Thursday, June 24, 2010

How Are Things Going?

Everyone wants to know how things are going. How am I doing? How are the boys? How is the baby? Here are the highlights/low points of the last week, you can decide how it's going.


Highlight:

We successfully made it to swim lessons, twice, on time. Aiden loves the lessons and can swim now!

Low Point:

Stella screamed through most of swim lessons. Cole tried to run away from me, usually toward the water, during most of swim lessons. Aiden pointed to a very nice, very large woman sitting behind us at swim lessons and asked me in a very direct and loud voice, "Why is that lady so FAT?" Awesome.

Highlight:

We have yet to have any physical fighting in the car among the children. My Mom gave us stories on cassette (oh yes, my car has a cassette player) that help my children be quiet in the car. Aiden helps keep Stella peaceful by monitoring the shade over her and putting the pacifier in her mouth when necessary, it's awesome.

Low Point:

After successfully loading everyone up in the car. Stella began to scream much beyond Aiden's ability to console her. Cole peed his pants in his car seat and then began to scream because I wouldn't pull over to change him. Aiden discovered his bag of fruit snacks did not contain a single orange (this is truly tragic) and began a moaning-screaming fit. I quickly grabbed the remaining fruit snacks and threw them out the window, pulled into the nearest Starbucks, and much to the frustration of the drive through employee trying to hear me over my children's screams, ordered my favorite $5 drink because no human should suffer through moments like that without some sort of reward. I unfortunately am not yet a prescription drug user...which is something I feel could probably ease my suffering during those types of moments but for now I go to Starbucks.

Highlight:

Stella slept from 11:00 pm until 5:00 am one night and then 10:30 pm until 6:30 am the next. This officially sealed her status as my favorite child.

Low Point:

Cole refuses to go to bed at night without a dose of melatonin. Cole refuses to nap unless heavily drugged (which I don't do, but we all might be happier if I did.) Cole woke up anywhere from 4:00 am to 6:00 am each morning and threw about a million tantrums due to his exhaustion. This officially pushed Cole down to status as my least favorite child.

Highlight:

Friends have kindly been bringing us dinner and it has made our evenings manageable. I can actually make it through dinner time without losing my mind and usually have been able to sit down and actually eat the meal. This is something I rarely did when I had the boys and it makes me very happy. I love my friends.

Low Point:

While one friend was at my house dropping off dinner, major chaos erupted. Cole was half naked after a potty disaster and sweating profusely while bouncing on the bed. Aiden was hysterical because Cole wasn't supposed to be jumping on the bed, was supposed to have on underpants and no one was listening to him. I had just been vomited on by the baby and had to go pantless myself while I cleaned up the vomit, changed the baby and yelled at my other children to please chill out. I'm pretty sure my friend won't be reproducing again anytime soon for fear that she won't even be able to keep pants on while guests are at the house.

Highlight:

Cole had 4 days of zero accidents in his underpants.

Low Point:

I discovered Cole can not go to preschool in August unless he is potty trained and became desperate for him to figure it out, fearing he will be home with me all school year, half naked and sweating while jumping on beds. Yesterday, after Cole pooped on his race car rug in his room my fears were amplified. I realized I had been taking him to the potty on schedule rather than him actually letting me know he had to go...which pretty much means I am potty trained (which isn't nearly as impressive as him being trained) but he's still going to poop his pants unless I am constantly standing by him waiting for a sign that he needs to be taken to the potty. I am offically on poop watch for the summer, which just sucks.

So how are things going? My kids are nuts. I am probably at least partially nuts, but, I feel like I can more or less handle all of these situations without too many tears, which makes me pretty happy. I love my family, I love my friends and I love my life. So I think it's going pretty damn well. What do you think?

2 comments:

Grandma W said...

All sounds pretty normal to me. I think you are ALOT bravier than I was. I can't believe you took all three little ones for swim lessons. You should be named "Mother of the Year".

Tricia said...

Let me just add that you were completely calm and not at all freaked out by the scene around you while you were pantsless, correcting your children, changing your infant and talking to me. Had it been me I probably would have burst into tears! I was hardly able to wrangle my 2 kids out the door that day. You handled it all with grace and a smile which is most impressive. I've had days like that as well, just minus one little person. And really, Leslie, seeing that it IS manageable and that it CAN be done encourages me (strangely) that perhaps #3 isn't that bad of an idea. But no, it will not be soon! And yes, you're doing a great job! And way to go Stella for sleeping like a champ! You need that.