Thursday, February 25, 2010
For about the past week/2 weeks I've had such horrible insomnia. To the point that I am so mentally drained during the day I can't function anymore. I get up to be at the gym by 5am (yes that isn't a typo!) for about an hour, come home, shower, get ready for work, get the girls ready, and am at work until between 5-7pm depending on what's going on there. (and yes, I work at the bank....great 'bankers hours' there huh?!) Then during the week we have gymnastics, swimming, and another gym night before some relaxing. All of this and I'm usually in bed between 9:30 and 10pm....and up by 1am. Every.single.night. I know it's a sign that I have too much on my mind since that is usually what wakes me up.....and keeps me up. On a good night, I'll toss and turn until 4:30....on a bad night (*ahem* tonight) I get up because I just can't even lay there anymore. Ugh. It sucks.
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Friday, February 19, 2010
We got to Hamot for our appt at 11:45 and got right in to registration. A shocker, I know. Livi was beyond less then thrilled in being there, and honestly who can blamer her? ...last time we were at Hamot was for her MRI in the not-so-past, past....and IV's from hell. I wouldn't want to be there either poor girl.
Here are the fish....the "entertainment" while we were waiting to be called back. Livi proceeded to 'talk' to them in her best fish voice.....telling them how she used to have fish but they all died. I'm sure the fish were thrilled, lol.
(The big giant teddy bear that Mike bought her that day!)
So we survived another test....and hopefully this one will tell us something about her seizures. We won't find anything out for about 2 weeks though....and I'm fairly certain all they are going to tell us is that they didn't find anything conclusive to why it's going on, and to start her on medications. And our answer will remain the same....absolutely not. If you can't tell us why this is happening or anything of the nature, then why am I going to medicate her? And I truly in my heart of hearts believe it is over. That she has outgrown them, and it's all in the past. Or so I pray.....
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
This week's topic:
Here in Cleveland (Erie!) we are snowed in but everywhere has days where cabin fever can creep in. What are your favorite indoor activities to do with your kids?
We're big into imagination here. Barbies, babies, school, shopping, super heroes, etc....really anything will do. Now don't get me wrong, Livi loves sitting down to a board game, or a puzzle, and I'm not going to lie and say we don't watch a fair amount of tv.....we do. But it's the imaginary games that arouse the most fun at our house. :)
Mike and Livi love to watch Powerpuff girls, Teen Titans, Batman, etc....so they've developed their own 'super powers'. Livi has ice, Mike has fire, I have air, and V (yes she's included as well) has water. Now for those who are wondering...everyone is on the same playing field....not one power is more powerful then the next. How to win? You have to outsmart your opponents. :) We'll make tents in the living room, have a safe spot on the bed, her bed tent is used as a hospital, etc. Whatever we feel like for the day. Then it's each for their own! (and usually poor "water", aka Violet, gets drug all over the place with either "fire" or "air" lol) We aren't concerned with being 'proper'....and couches become perfect for diving off of and hiding behind. Arms crossed in front of you? You block. Eyes shut? Concentrated power. It's become a very unique system that we all seem to understand quite well. And Livi? Well she has a ball and a half! :)
Monday, February 8, 2010
This week's topic: What aspects of your parents' parenting do you want to continue in parenting your own kid(s)?
Well it seems almost like a loaded question to me....given that I am one of the most relaxed parents that I know! I feel like I parent differently in so many aspects of parenthood then my parents....but a lot I have carried over as well......
