Archive for the ‘Parenting’ Category

Happy Birthday Baby

Monday, June 15th, 2009

Our baby turns 2 today. 

My cousin is quick to point out that she’s not a baby anymore; but I just ignore her.

Alexandra will always be my baby.

Mommy ‘Jobs’

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

So Jarod is playing tree house…. in a tree (I specify this because Makenna plays tree house under a picnic table), and I’m nearby, and he says, “mom, a bird just pooped on one of the branches.”
“Ok,” I said, as if this news required some sort of response.
“Well can you go in the house and get a rag to clean it up for me.”
“Excuse me, why should I have to stop doing my work to clean it up.”
“Because you’re the mommy,” and he laughed, knowing full well that the birdie poop was going to stay right where it was unless he cleaned it himself.
Note to self, add to list of ‘mommy jobs’…cleaning bird poop off tree branches.

Warning. Acetominophen

Monday, February 9th, 2009

Parenting.  It’s all about learning new things.

And stress.  Lots of stress.

Luckily, a 20 month old can take nearly 10 times her recommended dose of acetominophen (tylenol) before it would cause liver failure.

At most, Alex had 3 times her dosage (in yummy grape pills that were her sister’s).  So she’s fine.

This however, will not stop me from doing my obligatory parental worrying for a few days or more.

But in children over 5 and adults it doesn’t take too much over the recommended dosage for acetopminophen to be toxic to the liver.

Not that we ever take alot of pills in our household.

But we will be taking less.

One of those days.

Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

Yesterday was a Monday, wasn’t it?


The day started with being rear-ended at a stop sign.

We were on our way to take Brian for a colonoscopy (always fun).

Jarod locked Makenna’s bedroom door, from the outside with nobody in it because, …he didn’t know it would actually lock.

Alex stuck a cotton swab way too far in her ear at the pool but thankfully seemed fine after 30 minutes of holding her ear.

The twins literally wrestled each other to the ground outside the car after swim class over who would sit on the ‘special side’ of the car at that moment.

I had to wait almost an hour at dinnertime at the doctor’s office to check the bump on my head from the morning accident.

And Alex screamed her head off at bedtime so I couldn’t watch the second 2 hour premiere of 24.  (The tape better have worked because I’m really looking forward to relaxing and watching it tonight when all is quiet.)


Today has been better.

Strong Willed Child

Wednesday, October 15th, 2008

Anyone else have one of these?

I think the politically correct term is strong willed child.  You know, the child who wants his own way on everything or we have a situation. (Situation being anything from a mild contorted face, to a full fledged meltdown for 30-40 minutes….it’s amazing the stamina a child can have for screaming and crying.  I’d have a sore throat and be hoarse after 10 minutes.) 

I would blame it on our parenting alone except he has a twin sister who is a dream child (ok, so she’s only seven, I’m sure the teenage years might not quite be so pleasant).  I told my parents that now I know why my dad’s mom dropped over at the age of 41.  She had 5 boys, no doubt all like my precious son.  It can be a bit stressful, wondering if something will get him going on any given day. 

Unfortunately it’s become a more common occurrence lately so I ordered four parenting books last night. 

I guess I know what I’ll be doing for the next few weeks in all that spare time I had, some light reading.

If you have a strong willed child and have any tips or book recommendations I’d love to hear them!  Thanks.