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Friday, September 28. 2007

A-girl is home! She is happy and glad to be home. Aside from her being a bit tired (which she rarely ever) she is her old self.

Allergy Girl


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Friday, September 28. 2007

In the moments after I discovered the hives all over A-girl's body and had the realization that this was bad and we needed to get to the ER, I grabbed my camera to take a couple of pictures as photos had really helped with AJ's eczema and getting the right combination of treatments because it was never "bad" when we had our Dr. appointments but would flare up horribly at times and it was hard to explain. Anyway, I thought perhaps I may need to explain these welts and a picture could be helpful. Well, she was covered in more by the time we got to the ER and no pictures were necessary.

It still amazes me how quickly these covered her little body:





Here she is looking so much better after about 3 hours of treatment.



Missing my little girl


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Thursday, September 27. 2007

Tonight I sit on the computer with Baby L playing on the floor as he had a weird nap late this evening and thinks it is playtime. AJ and L are sleeping peacefully in their beds. There is an empty bed in the girls room and an aching in my heart to be with A-girl. She is spending tonight in hospital following a significant allergic reaction to something (we are not sure what it was) around 5:30 this afternoon.

She was fine one minute and then became agitated and wanted her shoes off. We took those off and then she started clawing at her ears and scratching just behind her ears. She became upset and I noticed she had hives everywhere. They covered her body. I gave her an antihistamine but it did little and I knew we were heading to the ER. The odd thing is, things weren't going according to plan, but they were happening as they needed to. Thursday nights, I teach swimming at the Y. I leave by 5:30 to be on deck 15 minutes before class. Tonight, S was running late getting home from work, I had made dinner and we were just sitting down to it so that I could hurry off to work and he could take the kids to soccer. S still wasn't home when I decided we needed to go to the ER so we were all getting ready to head out the door. L picked up the baby and I had A-girl. I called the Y to see if the deck manager could teach my classes. She happened to be near the phone and I was able to talk to her directly. She couldn't teach the class but one of the other instructors happened to be there and he was able to take my classes. As we were heading out the door, S was getting home. Things fell into place.

A-girl was seen very quickly after we arrived at the ER and she was given a shot of epi, more Benadryl and steroids. Her blood pressure was quite low but came back up with the medications. She looked rough. About three hours later, she was back to her chipper self though and fell asleep watching Nemo. Because she had such a significant reaction to something unknown they are monitoring her tonight and she should get out tomorrow morning. I can't seem to settle down to sleep. Partly because hyper boy is not near sleep mode but mostly because I am missing my A-girl. It was a hard evening. She was in rough shape by the time we got to the ER and to keep her calm so they could move quickly, they had me lay on the bed holding her laying on top of me. Her body was limp and she wasn't very responsive. She didn't fight the IV. She didn't flinch as they poked and prodded her. Her big brown eyes were fixed on mine and I tried to reassure her and let her know it would be OK. Throughout the next couple of hours, she was glued to me. It was like I was part of her bed. I even rode up to her room from the ER on the bed with her. I knew she was feeling better when we were up in the room as she started to interact with the nurses and doctors. She threw a hissy fit about putting on their pajamas because she wasn't taking off her favorite skirt. Despite the still large faded welts in some spots, the IV and the monitors, this was my little girl on any other night at bedtime.

Baby L was missing me and needing to be fed so S had to come and get the van (I had needed to leave in a hurry so had no time to switch out the car seats), bring me the baby and then get his computer from work so that he can work from wherever tomorrow and then return to the hospital. Luckily our friend E was able to stay with the kids while S and I could switch spots (everything falling into place yet again....we are so fortunate and blessed). Another one of those pieces of everything falling into place was seeing a long time friend (that we don't see as often as we'd like) that works at the hospital standing in the hallway near the elevator when we arrived on the floor A-girl would be staying on. I was worried about A-girl. Wondering what was going to happen. Wondering how long she would have to stay, would they figure out what the reaction was to and if not, how would we proceed with our day to day lifestyle knowing that this could happen again at any point. It was so incredibly calming to see M there and knowing that all would be OK.

I told S that I wished I could stay with A-girl but hospital policy prevents me from staying there with the baby. S reminded me that we were a team and the older kids were needing me at home as well. I know that this (home) is where I need to be, but my heart is aching to be with my little A-girl, to hold her and shower her with hugs and kisses. I function much better when my team is together.

