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TTC March March 29, 2008

Posted by Tori in Pregnancy.
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March is almost over, and I’ve yet to update on the, ahem, progress toward a second child. It will still be another week or so before I know anything for sure, but things are looking good. I’ve been hormonal and sleepy.

The funny thing is that if I’m pregnant, my due date would be in December, right around my brother’s birthday. My daughter was born right before my birthday. The same number of years apart. It’d be quite humorous for it to happen again.

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In other news, the little one is driving me nuts. I don’t know what her deal is right now, but oh my goodness, I’m going to go insane. At the moment, I have a million little things to get done, but I’m going to try to get some posting done and some posts prepped up so it’s not so lonely around here.

Some Days a Shower Would Be Nice March 10, 2008

Posted by Tori in Moms, Time Management.
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Over at Castle Debacle, in a interesting conversation about the day, Pete was discussing the limited window in which to shower. As a parent, that feeling is very familiar. There are days when the little one clings so tight I could never make it into the shower, much less do anything important. But when nap time finally comes, along with the opportunity to shower, the call to take care of so many others things beckons like a siren. Who is worried about self-care when some pickup and cleaning could be done?

So, by the end of the day, I feel gross and slimy, in addition to tired and ready to fall into bed. My husband doesn’t seem to understand this and takes off to work his to-do list instead, and then acts as though I’m just lazy or something in failing to shower. I mean, I could shower, but then the dishes and the laundry, and everything else that is important to the household would not be completed. Most of the time I spend the day chasing a toddler, making nap time the one quiet moment of my day.

Right now, I am lucky. I am able to type as the little one lays on the couch with the dog, watching a bit of TV. And asking, “What is Gigi’s name?” She’s going to fall out for a nap here shortly with a bit of luck. So, I’m sneaking in a little writing time while I am stuck on the couch.

Making Coffee for Momma March 9, 2008

Posted by Tori in Bath Time, Coffee, Independence, Moms.
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The little one has taken to trying to make coffee for Momma. I can’t count the number of times recently where I’ve caught her full swing into “making” coffee. It usually involves coffee grounds making it into the water reservoir and lots of pots of water ran through to clean it out. Then a damp paper towel to clean out the places where water doesn’t run. It gets really fun around the millionth time (/sarcasm).

But she’s trying to do something nice for me. At grandma’s, she helps make coffee, and often times she’s making coffee for me because she thinks I need it. So I can’t be too mad at her, but I do wish she would ask beforehand. It’s something we’ve really had to work on here this last week or so. She thinks she is entitled to help herself to anything in the pantry. I’ve tried to designate a particular place for her snacks and items, but right now there are Oreos and Girl Scout cookies on the next shelf up. So she climbs on top of the dog food container, and helps herself. I’ve also caught her in the fridge trying to open the cottage cheese herself. Thank goodness we hadn’t removed the protective seal yet.

She’s two and the independence streak is hitting our house hard. She wants to do it herself. All of it. Without asking. So we’ve been discussing the things she needs to ask about and I make sure she asks me before she eats on the things she does help herself to. There seems to be some progress. And this morning she told me, “No thank you,” when I asked a question. I really like that moment. Manners are important, and we just have to focus on making the right gestures.

As I type, she’s playing in the tub. Over at Life, Writing & Other Things, I’ve been discussing how much I love my laptop. This is one of the reasons why. I am multi tasking in ways that are really cool. We’re talking about what’s on her mind, which is what the animals say in case you wondered, and I’m typing away. Which I have benefit of being able to do well without looking at the keyboard so long as I have a thought finish typing. It’s a great pleasure to be able to sit here and do that. And her little potty makes a great table top for the laptop. It’s just the right height.

No Rest for the Toddler’s Mommy March 8, 2008

Posted by Tori in Illness, Moms, Toddlers.
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Everyone has been sick around here lately. First, the husband got it and passed it to Piper and me. We were treated for an almost ear infection and an almost sinus infection. Then, we came down with something else, which I’m now guessing is the flu. Piper and I got better in time for my husband to come down with it hard. Now, it looks like everyone is on the mend, but no one is fully recovered.

But no matter how sick I feel, I don’t get to rest with a toddler in the house. The sick feeling leaves her foul, whiny, and utterly clingy. Mommy just wants to rest, because she’s sick too, but there’s no hope of that happening. At two, a toddler has a hard time going down for a nap. At least at home, that is. At my mother’s house, she happily gathers her napping supplies and tells my mom that she’s going to take a nap on the couch now.

It probably wouldn’t be so bad, but my husband is often helping his grandpa do things, so he isn’t home a lot on the weekends.

So now that people seem to feel better, I wake up this morning to a tickle in my throat and a lovely cough. I really hope I am not coming down with it again. There’s no rest in sight for me.