Seven Quick Takes

It’s Friday, so I’m linking up with Jen, of course

1. I’m half ignoring the kids right now, because one is cranky and one is not eating her dinner, and I won’t have backup until after they go to bed. From what I’m hearing, Grace is threatening that Sophie will be in “big trouble” for dropping something, and Grace now thinks she can’t get up from the floor without my assistance because there is a little -and I do mean little- bit of milk on her foot. Dramatic, much?

2. So I finally went for an incredibly slow walk/run because the snow is mostly melted and I just had to get outside. I thought I’d record my meager workout with an app and listen to music on the way to help drown out all the questions Grace would ask (that I couldn’t answer because I’d be trying to, you know, breathe) and keep me motivated to move. So I pop my earbuds in (which I’ve maybe used twice in the last year) and turned on Pandora. Off we went, me puffing along with the 65 pounds or so of children+stroller and smiling at everyone I we crossed on the sidewalks. At one point, my mom called, so the music paused on my phone. I heard Grace ask why the music stopped, which I thought was odd because I didn’t think my earbuds were that loud, but I carried on. When we got back home, I realized that not only did my app not record my little exercise, but when I pulled my earbuds out, the music weirdly didn’t stop playing. Apparently, I didn’t have them quite plugged in all the way, so my phone was blaring music while my earbuds served as earplugs. . . which probably looked pretty funny to everyone I smiled at, as it was pretty obvious what I did. Oops.

3. Break to calm down a cranky Sophia, wipe up milk that is everywhere, and coax Grace into actually chewing and swallowing a few bites.

4. As I type this, it is 8:51 and I got both kids fed, cleaned up, tucked in bed, and I showered. Oh, and Joe isn’t home yet. Patting myself on the back? Oh yes. Thinking about cracking open a bottle of wine to celebrate? Also yes.

5. Sophie is getting over a cold, has passed it to Grace, and I’m afraid that after being coughed on and used as a tissue a few too many times that I’m getting sick, too. I’m crossing my fingers this doesn’t last long, because it’s so sad when your kids sound like seals barking with all the coughing. Plus, I complain a lot and nobody wants to hear about how miserable my life is when I’m sick.

6. Grace is in a new phase of only wanting to sleep in our room/bed at night, not her own. She wakes at all hours (sometimes we hear her moments after tucking her in) saying either that it’s scary, one of her imaginary friends is bothering her, or most often, “I can’t go to sleep!” It’s so frustrating, because she doesn’t want to try to sleep in her room, so she keeps getting up. Last night I woke to a runny-nosed Grace in bed next to me, and it only took 4 tries to get her to actually stay in bed and not cry. Naturally, this happened between 3:40-4:15 am, so you can imagine my cheery good mood this morning.

7. Do any of you have some favorite kid activities/ideas you would like to share? Preferably simple ones? I’m realizing more and more how Grace really need structure in her day, so I’m always looking for little things to fill chunks of her time. It really makes a huge difference in her behavior and goes a long way in keeping my sanity, even if it is a little bit more work for me. I know Pinterest is overflowing with the possibilities, but sometimes that gets a bit overwhelming. Grace and I would be grateful for any suggestions!

6 Responses to "Seven Quick Takes"

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  1. Christy from fountains of home

    March 14, 2014 at 11:34 am

    I always feel as if I just ran a marathon when I get the kids to bed by myself. It’s a big deal!
    And activities, does she like puzzles? Like the big piece ones for toddlers? Also, I’ve found those magnetic dress up dolls from Melissa and Doug to be great time consuming activities for even toddlers. You’ve probably heard those before though!

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    • Francine Weber

      March 14, 2014 at 1:00 pm

      We do have the magnetic dolls, but I’ll have to pull them out again. She pulled out a big puzzle yesterday, which was interesting to help her with, on the carpet (of course, because she HAD to do it in her room) while trying to do it as fast as possible so Sophie wouldn’t ruin it and still leaving her a chance to get a few pieces herself. I always forget about them, but she does really like doing puzzles so I’ll have to find a good spot for them where they won’t get wrecked!

  2. ellenjohnson824500384

    March 14, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    I don’t know what your toy storage situation is like, but one idea is you can organize and store your toys in sets and then put them away, but every day at a certain time you can bring out a different toy to play with. Does that make sense? So on Mondays you can do Legos and on Tuesday you can dress up clothes. Make sure she doesn’t have access to them all the time. You control the access and you make up the schedule. And then you can make playdough a Friday thing (or whatever day) and Thursdays be an art day. That way you’re not feeling pressure to do art projects all the time, but you have a predictable time each week to plan for. Also, do you have an easel? We picked up the cheap Ikea one for Sara for Christmas and she loves it. And we only have her draw on the paper because she’s still so young. But with Grace you might be able to trust her to use chalk and paint and white board markers. But again, not all at the same time. You control it, you control the function and all the supplies. Good luck, Francine!

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    • ellenjohnson824500384

      March 14, 2014 at 1:20 pm

      Also, in case you don’t have/know of these, pattern blocks are so much fun! There’s so much educational potential there. If Grace likes puzzles, she might really like playing with them. Here’s a pinterest search filled with ideas and resources:
      http://www.pinterest.com/search/pins/?q=pattern%20blocks&rs=ac&len=14

  3. Margaret

    March 16, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    Sounds like there is so much going on in your household right now. God bless you. Ask Grace to color a picture for me.

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  4. Sara LaBruzzo

    March 29, 2014 at 11:24 pm

    Oh Francine, the story or your “walk/run” with the girls made me laugh tip tears came!

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