Man in motion


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Wednesday, September 26. 2007

In the past couple of days, Baby L has been trying to crawl but ends up very frustrated as he gets up on all fours and then ends up backwards on his tummy moving in the opposite direction from his desired goal.

This pretty much sums up his day:




Yesterday, things seemed to connect for him and he figured out how to move towards his goal. He was all over the living room floor with excited cheers and encouragement from his siblings. They can't wait to tell people of his new accomplishments. Today, however, they weren't so excited when he was able to get into their things and rip pictures and magazines, break Lego creations and they were told they couldn't play with their treasures (Lego, beads, dolls with small shoes and accessories) in the living room near the baby as he could choke on the little pieces. Tonight was the preliminary scope through the living room and dining room to find hazards. He is pretty quick so I am sure we are in for trouble!







Is it so?!?!?


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Wednesday, September 26. 2007

Many years ago (pre-kids and pre-marriage) I worked at a children's treatment center as a speech-language pathologist. For one of our professional development in services, we had a speaker on Attention-Deficit Disorder. As she talked, I realized that I had a lot of those characteristics as an adult. Then she moved on to ADHD in adults. Very interesting, I thought. AS I was walking out, several friends/colleagues joked that they could have used me as an example in their presentation. The executive assistant commented on how I could be the poster child for adult ADHD. Nothing was ever really mentioned about it again.

Fast forward 15 years, 4 kids, homeschooling, working part time and as I was going through the evening tending to several different tasks, I got distracted and my loving (?!?!?) husband while sitting on the couch in front of the TV quips "Hey ADHD girl, forget something?" As our family adapts to the changes of the past couple of weeks, I find myself being more easily distracted and not completing things. I tended to blame it on the fact I was over tired, added in working without really taking anything out of the schedule and trying to multi task just a few to many things. It was seeming that the strategies that have worked for me in the past (one being lots of lists) were not successful presently. After his comment, I thought "Haha funny man!" and kept on with my many tasks. The next day, I found myself behind the 8 ball from the early morning hours. Towels needed for work and kids' classes weren't dry yet so needed to pack everything else. Got distracted by kids fighting. Get back to the towels. Make sure kids have their suits. Another kid fight. Baby needs attention. A-girl due to being over tired has complete melt down on the side walk after preschool. She rarely has these and has been having them several times a day since Monday. Get everyone in the car, drive to the Y, get everyone out and all the bags in tow and suddenly have this thought "Did I ever pack my swim suit?" The answer was no. I never made it back after being distracted. I loaded everyone and everything back into the van, fed the kids in the car and headed home for my suit. I managed to make it back to the Y and still make it onto the pool deck before the rest of my fellow teachers. Throughout my trip back home and then back to the Y, I couldn't help but thinking, "Am I really ADHD? Have I been ADHD all my life?? Why aren't my coping strategies working now?" I managed to pull myself back together and make it through the rest of my day unscathed but still wondering if I am ADHD or just a sleep deprived, mother of four incredibly fantastic super energetic kids that are highly distractable and tend to leave everyone around then in the same state after a very short time!

Thoughts from our school


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Wednesday, September 26. 2007

Sometimes, when I am feeling overwhelmed with the needs of our family, school, work and home, I wonder if the kids are actually learning enough (and on some days anything?!?!) to help them grow, learn and enjoy life to its fullest. In the past couple of days, I have been given glimpses of what is really going on.

AJ is excited about learning to read. Today, he read "That cat is sick. That cat is sad." He started learning to read at the beginning of September and he is really excited.IT doesn't come easily for him, and yet he shows such great determination. His speech and language was delayed and there are times when I really see those issues creeping up and him getting really mixed up with sound symbol association, yet he just keeps trying. When he gets a new sound or word, his grin could swallow you up and you will definitely be blinded by the flash of his smile and pride. L usually tells him what he needs to do, what he is doing wrong or how she did things so much better than he did when she was in kindergarten yet for reading she cheers him on and encourages him, being his number one fan. He is also really enjoying printing and learning to make the letters. He practices on a magna doodle, slate and paper. He leaps into the air and does the touch down victory dance when he feels he has made an especially good looking letter. Math also has clicked for him and he knows more than I thought he did. Everyday, I find that he knows more and more and has been soaking things up when his sister would work on them. He is enjoying learning and it is so fun to share this with him. He has already told me I need to buy him harder books, and I know he is right.

