to peel and dice about 6 medium potatoes and boil them, which was about 25 minutes. My chicken was frozen diced chicken breast that I had purchased for something, but forgot to use. Finally, instead of moving the pie crusts into a 9x9x2 pan, I just baked them in the pie tin that the pie crusts came in and inverted a second pie crust over them.
Here’s what they looked like after I pulled them out of the oven (there are two):
and while I (more…)
This year, Todd’s birthday fell the day after Father’s Day so he was in for some very special treats. I had been planning for his gift for at least a month. Of course, with triplets, you need about that long to get things accomplished, especially if it is going to be a surprise.
Last year’s gift was really special, the 1st year he celebrated being a daddy. This year had to be equally special and it is my goal to be creative every Father’s Day. So, I bought a stepping stone making kit at Michael’s a few weekends back and realized I would need help getting this done so I asked my wonderful neighbor, Jane, to come over and help with kid control. Thursday was the big day. I mixed the cement, put it in the mold, came up with a cute saying for the stone and idea to use the kids’ handprint to create a flower.
One by one, the kids were brought over to the wet stone. Gabi didn’t do so well the 1st time around so I literally had to start all over. Then Sofi thought it would be cute to grab the cement so I let it be. Ian was last but did the best. Then it was time to decorate. Jane kept the kids busy while I finished up. After the kids went down for their nap, I took the stone next door for “hiding”.
All in all, for our 1st ever craft project, it went smoothly.
Sunday morning, Todd woke up to (more…)