DST

Ok, I just came down from trying to put Z to bed.  Yes, yes, we still sing to them.  We tried to take it away but they whine.  V is much better sleeper in the sense that she falls asleep way before him most nights.  It’s already 8:32 pm and he is having trouble falling asleep.  This always happens when DST (Daylight Savings Time) hits.  I’m sure there are plenty other people whose sleep is also affected by this change.

Knock on wood.  Why?  So far, W has not woken up since she fell asleep with me.  She’s definitely feeling much better now.  It’s about time.  It has been almost two weeks, for crying out loud!  So she gets to go to daycare tomorrow.   W got her Chicken Pox vaccine today.  I got M to take her to the doctor while I stayed home with V and baked a carrot cake.  I never knew she liked carrot cake that much. She asked me to “trim” off the edges of the cake so she can try it out.  Cheeky monkey.

As part of our decluttering efforts, I finally got around to posting the three Moby Wraps I own.  I used to have more, if you could believe it.  W is too heavy to go in it now that she’s a toddler.  It was great when she was a baby though.  We still have two toddler Tulas and a woven wrap that I’m still trying to break in.  Oh, and not to forget, a Storchenweige ring sling, too.  I still use all those every now and then, depending on the days.  It now dawns on to me that this is the reason why playpens never worked with our kids.  They just love it so much on us.  Who can blame them, right?

So, as mentioned, M said this week would be my birthday week. He asked what I wanted for my birthday.  My response?  A clean and tidy house.  Maybe I should have also added, SLEEP.  Well, may I say that it’s “getting there”?  Honestly, there’s still a whole lot to do.  It’s never-ending.  Anyways, back to my birthday…Today, after M came home from picking up Z from school, he brought flowers that Z chose.  Z also wrote the sweetest message inside.  It made me teary.   On his own – no coaching. Just him.  My sweet boy.

Ok. I spoke too soon.  W woke around 9pm and had a total freak out when M went to her.  She’s usually ok.  When I went to her she calmed down immediately.  

Oh, before I forget, I made the kids a cardboard elevator.   Saw it on Pinterest and totally loved it.  So did W.  She knows what elevators are and pretends to press the buttons to choose a floor. She loves it when I ask her to choose a floor and I close the door, making the sound effects as the elevator goes “up” or “down”.   

 

March Break

The other day, Z comes home with a phone number written on a small piece of paper torn from the corner of a larger piece.  He wanted me to call his friend, S, to set up a playdate this weekend.  It is so cute. In fact, I just got off the phone with S’s mom and she was under the impression that the kids have already set a playdate up.  So funny.  He’s going to be thrilled to hear that he’s going over to S’s house – apparently they might be playing Mario games.

That aside, things have been very hectic lately, despite being on March Break.  In my mind, I’m thinking, “It’s already Wednesday today.  I have to go back to work next week and W is still not completely healthy!” So, yeah, I am panicking a little bit inside.  I have not done any preparing, because I was told that my class lists are still not ready.  This was two days before the break began.  Yeah, talk about people being disorganized.  I’m just going to go in and have a super chill first day.  You know, get-to-know-each-other-kind-of-day.

Anyhow, about W, she’s still coughing – but significantly less.  She has missed five days of daycare so far.  This was not part of the plan.  Poor thing last night, she was coughing so much that she threw up twice.  Every time she catches her breath, she starts coughing again.  It was a rough night – lots of getting up and rocking her and even wearing her in the carrier.

We’ve been having a lot of just low-key activities since it’s been so cold out lately.  IKEA and mall visits and playing at home is the extent of our exciting times. V is also recovering from a cough.  The only people healthy are myself and Z really.  Even M has a cough.  

I still can’t believe that I’ve been home with W for 15 months. It really does not feel that long.   She has grown so much and is now a little person. Lately, she shakes her head no and nods for yes.  At night she points to her water bottle if she wants a drink.  She is able to take instructions and follow them.  My baby is growing up. In the above picture, she’s discovered she has eyelashes and was trying to pull at them. Funny.

PIn other areas, we’ve been making some changes to the house.  Nothing huge or costly, just tidying, organizing and decluttering.  Our most recent purchase is a kitchen island.  Yes, it does make the kitchen a little tighter but it also provides extra counter space that we are so short on in the first place. V love eating there as she did for breakfast. You can see she’s having her cup of tea, looking all serious. 

This march break feels different. I do miss Z.  When we’re all home during the day, Z is at school.  It seems unfair but somehow he’s learned to accept it. I know last year, when he was in grade one, he kept saying it was unfair that V was off and he wasn’t. Next year they will both be in school. 

 As for me next week, wish me luck. 

Sigh 

Ok, I kid you not, W just fell back asleep.  She had a short nap – under an hour, so I put her to bed early and she fell asleep fine around 6:30pm.  Since then, she’s woken up three times, and unfortunately, the last one lasted for 3.5 hours. 

Around 9:30 pm, I took W into the shower to steam her. She was coughing so much it made her gag every time. Then she started burning up again so I gave her Motrin. But then she threw that up from coughing.  So M wiped her down to cool her but unfortunately that woke her up completely. So she has been wide awake up until about 10 min ago.  

I’m exhausted. 

Then, M comes in and tells me that V is burning up and so now he has to go sleep in her bed.  It has been non stop since the start of the week. I’m so drained.  Now I’m dreading going back to work.  What if it takes W even longer to get better? I was hoping she could go back to daycare on Monday.  Now I don’t know anymore. 

We also just found out today that all my siblings have planned lunch at my moms to celebrate my birthday tomorrow.  Talk about last minute notice. So that’s not going to happen for sure since We’ve got two sick kids. 

I’m going to try and sleep now.  I had to wear W in the Tula this time so I’m going to take her out now and go to sleep.  

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.