No News is Good News

My poor W has laryngitis.  It started on her first day at daycare. The crying definitely does not help and it’s unfortunate that she’s been sick for a good while now.  Wednesday, at pickup time, she looks so puffy from crying – a sad face. I kept her home yesterday and today since she had a fever. Turns out infant laryngitis is croup.  Nothing to do about it.  Doctor visit just confirmed it.  I’m hoping she’ll be healthy on Monday. We finally got a gate installed upstairs. It’s such a relief since we don’t have to worry about she falling off the stairs at all.  

Today, V and I got haircuts.  Mine was long overdue and it felt so good to have my hair trimmed and textured. Just befor I was about to get it cut, I asked the stylist how shirt my hair would be if I cut off  8″. So I went for a medium bob.  I kept the hair and am going to be donating it for a cancer cause.  I feel good.  Besides, it’s just hair and it will grow back. 

In other things, we’ve decided to bring the play kitchen back up so the kids can play with it more.  And I have to say, W loves it!  I have all these ideas of upgrading it- including building shelves out of cardboard for the food to go since the kitchen is tight in space. 

See, even daddy is having fun!


Work in Progress

I can’t believe tomorrow is already Wednesday. I feel like I still have a long list of things to get done before I go back to work. Yikes! 
Day 2 for W at daycare was better – slept longer and ate more. That’s good but when i picked her up she had laryngitis. She sounded so sad. Her cries are even worse. In fact when M went to her at her first wakeup, she cried so hard and it sounded so sad. She’s back asleep after nursing but has been coughing a lot. Poor thing. It feels like a long time since she was well.  
In the house, I tackled the spare room and tried to sort things out. It looks like a big mess right now. After reading those two articles from Intelligent Nest, I really want to make the basement a gross motor playroom. This would be great for the kids, especially for Z, since he always wants to kick a ball or play basketball. It would be a great space for all three of them. We already have a section of a wall with mirrors, for V, to use for dancing. Kind of like Adan when studio. 

Problem is we have all the Lego down there. We’d need to move them all somewhere. I’m not sure. Then we also have a basketball arcade that’s too tall for the basement. Too bad, it would’ve fit with the theme down there.  

Tomorrow, I’m going to try and finish the spare room. Maybe get a haircut as well. I need to go into the school this Thur to prep and touch base with the other two teachers. Friday, I’ll probably work on the basement. We’ll see.  

IKEA – solo

Today, I’m treating myself.  Earlier this morning I was grumbling about having to clean up the mess I made from moving furnitures around last night.  M suggested that I don’t do any chores and just enjoy myself.  So I thought about it and here I am.  
Breakfast and a leisurely stroll at IKEA is what I need right now. Wi-fi and a $3.14 breakfast (tax included), it can’t get any better than this. Ok, the eggs aren’t the creamiest but the potatoes and sausage are good.  And free coffee refills. Who can argue?  Gotta love IKEA!

I’m in a nesting mood this week – because there are no kids around during the day. No kids means more work done!  Lots of tidying and organizing. Last night, while doing some online reading on how to deal with toys in all areas of the house, I learned that having one playroom with all the toys is not conducive to play.  

One strategy is to rotate toys.  Intelligent Nest suggests sorting toys (not sets or puzzles) into categories and then taking one toy from each category and placing it in a clear in or displaying them in an inviting way.  This rotation would occur weekly and it claims to increase play time as well as promote higher order thinking.  This strategy is especially beneficial to younger children. I’m definitely going to try it this week.  

Another strategy, also suggested by Intelligent Nest is to scatter toys around the house.  Not in a messy way. But deliberate placement to encourage appropriate developmental play. A very good example is to place the play kitchen near or in the actual kitchen so children can mimic adults and learn in their own way. Come to think of it, we did this for Z when he was a toddler and he loved it!!!  The challenge for us is finding the space to do it.  It’ll involve some rearrangement. 

Breakfast done.  Time to shop!

Hooray, we did it!! 

 The morning was tense for me as it was Ws first day away from me.  I dropped her off after V since we were running late.   We arrived at the daycare at 9:30am and W was good until I said goodbye.  She got upset but found out she settled within 15 min and happily ate snacks.  
On the drive home I was determined to be productive.  It was my mission to purge my wardrobe and so I did. I was ruthless.  The only items I didn’t get to tackle were my socks and tees.  I did pants and tops and dresses.  Sixty empty hangers later,   I had a neat and organized closet. It felt so good. Now the hangersndo not crowd and I can clearly see what I have.

