Archive for October, 2008
Now that winter is setting in, we are all looking for more activities for our kids. Here is a great site with thousands of different coloring pages… and the best thing is… it is FREE!!!!! Print and ENJOY!!!!
No one prepares you for all the changes kids bring. We haven’t gone on many vacations since the kids arrived. Right now we are in Fl. Dh is doing the Iron Man race (140.6 miles swimming, biking, running) on Saturday. We came down to support him and to have a little vacation.
So, currently the twins are asleep and Dh is at a meeting and dinner. I am here. In the room. The TV and the internet are my companions.
I never thought about it before kids. When you are on vacation, you don’t have the same resources as at home. Unless you take a sitter or are near friends/family… you are on your own.
My kids go to bed at 7:30. So, that is it. The evening is done. We can sit in the room and watch a movie or sip a glass of wine, but that is it. We are stuck in the room.
I love my kids. I wouldn’t change things for the world… but this is the reality. No more going out. No more walking on the beach in the moonlight. No more laying by the pool to read a book.
I’m here… doing my job. I am their Mommy!
So, last Wednesday I took Z to get his first REAL haircut. I took a picture before… the whole haircutting experience was traumatic for both of us. He screamed and hyperventilated the entire time. It was horrible.
But, I am not writing about that. No, afterward I picked up the camera to take another picture… and the lens is stuck. It won’t go in. It won’t go out. My little digital that has taken Oh SO MANY pictures and recorded so many events from pregnancy through the kids first 19 months is caput! AGggghhhhh!!!!
I am at a loss. I didn’t realize how much I relied on it!
So, no new pictures. I did however get out my old, very beautiful, SLR camera. The feel of it in my hands was like meeting an old friend. I have taken about 4 rolls in 2 days! I know, it is a bit excessive, but I don’t want to miss anything.
Now, I have to get them all developed… Hopefully, I can get them put directly on disk… and maybe then you will see pictures again.
I went to play Bunco last night. I don’t remember the last time dh has called me to ask me to come home… I think maybe when they were brand new. Anyway, I rushed home as Z had been crying since about 7:30. It was close to 10.
Dh had him mostly calmed when I arrived. He nursed and I put him to bed. Dh and I caught up for a bit… Then Z started sobbing again. He cried until about midnight. We gave him tylenol. He slept. About 1:30 woke crying again. Around 3:30 or 4 he went back to sleep after some motrin. Around 6:15 they were up for the day… with a temp over 102.
Took him to the Dr. He has an ear drum infection… different from the regular ear infections. Poor guy.
It is 10:55. He has been asleep since 7:30. Why am I still awake????!!!! Off to bed!
I was changing B’s diaper and we had a conversation. I think this is the longest one so far.
Me: Reny is coming over.
B: (signing “baby) Babyyyyyyy
Me: Yes, Reny is a baby. Baby Reny.
B: Waaaa Waaa Waaa
Me: Yes, Babies cry. They go Waaa Waaa.
B: Good job!!
So, I went to bed around 11… AGAIN. I know I should be going to bed at 10. My body needs sleep… but I can’t make myself. Is anyone else in this boat?
The twins go down around 7:30 or 8. Then, dh is either out training or we watch a show together. Around 9:30-10 he goes to bed. Then it is just me.
There I am. No one to wait on. No reason to clean. No one to watch over. Nothing but me, the computer, TV, books, etc. I check e-mails. I catch up on shows. I do things for me. It is quiet. It is nice.
Then, around 10:45 I realize I should already be in bed. I kick myself for staying up so late. Once in bed I can’t sleep because I need even more time to wind down. Around 12 or 1 I am usually asleep.
I didn’t use to have this problem… but then… I didn’t use to have kids. Do I need to be more disciplined? Do I need to find other “me” time? Or can I just keep going on like this?
Last week we went to a local museum. The kids had a blast banging on the drums and bells… and playing in the toddler area. I also included a video of B chasing a ball in a little maze. It cracks me up how she runs side to side, chasing it!!!