If you have boys or are with a LEGO fan, chances are, you can find LEGO in almost any room in the house. Maybe not. But I can. After coming down from tucking the kids in for bedtime, I was confronted by these three minifigures. I don’t even know where they came from. They were just lying on the kitchen counter so I decided to place them on the shelf in the kitchen cupboard so as to be able to spot them easily.
Anyhow, tonight, I am solo. With three kids. M has PT interviews today until 8, then he has a meeting with a colleague. So, if all goes well with W’s sleep, then I’m in for a relaxing 2 hours. Otherwise, it’s early bedtime for me.
Let’s start with the great things that happened today.
I took W to the Parenting and Family Literacy Centre this morning for about 2 hours. She had so much fun and was enjoying the social aspect of it a lot, saying ‘hi’ to every person she encounters. She even gives things to random people. We played with the sensory tables (a rice one and a yarn one), did an arts and craft with coloured glue, sequins and feathers, played with baby dolls and play food, had snacks, read some books, and discovered these letter bags filled with plastic beads and objects – kind of like an I Spy bag. We even went to gym time, where she got to just walk around, picking up and carrying balls in her arms.
The night before was not so great for sleep so I was happy that I was able to distract her and keep her occupied and stimulated for the morning. We rushed home to have lunch and then by 12 noon, she was asleep. I came downstairs, had lunch, watched a little Jane the Virgin and felt like solving math problems so I sat and did just that! All this time, I had the monitor beside me and was keeping an eye on her, expecting her to wake up anytime soon. But she slept – uninterrupted for 2 hours! I was so relieved that this new schedule was working out so far.
Z had a PA Day at school but I sent him to Kids Club, where they played indoor sports and baked some cookies. He enjoyed himself with his friends. Instead of having him come home in the transportation van he usually takes, I went to go pick him up with W. After, we swung by V’s school to pick her up and then M was last. On the ride home, I asked the kids if they would be interested in having hotdogs for dinner. Z had to one-up it and requested for corndogs instead. Have you ever had corndogs? Oh, wait till you try this recipe. It is the easiest!
- 1/2 c corn meal
- 1/2 flour (sub for Gluten-free Bisquick for a GF version)
- 1/2 c milk
- 2 tbsp sugar
- 2 tsp baking powder
- pinch of salt and pepper
- 6 hotdogs cut in half and skewered
- canola oil for frying
Just mix all the ingredients and place in a tall glass. (I thinned out my batter a little by adding a tbsp or so of milk. I don’t like a doughy batter.) Dredge each hotdog in flour and dip into the batter. Fry in oil at 350F until golden brown. I like to spin the skewer so that it cooks evenly and the batter puffs up.
Serve with ketchup or your favourite mustard.
When W saw the corndogs, she got so excited! I didn’t know she would love them so much. Btw, we buy the hotdogs that are natural and free from nitrites. It’s the PC Brand. The best. Hands down. SO, dinner consisted of corndogs, potato chips and veggies with dip. I made it so that it would be an easy and fun dinner if I was going to be alone with the kids – even though M ended up staying a little before going back to work.
After dinner, the two kids played for a bit. I wanted to just sit with W and unwind, have some cantaloupe so we sat on the couch. I turned on the tv and Odd Squad was on. Z and V heard it and came and sat and watched. They love that show. Then after, Wild Kratts was on – another great show, so I let them watch. I asked them to come up for a shower after the show was over while I got W ready for bedtime.
They came up on their own, got showered on their own and got dressed on their own. They did an amazing job. (Here are the parts I left out. While in the shower together, V got shampoo in her eyes and was screaming like a banshee while Z stands under the water just oblivious to the fact that V needs water!!! So I had to go into the bathroom and rectify the situation. Then, a few minutes later, V shouts, “stop! stop! Stop! – her classic one liner, lol, and it turns out, Z was splashing her with water. Of course, he denies it, so at this point, I don’t even know who to believe. I just needed the screaming to stop and for them to finish showering so the water could also stop running down the drain.)
While they got ready for the night, I go downstairs to get the iPads. One is completely dead so I had to find a charger and bring it up. The other one appears to have a new password – a 6-digit one! What?!? No one informed me of this change. So I text M, who, apparently, was in a meeting with a parent. No response for about 5 min so I call (like it’s an emergency. Uhm, yeah, it IS an emergency, coz I’ve got to put the baby to bed. And this password situation is holding us up!) M answers. Yes, a new password. Solved!
Z gets ready first and is done before V. Normally, he prefers one iPad over the other, because the apps are not entirely the same. But tonight, he decided to just play on the one, even though he really prefers the other one. V is still getting dressed at this time. I leave Z to his device and proceed to turn off the lights and nurse W to sleep. Then I hear our door open and Z walks in in tears. Great! V won’t let him have the other iPad and it has all his ‘favourite games’. What?!? So I had to bring the baby with me, scold them (well, I raised my voice out of frustration, really. I know, shame on me. But I’m planning to apologize to them later.) about disrupting W’s bedtime routine, and asked them solve the problem.
I left and W finally falls asleep at 7:05, after much fussing in my arms and in her crib – not really crying but just trying to find a comfortable position. I sneak out, go to the kids and ask them to surrender the devices. Z does it immediately, while V wanted to show me something before she gave it to me.
I started by apologizing to the kids for raising my voice. All is back to calm. We read stories. Z loves the series of books I found in the library by Jane Yolen. So we read from the Jewish Fairy Tale Feasts. Now, the reading level is certainly not for kids under 7 because V confirmed the fact that she often does not follow the story due to the writing style. So I made it an effort to retell using plain language that she would understand. Book time is really one of my favourite times with them because I get to snuggle up with both of them and read.
The rest is history. They were both out by 7:45pm. And I made a decision NOT to take a shower in case W wakes up. Instead, I came downstairs to write this post. And guess what? W is still sleeping, so this means I have some ME time. Woohoo!!!!
Oh, wait. I still need to make V a lunch since she has school tomorrow. Damn. Ok, that shouldn’t be too difficult. Z has no school and M is only working half day and will be taking Z with him to school.