While I was purging my closet, I also tidied up the hallway or linen closet. I managed to free up two more shelves and so I will be moving the bedding into there this week.  Along the way, I also cleaned and organized the bathroom. It only took me 3.5 hours to do all that.  But boy, did I feel so productive!!!

All day I was thinking of W and trying hard not to worry.  I also had to tell myself not to Call or text or check up on her. I kept myself busy enough that I made it till the end of the day.  Tomorrow I’m going to tackle other areas. Maybe the playroom.  Well see.  

It’s Happening 

It is Sunday – the day before W’s first day at daycare.  I have been so anxious and nervous for the last few days.  I wouldn’t be as worried if she wasn’t sick again.  This time, her cough came back and she’s got runny nose and discharge coming out from her tear ducts.  Poor girl!  She is really having it rough.  Last night and tonight, she fell asleep fast for bedtime but also woke up soon – like within the first hour.   So far, she has woken up twice and is just miserable.  Last night, I had to stay in the bed because every time she stirred, she would check for me.  If I wasn’t there, she’d wake and cry so I went to bed early.

Some updates on her communication skills.  I’ve been very impressed with her lately. Yesterday, she was pulling at her diaper shirt in the front and saying “papa” to me.  It turns out “papa” meant poopoo.  It clicked in when I remembered how she would say “papa” and wave her hand to say “bye bye to poopoo” as we flushed the toilet.  And guess what?  She poo’d when I put her on the potty.  I hope she doesn’t regress because our diaper use has reduced significantly and I quite like it.

Because she poos in the potty, we only use 2 pull-ups per day. A change in the morning when she wakes, a change before nap and a fresh one before bedtime.  She’s the most successful – maybe because I’m more familiar with her signs and cues.  It’s actually not that difficult to tell.  One just needs to pay more attention to their child.  In fact, this morning, when she woke up, she was tugging at her sleeper and grunting.  I knew she wanted it off and asked her if she needed to go potty and she did her whole body nodding.  So I asked M to take her and she did!

On Friday, I had both W and Z. He didn’t want to go back to the PFLC since most kids that attend are toddlers. I don’t blame him. So we hung out at Bayview Village instead. He’s been asking if I could take him to Chapters and Mastermind.Our first stop was the bookstore since it opened at 9:30 am. We stayed for about a hour, just browsing around. I let W loose and she enjoyed walking around the store. Z was on his own, checking out some books and toys.  He bought a new Big Nate book. He’s 7 and is reading books in the 9-12 category.

I took Z for lunch at South St. although he wanted pasta at Il Fornello’s.  It wasn’t going to open for another 30 min and I needed to take W home for a nap by noon.  W just ate fries since she wouldn’t eat the burger.  Of course, Z loves to pepper his food and he reached for the pepper mill to season his fries.  Next thing I know I hear the sound of a few hundred peppercorns spilling everywhere.  It was all over the tray, the table, and even a few got into the drink cup.  It was a mess.  Luckily, it was dry so I just brushed all of them onto the tray and disposed of them.  Hygiene reasons. Oh well.

Now that W is going to be at daycare, part of me feels sad, and part of me is happy.  I’m finally going to get some ME time – a whole week!   I just hope W adjusts well to daycare.  I know she’ll be upset when I drop her off but I also know that she’s in good hands.I’m worried about her crying during naptime and not sleeping enough.  I know.  I’m being a worry wart.  Who am I kidding?  This is child number three.  I should be used to it by now but I am not.  This kid is different.  Each of them are!  Sigh.

Already, my mind is racing with all the things I can will try to get done while I’m by myself.  The list will be long and I’ll have to be realistic.  Most importantly, I need to get a haircut.  This post pregnancy hair needs to be thinned out.  And maybe a manicure as well.


Only Mama Will Do

Ok so our night out happened.  We managed to get through three parent teacher interviews tonight. They were good. On the other hand, W woke at 8:11pm, less than and hour after we left.  

Nothing would calm her down.  Rocking on chair, standing, singing. She just wanted her mommy.  By the time we got home, she was still crying. In fact, we could hear her shrieking from downstairs as I took off my coat. 

