Thursday, February 07, 2008

A new day...

I am happy to say today has been a much better day (so far) than yesterday. Owen woke up last night around 11:45pm fussing and I decided to just let him. He wasn't coughing or banging his head or being hysterical so I just left him. And he went back to sleep. This morning Morgan did not have the alarm set for "heart attack" loud and got up a little bit later. Owen woke up about 6:30am while I was getting in the shower. When Morgan went in and got him he was a bit crabby and eventually started throwing a fit. So Morgan put him down and let him throw a fit. At one point he was laying in the hallway between our room and the bathroom throwing his fit and Morgan and I just continued about our business talking and getting ready and completely ignoring Owen's behavior. He took note of this rather quickly and about 5 minutes later he was done. Morgan asked him if he'd like to have some breakfast and they went into the kitchen where he ate without incident at the table. No food on the floor. No crying. After he finished we colored and played with playdough and listened to MPR. When he seemed tired of that we went in the living room and listened to some of his music and danced. He helped me dust and vacuum and clean up.

I have to give Rachel a huge thank you. She commented on my post yesterday with an offer of help. And being no idiot I took it. She sent me some ideas and book titles and some suggestions for tantrums so this morning I was ready. I requested the books and picked up the one the local library had and began preparing last night. Morgan read Rachel's e-mails so he was ready also. I decided on a spot in the living room where I would put him so he could be mad and have his fits. But we didn't need to, ignoring him worked. This time. And I thought I had been ignoring he behavior, but I think since he's been sick I've been trying to figure out what he needs and that has encouraged the behavior. So now I'm done feeling sorry for him when he's mad. We can't communicate when he's mad.

Now I have a few pictures to share....

Morgan took this one of Owen sitting in the study watching Elmo and eating mashed potatoes on Sunday.

And these are part of my homework from the photography class. The assignment was to use fill flash. I have to admit since I started using a digital camera I have almost stopped using a flash completely. Even before the DSLR. It was just too harsh and made things look awful. But the suggestions from the class were very helpful.

No flash.
Fill Flash
No Flash
Fill Flash
The tip that was the most helpful for me was that you need to put distance between yourself and your subject. It's when you use a flash too close that you get such horrible results. The other part of the assignment was to take some outside using fill flash but we've had maybe 1 day of sun in the past couple of weeks. Oh, and use a human subject. Well, my only human subject during the daylight hours is Owen and he won't hold still for inside pictures let alone outside ones! So I've not done that part yet.

This week's topic is composition. But I've not read it thoroughly enough to post about it.

Now, for a tag from Barbara.

1. You must post the rules before you give your answers.
2. You must list one fact about yourself for each letter of your middle name. Each fact must begin with that letter.
3. If you don’t have a middle name, just use your maiden name.
4. After you’ve been tagged, you need to up-date your blog with your middle name and answers.
5. At the end of your post, you need to tag one person for each letter of your middle name. (Be sure to leave them a comment telling them they’ve been tagged and need to read your blog for details).

My middle name is Lynn.

L I am a LIST maker. I love to make lists. I have notebooks devoted to the lists that I make. Projects. To-dos. Packing lists. Books to read. Books I've read.
Y When I was younger I didn't like the YOKE of hard boiled eggs. It was YUCKY. Now I'm okay with it.
N I am very sensitive to NOISE. I have a terrible time concentrating when there is a lot of background noise or especially people talking around me. When I took tests in school the noise of other people's pencils drove me nuts. And open mouth chewers are my biggest pet peeve.
N I am fairly NIMBLE. In body and mind. In my family it's not good to be slow in the head. You'll get left behind. Although I'm usually the one who needs jokes explained!

And as per the instructions I need to tag 4 people. I will choose my sister, Noelia, Dana, and Rachel. I don't think they've been tagged by this before but if so I apologize!

Lastly, Maureen's challenge for today is: When you attend a class or crop do you feel you do more talking then getting projects done?

That all depends on who's there and what I've got to work on. If it's a crop I'm hosting I tend to talk more and help others than work on my projects. If I go to a crop with other people I'm pretty good at getting things done. My downfall is that I like to wander around and look at the stuff in the store! When I went last Friday I didn't get a lot done but it was fun to have a girls night!


Noelia said...

I've never done this tag so I'll do it right away! Love your LIST one and I didn't know Lynn was your middle name.

barbara said...

Our little ones have an easier time recovering and feeling the new day than we do! Sometimes a good night's sleep is all we really need to let yesterday go! I hope you're able to find a good night's sleep! I loved the pictures, btw - really cute!

Aimeslee said...

Those sounds like Terrible Twos strategies, so okay, I see your problem now. Amazing how you got almost immediate good results. I'd say those were excellent tips!

Funny you mention a child, I hated runny yellow in my eggs, and now as an adult, I cannot eat a fried eggs that doesn't have the white completely cooked but the yellow has to be runny. Go figure!

I'm so jealous you got to H on Letterman, cuz I missed it. I'm going to try to see if I can watch on his website or youtube.

Schwang! LOLOL