A-girl is not going to be left behind. It is so much fun to see all of her skills emerging as well. She now prints the first letter of her name and today drew a picture of a cat that actually was more than scribbling. It had a circles for the face, eyes a mouth and two points for ears. She also loves to learn the sounds in AJ's reading program so sits and takes things in while he repeats sounds and reads.

I wish I could say that L is as enthusiastic about learning as her siblings. She commented at the end of last week as she cried about her work that she wished she could just be in kindergarten forever. I told her if she studied hard, she could become a kindergarten teacher and be there forever. It wasn't quite where she wanted to go with that thought, however it did distract her just long enough. She has been reading a lot lately and yesterday asked me what Quakers believed that was different than us. I told her I wasn't exactly sure but we could look it up. She then proceeded to read a paragraph from her book about the Quakers coming to America so they could be free to practice what they believed. She then said "Mom, what do those Quackers believe in that is so different that us? Guess we'll be digging up some information on the Quackers....well OK the Quakers. A little later in the day while I was making dinner, she stormed into the kitchen announcing that being separated just because of your color was stupid. She talked about Rosa Parks and segregation. She thought it was "completely ridiculous" to do that. We were able to have a great conversation around prejudice and segregation. It was really interesting to be able to have this type of conversation with her and I look forward to many more in the future. IT is my goal to find something that sparks that desire to learn in her. I think its there, but currently is jsut buried under her negative attitude around school. Hopefully I find it really soon or the only sparks around here are going to be inside me as I go a little batty!

Dancing Girls


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Saturday, September 22. 2007

Dance this fall got off to a rough start. Over the summer we had received a letter from the dance school L has been attending for two years saying she was in a class Saturday morning. From that I planned our schedule. We went to the Open House 2 weeks ago only to find out that she needed to have been there the night before for a dance placement test. Then they decided that it was fine to have missed that and just put her in Level 1. Unfortunately when the letters were sent out, no one noticed L's birthday was at the end of August so she needed to move up to the next division. Those classes are during the week in the late afternoon twice a week. I thought I could make the Tuesday/Thursday classes work but S would have to pick her up on his way home since I had to work Thursday evening. He rides his bike most days so that would alter his days as well. Then I realized our piano had been switched to Tuesday late afternoon to accommodate us needing two lesson times now so that wouldn't work either. Dance didn't look like it was going to work out. L had gone to see family friends in their recital a few months ago and asked about joining that studio. We were hesitant but talked to our friend and the classes would be during the time frame we had planned on Saturday. We decided to try it out. She absolutely loves it. She does ballet, tap and jazz. She has never done jazz and only had a little bit of tap in a ballet/tap class at the local park. She is very excited.

A-girl was eagerly waiting for her dance class to start. Last week as L and I headed to the new dance class, Daddy had to peel her out of the van as she was certain she was going. We had signed her up for the little dance class at the park as we had also done with L. 5 years ago. She couldn't wait! She had her leotard and her shoes and was so ready to start this Wednesday. Tuesday afternoon, we got a call saying the class had been canceled. Luckily we were on our way to piano and our piano teacher also works at the dance studio and we had talked about having A-girl go there at some point. We were able to get her signed up in the class at the same time as L's so this morning the girls and I headed off to dance class. A-girl was so excited but then the fear took over and she wasn't sure she wanted to go in. The teachers are so incredible and had her engaged quickly and she eagerly participated for the hour. You could tell she was a little behind the girls as they started a couple of weeks ago but her enthusiasm, eagerness to learn and willingness to participate helped make up for that.

They had so much fun and decided when they got home they needed to show Daddy all they had learned.















Differences between siblings


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Thursday, September 20. 2007

When L attended preschool, she brought home numerous works of art. Almost everyday, some beautiful creation made its way into our home. When AJ attended preschool very little in the form of art work ever came home. His cubby was empty day after day. One of the teachers that had L one year and had AJ last year would joke with us about the lack of creations made by our son in comparison to the prolific works of our daughter. The teacher made these incredible memory books that she gave out at the end of last year. AJ's had a lot of photos of him building things or playing while the other children's displayed a sampling of their art. I remember days when they "made" him try an art project and he reluctantly did it but then had a wonderful time. I would see the cubbies full of these "similar" projects that they all had completed but AJ's would be empty. His teacher explained that she needed to keep his to put in his memory book as his had so little in it. Its not that he hates creating, he just prefers the other options that were available. His sisters enjoy all the other activities in the room as well but they also enjoy art and are into creating many wonderful pieces. As I walked out today, a friend who has had her three children at the preschool the same time I have had my older three there, saw my hand full of about 6 pieces of art and laughed making a comment about the difference in projects between AJ and A-girl. ,A-girl has gone to preschool a total of 4 days so far this year. She has brought home more works of art in those 4 short days than AJ did in the last two years combined! I love watching my kids venture out into the world and seeing their strengths, differences and individuality grow and develop. It is truly remarkable!

