Friday, November 28, 2008

Sugar Free Gummy Worms

Maybe everyone knows this already but our household learned
the hard way. Sugar Free candy can give small children (and adults)
horrible gas and explosive diarrhea. We bought some Sugar Free gummy
worms at the mall the other day. We were there taking pictures and
used them as a bribe to get Abigail to cooperate when she was getting
tired. Well...she ate like 8 of them and that night was bad. She didn't
complain of not feeling well but for about four hours we were changing
diapers like crazy and then she got a bad rash. Lesson learned give 'em
Sugar not Sugar Free even if it is a bribe or treat.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Been awhile...

Hello everyone,
It seems I haven't posted in quite awhile, so thought I'd just do a quick one today.
I changed the look of the blog a little--the header and the colors. I also added a list on the side of recommended children's authors. I thought we'd start with picture books and then if there are those of you interested in chapter books we can move there... If you are an author on our blog you can simply sign in and then edit the list. I thought it might be nice to use the author's website as a link to their name so we can check them out before going to the library.
Enjoy your Thanksgivings!!!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Bad Mommy Badge

Okay, I have to admit I think I deserve a bad mommy badge for the day. I am about at my wits end with Justin at night. He goes for spurts of sleeping through the night and then spurts of not. Right now we are NOT. 2 nights ago I gave in and slept on the floor in his room....not sure if this was the best idea, but it was 12:30 and 45 minutes of crying and I was too tired, so I just did. I used to let him come to bed with me after Todd is awake around 4am...that was fine, but not at 12:30.

So, he first screamed for 45 minutes before he fell asleep at all, then he was up again at 12:30 scraming....I refused to sleep on the floor and refused to let him kick Todd out of bed (another thing we have done in the past 2 weeks). So, I lay in bed and get upset because he won't stop crying. I go in his room, didn't pick him up and told him to lay down. He did....stood at the doorway for a few minutes and left, he screams and bangs and rattles his crib...I go to bed....I get up again and go in 15 minutes later...same thing....same, I told Todd I couldn't do it....and I was at my WITS with him....I might end up spanking him if I have to go in again. I wanted to sleep in my OWN bed.

Todd goes to his room and sleeps on the floor. So, now I feel like:

1. Bad mommy for not comforting him and sleeping in his room
2. Bad wife for hubby having to do this and then go to work in the morning

It is really frustrating because he can't tell us what is wrong? Is he teething? Is he scared? He doesn't say but about 15 words (sorta) how do we know?

He is almost 2 years old...he should be sleeping through the night...not screaming all hours of the night..right?

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Laundry and cleaning and playing, oh my!

Like many of you, I am a stay at home mom. I find it hard to believe I have trouble getting everything done in my household. Why is it I occasionally can go weeks without dusting and only seem to get it done in a cleaning frenzy when someone is coming over? It's not because I spend my days playing with the kids...I find myself telling them more than I like that I am busy and can't play. I don't spend too much time on the computer...I am a magnet for the kids, so I wouldn't get anything done anyway. I don't sit and eat bon-bons on the couch while reading a novel. But I can't seem to keep up with all of it.

I have been thinking of trying to "schedule" cleaning chores. I already try to get all the laundry done on Monday. That's all I do that day. We even have leftovers for dinner. Our home is about 2500 sq ft of living space. It is easily divided up, like I could clean the kitchen one day, the master bedroom and bath another, etc. I also try to get to the gym at least 3x a week if not 5x. I lead a group cycling class and may start up kickboxing again, so that's 2 hours in the morning with getting to town, exercise x 1hr, and getting home.

I guess I am really having trouble maintaining some sort of reasonably clean house without going compulsive with the whole thing. I can't expect to have a spotless home with 2 kiddos. But I like looking around and feeling pleased with how nice the house looks after it's cleaned. And my husband doesn't like coming home to a messy, toy cluttered home.

So my question is, how do you all do it? How do you get everything done in your household? Do you have a schedule, like laundry one day, cleaning the next. Or do you just wing out what needs to be done? Do you have area where toys stay, and they cannot be in other areas? I am open to all suggestions.