Henry is 4 years old, William is 2.5 years old and Tilly is almost 1 year old!
I think it’s important to note that our basement flooded this past Sunday, since it comes into play today. And poor Henry had a challenging day.
12:30am Tilly wakes up as expected. I bring her into our bed and nurse her. When she’s done she rolls over and cuddles with John. Total daddy’s girl once her belly is full.
I feed her again at some point but don’t look at the clock. Vow to night wean sometime soon.
6:30am William comes into our room and John greets him loudly and happily. I try not to be grumpy that I am now awake since I don’t want to be and I wish William would pay attention to his gro clock which is set to 7am. I decide to try to sleep some more. I’m in and out of sleep but I notice that John showers and helps William poop on the potty (his cheers woke me up, oh Potty learning).
7:00am Henry comes in. He must have been waiting for the sun to come on his clock since he’s so punctual. He is always so wiggly and loud so Tilly wakes up. I’m still having trouble keeping my eyes open. I put Tilly in her playpen full of toys beside the bed while I cuddle with Henry and keep my eyes closed. John goes downstairs. William is playing with Tilly from the outside of the play pen.
7:15am I pull myself out of bed. Tilly is bored in the play pen and fussing. I turn the TV on for the boys and play with Tilly for a little bit before I shower. John yells “bye” from the door and the boys run to the hallway to wave to John as he leaves.
7:45am I get out of the shower and check on the kids. Boys are still watching tv in our room. Tilly pulled a bunch of bottles out of our bathroom cupboard. I realize if I want to be part of the DITL round up that I have to send in my post tonight. Oops. Guess I’m recording today! Check the weather so I can get dressed. Blow dry just my bangs (cow lick + post baby hairs) and then brush my teeth.
Then we head to the boys bedroom to get the kids dressed. Henry is teaching Tilly how to turn on his bedside light while William is playing trains. Rudy is sleeping again on the bed. Oh the life of our dog. I notice their over flowing hamper and lack of choice for outfits and remember that I NEED to do Laundry. Our town asks us not to do laundry on the weekend due to the flooding. They asked us to “Slow the Flow” and now we have no clean clothes.
I think that maybe I will take Tilly’s 12 month photo today so I can get it printed for her party on Saturday. I go on a mad search for Tilly’s monthly onsie stickers and cannot find them. I remember seeing them on our bedroom floor after one of the boys brought them in sometime last week. I picked them up so they wouldn’t get wrecked but cannot remember where I put them.
8:40am give up and take everyone downstairs. I turn on some music and make eggs, toast and grapes for breakfast. The kids are whining about how starving they are. What is it about kids going from fine to completely starving in 2 seconds flat? I chant “they will be happy once they are fed” over and over in my head. I WILL have a happy day.
9 am and everyone is eating and much happier. Time to make my shake and then COFFEE. I make half caf so I can have 2 (nursing mom problems). I don’t put the lid on the blender correctly and spray the counter and stove with Shake. Including the hot burner where it immediately starts to harden. Ugh. Clean it. Fix blender and resume blending. Henry asks for milk so i get him some and then takes it into the living room where it’s not allowed. I remind him that milk stays in the kitchen and he does it twice more and goes to time out to try to remember our house rules. I text my friends that I won’t be meeting them for a walk at 10 since Henry isn’t listening and last week he took off on our walk and I nearly lost him for good. So not risking it if he already doesn’t want to listen to me. Boo! I was really looking forward to it. But would rather keep Henry then lose him.
The not listening is a stage right?
Make my coffee and Henry has climbed the book case and is playing with the blinds. Again, he knows better. I hate being the lecturing mom but COME ON! It’s only 10:15! Lecture. Tilly makes her up sign by going on her knees and reaching her whole body up. Adorable. I say “up” and pick her up. William wants me to pick him up too so I ask him to climb onto the couch so I can pick him up and he loses it. Ugh. Try to pick him up and he runs away. Ok then! Put on a happy song and dance with Tilly and Henry. Mood changer. Then make my coffee and chug some of it.
10:30am Henry asks me to put the Buttercup song from Sophia the First on the computer. So I find it on youtube. All the kids love it Then they take turns picking the next video to watch from the side menu. Tilly wants up again and I can tell she is getting sleepy.
11ish. Change Tilly’s diaper and nurse her to sleep. Transfer her to her crib. Write a short blog post about our basement flooding.
11:20am and she’s awake! I try to put her back to sleep but the boys noticed I left and start yelling “mom!”. She’s wide awake now. 20 minute nap for the win?
The boys want popcorn but I suggest lunch first then popcorn as dessert and they accept. Cheese, crackers and snap peas/carrots. Tilly just gets cheese and fruit/ green yogurt drops.
