Smooth Flying and Lots of Mints, I hope.

November 26, 2008 at 10:45 am (Uncategorized)

Travel day is upon us.  I think we’re totally packed.  Of course I’m probably forgetting some crucial item that when discovered missing, will illicit a massive fit from my drama queen daughter.  Girls are so emotional.  Of course I’ve let them pack the babies of their choice, but when bedtime comes it will naturally be the wrong baby.  Same with books.  I’ve had some of their favorites packed away for some time, just to help them become “new” again.  They will most certainly be the wrong books come storytime.  

It’s become increasingly difficult to pack clothes for Sunshine.  She really likes to take charge of her ensembles, and I completely support that.  I’d like to think that I’m helping her develop some self-confidence.  As long as her clothes are clean, and she’s warm, the “what to wear to school today battle” is not a hill I want to die on.  However, it might mean she goes to school on a lovely winter day in a sundress.  I do insist on leggings and a shirt underneath.  I usually also let her choose how she wants her hair, as long as it looks neat.  But when we travel, I would prefer my children not look like rag-a-muffins.   I’m a little afraid of the tantrum that will ensue when she realizes that the butterfly dress was not packed.   It will be enough to completely throw her day off.  Hopefully letting her choose from a group of neatly bagged (complete) outfits will be enough to satisfy her urge to control.  
Luckily Ladybug still doesn’t care what she’s wearing.  As long as it has easy diaper access, she’s a happy camper.  I am worried about the “lap child” portion of today’s traveling.  She’s so not going to want to sit in our laps.  I’m afraid that the fact that we’re flying out at naptime is also not going to help.  My kids are sleepers… in bed… in a dark room.  They’ve never slept with us, or in our arms.  So the potential for a cranky, tired kid who can’t sleep and doesn’t want to sit in our lap is high.  I can just see the glares on the faces of our fellow travelers today.  
It’s absolutely exhausting flying with children.  Most people don’t see the sheer energy that is required on the part of parents to ensure a good flight.  We constantly worry about the people in front of us, and is Sunshine kicking their seat?  The people around us, and are our kids too loud?  You have to be so on top of things, anticipating the wants and needs of the children well in advance of the children asking for something.  One little misstep, and you are automatically relegated to the status of lousy parent who let their kid scream “throughout the entire flight.”  People are so intolerant and unforgiving.  
Here’s hoping I have everything; books, a new notebook for drawing, raisins, apple bars, magna doodle, babies, and mints.  Lots of mints.  Sunshine knows what good Mint behavior is.  We’re trying to relate that to good plane behavior.  Ladybug loves them too.  She just doesn’t have a great grasp on the need for good behavior to get a mint.  Maybe I could convince our fellow travelers that they’ll get a mint if they don’t stare at me like I’m ruining their entire vacation simply by daring to bring my kids on a plane.  My kids can certainly show them what good Mint behavior looks like!    
Well, if I don’t get the chance to post tomorrow… Have A Very Happy Thanksgiving!  

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Butterflies, continued.

November 26, 2008 at 12:05 am (Uncategorized)

So… any suggestions on what I should do with the butterflies that are now almost 3 weeks past their “expiration date?”  I’m so not hiring a pet sitter.  I think I just may have to release them if they’re still here when we return from visiting family.  

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The Things They Take to Bed

November 23, 2008 at 9:43 pm (Uncategorized)

There were never any loveys or binkys in our house.  Sunshine never needed them.  The pacifier was thrown out of the crib at age 7 months, never to be seen again.  She never really adopted a special blanket or toy that she had to have to sleep.  Secretly, I was both disappointed and glad.  I’m a bit of a germ-a-phobe.  The thought of my kiddo physically attached to a potential germ magnet gives me the shivers.   But I still have my blanket from when I was little.  Actually I have both of them.  Yes, Grandma Hay.  My elephant blanket and my blue knit blanket are alive and well!  I still remember the smell of the elastic on the corners of my elephant blanket as it came out of the dryer.  It’s the scent of my childhood, or at least I like to think it is.  I’m sure my parents would disagree.

I would love it if Sunshine attached herself to something that she could look back and hold as an adult.  Now, there is Jungley, that beautiful little elephant that Sunshine herself picked out a couple of years ago.  She doesn’t have to have Jungley to sleep, but it’s definitely her favorite animal.  
Now Ladybug’s attachments are absolutely riotous.  There are several things that stay in her crib; her pillow, a baby, a barbie, several books, maybe a sippy cup of ice water, 2 soft blankets.   The books are a must have.  As soon as we start to say our nighttime prayers, Ladybug scurries around the room and tosses several new ones in.  Given her penchant for wearing dirty clothes on her head, her newest attachment should not surprise me.  She has taken to picking out a piece of clothing from the hamper and taking it to bed with her.   It’s almost always something of Sunshine’s that was worn that day.  I do try to hide the really messy things.  Last night it was a little different.  She was hell bent on taking a cold, wet washcloth, that I had used to clean her face, to bed with her.  I couldn’t let her do that.   Even I have my boundaries.  I hid the washcloth as deep in her hamper as I could.  She was crushed, but as we finally finished saying her prayers, she grabbed a pair of Sunshine’s jeans.  They were the only thing that could console her.  I could put the hamper up, but I’m sure my kiddo would find some piece of used clothing somewhere.  I actually think this behavior will eventually extinguish itself.  Probably when we move her out of her crib and she has the ability to curl up with her sister instead of just with her sister’s clothes.  

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Because you were all so patient…

November 20, 2008 at 10:26 pm (Uncategorized)

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November 20, 2008 at 9:09 pm (Uncategorized)

The dinner party last night was a great success.  Amazing considering one of Todd’s bosses decided that day that no one needed to take off for Thanksgiving.  Nothing says thankful like telling your employees that you don’t care what their plans might be for the holidays.  The food was good, the conversation was plentiful, and no one cried.  A high standard of success for your average kid’s birthday party or a dinner party with colleagues who don’t socialize together.  

We were lucky enough to not get hit by the stomach flu that roared through Sunshine’s classroom.  She was one of three kids who didn’t get sick.  I can’t tell you how thankful I am that we dodged that bullet.  Wow, I’d better find some wood, and fast.  That was practically an invitation for the Gods to smite me with an extra long incubation period.  
All in all, things are going well.  Sunshine is doing moveable alphabet work and wants to skate all the time.  Thanks, Aunt Ashley.  Ladybug has started trying to console her big sister when she’s having one of her drama queen moments.  It’s so sweet to watch her rub Sunshine’s back when she’s laying prostrate on the floor, crying.  Todd is still super busy at work… but because I am the BEST WIFE EVER, he is now at the Ga Tech-Miami game.   I even get bonus points because it was a very last minute invitation.  I am also doing well, especially after learning what wonderful things happen when you combine figs, olives, goat cheese and walnuts.  It’s a sublime experience.  
Seriously though, now that this dinner party is over I get to start concentrating on Thanksgiving.  It literally takes days to plan for trips with my kids that last longer than just a few hours.  Packing when there is a flight involved is all the more complicated.  Why is it that it takes everything but the kitchen sink to care for my children in a place other than our home? Ladybug still requires a pack n’ play to sleep.  That will be fun to take on a plane.  Add the car seats to that and we’re just about at our luggage limit, without any clothing.  Thank goodness for gate check.  Do you think they would let me just gate check my kids?  Just kidding, kind of. Well, just a couple of days to go.  Let the packing commence!

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