This, That and a Little Bit of Everything

Has life ever run away with you? Have you ever just wished that you could stop time and catch your breath? Well that is me this past month or so. Since last I posted so much has happened. So much that I should make it into three or four blog posts but life, time, kids have made that nearly impossible. (I know it has been way too long, I hope there are still people out there paying attention!) My plan is as follows: I am going to give you the bullet point version of events and you can comment on what you would like to hear more about! The topic(s) with the most interest I will “flesh” out and make into a longer blog post with more details. MMMM-kay here we go.

Disney vacation IMG_2331
1. This is the year of the Disney World birthday celebrations. So Far this year everyone in our party of five has celebrated his or her birthday at Disney World Orlando. It’s definitely a perk to live only an hour’s drive away. Our trip in May was to celebrate our daughter, Aubrey, turning one. We threw in a dinner with my niece and her family too! This visit was my 6th with small children in tow….. I know, I know I am crazy!!! Here are a couple of my lessons learned:
*Don’t do Disney with a broken toe! It is way less fun.
*Perfectionists (myself included) need to get over themselves and just let their 3 yr old stand in the middle of the walk way and let the Alladin ride camel spit on him- it doesn’t matter that you are going to miss your fast pass! Cancel it! It is not about you!
*The baby care centers are not just for babies!! It is a great place to take little ones who need a break from the heat and noise. The best one is at Animal Kingdom but they’re all great for a family break.

Mystery Fever 2017
2. Aubrey came home from Disney feeling puny and so began our 3 week self inflicted quarantine. (Three kids stuck at home not able to go outside due to extreme heat and lots and lots of rain…. yeah it was as bad as you think it was!) Here are a couple mommy tips I’ve picked up in my almost 6 yrs of parenting. (NOTE: I am not a Doctor! I just take their advice!)
*According to my pediatrician: The number on the thermometer doesn’t matter until around 104 degrees in children over age 2. It starts to matter for infants to 2 year olds around 101 degrees. So Mom and Dad need to calm down and evaluate their kid before freaking out and running to the ER. (ER’s are gross and filled with germs! Also no-one wants to be in the ER with a little one at 2 am – NO ONE!! Trust me!)
*Sometimes calling the on-call doctor line for your pediatrician’s office can save you a few hundred dollars in ER costs!
*Things to look for if your child is sick with a fever: Are they acting normal? (running, playing, talking, etc.), Are they drinking and eating? (Drinking is more important that eating though.) Are they peeing and pooping? Are there any other symptoms accompanying the fever? (runny nose, cough, trouble breathing, hives or other skin discoloration/rashes) acting as if in pain or discomfort, extremely tired and hard to rouse?
*You know your kid – you are their parent- If you think something is really wrong never hesitate to seek medical attention! I have learned that “mommy intuition” is very real and should absolutely be trusted! (Goes for Dads too!)

First Birthday Parties
3. This is our 3rd first birthday party. I look at it as a celebration for both the parents and the child. I mean come on…’ve just successfully kept a tiny, uncommunicative, helpless human being alive for a full year! It is totally worth celebrating!! This is why I keep it small and simple: Family only, a birthday deco kit from Party City, a set of balloons, and a homemade cake. This way I am less stressed and I get to enjoy the party too! I go all out for the rest of the birthdays though! Some of you may remember that we have children with food allergies, because of this I have learned to make a fantastic egg free cake and I’ve learned some things about cake decorating too! Let me know if you want the recipe and a blog post “how to”.C5155DB0-C965-426B-BB82-1B460AEBF83E

Honey-do lists
4. I am a list maker! Much to my husband’s dismay. I make lists and I enjoy checking things off. So when my hubby was able to get a few days off around the 4th of July I had a full page list of things I wanted to accomplish!!! What I love about my husband is that once I get him going he gets on board and goes above and beyond!! It was so awesome to knock out some projects we had been putting off. Here are couple of tips for your honey-do list:
*Be specific and prioritize! Don’t say clean the whole house. A- it sounds daunting, B-it will take forever to be able to check off your list; which is discouraging, and C-Men need a specific task i.e. “pull out old dead bushes in the front yard” not “yard update” that leaves too much to be interpreted! LOL
*Be an active participant – My hubby and I sat down and we discussed which projects would be best completed by him, by me, and by us as a team. We even considered which projects we might need child care to be able to complete and which ones we could include the kids in.
*It is OK not to finish everything and it is important to take time to enjoy what you have accomplished. DO NOT become slave to the to-do list!
Potty training
5. We have a 5 year old, a 3 and 1/2 year old and a 14 month old… I’ve researched just about every possible method to help potty train our kids. I even have a Pinterest board dedicated to potty training! They say boys are harder to potty train; I’ve heard that so many times but I have to say I’ve found it to be true. With my oldest, it took longer due to a fear of the big toilet, and with my 3 year old this is our 4th attempt at potty training….
*Boys are busy and hate to stop to go potty.
*Kids can be terrified to poop in the toilet – google it – it is an actual thing and it happens a lot to kids.
*Kids need to be physically ready to go potty – when they are – potty training can be very easy!!
*You can not force a kid who isn’t ready to go potty – the result will be a ton of laundry, frustration for all involved, and possibly urinary tract infections or bowel blockage for your child. Read this article by a pediatric urologist.
*Your kid will not go to Kindergarten in diapers – so breathe and relax! It will happen for them eventually. I have adopted the try for 2-3 days – if unsuccessful stop and wait a month or 2 and try again. This time when we tried with Hudson; he was ready and it happened pretty much within a day!
*Praise goes a long way!


Eye Exam Chaos
6. My husband is a genius, he has a high IQ score, he’s read all of Tolstoy’s books (understood and enjoyed them), and he is really annoying to watch jeopardy with because he knows all of the answers. Fun fact: he can remember the lyrics to almost every song! I love him and he is wonderful! (No he did not pay me to say that!!) So my highly intelligent, wonderfully helpful, husband decided that he, myself and our five year old all needed eye exams. He called and scheduled them, he made a plan for how we would swap the little kids, and then came the day for the appointments…….
*Eye exam appointments take longer than 30 mins??!!! Uh oh!
*3 yr old, cape wearing, newly potty trained children do not do so well in an eye clinic setting.IMG_3159                                                                                          *1 yr olds always pick the worst times to poo their diapers.
*Leaving the diaper bag in the car because “this is just going to be a quick hand off of children”….was not my best decision!
*Changing a poopy diaper in the front seat of a mini van in 300 degree heat when you hear “I have to go potty!!” at a volume that would wake the dead – can cause a panic attack.
*Why for the love of GOD are there so many buttons, cords and hidey-holes in an eye exam room????
*Yes I can totally hold a squirmy 1 year old in my lap and read a chart with letters the size of ants from across the room….. said no mom EVER!
*Eye dilation + Florida sun + driving = a headache
*Genius or not – Hubby will not be making any more appointments for the family medical needs! LOL

So there you go! The shortened, mildly comedic version of our last month. Please comment with which topic(s) you’d be interested in reading a full blog post about!

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