I’m a bit nervous about leaving the house, cats, and Daisy for four days, but our neighbors said they would check in & feed the pets. They are such wonderful people!
The girls start school the morning after we get back. That’s going to make for one looooong day. 7 hours of travel from Osky to Portland, and then we have to meet my ex a ways up north to get the girls back that night. I don’t think we’ll be in bed until after midnight, at the earliest! But I cant wait.
And now back to my regularly scheduled programming… Parker is demanding some attention
The appointment was fine. He is 15lbs, and nearly 25 inches. He had four or five vaccines (cant keep track of them, I think the CDC has kids getting, like, 32 before they are 4 now). He is a happy, fat, healthy baby boy. PLM is a bit behind with hitting his developmental milestones, but he was born 7 weeks early, so I will cut him some slack. He smiles and he is starting to roll. Good enough for me!
My parents & grandma came from Warsh-ing-ton today. Popped over to Lloyd Center for a bit. What an odd mall. Medical offices, stores, an ice skating rink. Totally random, and totally Portland. We like to keep things weird here. After that we headed downtown on MAX. It was such a beautiful day, we had to walk around Pioneer Square, gawk in shop windows, and catch up to the mounted police so the girls could see. Oh, and make an unexpected side trip to the downtown Rite-Aid for baby Motrin. Passerby were glaring at me as though I was purposefully making him scream like a cat in water. That cry. It’s hard to imagine, but at one point, his cry was so quiet you couldn’t be sure if that’s what it actually was! Ryan and I couldn’t tell his cry apart from others in the NICU sometimes, but there is no mistaking it now. His cry is loud, obnoxious, and terrible stressing. Ha.
Ok, I lost myself on another wild tangent. Back to the story. We walked around downtown for a bit, then caught the very crowded MAX back to our cars. It so happens that I get lost about 90% of the time I drive downtown. Today I was in the 10%, so yay me! Made it home without cursing, crying, or having to stop for directions so I’m considering it a rousing success.
Oh. And our place is clean. Laundry is folded, dishes washed, floors vacuumed. There isn’t much left to do before Iowa. Only 8 days to go! We cant wait! It is now almost 1:30am. Prolly time for this mama to head to dreamland. Night, all.
I wish we could bring his bumbo, play station seat, his bouncy chair, swing, and activity mat. He really does use all of those, every day. Parker tends to get bored and we shuffle him around from one activity to the next. Is it too soon to diagnose ADHD?
I think Rox is going to try & borrow a swing, which would be a life saver. Trust me. And I need to dig up a few of the 2,308 binkies we have in our house. The only explanation I can come up with is a severe case of The Borrowers living in our house. Soothies disappear left and right. There is probably a stockpile of them under the crib or in some dark corner of a closet.
Well thats about it lately. Oh wait! I made the BEST PURCHASE EVER at Goodwill this weekend. I mean, hands down, the coolest thing I’ve seen in 20 years. Are you ready??
And it includes the matching Thermos! Why, oh WHY did they stop making lunch boxes like this? What kid would want a soft lunch box instead of this?
One more pic for posterity’s sake..
If I EVER get married (ahem!!) this is the cake I’m set on. So pretty.
That’s all. Have a good Monday!
Ryan got home about 8:30 last night. We stayed up late to finish up some court paperwork for today. He went to bed about midnight, I didnt turn in until 2:00am. Well, we had to wake up around 4 to be out of here by 5:30. It takes 90 minutes to get to my mothers (she watched the kids) and another hour to get to the court house.
We then spent, oh, two hours listening to other family law matters. It is so sad to watch divorces be finalized. It’s so cold, so…. final. It made me wonder, if these people could have seen this coming, if they would have went through with the marriage to begin with? There were two couples being divorced after over 30 years of marriage each!
Well, I digress. So my hearing lasted approximately 15 minutes, and then we got to make the round trip home. We didnt walk in our door until nearly 4pm! Thank God Parker slept the whole way home. I think we are both past tired, more like delirious. You know, that stage where everything is surreal, as if you’re floating above your body? I’m there. I tell you what, I need WAY more than two hours to function. The only thing that kept me awake during court was the adrenaline that was turning my stomach in knots.