The Ripple Effect


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Thursday, September 20. 2007

This evening, I officially completed my first week of work with all shifts. I am working four 2.5 hour shifts teaching swimming lessons at two local YMCA's. I realized tonight that I didn't fully comprehend the impact of me adding this 10 hours of work into my schedule. I never really sat down and added in the travel time, the time preparing my kids to spend time in the child care or in the home school swim and gym program (for AJ and L) that I am teaching in for two of the shifts, the disruption of our routine and the impact on our typical school week. I knew there would be some adjustments but I didn't fully appreciate all of them until this evening when I sit down and reflect and think "we made it!" By the fourth time I headed out, I had all the things that helped the baby feel safe and comfortable enough to stay with new people. I had packing the lunch we need two of the days to help things flow much better (we eat at the Y so that I'm not pushing the kids to get out the door so we aren't late or pulling them from an activity or favorite toy that they just got involved with) down to science. I also could quickly pack the swim bags needed by all of us.

Then there are the other things that have been impacted by this change that I didn't fully think through. I need to be home to do laundry and if I need to be away it would be really nice is I wasn't generating copious amounts of laundry in the forms of sopping wet swim suits and towels. Meal preparation is not running smoothly as I am coming up against time constraints but with a little bit more experience in how long it will take us to get from one thing to the next and how quickly we can get home from the Y after the afternoon swim and gym programs will help with all of this. I also need to be home to accomplish a number of household tasks and by being away for large chunks of time, I need to be very creative in my home schooling planning and teaching.

And then there are the not so obvious "issues" that leave me emotionally drained and try my patience. Having to leave a very upset baby in the nursery when all he really wants is to cuddle with his Momma tears at the heart strings. Being awake with the baby and A-girl in the night as they struggle with separation anxiety that awakens them terrified and needing comfort leaves me tired. This cycle leaves them tired and clingy and it becomes an interesting juggling act to try and complete the household tasks while holding one (or two) of them.

Tasks and chores are not getting completed in a timely manner and I am stealing sleep time to accomplish the major ones. The kids have done remarkably well when I look back on our week. This is a hard transition for them and for me. We will figure this out and it will become our new routine. I feel so blessed to be able to have this opportunity and to be able to learn and grow alongside my children. Right now its a stretch but soon it will feel comfortable and we will be being stretched in other new ways. Life is like that......always moving and changing. At certain moments it feels as though the old way would be much simpler but if things never change we tend to overlook the joy that lies within. We made it through the week and I look forward to the changes (and hopefully some familiarity in our new routine) in the weeks to come.

Small World


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Thursday, September 20. 2007

Despite living in a large city, it often seems like I keep running into people that I know in various settings. Considering I am involved in a number of community programs and settings this isn't too surprising. The odd thing is that since I started teaching swimming at the Y, my world seems even smaller and the connections even more numerous. After starting teaching this summer, I ran into kids that I taught (and keep in mind I only taught one other class of 4 besides the parent/infant/toddler class) in the same t-ball league as AJ, on the soccer field or at various parks this summer. Now I see them in the halls of A-girl's preschool as well. This week, I started teaching at another Y nearby. The day after my first parent/child classes, I notice one of the Dad's and his daughter walking the hall of A-girls preschool at pick up time. His older son is in the same class as A-girl. This evening, one of the Dad's of the girls I have in my last class asked me if I went to Bethlehem Church and if I was involved in Vacation Bible School. Turns out the little girl remembered me from this past summer. It amazes me when I think of all the connections that we make each and every day of our lives and how our lives intertwine and connect with so many people, many of which we aren't even aware of at any given moment. It truly is a small world.

