Thursday, September 17, 2009

Just Like A Man

When it comes to certain things, I am a very detail oriented person. Every time we have a sitter, no matter who they are, or whether they have sat for us in the past, I type up a sheet detailing everything from food, to bedtime, and what the kids will be sleeping in. That way there is no excuse for not getting it right. Tj can be VERY hard to deal with if you initiate change without prior consent, and the right forms processed in triplicate. Little Guy is fairly easy and rolls with most things, and well, The Princess, we have learned certain tricks to do, in order to head off disaster, in other words, how to keep her from streaking in front of new folks!

So last night, we had a new sitter who had come highly recommended by our regular sitter. Personally I think D. has an ENORMOUS crush on N, our sitter, and would do just about anything for her. And I can't say that I blame him, she is adorable!

Our guy arrived last night, LATE I might add, something else I am pretty sure a girl sitter would never dream of, and I walked him through my list, as well as gave him a tour of the rooms relevant to that night. I keep our bedroom locked, mostly because at the moment, it is a pit!

As luck would have it, Tj decided he needed to use 1/4 of a roll of toilet paper and cause it to overflow. One of Little Guys fears of course. It was fine until Tj flushed the second time and it flooded the bathroom. At which point, I got a text from D asking where the plunger was. Ummm... in our bathroom, which you have to brave the pit to get to. Yep. Along with that, he had to use a nail to unlock the doors since they lock from the inside and thats how I keep a certain little girl from dragging tampons and toothbrushes around the house.

While D was picking our locks, Tj ran and put on his swim trunks so he could take a dip in the overflowing toilet water. Were our kids born in a barn or what?!

Once that disaster was cleaned up, and our sitter was officially initiated, things went fairly smoothly. My friend, one of our neighbors daughters, and I came home and got the rundown and relieved him. Honestly, in-spite of the toilet issue, it sounded like he had fun with the kids and they didn't give him too hard of a time.

I went around the house, doing my usual before bedtime routine, and went to check on The Princess. Now, in my OCD Notes for D, I mentioned that she sleeps in a onesie. The reason being that when she was sleeping in her crib, we would come in one too many times and find her fast asleep and buck naked. Jammies were just too easy for her to get off. And so far The Princess hasn't even bothered trying to unsnap a onesie. Plus much like the Hubster, she gets overheated and sweaty in her sleep. Oh the lucky man that will marry her!
The Princess was in FOOTIE jammies... Now I suppose to a guy, that is, indeed, a onesie. The best part however, was when I went to change her diaper, and discovered, the onesie/footie pajamas, were on her BACKWARDS! Poor Princess, the legs were all twisted so that the feet were on properly, and the neckline was so high up since it was really the back. And of course she was way too hot. It was all I could do to not laugh out loud and wake her up. At least the diaper wasn't on backwards too.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Where Oh Where Did The Drama Go...

If any reality tv shows are experiencing a lack in drama on their shows, its because there is a certain 5 year old sucking its existence from the very soul of the universe!
Tj is so full of drama its kinda funny. Any time I tell him No, or that he needs to wait for something, you would think prior to I had run over his cat. The whining, and the tears, and the "You're not a very nice lady!" If it wasn't my kid, it would be almost laughable. Ok, sometimes it is...
The Princess is going to have to come up with some pretty good theatrics to keep up with her big brother.
Its not like this is a new thing he has brought home from school, he has always been a bit of a drama "king", but I think the fact that by the end of the day he is exhausted, only heightens the effect. Yay! Fun times to come!

Out Of Sorts

I have been baking like crazy lately, but with no where to send it. Its a little infuriating to not have a bakery to sell our goodies in right now. Especially since we were so close we could touch it a few months ago. I want this so badly, and it overwhelms and almost buries me with the need to be working in some capacity. Am I failing because I am not putting everything on the line to "make it happen"? Does it mean I am not committed enough because I am not willing to sacrafice our family's well being for our dream?
I feel like it sometimes. When we lived in The Armpit, I worked so hard on the Event Planning company I own. Of course, at that point we only had 2 kiddos. And the other Planners I knew scoffed at the thought of not pushing constantly to make our businesses grow. Maybe thats why I feel guilty because I am not scattering my children among various sitters, or dragging them around with me while I canvas the neighborhoods, making contacts and networking. I should be, shouldn't I?
But the thought of leaving my emotionally fragile Little Guy with someone else while the Hubster is away, leaves me broken hearted. Or missing something new that my Princess says or does, or missing TJ when he comes home from Kindergarten. Is there some way to balance all this? To be able to keep my house sparkly clean (not going to happen no matter what, until I hire someone!) spend enough quality time with my kiddos, and enough quality time on getting this Bakery up and moving in the right direction?! Can it be DONE?! Does anyone know the answers?!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Train Wreck

So I have to say that contrary to popular belief, girls are not easier to potty train! I have trained my two boys. With my oldest, as soon as I got down to "business" with him, he was trained. Then Little Guy, was literally trained in 2 days. With him I took the Naked Potty Training approach. I knew he was ready because one day he took off his diaper and came and handed me POOP! He was in tears. I took him to the bathroom, put it in the toilet, and flushed. Explaining the entire time how the potty was where the poo went. We had one pee accident after that, but all in all, that was IT!
So now The Princess has given me signs that she is ready. She knows when she is wet and wants me to change her diaper. And has gone on the potty, and her potty chair, several times. Most of the time, however, she pees on the floor. Yesterday it was with in 2 feet of her potty chair! So at least we are getting closer. I have promised Jelly Beans and candy pumpkins. I have had her older brothers use her potty and then ceremoniously given them each a treat. We even had one of her little friends do it! To no avail!
I thoroughly believe she is just doing it out of stubborness. She will sit on her potty and "try", and literally 5 minutes later she does it on my floor, or better yet, the table! At least urine is sterile.