....and I don't mean to offend anyone....everyone has different ways that work.... :)
First let me start off by saying that my parents were strict. Very. Gosh I wasn't allowed to go to the mall with my friends until after high school! And some of this went over well growing up....I learned to absolutely love school, and *tooting my own horn* never saw anything less then an A my entire k-12 career. I had perfect attendance, and was on many academic activities...i.e honor society, debate team, model u.n., etc. LOVED school. Plus I had a job that I worked at every day after school, and on the weekends. But it never seemed to be a challenge to me....it was just expected. Now don't get me wrong...I was never the 'head in the books-no fun-boring' girl. Yes I was pretty naive up until I started working....then wow did I learn a few things! But I regress.....high school was fantastic, loved every minute of it! But then I went off to college several hours away....and BOOM! My world was turned upside down. I drank. I smoked. I had sex. I would lie. I would skip class. Etc. My perfect 4.0 GPA went straight down the toilet....to an astounding 0.86 GPA! Yes, I typed correctly. Here I was a Biology Pre-Med student with all the potential in the world, bringing a .86 GPA my first semester at college. (My parents still do not know to this day, oops!) Looking back on it, I can understand more of what it was that happened. (and not totally blaming my parents mind you, but these are the facts.....)
Things that we are going to change.....
1. My parents were uber strict. Uber....like completely ridiculous. I had a 9:00 curfew up until I was a senior....then it went to 10. (With the exception of work that was, then my Dad would be there waiting for me once the restaurant closed.)
2. We never talked about sex. Ever. So it was a taboo thing for me to test out and see what it was all about. Is it sad that the first time I ever went to the obgyn was my 2nd year of college, with my best friend, and I just cried the entire time terrified my parents would find out?? I went on the pill for about 3 months.....then stopped because I would have had to go back and get a refill. Nope, not happening. The next time I went back was about 6 years later when I was pregnant with Livi. Nice huh?
3. Favoritism. My brother is the middle child out of the 3 of us, and it was completely apparent in everything that we did, that he was favored by my Dad. I could go on forever quoting examples and different stories, but I'll spare everyone. But lets just say it was pretty bad.
I think when I went to college and could do my own thing, I exploded into new territories. Being so tightly reined in growing up never taught me how to be on my own. I wanted to experience everything that I haven't yet, and took it to the extreme. It took a llllooonnnnngggg time to make that GPA up let me tell you.....
So back to the girls. I won't be like that. I'm so afraid of sheltering them I was that I think I take things too far the other way sometimes.
* Livi has never had a bedtime. She goes to bed when she wants. Of course this has always been by 10pm, so maybe that's why it hasn't been an issue. But I'm not going to be strict about it. Not now at least. If we do tell her to go to bed, she does. Not a huge deal. But I won't be the parent that makes my child go to bed by 8pm.
* We have an open relationship. I want my girls to be able to come to me with anything that's on their mind, and any questions that they might have. I'm not dumb, I know they'll probably be having sex, and drinking while they're young. But I want them informed. I want them to feel like they can come to Mike or I and talk about birth control.
* We give them opportunities. This is one thing that I'm partly taking from my parents....let them be in activities. I was in so many things growing up and I loved it! And so far Livi has been in dance (hated it), and now does soccer, gymnastics, and swimming. And I suppose you can count piano...but I'm teaching her that at home so it doesn't really feel like an outside activity I suppose.
* We're not medicators. There are so so so many people that rush to the Dr for every little thing. Then they get their prescriptions and drug up their child. No way here. And you can tell if you are one of 'these' people because right now your thinking, 'well they had :insert random diagnosis:
* My kids don't act up in public. I'm sure everyone can relate to being out, and there's a kid misbehaving/crying/etc....and the parents just sit there. Do you not hear your child?? Or you have those that just threaten....over and over and over again. You know what?? Until you follow through on that, they are never going to believe you, and they are going to just keep on acting out. Drives.me.crazy. For this reason alone we don't like going out with certain couples.....
* My kids had (and will continue to have) bumpers in their cribs, blankets to stay warm, and be forward facing in their car seat before they hit middle school. (haha) If bumpers were so freakin dangerous, they would quit making them. If blankets killed every child out there that used them, they would ban them. And for car seats....well, I could go on for awhile. But simply put, look back at yourself growing up...did you even have a car seat. I didn't. And you know what? I survived. And so did millions of others. (and yes we use car seats....but they are not stuck rear facing for years upon years....)
I want my girls to grow up and be ready for the world. I want them to have parents that they can go to, and know that they are loved unconditionally. I want them to be happy and successful, and know that they can do anything that they put their mind to.