Well, more on court another time. I’m trying to not get my hopes up, nor count my chickens before the eggs hatch. (And secretly believing that, if I talk about it all, I’ll jinx any luck I have. Lol)
Off to dreamland I go.
Then we get to Albertson’s. First off, I had two carts. One for kids, one for food. Second, I had a two year old. Use your imagination. Olivia was pushing cart #2, thinking I didnt notice the way she kept swerving the cart toward her sister. Emily was meandering the way she typically does: like a drunken sailor. Savannah managed to snag a bottle of bubbles off of a shelf. When I took them, she shrieked at the top of her lungs for five minutes straight. And of course, we have Parker the Puker. ‘Nuf said. I managed to get the groceries we came for, take away the deck of cards Savannah had grabbed somewhere, and get everyone back in the car. That’s the worst part, deciding who goes in the car first.
Anyway, we get home, get groceries put away, and I’m cooking dinner. I keep hearing thumps and bumps coming from the kids room but think nothing of it since I didn’t hear any crying or yelling. But wait, I type too soon. Sure enough, right as dinner is finishing, here comes a bloody mouthed toddler, screaming her head off. Now, I dont do well with blood OR loose teeth. It all goes back to Olivia whacking her face on a doorframe at the age of three, and putting her top front teeth completely through her top lip, followed by the same accomplishment with the bottom lip a year later! Sheesh! So typically when a kid comes at me with a wiggly tooth or a bloody lip, I send them Ryan’s way. Of course, he isn’t home today so I had to be a big girl & handle it myself.
Flash forward five minutes to me, SITTING on top of screaming bloody toddler, pinning her arms down and her head still with my legs, trying to figure out a)where the blood is coming from, b)if she has all her teeth, and more importantly, c)if we should be packing for the ER. Thank God it was only a fat bruised bleeding lip and her teeth are all accounted for.
Life is always crazy with five kids in the house. Sigh. Off to bed.
6:32: Puke on mommy, the bed, and my last clean pajamas.
6:36-6:45: Smile and coo at daddy, make faces at mommy.
6:46: Scream like a banshee until someone figures out that it’s
the BLUE binky I want, not the green one.
7:04-7:31: Sleep in my bouncy.
7:33: Cry so mommy picks me up
7:35-9:01: Cuddle with mommy
9:02: Burp, then puke.
9:20: Smile when my sister walks by.
9:40-9:43: Scream my head off while mommy gets ready to feed me.
10:00-10:39: Sleep in my swing.
10:42: Puke on the carpet.
11:00: Gag on icky tummy meds.
11:04-11:11: Stare at pictures on wall.
11:12: Cry. I dont know why.
11:17: Puke. Burp. Puke again.
11:20: Eat. Burp. Sleep.
11:23-12:00: Sleep in swing, waking up every 4 minutes to let mommy know I’m still here.
What a life!
Well, today is day #2 of Daddy being away for work. He will be back on Wednesday evening. We have discovered that Parker Lee misses his daddy. How, you ask? Because I put Ryan on speakerphone while PLM was crying, and he instantly stopped crying, and proceeded to look for Ryan. The absolute cutest thing I have ever seen in my life. Tomorrow we will be Skyping because Daddy misses his boy.
How lucky (and grateful) we are to be living in this age of technology. We can video chat, we can send pictures in a fraction of a second, and email, chat, and talk all we want. It’s hard to believe it was only a short time ago that it would take a month or more to receive a letter from back home. I’m thankful that we have the option to video chat now, considering Ryan travels for work and will be gone three of the next four weeks.
Somewhere in those four weeks, we are going to be in Iowa! Labor Day, and Oskaloosa to be exact. We can’t wait! Our only sadness is that PLM wont be meeting his uncle, aunt, and cousin this trip. It’ll be great to watch him meet his grandpa!
Well, back to my DVR’d show. It’s only taken me nearly 3 hours to watch this hour long episode, thanks to a certain two year old, a cat, Ryan, and Parker.
Yeah, wish me luck.