Saturday, January 31
After her bath, I was trying to diaper and clothe my 9 month old baby. She was desperately trying to get back into the bath to play with the twins. Try as I might, I could not get the diaper on this determined baby. Dan had to pin her down while I got the diaper on her. She was not going to give in without a fight. Remind you of anyone you know?
We were leaving the bathroom. With Bethie, everything is done in slow motion. She was moaning about something making her "ouchie". I said that her bottom was going to be ouchie after I gave it a smackie (a smackie is a love tap of sorts, a playful threat). She walked even slower. I reached over and "rap-a-tap-tapped" her bottom. She took off and jumped into bed. Then she looked at me and said, "I can't go to bed without a smackie!". Bethie does what she wants, when she wants, with little regard to anyone or anything else. Remind you of anyone you know?
It was Katie's turn for a kiss and a hug. I went over to her bed and was greeted with a detailed schedule of events. She said "Pick up The Baby". I picked her up. "Rock The Baby". I did as I was told. "Now put The Baby gently into her bed". Done. As I was leaving, she shouted out "Say 'I love you, my babies'". I said "I love you Katie, I love you Bethie". Apparently, there is no room for ad libbing. Remind you of anyone you know?
Friday, January 30
- Katie and Bethie went to the eye doctor today. They won't need surgery, but they will need glasses all their lives. They are far sighted.
- Sarah is still sick, but nothing like she was earlier this week. She's eating more, but still not enough. She is also wheezy at times. We didn't go to CHEO.
- I went to take a picture of all Dan's laundry in the crib and Dan said, "Oh! Are you cleaning it up now?". He is still missing the point. So, the strike continues.
- Dinners are becoming a tad easier. I told the twins that the mothers of Dora and the Backyardigans gave me recipes. They are now enjoying "Dora's Favourite Chicken" and "Pablo's Pork". Thanks, Mum, for the suggestion!
- The Battle of the Poop continues, and I'm losing.
Thursday, January 29
Wednesday, January 28
Katie likes to wait until about 30 minutes after she's been put to bed and then she poops in her Pull Ups. I have tried everything short of buying a Dora slab cake. I told her that the princesses on the Pull Ups were angry. I told her that I wasn't going to let her have Pull Ups. I tried and tried to make her poop before bed. Nothing worked. Monday night, she confessed to Dan that she "saves" her poop so she can get out of bed and get another cuddle. That did it for me. Last night, I told her that she could have raisins and marshmallows with her breakfast if she didn't poop in her Pull Ups. She pooped in the toilet and I served my toddlers marshmallows with their breakfast! Tonight, she mentioned the deal and asked if it was ongoing. I told her it was, and up she popped up to the toilet and did her thing. So far, no poop in her Pull Ups.
What have I learned? My kids are motivated by food. Praise and stickers are nice, threats can be ignored, but food is gold!
Tuesday, January 27
- Santa is going to come back and take their toys if they don't clean them up.
- Their juice only "works" if it's half filled with water.
- When they jump, it makes the snow fall.
- Dora's Mummy gave me the recipe for the pork because it's Dora's favourite meal. Also, Tyrone's (from the Backyardigans) Mummy gave me the recipe for the chicken.
- Wee Willie Winkie (from Mother Goose) is angry because they are not asleep. This doesn't work so well because they think Wee Willie Winkie is their friend and they want to play with him.
- All their bath toys are going down the drain unless they clean them up.
- When they go to daycare, I have to take Sarah to Dr. Gfeller (who has retired) to get a needle. If they don't go to daycare, then Dr. Gfeller will give them a needle too.
- The Reverend is suffering from some plague that has closed the church until further notice.
Monday, January 26
Day One of my strike, I left the pop can next to the sink. He didn't notice. I washed only the clothes that were in the hamper and threw them in the crib that is assembled in our bedroom (which I have asked him to take down for over 3 months). He didn't say a thing. After days and days of this, I had to point it out! Dan confessed that he didn't even realise that I was no longer dealing with the pop cans and (wait for it, ladies!) he thought that leaving his clothes in the crib was a great idea!
Where do I go from here?
Thursday, January 22
Sunday, January 18
I wasn't going because it was COLD outside. Because I had been up until 4am with Katie who was very ill. Because Katie was still sick and still sleeping. Because Dan got up at 4:30am to deal with Sarah and he had only just gone back to bed. Because we had skipped the baths the night before and if we went to church all 5 of us would have to bathe immediately. Because a week's worth of laundry, and cleaning, and groceries had to be taken care of and I was quickly running out of time. Because the Reverend had given us advance warning that his sermon was going to be extra long today. Because I HATE sitting in the church basement because the twins are too timid to go to Sunday school without parental supervision.
I didn't say any of this to Beth. Instead, I said "We're not going because the Reverend is throwing up". She accepted this and said that she would colour a picture today instead.
Friday, January 16
Thursday, January 15
Bethie: THIS IS YUCKY! (food fired across the table)
Me: You've never had it before. Try it.
Bethie: NO! I DON'T WANT TO EAT THIS YUCKY FOOD!
Me: You eat this all the time at Emilie's house. It's the same! (Yup, I lie to my kids all the time)
Bethie: I WANT GREEN EGGS!
Me: I'm NOT making another meal!
Dan was feeding the baby. Maybe he let his shoulders drop. Maybe he broke eye contact first. I didn't see it, but Katie did. She went in for the kill.
Katie: I want a peanut butter sandwich.
And we lost. Again.
P.S. It was a really yummy meal. Dan had seconds and is taking the leftover for lunch.
Bethie: I DON'T LIKE THIS! (and fires her plate across the table)
Us: Just try it.
Bethie: BUT I DIDN'T SAY PORK!
Us: It's not pork.
Bethie: What is it?
Bethie: I DIDN'T SAY CHICKEN, I SAID HOT DOGS!
This is when Katie gets interested. She watches for any sign of weakness in me or Dan. Weakness is a sigh, or a glance between me and Dan, or some subtlety that only she's aware of. Once weakness is shown, Katie jumps on the bandwagon. It's all over at that point. Last night, we served a lovely turkey and the girls ate hot dogs. Tonight I am trying a new recipe from the Today's Parent magazine. Cross you fingers!
Wednesday, January 14
This is my new favourite book to read to the twins. It's super funny. It's about a little girl who has a messy room. The mother keeps telling her to clean it up, and Jillian promises to, but she keeps dreaming up fun things to do! The best part is that the little sister is desperate to keep up. As Jillian moves on to a new activity, the little sister plays with the hand-me-downs from the previous activity. Funny, funny, funny!
When the twins woke up, they were VERY pleased to see Dan. Then they toddled into my room looking for kisses from me. Dan went beserk. While scooping them both up he was shouting "DON'T GO NEAR MUMMY. SHE'S SICK!". The kids were crying and I shouted down to Dan that they didn't understand. The Love of My Life explained the situation as follows "Mummy has little buggies all over her body. If you touch her, the little buggies will go on you too!". My kids are envisioning spiders or other creepy crawlies on me, not invisible germs! Katie said "I don't want little buggies to get on me. That would be YUCKY".
Sunday, January 11
Thursday, January 8
This is a video of the twins coming downstairs Christmas morning. It also has excellent footage of my dishwasher (thank you, Dan!). Bethie is singing "Nu Nu" over and over again. One of her many nicknames for Sarah is "Nu Nu". Sarah is sitting on the floor by the tree. Sadly, no footage of her!