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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

My least favorite times of the day

I know you are probably thinking..."she's home all day, what's so bad about that?"  Well, I have 2 times of the day that I do NOT look forward to....2am, give or take an hour & dinnertime.  

Em has been getting up every night around the 2 o'clock hour and I can't, for the life of me, figure out why.  Actually, I have two theories...nightmares or force of habit.  I can't remember the last time I've slept through the night!  She's slept through the night twice that I can recall in I don't know how long.  The first night I was up with the stomach bug ALL night and the second night, Jenna woke me up when she had the stomach bug. :(  

Now, I know you are wondering "why would she dislike dinnertime?"  Well, let me tell you...Emily!  ;)  Emily eats from the second she gets downstairs in the morning till the second I put dinner on the table (slight exaggeration).  I know, you're probably thinking, "well, duh...don't feed her so close to dinner!"  I wish it were that easy.  She goes from one snack to the next and is very persistent when it comes to wanting something.  When we sit down to eat dinner she takes a couple of bites, drinks her milk and just starts having a tantrum.  Every night when we sit down, I think to myself, "this is going to be a good night...we are going to make it through dinner without a fit" but I haven't been right yet!  My sister reminded me that we went through this with Jenna too but I guess I blocked that out.  I'm going to start regulating Em's snacking and see if I can at least make dinnertime more tolerable.  2am (give or take an hour) is another story....I have no idea how I am going to solve that.  Although, Matt did say "Who do I have to pay for you to get a good night's sleep?" so I may have to figure that one out and take him up on that.

Monday, February 27, 2012

As the stomach turns

It's been quite an unhealthy few weeks in the Phelan household.  2 weeks ago, Emily woke up around 930 one night covered in puke....I know, great picture, right?  Not so much... We were up all night with her head in the garbage can...poor baby!  She was herself again by 930 the next morning which I was really happy about.  A week later, Jenna woke up complaining of a sore throat.  Take her to the doctor to find out she has strep!  I guess I should be ok with this since the doctor did mention if the strep was negative they were going to test her for MONO!  What?!?!?!  I'll take the strep thanks! Thinking all has calmed down and then I get the stomach virus that Em had....a WEEK later!!  I don't wish for the stomach virus but why can't I get it during the day so I don't end up losing a whole night of sleep...of course, that was THE only night Em has slept straight through in weeks.  Figures!  Well, here we are almost 2 weeks since Em started with the stomach virus and Jenna was up all night throwing up!  How many times do we have to Lysol this house before the nasty virus leaves us alone.  Now that I think about it, I have been sick with this stomach virus the same time every year for the past 3 years!  What a way to spend my birthday, huh?  Yeah, not fun!  Here's hoping this year's birthday is not completely ruined by sickness or I am giving up celebrating! 

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

A Good Mother

"Because a good mother loves to be with her children.  A good mother wants nothing for herself. With rules like that, a good mother...quickly turns sour, like milk left on the counter on a hot summer day. And I've been on the counter too long. On the counter with 2 children and no emotional space."  - Jane Rubietta, The High Chair Day, The Mommy Diaries


Friday, February 3, 2012

My Left Foot

So I went to the Doctor today for a large bump on my foot.  Leave the office with a soft cast and a walking shoe!  Apparently, I had a cyst on my foot and the tendons underneath the cyst are "damaged."  Anyway, the Doctor told me the cyst would not go away on it's own so he gave me a shot of steroids and a soft cast for a week.  Not really what I have planned for "Mommy/Emily Day."  I didn't realize how much I use my left foot.  You know, on a good day, it's just step with my right foot.  Today, I am having trouble walking up the stairs, turning around in the kitchen and even getting out of the car.  Who knew I would miss the full use of my left foot so much. :(  Feel like it's going to be a very long, wobbly week.