She’s finally asleep now.  When I picked her up and bounced her, she had so much gas from crying that she had three huge burps.  It took about 25 min to settle her back to sleep.  All she wanted was to nurse a lot.  She wouldn’t stop until she was satisfied. 

I hope she sleeps for a longer stretch tonight. She must be exhausted. 

I’ll Miss My Baby

W has discovered she could stick her finger in her nostril.  Can you see that mischievous smile? When I make a funny sound to indicate that I’m appalled, she giggles. Oh, I’m so going to miss seeing that face and spending time with her. But alas, I have to go back to work. 

I snuck into our bed to lie down and relax, after binge watching Jane the Virgin downstairs.  She was snoring away before she stirred. I think she smells me. I forget that we are also animals and so it would make complete sense that she can smell me beside her. She’s back asleep now. 

Tonight is the first night in a long while since we’ve had a babysitter. We’re attending parent-teacher interviews for Z.   The last night out didn’t go so well. M and I were at our couples massage and W wouldn’t settle with the sitter after waking up. And to top things off, the other two kids were not even asleep when W started crying.  Yeah, we rushed home after the massage.

It feels like a date.  That’s how long ago it has been.  For a moment when I was nursing W and I thought she was ready for M, she started crying. We started to panic thinking W knew what was going on tonight. That she would definitely be a rough time while we were out.  It turns out W just wasn’t ready to go M yet. Thank goodness.  

Even though it’s not a long time we’re out for, at least we’re out together. 

And it begins…

Tonight, I got to leave the house at 7:30pm.  M is doing books and bedtime with the kids.  It has been a while. I wanted to go to Value Village to shop.  The last time I went I scored well – finding tops I can wear for work. When V heard this she asked me to look for a shoulder cutout shirt and an off-the-shoulder sweater.  My goodness.  She’s only 5 and she’s already wanting to dress sexy! Scary.  What do you think? Should I encourage it?

Lately, I’ve been trying to spend as much time with W as possible since she’s going to be in daycare in a week. Yes, my baby is going to daycare.  That week will be my week to myself. I plan to get a haircut, get a massage, go through my wardrobe, go into school, and maybe some cleaning the house. Maybe.  We’ll see. 

In the last few days, W has learned about puppets – finger and hand puppets.  She’s so proud when I her put the puppet on.  She wiggles her little finger to make the puppet move.  I should also say that her latest love are squirrels.  We like to look out windows when we’re home and spot squirrels. She gets so excited. I’m thinking we should get our zoo membership again starting in the spring. She’d love it!!!

This afternoon, I was home with both girls. Z was at a friends’ house for a play date while M was at a training session for his SteamPlant. I let V paint my nails. While she was painting my nails, I browsed on Pinterest and found a pin that uses nail polish to create a marbling effect. 

Here’s one of them.  It’s a little messy and whatever container you use you just throw out after.  It’s super easy to do though and the results are stunning!    Definitely doable with kids.  And it’s a great way to use up some of the many nail polish bottles I have! 

Btw, the weather has returned to winter.  It was snowing when I went out to VV and chatime for bubble tea.  

Family Fun 

It’s the third week of February.  The temperature was 12 degrees Celsius.  Maybe even higher with the sun.  It was a nice day out.  We decided to go for a walk after breakfast in our neighbourhood.  The kids were so excited to be out.  I was, too.  Truth be told, we’ve all been feeling under the weather, one way or another.  If it wasn’t Z or V, it was M or me.  Or W.   The day was too nice to miss being outside.

Summer in Winter

I’m in my t-shirt and Capri pants. Its that warm out. Yeah. I’m out walking W for a nap.  The first attempt at noon didn’t last long – 30 min.  It’s so nice out, so I thought, ‘why not?”.  The wind is blowing but the sun is beating down so it’s nice and warm in the sun.  I’m thankful for weather like this.

On my walk, I did some errands.  As you know, M is gluten-free. I grabbed some items from the grocery store and came across this new gluten-free bread. I’m telling you, it is delicious.  More importantly, light and fluffy.  

Just look at the air pockets.  Never mind the chia seeds you don’t even taste them.  M spread Nutella on it and was in heaven eating it.  It’s that crazy good. 

Also, take a look at this strawberry.  It is ginormous. It’s probably the size of little Vs heart.