Monthly Archives: January 2012

Git ‘Er Done!

The night before last, the boy child dawdled and lollygagged on the toilet before bed.  He does this often.  He likes to sit and play while doing business.  This is sometimes a welcome break for me, because I can do other things like catch up on my favorite blogs.  🙂  Other times, like before bed or before we need to walk out the door, it frustrates me to no end.   See, I am of the “sit-shit-n-git” variety.  I don’t need to ponder the wonders of the world.  I just go in and git ‘er done.

Despite the many reminders of the extraordinary amount of time he was in there, warnings of the countdown to bedtime, and the shrinking amount of time he had left to make it to bed at a fairly decent hour, he played on.  I finally had to make this a lesson he would not forgot.  I hated doing it.  It broke my heart.  I wanted to cave.  But I held to my guns.

We normally read two books before bed.  Sometimes he picks both.  If it’s around a time of year where I have a nice selection of books on the subject, then I pick one from that group and he picks one of his choosing.  When he’s fiddle-farting on the can (pun intended), I start threatening to cut a book, the one he gets to pick usually, to try to send the message that I am serious.  Mostly, this works.

This time, however, it did not.  He said,  “I only wanted one book tonight, anyway.”  And legitimately, sometimes he really does want only one book and he’s satisfied.  But the smart-ass tone of his voice indicated that this was not the case.

Upping the stakes, I told him that he was precariously close to losing the one book he had left.  He loves books before bed.  I thought, surely this will get my point across that I. really. mean. business!  He must not have believed me because he called my bluff.

Shazaam!  Pissed-off super mom to the rescue!  No waffling or caving allowed.  Foot was put down.  There were many, many tears and loud sobs and buckets of snot.

I decided that I needed to tell him that I was not enjoying this one single bit.  I did not like this lesson at all.  I really wanted to snuggle and read my child a book or two before bed, especially since I have so many lovely books thanks to a Scholastic Book buying problem I have.  (“Hello, my name is Scattered and I am addicted to buying cheap Scholastic kids books.”  “Hi Scattered!”)  But I gave him a choice, and he made it, and now he was going to have to accept the consequence of his decision.  I gave him a few books to look at, since he’s not quite reading alone yet.   He wanted nothing to do with them, and after some quiet tears, he finally fell asleep.  Pissed-off super mom went *poof* and all that was left was an emotionally worn out lil ole me.

….Fast forward about 20 hours….

When I started the countdown to bedtime last night, a miracle happened.  When I said it was time to go upstairs to the bathroom to potty-wash-hands-brush-teeth-get-jammies-on, he complied.  He did NOT sit and play.  He went in and got ‘er done.

*yay!*

“Don’t Carpe Diem”

A friend of mine shared a blog on Facebook this morning called 2011 Lesson #2: Don’t Carpe Diem by Momastery.  Wow.  It could not have come at a better time.  You should read it.  Really.  Like, right now.

I never could put my finger on what bothered me with people telling me to “enjoy every moment” with my son because “it goes by so fast.”  Like something was wrong with me because I just couldn’t do it, and trying to made my blood pressure sky-rocket.   Lemme tell ya, this mom nailed it for me.   Totally.

The last few days leading up to this morning are a perfect example.  Boy child has had some, um, “issues” with his regularity, which does not happen often.  He just couldn’t get it out.  For days.  I was starting to get worried, especially since this boy eats like a horse at times, and right now would be one of them.  I bribed.  I threatened.  Nothing worked.  This morning, I finally had to resort to our least favorite remedy: the suppository.  Success!  Because the last few days of crying and loads of drama all around and completely unrelated to the potty issue were really, I mean really, wearing on me.  Needless to say, I definitely was NOT enjoying those moments.  If I enjoyed drinking, I would have been tossing it back well before noon.

