Tired Parenting

The boys, all geared up for the daily *freezing cold* walk to school
Oh.  I look like this?  That’s kind of hilarious, and I still have 2 months of growing left!?

As I’ve mentioned recently, the arrival of Spring ushered in a much busier phase of life for us, as for many parents of children involved in spring sports!  All the busy-ness has left me feeling crazy tired and more pregnant than ever.  I’m definitely starting to walk a little slower!

  Right now Alan is briskly going around tidying up, now that the boys are in bed, and it makes me tired just watching him.  My time card is punched, though.  I am done for the evening.  My feet are up, I’ve got my water here, and it’s only a matter of time before I fall asleep blogging.  : )
  Did you know that tired parents don’t always make the best decisions?  It was kind of sad what we did to poor Caleb today.  Caleb had his very first soccer game of the season.  I knew he had a little cold because he woke up the whole house coughing and gagging on mucus last night.  This morning he was moving a bit slow, but Caleb is always rather nonchalant, so I didn’t think anything of it.  We suited him up, bright and early, and took him out in the 44 degree, windy weather for the first game of the season.  (Don’t bother scrolling down.  Tired parents don’t carry around cameras.)
  The game got off to a roaring start, with many of our team players really showing some skill!  Caleb…..was a little less motivated.  He kind of jogged along behind the other players, occasionally he half-heartedly kicked the ball, and a couple of times he said, “I’m kind of bored with this now.  Can we go?”  But it didn’t click.  We just didn’t get it.
   On the way home, we had a light bulb moment.  Alan told Caleb he could choose anything he wanted for lunch in honor of his first big game.  Wow!  This should’ve been exciting.  Joshua was in his seat saying, “McDonald’s!  McDonalds!”  which turned to “What!  This isn’t fair!”  when Caleb, once his idea of lunch at Disney World was rejected, said, “Let’s just eat at home.  I’m really not hungry.”
   We always know when our kids turn down food that we have a problem.  We agreed on a temperature-checkin’ once we got home:  verdict:  100 degrees.  That poor kid.  We felt so bad for taking him out, in the cold, to play soccer with a fever!  (We did buy Joshua some McDonald’s food anyway.  Once the ibuprofen took full affect, Caleb had some nuggets and chocolate milk too.)
  Other big news:  Daniel moved up to his very own twin-size big boy bed, so that we could move the convertible crib into the new nursery.    He was really excited, as were his brothers.  I actually did get photos of that.
Gotta love those chunky little legs!  The blanket is a hand-me down from brothers.  I plan to fully theme out his room this week in sports balls.  I have a lot of stuff.  I just need to pull it all together.


I got a new haircut.  I LOVE my hairdresser here.  Of course, when I’m styling my hair myself it won’t look as good as when she did it.  Yes, I realize my belly looks super high in this picture.  I am a short-waisted person!!


Daniel loves his ball painting by Nonna.

Funny Things Kids Say:
   Caleb is so happy that being sick means he doesn’t have to go to church tomorrow.  Joshua’s prayers tonight went something like this:  “Dear God, Tomorrow we get to go to your house, but Caleb is so lucky, because he doesn’t have to go to your house.  I want to get to stay home too, but they are going to make me go anyway.  And baseball is getting more fun now, especially when we’re going to get to beat other teams.  Amen.”
  Joshua had baseball pictures this morning.  When he and Alan got home I heard Joshua tell Alan, “Can I keep my baseball clothes on?  Because I look so cool in them.”
   I thought it was so adorable this morning when Caleb came downstairs and said, “I can’t find my cweats.”  (cleats)  I thought it was so cute, I kept thinking up ways to make Caleb say “cweats”.   Tired parents are also easily entertained.  
   I should really go get some sleep tonight!!  

Potty Training (guest post by Daniel, age 2)


