6.28.2009

Recovery

I always forget that it takes us about a week to settle in after any trip (We'd gone to Chicago for a few days), even if it's just for a few days.

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We've had tantrums thrown at embarrassing times by everyone (except maybe Woo).

The kids trashed their bedroom one morning.

Getting them to clean up the slightest mess has been like pulling teeth ...

Today was the worst day at church we've had in, I don't know, years (it didn't help that Sacrament meeting went over 30 minutes ... )!

After being out of town, two days without Woo, and a rough Sacrament meeting, I decided to offer to stay and help the nursery leader. It was very, very wild, and when I finally escaped, I was shell-shocked.

You'll have to ask Woo to show you the face I was making for hours afterwards. I believe my mouth was hanging open, accompanied by a blank stare.

Anyway, here's to hoping that we'll will get back in the groove next week.

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One morning on our way home from the pool, we walked past the entrance of the cemetery at exactly the same time as two elderly women were leaving it. Ruby exclaimed, "Look, Mom! They're happy! They're living again!"

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Yesterday we walked to the church to meet Woo coming home from Youth Conference. It was 95 degrees, high humidity, and I felt lousy to begin with.

About half-way there I realized that walking had been a terrible mistake. I managed to gasp out, "Mom. is. tired." and Ruby reached her hand back to cover mine, and give it a few pats.

After a while she said, "When we get to the church, you can go to sleep under the bench, Mom. It's cooler there."

I'm comforted thinking that I might have Ruby to care for me in my old age.

Wouldn't it be great if tons of fun didn't wipe us all out so much?

RECOVERY WEEK

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I always forget that it takes us about a week to settle in after any trip, even if it's just for a few days. We've had tantrums thrown at embarrassing times by everyone (except maybe Woo). The kids trashed their bedroom one morning. Getting them to clean up the slightest mess has been like pulling teeth... Today was the worst day at church we've had in, I don't know, years (it didn't help that Sacrament meeting went over 30 minutes...)!  Anyway, here's to hoping that we'll will get back in the groove next week.

One morning on our way home from the pool, we walked past the entrance of the cemetery at exactly the same time as two elderly women were leaving it.

Ruby exclaimed, "Look, Mom! They're happy! They're living again!"

Yesterday we walked to the church to meet Woo coming home from Youth Conference. It was 95 degrees, high humidity, and I felt lousy to begin with. **pregnant with Linus** About half-way there I realized that walking had been a terrible mistake.

I managed to gasp out, "Mom. is. tired." and Ruby reached her hand back to cover mine, and give it a few pats.

After a while she said, "When we get to the church, you can go to sleep under the bench, Mom. It's cooler there."

I'm comforted thinking that Ruby might be the one to care for me in my old age.

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Herbie is my loner (although, I've been very careful to not mentioned this to him--don't want to label him, even though I don't have anything against loners, obviously). In nursery he plays by himself. At the park he plays by himself or with Ruby, and at the pool, he sticks very close to me. I think part of that is that he's still a little nervous of the new pool we've started going to. He doesn't realize that the entire pool is shallow enough for him to stand in. Yesterday he broke out a little with his ball, so I'm hoping in the next few days, he'll be happily playing all over the pool. By himself.

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I set the big pillows from my bed out in the living room for the kids to sit on while they watched their movie. Moses loves pillows, especially gigantic ones, and he kept running (Well, he can't really run. It's more of a stiff-legged speed walk.) to the pillows, belly flopping on to them, and sliding a few inches across the floor. He was having a grand ole time. I unfortunately never even thought of getting out the camera.

I'm at that unenviable point in pregnancy where I'm exhausted, if I do any work, and I feel queasy, if I lie around thinking about how bad I feel. Tragically, I feel the best while reading something entertaining. Luckily, Woo's sister has read and reviewed every YA novel known to man on her blog, so I'm set up with good reads until I'm ready to return to reality.

After two days without Woo, and a rough Sacrament meeting, I decided to offer to stay and help the nursery leader. It was very, very wild, and when I finally escaped, I was shell-shocked.

You'll have to ask Woo to show you the face I was making for hours afterwards. I believe my mouth was hanging open, accompanied by a blank stare.

Woo's really enjoying his iPhone. Mostly, the part about having the internet everywhere he goes. He's particularly pleased that he would've been able to pay the credit card bill on our bike ride to church, if he hadn't already paid it. He sent us several short movies of himself while he was gone. Most of them were while he was driving, which didn't make me feel any better about his safety :)

6.21.2009

CHICAGO

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Random Chicago Stuff:
  • Chicago is a lot more fun of a city than I thought. There's a beach, tons of stuff to do and any store you could ever imagine. I understood for the first time why anyone would go there for fun or even for their honeymoon. 
  • The 5 1/2 hr train ride felt shorter than a 3 hr flight---more space, more for the kids to look at out of the window, and we could walk around. 
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  • The kids sleep much better in a hotel room than they do in a tent. 
  • I can't believe I've gone 32 years without ever having Chicago style pizza... it's fantastic! Woo and I were both craving it the night we got back. I'm wondering how hard it would be to make. 
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  • The iPod costumes turned out better than I was expecting, and they were an absolute hit. We had people asking us if they could take pictures of the kids before we even got to the Apple store. 
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  • Moses was the most popular. Women would sigh and gasp whenever they'd see him toddling around in his little costume. 
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  • The local NBC station shot the kids and interviewed Woo, but we didn't see it on the news :( 
  • The kids had their picture taken about a million times, but by the time the photographer from Apple came out to take their picture, Herbie was at the end of his rope and refused to cooperate. 
  • Our biggest mistake was not slapping something related to Woo's app on the kids. They caught everyone's attention, but most people probably just thought we were iPod fanatics. 
  • Ruby was great at handing out flyers, which was lucky because neither of her parents were. 
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  • Herbie made us smile every time he said, "shee-(pause)-KAA-go." And he said it a lot. 
  • I was surprised by the large number of runners through the city at all times of day, and by the large amount of kids. 
  • Our kids LOVED the beach. We would've gone again, but I was physically not prepared to deal with that kind of mess more than once. They wouldn't have had any clothes to wear home. 
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  • Ruby ended up covered from head to foot with sand. 
  • Herbie kept the mess to his hands and feet, and mostly avoided the water. 
  • Moses spent most of his time on the walkway or in the water. He'd back off the walkway into a foot of water, cry the whole time it took to walk back to me, and then he'd do it again. 
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  • Somehow Ruby managed to wake up Saturday morning with gum in her hair. We're scared to hypothesize on where she got it, but I cut it out when we got home. She now has bangs.

