Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Need Sleep - The Turkey Vultures are Circling

The Girl is driving us nuts.  She can't (or she refuses) to stay asleep at night.  It is crying, screaming and at one point completely undressing.  We have threatened to take her Bitty Baby away if she keeps waking up, last night I had had it so I did just that.  Wailing ensued.  My AGW went in there after a bit and told her she needed to go to sleep if she wanted Bitty Baby back, she calmed and slept until morning.  Although then in the quiet of the early morning, the Boy gets up because he is hot - he was fine but I believe he does it so we never sleep.  Then he gets up again and goes to the bathroom for what seemed like an eternity. After he went back to bed the alarm clock started.  I see this as a bad sign, I was taking the Boy to school and strutting down the street right in front of our house was two turkey vultures.  So I guess if I am not dead yet I must be close as they looked hungry.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

What really happens at 11 pm?

This is a question I have for the Girl.  Every night it seems she wakes crying, screaming, calling for me or my AGW at 11 pm.  It has been going on quite a while now.  I can't seem to figure out what is going on.  She is not disturbed by me going to bed as I go to bed at different times each night.  The cat doesn't bother her or her room and the Boy is sleeping as well.  I try not to pick her up but then that can turn into a marathon not sleeping session for me or my AGW as she will start crying and wailing almost upon leaving the room.  It wouldn't be so bad if she wasn't insistent on waking up at 6:30 am to go potty.  I think it is great that she wants to go potty and keep everything else dry but this is the same girl who held it for 20+ hours once or twice at the beginning of potty training. Can't she wait until at least 7:00 or 7:30 am?

I realize she may be having separation anxiety or bad dreams but it is almost like clock work at 11 pm she awakens and must cry or scream as loud as she can.  If it is ignored too long she may get up and take off her pants and pull up she sleeps in and then scream for the potty.  I will take her then and if she pees it will be about 1/4 teaspoon worth.  Is the culmination of Diva status?  Must she see how quickly and how much she can torture her parents?  Next house separate floor plan is a must.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

A Moment of Quiet

With two kids running our lives, sometimes it seems almost impossible to have a moment of quiet.  There is always something which is great but sometimes you just need a moment.  I don't mean complete silence but a moment with out the constant "Mommy, mommy, mommy..." or "Daddy, daddy, daddy..."  Tonight with help from some grandparents, a sister and cousins we will have a short moment of quiet as they are having a sleepover.  Granted I have yet to tell the children as if I tell them in advance focus and reason quickly leave their little heads.  They will have a blast and for one evening I don't have get up every time I sit down to get someone a snack, drink, tissue, etc., etc., etc.  It feels like Christmas Eve waiting to have that one night off from being a parent.

Also, if you watched Modern Family last night, the Girl has the same PJs that the little girl Lily had on.  We were happy to see that our daughter was rocking stylish PJs.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Random Kid Stuff

It is Monday. Monday mornings are the worst as we have to get back to the routine of getting up, having breakfast, getting ready for school, etc. The routine works well it is just hard on a Monday morning. It doesn't help that the Girl has been waking up randomly screaming and crying, I realize it is for attention but it is very hard to lay there and listen to this determined little one that I believe would stay up screaming all night. You know it is affecting you when other parents at school start asking if you are OK, granted I know the answer to that as I have two crazy kids.

First since it is officially Spring, the Boy refused to wear a long sleeved shirt to school, no problem there just wish he would ask instead of whine. We get to school and I realize that we forgot to do his letterbook this weekend, not a big deal he will do today without much fuss. Then as we are walking out, a Mom and her two kids are walking in - I know them but I can't remember their names or anything else about them when the little girl says "Hi!" to the Girl and of course the Girl answers with a "Hi." How is it that the Girl who started to go to extended day at school this past week while I coach the track team already have followers, maybe she is on the Twitter or something.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

The Unsolicited "I Love You!"