Never Done That Before


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Wednesday, September 19. 2007

Today I was able to add an incident to my personal "never done that before" account. Today was a full day. WE left the house shortly after 9am for a play at the Children's Theater. It was based on the book Alexander and the Very Bad, horrible, no good day" and was very enjoyable. We left there with just enough time to purchase snack for ECFE class as it was our turn, drop L off at a friend's and then get to class. After class, we picked up L, drove to pick up a friend's daughter as their van isn't running and then headed home. WE were home for about 20 minutes and then headed to Brownies. After a great meeting, we headed home, ate and then went to choir. My co-leader for Brownies has a family health crisis and is unalbe to focus on the planning needed in a leadership role for our troop so I have been doing it and despite it seeming like it shouldn't be a lot of work, it is very time consuming with paper work, planning, many emails etc.

I figured I would use my 45 minutes while the older three kids were in choir to sort through some of the paper work and revise plans that we had previously made to reflect the things discussed in today's meeting. I gathered together my overfilled binder, a notebook and various other papers in one arm and Baby L in the other and got the kids into the van. As I was near the van, Baby L's squirmy little body was slithering out of my arms and I was trying to hold the books and him. I put the books on the roof of the van and proceeded to get him in his seat and buckled. I went to grab the books and then was distracted by commotion in the van. AJ was in his "I'm going to torment my little sister mode" and A-girl was in her tired zombie state so things were a little rough. L was in her argumentative mode so my distraction continued and I decided I better hurry and get these guys to the church for choir before I decided to just put them all to bed (which in hind site likely may have been a better option all round!)

I drove to the end of the block, drove another two blocks to the light and then pulled out onto a busy 4 lane street. All of a sudden L asks "Mom what was that blue thing?!?" Before I can answer, we both realize what had happened and L yells "Mom!!! All of our Brownie stuff is in the street!!!!" Sure enough, all of my stuff was strewn across two lanes of traffic and being driven over many times over. I turned at the next block, drove back around and parked just before the light and got out to retrieve my papers. Luckily for me it wasn't too windy and most were in plastic sheet protectors so were a little heavier so weren't really blowing anywhere but just moving as they were driven over. As I gathered what was on the boulevard and made my way into the street when it was safe, I see someone helping gather papers out of the corner of my eye. It was my neighbor and I can't say I've ever been so happy to see someone, or felt so embarrassed or stupid to be in the situation I was in. I was able to gather everything up and the sick feeling left my stomach. My binder held all the personal information for our members as well as other data that I wouldn't want to share. The binder didn't survive as the rings were mangled beyond recognition. Some of the papers have interesting tread marks and I will need to replace a lot of the plastic sheets but nothing was really damaged except the binder and L's spiral bound manual.

Initially I was really upset with myself for doing something so incredibly stupid but then I realized that it is likely something that a frazzled, sleep deprived, over scheduled mother of 4 likely does more often than not.....either that or its significant memory loss settling in early. I'm hoping that Baby L will decide to sleep more than 5 hours total tonight (he's not adjusting very well to mommy working more and him hanging out with the great caregivers in the nursery) so I can start to accumulate more sleep hours to reduce the distractability and improve brain function.

My one big consolation is that at least I didn't put one of the kids on the roof and drive off!!!!! I have often thought that tying one of them to the roof rack or putting them in the Thule box would assist in harmony inside the van but I am grateful to say that I have never truly felt the need to follow through. I know many believe that I have lost my mind and today, I moved a little closer to believing that myself!

Teething


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Tuesday, September 18. 2007

I am quite confident that if we as adults had to endure the pain associated with cutting teeth, we would have a lot more compassion for our babies on the days they are miserable. Baby L had a really hard day yesterday. Initially I thought it was because he was so upset in the nursery at the Y. After an initial period of joy and happiness as being reunited with me and his siblings, he became cranky, fussy and generally not content. This is not his typical pattern so part way through the afternoon, I checked in his mouth to see what was happening with his new upper tooth as it pushed its way through. What I saw was a painful looking mess. The tooth next to it was trying to push through. The spot around the tooth was really inflamed. There was a "bubble" (for lack of batter way to describe it) filled with fluid that looked like a blister. The area around the other tooth that had just started to cut through on Friday was also really inflamed. It looked so painful. I completely understood why he was crying so much, wanted to be held and cuddles constantly and was not about to sit and play while I taught the older kids. His mouth hurt!

My role switched at that point to chaos management. The louder the baby got, the louder the other three got and the less able they were to focus. L struggles to focus anyway but add into the mix an unhappy baby and the distraction and irritability soars and Mom's patience fades.

