Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Ugh...toddlerhood...

Owen has been a bit of a challenge lately. In our toddler class we've talked about this thing called the spiral of development that children move along. On the left side (there's a visual chart) is when they are in disequillibrium and on the right is when they are in equillibrium. There are ages that correspond with the sides. 2 1/2 is on the disequillibrium side. Super. Most days I can tell.

Yesterday we took a trip to Ikea with Mimi. It was a nice trip. Despite the challenges that Owen presented. Mimi got a new table for her kitchen and I got a couple Christmas gifts and a some picture frames and a few odds and ends. We had lunch there too. I love Ikea. I love the carts (3 choices of carts) and how all the wheels rotate. Not just 2 of them. Owen likes to spin in the cart. I love all the neat stuff and how there are full apartments of displays. The bathrooms have really cool Dyson hand dryers. I love the prices. I love the cafeteria. They even have bibs.

Last night I worked and then stopped at Toys R Us to look at train tables. I got a set of Cars cars for Owen for his Christmas stocking. Not sure about the train table idea yet. We've got a budget to stay within for Christmas gifts. Then I went to Archiver's to browse and get some cardstock. I also found a cute idea for Christmas ornaments. I'll share when I have a visual. Then I came home. Owen is always excited to see me. Somedays I'm not as excited to see him. I feel bad about that. Sometimes evenings are challenging and I don't look forward to them. It would be nice to be able to spend some time with Morgan after Owen goes to bed but by the time he's in bed and asleep it's already 10pm and we are both tired. So we talk for a few minutes and go to sleep. Last night I came out of O's room at 10. Washed up, grabbed my book and read for awhile and then went to sleep. Around 12:30 Owen woke up crying and hollering. I went in to try and settle him but he wasn't having it so I left him to work it out. I was so tired I just didn't have the energy to deal with him either. So I went back to bed. Unfortunately he didn't work it out himself and continued to get upset and gag and hack and then throw up. Morgan went in and got him. Then I got up. He ended up in our room watching TV. He finally calmed down and stayed in our bed to sleep. And now this morning he was mad because dee-dee was dirty. So dee-dee is in the washer and he is watching Sid the Science kid and eating crackers. I'm hoping today will be a better day. And because I don't want to wallow in all the things that are on my mind and causing me anxiety lately I've decided to do a list of things to be thankful for. So here goes.

I'm thankful for:
  • Being able to stay home with Owen.
  • Morgan helping to keep the kitchen clean.
  • Spending time with my mom and Owen.
  • Facebook
  • Good friends
  • My uncle and his friend coming to fix the tub faucet today and install the bathroom fan.
  • having a job.
  • having a creative outlet.
I also wanted tell all of you thank you for your kind words and support on my last post. THANK YOU!!

5 comments:

noeliaevangelista said...

Oh Heather, sorry O has been somewhat of a challenge lately. I'm always here to listen, you know that!

BonnieRose said...

heather.. i'm here for ya too.. trust me, my first born was colicky, so I know how it is dealing with a difficult child... I had those days too.. i was a SAHM for a lot of years!

Janet said...

Oh, my goodness..you are having quite a time of it. Our dd would do similar things and it does get frustrating. I know it doesn't help now, but this know that you will survive this...it's only a temporary stage kids go through. Hang in there!

Oh, I sent you a friend request on FB! :-)

jill said...

we're all here for you and most, if not all, can relate to what you're going through. it may not feel like it now but it does get better :)

Lily said...

big hugs! toddlers are touch