10.24.2011

Getting Better?

I think things are getting better. It's a little hard to tell because we've all had colds this week and we've all been pretty cranky. There's still way too many wet beds in my life right now, but they're becoming less frequent. The kids are definitely sleeping better which is really good news.

We tried putting the kids to bed earlier, using the Floppy Sleep Game, and having Herbie take naps again, but the best thing I did was section off a part of the playroom for Herbie to use as his bedroom. I wanted to put off using that room for awhile and wanted the kids to share, but Ruby and Herbie just could not leave each other alone, and it was hurting everyone. They now go right to sleep at 8pm, and sleep until 7:30-8am.

I had a couple of days there where it felt like we'd never get back on top of things, and I felt like everyone tells me I'm supposed to feel with 5 kids. After putting the kids to bed I'd lie in bed or the tub, too tired to even read (much), until I could take Herbie to the potty, feed Penelope one last time, and finally go to sleep. The last half of this week has definitely been better for me ... I'm reviving :).

I borrowed my friends' Bissell and shampooed the carpets. That has been so satisfying, not only to combat stuff inflicted by the kids, but we've had drywallers, plumbers, electricians, insulation installers, etc. up and down those stairs, and it was so nice to get the carpet clean again. The cold in the morning is a problem. I'm missing the 40 extra pounds I had last winter.

Woo's been sick, and staying up late working, and getting surprise bills from lawyers (surprise!). He finally admitted that he might consider going to law school someday, but only so he could get back at all the other lawyers in the world. It wasn't his favorite week either.

We did unpack about 5 boxes in his office, so it's about half cleared out and put away now. We went out Wednesday night to celebrate our 8 yr. anniversary (last Sunday). We went to DI (of course), and Outback. We don't eat out enough. It's kind of painful, both to our wallet and our bellies. Except for pizza. Woo has a standing order for a supreme Costco pizza anytime I'm in the area, and we have it about every two weeks.

Ruby: I pledge allegiance to the flag 
of the United States of America 
and to the Republic for which it stands, 
one nation and 
invisible witches for all! 
Ruby's had a very hard time settling on a Halloween costume. She started with George Washington, then an astronaut, elf, leprechaun, President Eyring, zombie, shark, and now President Uchtdorf. Looking at some old pictures today reminded her of her old glory days. Guess you'll have to wait until next week to see what she does. She's also had long stretches of being fantastic. She cleared the table and unloaded the dishwasher while I wasn't looking the day I was sick. It was wonderful.

We're loving the descriptions Herbie gives us of the other Kindergarten kids.
Herbie: There's S-- and R--. R-- always wears cowboy boots. 
Woo (laughing): Of course he does, Herbie! He's named after a gun! 
Herbie: S--'s big. Real big and tall. 
Woo: I wouldn't expect anything less from a boy named S--. 
Herbie: He has a mustache!
 That brought down the house.

Of course, when we actually met S--, he was a cute little kid, probably shorter than Herbie (no mustache). Perhaps even Herbie has some preconceived notion of what a S-- is supposed to look like?

Me (playing a game of "would you rather ... "): Herbie. Would you rather ... kiss K-- or D--? 
Herbie (before I was even done talking): D--!!! 
Moses might finally be done sucking his thumb? At least Woo and I haven't noticed it for awhile. It's a battle that Woo's worked long and hard on, and now maybe he's won?

I think that Moses' position in the family causes us to think of him as older than he actually is. Just the other day I reminded Woo that he was only 3. "No, he's not! He's 4! Isn't he?" Nope, he really is just 3, but I think that we group him with the older kids in our minds, and expect him to be a little older. Don't know if this is fortunate or unfortunate for him.
Moses: Mom! Ask me if anyone liked my suit! 
Me: Did anyone like you're suit today, Moses? 
Moses: Yes! My teacher! 
Me: What did she say? 
Moses: She said, 'I like Moses' suit.' 
Me: And what did you say? 
Moses: I said, 'Yeah, I look smashing!' 
Linus continues to win everyone over. I had two neighbors this week go on and on about how cute they thought he was. They always say, "He is just so cute! I don't know what it is ... "

I know what it is. It's his giant head on his little body, toddling around. His gigantic smile doesn't hurt either.

We've broken out the herringbone suit in the colder weather, and for some reason that really gets people. And the cowboy boots. And his little tie. They must be pretty high on the cute scale too.

Penelope has added laughing to her resume. Woo's the best at getting her to do it, but she's also laughed at me and Ruby.

Penelope is pretty cute from the front, but looking at her from the back or right side is not a pretty sight because of the giant bald spot she's rubbed into her hair. I suppose I could be more bothered about that than I am, but I know it will leave as soon as she learns to roll over. She can grow out her lovely locks then.

Anyway, that's about it for the week. Hope everyone's doing well. Talk to you later!