6.14.2009

A WEEK

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One morning at breakfast Ruby was apparently weighing the pros and cons of doing bad stuff because the second I walked into another room, I heard her tell Herbie, "I wish Heavenly Father and Jesus were bad... because then they would like it when I did something bad!" 

Ruby is a very generous little girl. She gets two spoonfuls of ice cream after every successful reading lesson, and she always gives one of them to Herbie. 

Also, Ruby may finally be through with naps. She's only fallen asleep once this week, although she's laid quietly in bed while the rest of napped. I think I'll just continue to let her do that... a little quiet time never hurt anyone. 

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I couldn't wait, and went right out and bought a little travel alarm clock for Herbie. **This was an attempt to keep him dry at night**  The first night was very discouraging, because he didn't even stir with the alarm going off right in his ear, but a quick google search showed me that a child can be taught to wake up to an alarm, and I shifted my focus to that.

The next night I was thrilled when he woke up and turned off the alarm himself before I even got there. But the next time it went off, he was lost in a deep, deep sleep. "Herbie, Herbie! Your alarm!" He sat up, looked at the alarm, then laid down and closed his eyes. "Herbie, turn off your alarm!" He looked at me very confused, "Why?" "Because it's going off!" He stared again at the clock with complete surprise, "Oh."

I don't think he even noticed the sound until it stopped, and then a huge smile of pride crossed his face.

He really loves being able to control that clock.

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For a few nights there Moses tried out a funny ritual for getting to sleep. He'd crouch right up with his head against the crib. Then he'd rock back and forth on his knees, so that his head went "thump, thump, thump, ..." against the bed.

All this while sucking his thumb.

He seems to have given it up. I don't think it was very effective.

I'm in the middle of transitioning Moses from two naps a day to one. I think we made too big of a jump today because he was pretty grouchy.

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The good news is: Woo finally took the plunge and bought an iPhone.

The bad news is: He won't get it in time for our trip to Chicago this week. The new iPhone comes out on Saturday, and Woo figures that there will be enough people lined up at the huge Apple Store there, that it's worth a trip to try and promote his app. He has visions of the kids dressed up as iPods... I'm still trying to figure out how to achieve that. We're taking the train up, and spending a few days to check out the sites. The kids are super excited, and I am too.

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And I've discovered that a warm glass of milk is my new best friend. I've had a hard time going back to sleep after being up with Herbie at 3:30 am a couple of times, and that warm milk always does the trick. I don't know why I never tried it before... didn't believe it would work, thought it would taste gross... I don't know, but it's awesome.

6.07.2009

#4?

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Well, I am pregnant again, and I feel like I've been hit by a truck--- very. very. tired. I don't think I ever mentioned here that we miscarried again in March, but this one has gone longer, and is certainly taking what he/she can from me. We are hopeful :)

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Monday I told Ruby that she would never again receive any treats/rewards/etc. for being dry at night. I told her that she already knew how to be dry, and didn't need to learn anymore, but instead she could earn treats/rewards/etc. for achieving goals in reading. She was very excited, eagerly picked out some books that she'd like to read, and has been dry almost every night since then.

The only problem is... it turns out that I don't really know how to make learning to read fun and effective. We had a couple of days of battles before I got smart and checked some books out on the subject at the library. I think things will be much better next week.

I also had a similar conversation with Herbie. He would no longer receive treats/rewards/etc. (although they still get praise... They really like when I jump up and down and clap, thanks for teaching me that one, Mom.) for having dry pants in the morning, but he could earn a reward every time he got up and used the potty before I came to take him. We also practice how he would do that a couple of times every night before he goes to bed. So far he's gotten up before I've come twice. Better than nothing, but still kind of hard to tell if it's working. If he doesn't get any better at it in the next few weeks, my next idea is to get him his own alarm clock set at the right time.

Mosie is definitely a walker now. There's no going back at this point. He saunters drunkenly around the house with a faint grin on his face, picking up objects and depositing them in another area of the house.

Perhaps he thinks he's cleaning up?

Moses really likes big trucks, motorcycles, etc. Whenever one goes by, he laughs and acts as if he'd like to chase it.

Moses laughs a lot at Ruby and Herbie too. Once when he was laughing at Herbie, Herbie said, "Dad, Moses is being mean to me!"

Woo, of course, explained that Moses was laughing at Herbie because he liked him.

There's not much new on the app front--- still holding steady at 4 or 5. 

Woo is very, very tired too. Whenever I mention that I'm tired, he says, "Let me tell you about tired... " It's become a joke by now. 

He works long hours, and sometimes forgets to eat breakfast and lunch. Plus all the stress makes him sick. He really would like to hire some part-time help. He envisions a brilliant high-schooler or undergrad, but hasn't really taken a lot of steps in that direction, as far as I know of (maybe he doesn't have the time?).