• Home,  My Family,  Vent

    Quiet, Rainy Weekends

    LadyBug spent half the afternoon in time out in her high chair for standing on a chair. I just kept telling her to sit on the chair and she’d stand right back up again. I removed her from the chair entirely and she went right back. I tried to distract her, block the chair, basically anything I could think of. She just got right back up there and grinned at me. I wouldn’t normally use time out for such a young child, but I simply can’t get her to understand that no means no. It took maybe 8-10 rounds of removing her from the chair and placing her in time…

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  • My Family,  TV

    Advocating for Our Kids

    My first thoughts whenever I hear the name “Jenny McCarthy” are of a trashy blonde host on MTV. So when my mom called today and said, “TiVo Oprah,” and I saw that Jenny McCarthy was on, I was a bit skeptical. Jenny was on Oprah today promoting her new book Mother Warriors. In it, she explains how she, and several other mothers, have helped their kids “recover” from autism though detoxification, special diets, and whatever means necessary. She has regained my respect. Americans are conditioned to believe that authority figures are somehow wiser. Yes, they may have more “facts” (whether or not those “facts” are true is another story), but…

  • LadyBug

    She’s Not Called LadyBug for Nothing

    Spent the day with LadyBug today. It started well, but she took a very early nap. That meant that she and I spent more than 6 hours together once she was awake. Just us. In our living room. It’s no big deal with Bug, who is capable of playing on his own, but LadyBug is either climbing up me to see what’s behind the couch or getting into something she shouldn’t. She thinks everything is a game. As trying as Bug can be, I look forward to having him home tomorrow to help entertain LadyBug. Maybe they’ll be so happy to be back together that I’ll get a morning without…

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  • Bug (aka Little Guy)

    Is it considered bad parenting…

    To laugh at your toddler while he’s having a wild, unexplainable and ridiculous tantrum? Bug woke up too early, spent the morning in the sun and didn’t nap. Bad, bad, bad combination. By late afternoon, everything was a giant drama. So, when he melted down because LadyBug decided to actually MOVE the Cozy Coupe she was sitting in, I was baffled. When he insisted that it had to remain in a very specific spot, I tried to be understanding. But when he flopped on the floor in screaming hysterics because I didn’t agree that the Cozy Coupe should remain still, I started to giggle. I couldn’t help it. Yeah, I…

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  • Food Allergies,  Me,  My Family

    Overcomplicating Things

    Tomorrow is the FAAN walk and we need to get up earlier than usual to get there on time. So, guess what I’m doing at 11:50pm. Getting ready for bed? Nope. Packing bags for tomorrow? Nope. I am designing iron-on transfers so we can have matching t-shirts tomorrow. I already made my poor (very patient) husband dye the shirts blue because the craft store didn’t have adult shirts and kid shirts in the same colors (that seems odd, doesn’t it?). We managed to borrow a jogging stroller (why would the FAAN organizers assume that everyone has jogging strollers handy?!) for Bug and a backpack for LadyBug. I think Bug might…

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  • Bug (aka Little Guy)

    Enough is Enough

    So, turns out Bug is even sicker. His asthma got worse and we had to bring him to the Dr, who put him on steroids and more albuterol (every 4 hours for 4 days – sigh). He’s going to need an inahler (toddler version) for the rest of the winter to try to avoid this happening again. She doesn’t want us to do the walk on Sunday, so I’m pretty upset about that, too. Bug didn’t have a birthday party last year because he landed himself in the hospital with the same issue. At some point, enough has to be enough. From jaundice as an infant to eczema to some…

  • Bug (aka Little Guy),  LadyBug

    Rock-a-Bye Baby

    The kids are sick and they’re too young for cold medicine. They’re just miserable. LadyBug woke up every 20 minutes to an hour last night. It was awful. Today, Big Guy stayed home (thank goodness) and we took turns going between napping and mopping up after drooly, snotty, whiny little kids. Bug milked it for all it’s worth by claiming that he had to watch TV because, “I’m not feeling good.” By the end of the day, he was running a fever and his asthma had kicked in. Luckily, we have a nebulizer here and he’s on Singulair, so it should keep it from getting too bad. Last cold season,…

  • LadyBug

    This Chair is Too Big

    Spent the afternoon at a friend’s house for a party. It was fun, but both Big Guy and I were really tired when we got home. LadyBug was too young to hang out with the older kids and too old to safely hang with the little ones. Plus, she was determined to climb the stairs. It was just a lot of monitoring….

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  • Food Allergies,  My Family

    FAAN Food Allergy Walk

    My family has decided to do the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN) walk to raise money for food allergy awareness and research. It’s only two miles, so Bug will walk, too, and LadyBug will do it in the stroller. It’s in a couple of weeks and I’m looking forward to it. Having a child with food allergies can make you feel a bit helpless (much like any other ailment your child could deal with), so it’s nice to feel like we’re doing what we can. Hopefully the weather will be nice!

  • Bug (aka Little Guy),  Me

    Rain, Rain, Go Away

    I don’t know how it’s going in the rest of the country, but here in the Northeast it feels like it has been raining forever. I think we’ve easily had rain almost every day for over a month. Don’t get me wrong, rain is good. Plants need rain, yada, yada. But, for a mom home all day with two young kids, it’s a little bit like Mother Nature’s personal torture device. We can’t go outside to play or for a walk, and going anywhere else means two wet kids and a very wet Mama. To make matters worse, Bug has decided that he’s afraid of thunder. If it starts while…

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