An Experiment of Sorts

This past weekend, Friday through Sunday my house was a lab of sorts. See, M had a 3 day Drill and while I hate these because it is usually hard on Jeff and then on me, I was not looking forward to this one bit. Then I started to think of it as an experiment of sorts. They hypothesis was that Charlotte would sleep through the night for me and that Jeff would be okay with dad gone 3 days and 2 nights.

The experiments went like this: Friday was like any other day, we got up and did the things we normally do. Had lunch and so far everything was going well. The real test would be Friday night when Jeff realized that dad was not going to be home. We ate dinner at the normal time, and while Jeff was wondering where dad was, he was not  upset. We ate dinner without incident and hung out in the dining/living room until about 8:30pm. I then brought everyone into the bedroom with me. Changed diapers and generally got ready to wind down for the night. So far, so good. No fits, no tears. Charlotte dozed on and off on the bed with me and after her bottle at 11pm she was hopefully down for the count. I moved her to her bed at midnight and did not hear from her until almost 9 am the next morning. Jeff also went to bed about 10:30ish and slept through the night. One night down one more to go. Let me say that we had minor issues with Jeff on Friday but normal stuff..

Saturday started like normal. Woke up fed Charlotte, changed her. Changed Jeff got us breakfast. Began the day. Charlotte took her morning nap, so Jeff and I had lunch about 11:30ish. So far no fits out of him that dad is not here, things are looking good. The day went as mostly planned. We  had dinner a little early at 6:15ish that night. Again we hung out in the living/dining room until about 8:30ish. Again, I moved them into the bed room and we started to settle down for the night. Diaper changes, drinks, some TV. Charlotte had her last bottle about 11ish and crashed on the bed with us. Jeff was out just before that. At 12:30 AM I went and took a 1/2 hour bath to unwind a little bit. No one woke up. When I got out at 1ish I moved Charlotte to her bed and she slept through the night, waking up Sunday morning about 9ish.

Sunday is where things fell apart somewhat for Jeff. Not that he was upset that dad still was not here, he just had a bad day. He was into everything.. M got home 5ish Sunday evening. Since then Charlotte has not slept through the night.

My conclusion is this: M has a funky energy that he brings into the house. I am not sure what exactly it is. Charlotte feels it most. I have spoken to him about this. I have no idea what to do about it. I am pretty confident that next month’s 3 day drill will go pretty smooth for us here…

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Blogging for Books

I belong to a website called blogging for books. Oh my stars I love this website! It is done by a book publisher and basically they send me free books for reviews. It is a match made in heaven! I love, absolutely adore free books and I love to tell people what I thought of books, so it is a win win for me! I have not been able to really participate in a while and I just did post a review of a book, it was not the best book or review honestly. The reason I am telling you all this is because I was able to request another book, a cook book this time. So look for my review of that coming soonish…

Freedom’s Child- A Book Review

I really tried to read Freedom’s Child, however, I was unable to honestly get past chapter 2. The story just did not draw me in like I was hoping it would. I had read other reviews of this book and I noticed that other people were having the same issue, but I was hoping that I could be the exception. unfortunately I was not. The story was so slow and I had a hard time staying with the story.

Why I Want My Kids to See Me Peeling Potatoes

Let me begin by saying that I am an old school mom. I have 2 adult kids already, so they grew up with out cell phones, computers (excessive use) and all the technology of today. I am planning on raising my kids to play outside, do simple math without a calculator (or calculator app) and I always encourage them to be kids. This time of their lives does not last that long and I want them to enjoy it.

That being said, this is why I want my kids to see me peel potatoes, cut up veggies, and do prep work for dinner. I also want them to see me cook dinner as well. Mainly because I do not want them to think that the ‘dinner fairy’ is real, as much as I wish she were. I want my kids to know that there is work in everything you do. Making dinner for them is no exception.

I want my daughter to know that it is okay to be a mom and a homemaker even in this age of women getting to train for combat infantry jobs, running for President, being astronauts, and even being teachers. I want her to know there is absolutely no shame is taking care of her family as I am taking care of mine. I want her to see me gladly putting in so much love to feeding, caring, and even disciplining her and her brother. I also want her to understand that when she is old enough she will be in the kitchen with me learning all things I was never taught and had to learn on my own.

I want my son to know that cooking and making dinner can be fun and is not a chore. I want him to understand that my love for him and sister extends to the meals I make for them and that cooking is cool. So, when he is old enough ( I have actually started with him helping me with some recipes) that cooking is not just for girls. I also want him to understand that I want him to learn these skills so when he is on his own he will never starve.

For me, cooking and prepping is an act of love and I want my kids to see and understand that. I want them to experience that love for themselves and know with every single meal I sit on the table, from the most simplest to the most complicated that they all came from my heart and that they are filled with love and caring. I want to send both of my kids out into the world with skills to take good care of themselves and eventually their families.

In this day and age, it is so easy to push a button on a computer and order dinner, I have done it many times myself, but I want my kids to know how to cook and bake so that they have a choice in life and not just have to eat junky fast food. Oh, do not get me wrong, I love, absolutely adore junky fast food, but I love to make good, home cooked meals for my family too.

Tummy Troubles

It has been a while since I have been here and honestly we have been uber busy with doctor appointments. Charlotte is having surgery on May 25th to get tubes in her ears to help drain the fluid on the left side. She has failed every single hearing test she has had on the left side since birth. Tubes to me are not a big deal, but the putting her to sleep part is, she is so little. Not sure how the anesthesia will affect her. Also, once they get the tubes in they will give her a final hearing test, if she fails that one, it is likely she has nerve hearing loss from the jaundice she had at birth. The doctor told me that kids with severe jaundice have much more likely chance to have nerve hearing loss. If that is the case, then we will have to discuss hearing aids for her.

The reason for the hearing aids at such a young age is because she is developing speech patterns now, so if she is deaf in one ear when she starts talking her speech patterns will not be correct and then we will have to go to a speech therapist. So, hopefully all this works out for the best and tubes work right away.

We had to change her formula again. She is having serious gas issues and still spitting up at 4 months old. If this formula does not work there is one more we can try. I am hoping that this works but so far she is still spitting  up after almost a whole week on the new formula. We might have to go see a pediatric gastroenterologist. We are ruling things out one at a time, which is good, but frustrating!

Jeff turned two last month and he is amazing as ever, although some days extremely frustrating! He is definitely a two year old! We have good days and bad days with that and it sometimes seems like more bad than good lately. Hopefully, it will calm down soon.

M was released from physical therapy. He is happy but was frustrated too. He only had four months of physical therapy after surgery. Monday we are going to run some errands, one of is to get the documentation that he can return to work. We also have to take some of the unopened formula (the soy) to WIC to trade for the new formula. Also we have to go to the armory to get paperwork for the basic housing allowance for when M is gone to AT (annual training) for two weeks in August and then for three weeks in November he will be gone for three weeks for something else. Ugh. Not happy about that, but not like I can make them change it either.

So, keep your fingers crossed that the new formula works and everything is fine with Charlotte! I need to go do battle with the 2 year old, which me luck!

-Ciao!