In the morning for school we have a pretty solid routine. The Boy gets up, has juice and breakfast, goes upstairs and brushes his teeth, gets changed and we are about ready to go. Then we drop off in the car pool lane, I usually say the same stuff everyday, "Have a good day. Be nice to your friends, listen to your teachers and try to get a green card." Most times I say "I Love You!" as he bounds out of the van, but sometimes I don't to see if he he will say it. This morning I did just that, he bounded out of the van and about 20 feet away he stopped, turned around and with a big smile shouted "I Love You!" and of course the Girl and I shouted back. It was a great moment.

Then as the Girl and I were running some errands I hear from the back, "Daddy!" Me: "Yes Girl?" Girl: "I Love You!"

So all in all it has been a pretty good morning, well except that my streak of free coffee from Tim Horton's "Roll Up the Rim To Win" promotion ended at two in a row.

Friday, March 11, 2011


My kids have been diagnosed with strep for the third time in a month, and the slight fever for the Boy just won't go away. So for the past three days it has been getting worse and worse while I try to maintain some sort of sanity with both of them in the house and if you have been keeping up we are potty training the Girl at the same time. We are on the third antibiotic, much stronger than the other two so hopefully this will be the knockout blow for the strep. I have since the first 24 hours on the new antibiotic replaced every cup, sippy cup, tooth brush and toothpaste that they use in an effort to get rid of this. Momentarily I will be wiping down there favorite windows to push there faces against, the door handles, and anything else that deems to be hand or mouth worthy. You can only watch Tinkerbell so many times without losing your mind. I believe the Boy has it memorized and the Girl is right with him. Hopefully they will soon both be back to normal health and I can take a mental health day. They are actually doing quite well with being locked in the house for so much lately with being ill, but they are getting very stir crazy. I am surprised that I have come back when out running errands when my AGW gets home and the kids are in bed, as my AGW says "I could just get on the road and keep driving." Thankfully she comes home after a busy stressful day at work so I see it only as fair to return as well. Although if they doesn't get resolved soon I think I am getting a giant bubble so the kids and I can at least roll around somewhere else in confinement as opposed to our house.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Hey, Where's Perry?

In case you missed it March 5th was National Platypus Day. I know you are all upset that you missed this awesome holiday. You may be even asking, "What the heck is National Platypus Day?" Well, it was developed by Phineas and Ferb, as they they have a pet Platypus named Perry. So there you go.

We had quite the celebration at our house. There was a stuffed Perry the Platypus, Perry sunglasses, Perry comic book, and a 104 Days of Summer game. In addition to all that we celebrated with a Perry the Platypus cake:
I think in the kids minds this holiday is a close second to Christmas.

On the potty training side of things for the Girl, we are in day three and the most recent event she has held her pee-pee in for 17+ hours in between going potty. She went once in the toilet and the next time she really needed to go and we kept trying and she started on the floor but then got 90% of it in the potty. It is amazing how wet things get with only 10% of the pee-pee. Well hopefully she gets it soon as she really hates being wet and I can't imagine having 1 cup of juice, sleeping all night and waking up dry, having approx. 2 more cups and trying to hold it in. So soon I will be diaper and pull-up free, how shall we celebrate?

Thursday, March 3, 2011

The Potty Training Will Begin

Hopefully with any luck at all the Girl will be potty trained after this weekend. I hate changing diapers/pull-ups and I think about the money that will be saved from not having to purchase them anymore either. For example, if I buy the 52 pack of pull-ups for $17.99 and she goes through 5 or 6 a day that is 10 days, in one month on pull-ups alone I spend $53.96 plus tax. What I could do with $54 a month. I am sure it will be spent on something sensible like Peanut Butter M&Ms or the 10 for $10 Hostess table at the store or pay for a data plan for both my AGW's and my cell phone. I am also excited and praying this works as I am so tired after 6 years and 5 months of changing diapers/pullups. Plus that smelly diaper pail needs to go. So wish her luck, me patience and the Boy some new legos to keep him busy as the potty training will begin.

I may offer my AGW something nice again as the Boy was a PITA to potty train and when she had an idea I told her if it worked I would buy her something nice. It worked and I bought her something nice. Maybe I need to do that again.