Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Whining = WINE!

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Is she sick?  Are my husband and I creating some kind of tension to warrant all this noise?  I think I've placed my hand on her head 5 times a day to check for a fever.  But no, she is 3 1/2!!!  According to her teachers, this type of behavior is age appropriate.  J is in between being a baby and being self-reliant.  I guess it doesn't help to have a baby in the house.  From morning 'til night for the last 3 days, we've had whining most days and a number of full blown tantrums.  This morning she lay on the floor and screamed because she couldn't put her "magna tiles" in the middle of the kitchen table during breakfast.  Last night, it was because she wanted to sit next to Mommy.  There's no in between.  It is situation = screaming/whining with no intermediate stage.  What happened to my cooperative girl?

I think I'm going to buy some circus music for the morning routine.  It consists of me chasing her around with various articles of clothing and she deciding she doesn't like my clothing choices.  All accompanied by the horrible sounds from the video above.  Then when we're all ready to go she announces that she doesn't want to go to preschool..she doesn't LIKE it...she DOESN'T WANT to go.  Once we get there however, she barely pays attention to me as she skips off to be with her friends.  Maybe I should just wear headphones with the circus music for the whole morning.  I have a very good sense of humor and I often catch her eye during the middle of all this shenanigans and make a joke and we laugh together.  It's all a farce of course.  She knows it and so do I.  In that moment of the joke, I see my girl again who I'm very bonded with.  As you can see, the video above is kind of a joke too.  I had her watch it and she laughed at her own whining.  But when I've had 5 hours of sleep a night for the last 3 nights (thanks to baby), it's hard to find the humor!

Yes, I need a glass of wine and some more sleep.  And YES, I love being her Mom.  I can see the girl beneath the "whine facade".

(For all you Moms out there reading this, how do you manage the whining?)

Sunday, February 13, 2011

How an 80's Mom amuses herself!

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Michael Jackson has extended his reach to children who will never know him.  Everytime I watch this video I giggle as Haley is just keeping the beat.  Next we'll try moonwalking!

Monday, February 7, 2011

I needed a decaf!

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I am happily sitting in my orderly house thanks to the cleaners, my baby is asleep and I have meditated for 20 minutes.  Hallelulah!

Wind time back to 8:30am and imagine a 3 year old kicking and screaming on the steps refusing to put her shoes on.  Now imagine the walk out the door where I almost fell on the ice, couldn't open the door of the car because of the snow drift and knocked the trash cans over as I backed out of the driveway.  (Thanks to some kind passerby who took pity on me...and picked up the trash cans).

Let's move on to the fact that I lost my wallet sometime last week and have yet to locate it.  If you've ever lost your wallet, you know how central a wallet's contents are to day to day life.  It is nowhere to be found and I think the credit cards eloped and maybe they're making money somewhere.  Let's hope that I find the wallet full of cash in my closet.

So, in summary it has been a very hectic day so far.  Not to mention the 3 trips I took to a tag sale yesterday where I purchased a flat screen TV for under $200, 2 steamer trunks and a chest of drawers.  The woman who had the tag sale was selling everything in her house and she was crying during most of my visits.  The first visit I didn't have cash (and no wallet) so I had to go home for the cash and for the third trip I was so upset that I forgot the remote for the TV.  The second trip consisted of me walking into the dining room and buying the TV from the daughter who was watching it with her friends while the woman sat in a chair crying with 6 close friends nodding sympathetically.  I was the only buyer/stranger in the house and I felt like I took the TV away...I mean it was still warm when I put it in the car.  I was so frazzled that Ken went out and bought us a bottle of wine.  (I had 1 glass and felt kind of drunk).

And I might add that last night we only got 5 hours of sleep.  Haley's new wake up time is 4:45am and she has woken up at this exact time for the last 3 days.  She is getting another cold so cried from the moment we went to bed at 11pm until midnight.  Poor sweet girl.

So, when I went to get my latte this morning...I decided that it had better be decaf!