   This has been a most exciting week at our house.  It all started Sunday, church day, when we found baskets of toys and candy just sitting on the kitchen table!!!  It had the most delicious food I have ever tasted in these little plastic eggs.
  We all went to church, just like every Sunday.  I cried when Daddy dropped me off, but as soon as he couldn’t see me I started to play.  They have really cool toys in there.  After church I got to eat even more candy, and I was so excited!  That was the best day!
   I am a big boy now.  I really am because I can use the potty.  I am so happy Mommy lets me use the potty.  The bathroom is a really fun room.  I used to love to flush things, but I’m over that now.  Now the sink is my favorite.  I wash my hands all the time!  I would wash my hands every few minutes or so, if Mommy would just let me keep a kitchen chair pushed up to the sink.  But every time I push Daddy’s chair over to the kitchen sink, they come in and move it back!  Did you know that I can reach anything in the world, as long as I can stand in a chair!?  It’s fantastic.
   Today I even went whoo-whoo stinky in the bathroom, like a big boy.  Daddy said it’s supposed to all go in the toilet though.  I was so proud anyway.
 Oh!  Mommy also showed me an amazing new toy!  Choo-choo trains that ride on tracks!  Some of them even have remote controls.  I love playing with them, and there are whole boxes full of train stuff.
   My brothers are lots of fun too.  I love my brothers.  Sometimes, in the morning, Joshua helps me come down the stairs, and we bump down together on our bottoms.  And sometimes Caleb takes my toys and won’t give them back, but Mommy always helps me, so I always tell on him.
   Every day, after my brothers get home from school, Mommy takes us to the playground.  I love to play in the mulch at the playground.  I like to pile it on people’s shoes and knock down mounds that other people make.  Today was awesome because there were little girls, not much bigger than me, at the playground, and they were playing in the mulch too.  I followed them around and dug into some of their mounds, but sometimes they would get mad and throw mulch at me.  It was worth it, though, until I fell and got mulch all in my jacket, all in my shirt, and even in my mouth.  Mommy fixed it though.  I love Mommy.
  After a while, I get tired of the mulch and the slides, and then I go looking for the giant puddle, but lately the giant puddle is gone!!  It’s just dirt now, but it’s good dirt, with lots of sticks, so it’s still a good place to play.
  Thank you so much for all the fun birthday presents I got!  I have had so much fun playing with my Little People Zoo, my new red and yellow car, my lego farm, and everything else.  Thank you!
 I have to go to bed now.  I love bedtime.  I sleep with a whole bunch of stuffed animals and my blanket, and Mommy always kisses me on each cheek before she closes the door.  If I ask her, she will even give me extra kisses, so I always ask her and show her which cheek to kiss.   Best of all, on nights when I’m having trouble sleeping, if I cry and yell real loud, Daddy will come in and sing songs to me until I fall asleep.  I love my mommy and daddy so much.
by:  Daniel, age 2
Quote of the day:
Joshua:  That’s not the kind of cheese I like.
Alan:   (holding the kind of cheese Joshua likes, only not shredded, the way Joshua eats it)  Yes, it is, see, watch, I’m going to show you.
Joshua:  *groan*  *shakes head*  I know that’s not the kind I like, though.
Alan:  You know everything, don’t you Joshua?
Joshua:  Yeah, I really do.
Alan:   Wow.  How do you know so much for such a young boy?
…..In the end, Alan actually did convince Joshua that the block cheese is the same as shredded, by shredding it in front of him.  I’ve done that before too, but he still wanted me to shred it.  Maybe this time the message got through.
Accomplishment of the Day:
Joshua is enjoying baseball practice so far.  He now has two friends on the team, so that goes a long way.  Tonight Alan let them run a race.  Joshua won, so he was pretty proud of that.
Good news of the day:
I had my 3 hour fasting glucose test.  That was not fun.  You do not have to have a sugar problem for that test to make you feel awful, drinking that stuff on an empty stomach.  The good news is I passed the test.  I do not have gestational diabetes.
New goal:
Alan and I have made a new goal to get back to getting to bed at a decent hour, by 10 at the latest.  Lately, we’ve had so much trouble getting up early in the morning because of how late we stay up.  So I guess I should go to bed!

When Your Head is Out of Sorts…..

Aren’t they funny?  I normally feel a bit more like Caleb in the picture, happy and energetic…..Over the last week, I have become a living representation of the face Joshua is making right there.  If only I could just go back to bed!