I remember to take meat out of the freezer for dinner. Then go to the bathroom. I come back and Henry is eating a pickle he helped himself too and not his lunch. So I take it away. We want him to ask before helping himself in the fridge because he would eat continuously all day and he doesn’t close the fridge door properly and we’ve had milk spoil because of it. Henry is eating his lunch but he cannot stay in his chair to eat. He takes a bite and gets up and I make him sit back down. Repeat repeat repeat. I make him go potty thinking maybe that’s why he won’t sit still? He does finish his lunch and then his pickle. And then 2 whole carrots. It’s like 12:30 before he’s done. I praise him for being a good eater. He goes to wash his hands after and I hear him repeatedly pumping the soap out onto the sink. Sigh. He is not making good choices today. Make him clean it up and then sit on the couch to remember the rules we have. He tells me 3 rules and then I ask him to tell me all the things he IS allowed to do and he lists a million so I mention how there are only a few rules but lots of things that are allowed! So let’s do them instead! And since he listed the rules I know that he knows them. No excuses. It’s your choice yada yada blah blah blah. I hate being the lecturing mom. He says he wants to play fire trucks with William and they do. Tilly is playing with a pillow. How is it 12:55? I have so much laundry to do.
I should wash the diapers before our clothes. So I throw those in to pre-rinse, then wash, then extra rinse. The boys are asking for popcorn and since they ate their lunches I make it for them. We love our air popper! While they are eating it, I tidy up the kitchen and I have a little helper.
I try to distract Tilly with a Pilot hat and then the boys want the hat. We have 2 but how dare I suggest they share the other! Tilly is getting fussy so I give both boys a hat and nurse Tilly to sleep at 2:30pm. She wakes up when I transfer her to her crib, but I know she is so tired! I rock her for a bit and she easily goes back to sleep. I come back downstairs and get the play doh out for the boys hoping for some quiet time. I type some notes up for this post.
3:30pm I put the diapers in the drier but before I can start a new load of clothes, a major storm starts. William is terrified as the BBQ blows over on our deck and hail pelts our house really loudly. I can’t believe Tilly is sleeping through it! After a cuddle, I turn a movie (The Prirate Fairy) on for William and tuck him into the couch. Henry and I go down to the basement to check our sump pump. I’m terrified it will over flow like it did Sunday…and we just about got our carpet dry down there! Then we watch the storm out the front door, then the back door, then back to the basement to check the pump. And repeat
Click here to watch a video of it: IMG_4045
4:00pm and William has fallen asleep on the couch. I call John to talk about what I should do if the water level keeps rising on the pump. He is actually on his way home early. Yay!
4:15pm Call John to tell him our neighbour just posted on Facebook that the roads are flooded and she had to abandon her car and walk through knee deep frigid water to get home and check on her pump. Crazy! Luckily John has a big truck and he’ll be careful.
4:30pm John is home. Check basement, all is well. John gets Henry a bowl of hail to play with. Tilly wakes up. She can sense her dad’s presence. We decide to tag team dinner. John does the meat balls, I do spaghetti sauce.
At 5:00pm we wake William and he asks to cuddle with me on the couch. I say yes! But just a minute while I turn the burner for the sauce down. He’s sleeping again when I go to him. I carry him upstairs and change his diaper. He wakes up briefly and I ask if he wants dinner, he says no but asks me to cuddle so I do.
Dinner is ready at 5:20pm and I mention that maybe we should go check our church to see if it flooded. We live the closest to it. John takes Henry there to check. I feed Tilly because she’s getting fussy. My MIL texts to ask us to skype since it’s her birthday. When John gets home at 5:45pm we do. The church was fine.
Finally eat at 6:15 ish. Tilly eats again! She must be growing. Henry needs a pickle after his dinner. It’s 7pm by the time we’re done and I’m excited the rest of the kids can go to bed. I still have so much laundry to do! But insurance calls about our flooded basement. Then the general contractor calls re: basement because the insurance company called them. By the time that’s sorted and the leftovers are put away it’s 8pm. I take Tilly and John takes Henry to bed. Just as I get Tilly asleep, Henry starts being a goof but too loudly and wakes both Tilly and William up! William goes back to bed, but Tilly will not. I try for 30 more minutes to get her back to sleep but she’s wide awake. I leave her in her crib and she’s happy in there in the dark for 7ish minutes. Then she starts fussing and John goes and puts her to sleep but she wakes up 15 minutes later so he brings her back downstairs. He takes her outside to touch the hail. Then plays with her in the living room while I clean up. I must have a tidy house before bed.
11pm: I’m done cleaning and sit down to cuddle with Tilly and watch a show with John. I had planned to work out but it’s 11pm and Tilly is still awake! Within 10 minutes she’s asleep and I’m having trouble keeping my eyes open. I put her in her crib and go get ready for bed. Then I get to read for a few minutes.
At 11:45pm I turn my light off. Good night world!
Next day note: William slept through until 8am! He got a 16 hour sleep. He must be growing too!