For those other than the teething baby things aren't all rosy but it pales in comparison to what that poor little guy is dealing with. Given what Baby L's mouth looks like, I can't even begin to imagine what that is like for him. Hopefully soon, his mouth returns to normal and he can fully enjoy his days.....until the next of his teeth is ready to come in!

Happy Reunion


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Tuesday, September 18. 2007

Yesterday marked the beginning of my teaching at the other Y and the start of my 10 hour work week. To many of you , 10 hours may seem like a cake walk but for us it will be an interesting journey to try an d balance home schooling, work and the needs of 4 energetic children, a house and volunteer work. Our kids struggle with change and transition. Starting back into "school", and other fall activities has been hard on them. They miss the laid back care free days of summer. We did have some activities over the summer but not the more structured schedule this fall brings. A few days ago, L broke down cryig and through the sobs was able to tell me that she didn't like change. She didn't like me having to work. This is the first time that she has really been able to express her feelings at times like this that are hard for her. I think that the behaviour of her siblings also reflects this difficulty.

Yesterday, went fairly smoothly all things considered. The kids were in the Child care at the Y for three hour in the morning. The older three seemed to have a great time. Baby L, however had a really hard time. He cried for most of it although he did take a 45 minute nap and he took a bottle for them so things are looking up! When I went to get him, I could here him screaming as I walked down the hall. His eyes were swollen and red. His body shook as he sobbed and his breathing was hard. My heart was heavy. Poor little guy. I knew that if I hadn't been staff during that time but rather singed in as a member, they would have found me hours ago but when its a staff child they "make it work".

As I came through the door, he saw me. He stopped crying. His body wiggled, a smile crept across his face and he leaned into me. Once in my arms, he turned back to the caregivers, waved "bye-bye" and was grinning ear to ear. As we walked down the hall to get the other three, he wiggled and giggled and squealed with delight. He was so happy it was funny. As we walked, his obvious joy was contagious. He made people smile and they all commented on what a happy boy he was. I am sure the caregivers in the nursery would not agree!!!

In the Kids' Gym, A-girl came running to me with a joyful "MAMMA!!!" The other two weren't quite as enthusiastic but greeted me with hugs and an eagerness and excitement to tell me all they had done.

I would love to be able to say that this happy reunion continued and that the rest of our activities for the day ran smoothly......but that isn't my reality and is likely written in someone else's blog. By the time we got home and finished lunch it was 2:00. Not too surprising considering I didn't finish working til noon. It is a little late though to start our school work and expect optimum performance. AJ sailed through his work but then fell apart in general. L just plodded along with her school and overall did really well.

I can see this will be tough. Its hard to know if working one 10 hour day would be easier because you only have to prepare one day, however that is not an option for my type of work at the Y. Today marks the start of the Home school Swim and Gym program which I will be teaching in the pool both days. Our kids have gone to the Thursday afternoon program but this week will start attending both. Unfortunately one of the perks is not paid program fees for the kids!

I'm hoping Baby L will do better today although I am realistic. He now has an association with the room and Mommy leaving (he wasn't happy when I left yesterday), his nap time falls at the end of the time frame and he is miserable as he has yet another tooth coming in and his mouth is really red, swollen and looks awfully painful. It won't be easy to walk away when he is so upset but I am looking forward to the pure joy in his face (actually his entire body) when I hold him again after class.

Here's to another happy reunion!!

Early morning conversation


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Monday, September 17. 2007

A-girl was playing with a plastic piece of pizza and put it in her mouth. I asked her to take it out of her mouth. She didn't so I asked again.

AJ: A-girl, you need to take that out of your mouth. It might have lead in it! (Apparently he is up on his news and knows that toys have been recalled due to lead)

A-girl: NO it doesn't!!! Its pepperoni!!

Kid Quote


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Sunday, September 16. 2007

This morning when AJ was getting dressed, he put on a pair of pants that fit very recently but they were much too short to wear now. We were joking with him about how much he has grown. Very off handedly he commented "must be all the protein I eat!"

AJ let the dog out and then came running into the living room where I was nursing the baby. "Mom!! You gotta keep (baby L) inside!!!" I asked him why and he responded "Because N (our neighbor) is using that stuff that the smells wrought your brain so we better keep him inside cuz he's little" After a couple more questions on my part, I was able to determine that our neighbor was staining his deck and AJ thought the fumes would be bad for the baby.



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