Sunday, September 27, 2009

Alex's Birthday

Where have the past 11 years gone? I cannot believe Alex is 11 tomorrow. He is such a great kid, brilliant, sweet, and just a bit feisty.

I remember the day he was born quite well. His older brother, Joey, was 2.5 and in preschool. My DH and I went to pick up Joey at the end of preschool, right around lunchtime. I was due with Alex in a week. We argued as we pulled up as to which parking space to park the car in. My DH told me to stop telling him what to do, he was perfectly capable of choosing a good parking space. Ok, I relented, secretly thinking that I would have parked somewhere else.

DH got a cell phone call and I went into the school to get Joey. When I came out there is total chaos. Apparently another Mom, had driven recklessly through the parking lot, and ran over the sidewalk, into trees and flower, missing some children just barely. The scariest part, she hit 3 cars, right where I HAD WANTED TO PARK! I was so freaked out, we could have been hit, or our car would have been hit, or Joey could have been hit.

Yup, the contractions began, and got stronger and stronger. This crazy event put me right into labor. Labor continued and we drove right to my parents house 30 minutes away. We stayed there a very short time, then drove right to the hospital where I was also born.

Alex was a very sweet baby. Joey was jealous of him right from the start.

Alex loves to read. He reads with passion. He tells me all about each book as he finishes it. Alex loves to read series of books so that the story can continue. Alex can easily read a 400 page book in a weekend.
Alex also loves video games, and cooking.
Alex is turning into a lovely teen right before my eyes.
I love that Alex did not want to go out to dinner to celebrate his birthday , he wanted a home cooked meal by me.
I love you Alex.

Friday, September 11, 2009

more on sickness

Well my 13 year old is sick. This is causing the entire house to be on edge and out of whack. When J is sick we all suffer, and do I mean suffer.

Lets start at the beginning. Joey felt fine yesterday, went on a bike ride after school, ate 3 pieces of pizza, did his homework. Normal day. Then went to bed, all normal.

J wakes up this morning, comes downstairs coughing, saying his throat hurts. I say, does it hurt like a strep throat. No he answers. Then he tells me a long story, that while he was brushing his teeth, he by accident squirted the water pick at his throat and since then his throat has been hurting very badly. He ate half a bagel and seemed pretty normal. Off to school he went.

No calls from the nurse(which he did almost weekly last year, for every hangnail, headache, or bump). My husband picks him up and he is hysterical, crying, completely out of control. I am on speakerphone listening and I am horrified. He says he felt terrible all day. Uh, why did you not go to the nurse? He says he was awake all night the night before with a sore throat, uh did you forget to say that this morning?? And he did not eat or drink all day. I tell him that he should go right to the drs office before they close. He starts to cry and scream more, no doctor, I am fine. You are fine, yeah right, and I am the queen of scotland.

So I hang up and call the dr and they say he can come in asap. J comes home, coughs all over everyone, spits all over, blows his nose and snot goes flying, and then says he is still not going to the dr. Yeah right. I basically force him into the car. Yup, he has strep. Simple enough. Now he probably got the whole house sick too. I wont tell you what hapenned when he tried to drink some nyquil, I will leave that story for another day.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

one of the hardest parts of being a Mom

Being a Mom is not an easy job.
The part I really hate the most is when someone is sick.
It can be a cough, a cold, or a fever. I hate them all.
Medicines are dispensed, noses are blown, fevers are squashed.
Then there are the upset tummies.

One of my boys has a very sensitive tummy. He eats fried foods, he feels sick. He eats to fast he feels sick. He does not eat enough, you got it, sick again.
Tonight he is up, feeling nauseous and dizzy. He ate his dinner too fast and then had a huge cookie. Most kids would feel fine, not him.

On top of his feeling crummy my new K kiddo is having a rough time going to bed at night. This was the boy who you would tell a story to in his bed, and he would be asleep before 2 minutes were up. Or, we would all be watching tv as a family and we would look down, you got it, he was snoring. All of a sudden, bedtime has become a battleground. He thinks of a million things he did not get to do that day and wants to start crossing them off his long list as soon as bedtime arrives, HUH? Where did my pleasant, fun to be around, easy to fall asleep boy go??? I miss him! Please come back.

I know K is an adjustment, and he also got a new bed, but come on, you need some sleep and you are irritable all day.  You use up all your good behavior in school and then come home like a wild animal.

Enough is enough. Tomorrow we will all hopefully be feeling better and back to normal.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

labor day

Labor day is tomorrow, makes me think back on the 5 labors I had with my kiddos. They each were different yet very similar. It is amazing how few people attempt to give birth without any drugs or epidural.

Somehow I did this 5 times, and yes, some might call me crazy. It is so empowering, a woman is made to give birth to babies.

Let me start off by saying I am really a very boring and not an adventurous person in many areas. I only drink water or milk. No coffee, tea, soda, juice, none. Some days I am so tired and think that a coffee would help, but I have never had one. I do not eat foods that are spicy at all, due to an allergy. And finally I do not take any medicine unless I am really really sick. This goes for my kids too. If the fever is not high, you are not going to get any medicine from me. If the cough is not really bad, you also will have to suffer.

This makes my nautral labor a little easier to understand. I am a very natural girl, do not wear lots of makeup, or color my hair. The gray is starting to show, and that is ok with me. I think my Mom with all grey hair is so beautiful. I want to age gracefully and naturally.

Don't get me wrong, my labors were hard work! It hurt and if I try really hard I can remember each one like it was yesterday. But the precious bundle that was earned after each labor made all the pain worthwhile.

Happy labor day to all who have labored before me, and those who continue to labor.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

First Day of School

So today was the first day of school. My DH who works at home looks forward to this day all summer long. It is hard having conference calls with 5 kids running around, screaming, fighting, and laughing.

We got dressed in our first day of school shirts that are a tradition in our house. Miss D then cried for 10 minutes while we took pictures outside. Then all the boys left in the car with Daddy. And she bawled, screamed, cried some more. It was the saddest sight. She had been home with everyone for 3 months straight, and then they all marched out the door together. I tried to cheer her up with a popsicle, her favorite treat, and that did not even work.  Finally, at least 20 minutes later, she was cheered up, watching Blues Clues, having forgotten that they left. Phew!

The K kid went for only 3 hours today, so it was kind of a short day anyway. He had a great time, except for the kid who spit on him, ugh.
The 3rd grader has been sick for many days but he seemed ok this morning, and luckily he was fine. He also had a great day.
The 6th grader seemed quite happy, except for the 2 page essay he had to write, bummer!
The 8th grader did not like 2 of his 8 teachers. He had homework, but of course left the book at school. At least he admitted he had homework, way better than last year.

We had pizza for our first back to school dinner. That was fun, except that Miss D cried the whole way home, wanting to eat the burning hot pizza right out of the box!
Homework went pretty well and everyone enjoyed the pizza.
Looking forward to a full day tomorrow for everyone!