   I have often heard people say that pregnancy is more difficult on the body as you get older, but I never experienced it until lately.  Joshua was my overall hardest pregnancy, to include excessive vomiting in the first trimester as well as shockingly bad sciatica pain in the third trimester.  Yet, that was my youngest pregnancy!
   I was doing so great until the Spring Break from the Arctic!  That’s when “the wave” started and then what we’ll refer to as the great sugar and anemia crash of 2013…..this weekend.
   I’m still not put back together yet, ya’ll.  My ankles are still swollen when I wake up in the morning, I have had a headache for about 24 hours, and if I eat the least bit of sugary food I start to seriously crash.
   My house is ……kind of gross (especially the floors and the potty training bathrooms), and I VOW to have that fixed by the end of the week, even if I have to clean them sitting down!  
   Oh!  And the grass turned green this week (in spite of the still freezing temps), so I’m thinking the headache could be allergy related.  I am SO allergic to grass.  
   Yesterday Caleb and I were leaving his swim lessons, and my head got so swimmy and confused feeling, I just had to take us straight home, neglecting the other errands I was supposed to be running.
  Okay, so I’ve painted the picture for you, right?  I’m kind of at a low point.  Please excuse any odd behavior from me this month!
  But don’t worry.  All will be okay.  Here’s why:
  1.  I went to the commissary today.  I did my research on the internet and bought all pregnant diabetic friendly snacks and foods.  ALSO, I made it through the entire trip without having any weird “waves.”
  2. While at the commissary (love that place), I also bought Zyrtec–hoping that will nix the headache.  Don’t worry.  It’s already on my list of meds in my records, so I know I’m allowed to take it.
  3. I’ve started praying a lot about my conditions, since God can do more than I can. 
  4. I’ve been taking iron supplement, prenatal vitamin (which I had neglected in the past), folic acid supplement, and a vitamin C supplement.  According to what I’ve read, it could take a week for my body to use that iron to build up enough hemoglobin to get me feeling better again.
  5. The baby is fine.  He just took ALL  my iron, and that’s why I don’t have any.
  6. The baby has turned to the head-down position.  : )  I know b/c he has hiccups now, making me quite certain of the exact location of his head and upper body.  
  7. I may not even HAVE gestational diabetes, per say.  However, I definitely seem to be negatively impacted by sugary foods, so I’m improving my diet anyway.  Well, I’m trying to do so.  I’ve failed miserably so far, but the disappearance of Easter treats should definitely help!
  8. Oh, and Mom, don’t worry about Iron side effects.  I needed it so badly, I have had no side effects, and my fingernails are even starting to turn pink again.  (Anemia pales your skin out, very noticeable in the fingernails).  
  9. Lastly, I didn’t realize that I had almost taken beef completely out of our diet.  We rarely do pot roasts or steaks, and I had replaced ground beef with ground turkey.  I have changed all that now.  We have returned to ground beef, bought a pot roast, I’ve been eating beef about once a day the last few days!
For good, CORRECT information on anemia, here’s a link that I found helpful:
  The rest of our family is doing well.  Alan has seemed so much less stressed to me the last couple of days, which has been a great relief.  I know some of you were really praying for him, and we super appreciate it.  Alan’s amazing.  He’s not the kind that stresses because he has a paper due tomorrow because he turns all of his assignments in days in advance.  The one he’s working on now is due April 15.    You know what’s really great about that?  His anti-procrastination also makes me feel less stressed.  
  Tonight is Alan and Joshua’s first baseball practice–actually it’s a batting practice.  Joshua is in a “machine pitch” league this year.  I think Joshua will enjoy it once he adjusts, right now he just feels intimidated by it.  He still says that baseball is his sport, even though he never wants to practice….
  What Joshua likes to do is jump on the trampoline and DRAW……and draw and draw and draw.  Both sets of grandparents bought Joshua and Caleb drawing notebooks this Christmas, and we were all so thankful.  Joshua has pretty much drawn so much in all four notebooks, I’m not sure if there’s any paper left.  I’m constantly finding my finance notebook and my to-do list notebook covered in Mario and Bowser (Mario’s arch enemy) drawings.  
  Caleb is still doing well in school.  That kid is a really quick learner!  We’ve also been relieved that he has not been a behavior problem.  Going into it we weren’t quite sure how Caleb would do with school, but he really just loves it.  
  Caleb told Alan this week, “I wike to build stuff.  I’m going to be a builder when I grow up!”  That makes me smile b/c I remember how as a toddler he was always taking everything apart, and now he’s so good at putting things together.  Even train tracks.   He was a whiz at putting together those GeoTrax train tracks by the time he was 2 1/2.
  Daniel is calling me.  I put him down for nap, but I  believe he has probably pooped and wants me to come change his diaper.  He is SO well potty trained with #1, but he hasn’t attempted #2 on the potty yet, and I’ve been too scared of dealing with it to push the issue…..but I suppose it must be done….
  I’m off to clean up Dan!
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