But then there are those brief moments when something happens.  Something magical.  The planets align.  Time stops.  And I notice some bit of awesomeness about the boy child that makes me all warm and fuzzy inside and beam with pride and makes my heart swell with love.  After the potty drama this morning, he did all his breakfast chores without prompting.  And when it was time to walk to the bus stop, he put on his coat and backpack, again, without prompting.  And we walked out the door without a single. moment. of. drama.  Kairos!  *Cue angels singing*

Barf-o-rama

Well.  Last night was just short of disaster.  DS threw up in the middle of the night.  Twice.  All over the bed, on the pillow, on the other kid and on his lovey. Oy.

After much consultation with the grandparents on the food options, and despite sending some food and snacks with him, it turns out dessert (Breyer’s Lactose Free Vanilla ice cream) had hidden gluten.  Doh!

At the beginning of the school year, DS started having mysterious tummy aches that sometimes included vomiting.  I kept thinking it was just because he started kindergarten.  Bigger school + more kids = more germs, right?   At first, I thought, for shits and grins, I’ll just test out a gluten free diet.  It worked wonders…no tummy troubles!  A couple of weeks later, I tried a gluten challenge.  Not only did the tummy ache return, but his behavior was OFF THE HOOK.  He was uber emotional.  Massive tantrums.  Once it was out of his system, he was an angel.  It was like a freakin’ light switch.  Needless to say, we stuck with the gluten free diet, but he still had the occasional tummy ache and sometimes would throw up.  Then I learned about HIDDEN gluten.  One would think that since it’s one of the top 8 allergens that it would have to always be labeled.  Au contraire, mon frere!  If the allergen is an ingredient in something else, it does not have to be labeled.  WTH!  Turns out there is hidden gluten in a few of the things he was still eating.  Now that I’ve been diligent about checking things online, we haven’t had any issues.  Until last night.

As tired and cranky as he is today, I hope this means he will go to sleep without issue tonight.  Wish me luck!

I’m Kid-Free! Weeeeee!!!

The boy child is spending the night with his grandparents.  Interestingly, it was one year ago this month that he spent his first night away from home and from us at their house.  The new twist this time is that the child of a family friend is also spending the night there.  I wonder how that bedtime routine went!  (HA!)

In my free time today, I have been a slug.  DH and I watched a movie called Contagion.  In the middle of the afternoon no less!   I snoozed on the sofa.  I had cereal for dinner.  And since I napped, I am now awake, so I’ve been interneting and watching a guilty indulgence from my DVR…Facebook, Pinterest, and Young and the Restless, oh my!

For a long time, Facebook was one of my biggest online time hogs.  My newest and latest obsession is Pinterest.   I have found so many cool things on there…recipes, decorating ideas, outfit ideas, DIY projects.

My latest awesome discovery on Pinterest is a meal planning post by Just Sweet & Simple called More On Meal Planning.  Lemme tell ya, I wish I had it this together!  One night a week she is making two meals…one to eat and one to freeze.  Brilliant!  My friends who meal plan swear by it.  I want to get on the same bus!  Meal planning would make life so much easier when DS announces he’s hungry for the 6th or 7th time of the day.  But I wonder how long it would take me to tweak this to work with my food restrictions.   Hm…  More importantly, I wonder how long it would take me to work on the hubby to let me get a deep freeze..

I am the Great Finder of Things

I find all kinds of interesting things online.  Old friends through free whitepages type sites.  Some elusive item that either I or someone I know wants.   A really interesting recipe.

I like to think of this as a challenge.  Can I find it?  How fast can I do it?  Where’s the best coupon code?  It’s finding pieces of a puzzle and then trying to put them together when you don’t always know what the final product is supposed to look like.   I don’t know why I love that kind of stuff, but it’s right up my alley.

But I never really thought much about this knack of mine until May of 2011 when I became allergic to corn and all its derivatives.  It was a pretty serious reaction, but not quite anaphylactic.  I immediately put myself on an elimination diet and started keeping a food journal to figure out what caused my esophagus to swell.    Then I hit the web.  Before I could even get in to see an allergist, I had found a wealth of information online….a list of all the corn derivatives, several blogs and a few online groups.

I hope to post some of cool things here as I find them.  The subjects of my findings will be all over the place, just like the title of my blog (hopefully) indicates.   🙂