As usual, it’s been a busy week. When is it not busy with two small boys? I only really had a chance to have some time for myself today because Hubby was home and is currently distracting the children with Mario. Let us all take a moment to appreciate the air around my elbows.
Moving on, it’s actually been a great week. My mother bought me a book called Ain’t Misbehavin’, by Alyson Schafer, just after Biggest turned 6 months, and it’s only now that I got around to reading it. I’m kicking myself for not picking it up sooner, because it would have prevented an awful lot of the last year’s worth of pull-my-hair-out moments. Regardless, it’s better late than never, right? She uses plenty of awesome tricks such as “when/then” statements, and quirky wording to give the child control of how a situation is handled while really having no say. Example: Kid doesn’t want to wash hands before dinner, it goes “When your hands are washed, then you may eat”. Not really a say in whether or not their hands are washed, but they do get to choose between going hungry and washing their hands. It might seem odd to give the child “control”, but just today I prevented a hand-washing tantrum, and by the time I was done, Biggest was falling all over himself to do it because he figured it was his choice. I’ve done a lot less yelling, and we’ve only had 2 timeouts the whole week.
Subterfuge of the Mommy? Check!
I’ve also started making a list of what I’d like to do during the next day just before I go to bed. It prevents a lot of confusion while I’m half drooling on the couch at 6am, and reduces the “I have no idea what you should be doing now” feelings I get at least once an hour. Yay!
In other news, Littlest had his infant development screen today, and has been declared ahead of the game in language and problem solving, and behind in both fine and gross motor skills. We’re starting with infant massage, as the specialist that visited our house thinks he might have really sensitive feet. Apparently it’s not uncommon, and massage will lessen some of the sensitivity. I’m also going on the offensive, and taking him to my chiropractor. Oddly enough, he normally does post-delivery check-ups with infants, and I never took Littlest. I didn’t really notice anything, but with the delivery he had, I wouldn’t be surprised if the chiropractor helps. Regardless, it’s worth a shot, especially since misalignments in your spine can actually cause everything from digestive issues to pain. I’ll keep you updated.
Anyway, that is the end of my elbow air, and I’m being paged to fill stomachs. I’m also pretty sure Littlest has made his way, unbeknownst to the rest of us, into the bathroom, where he is undoubtedly trying desperately to get into the Q-tips.