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A few days ago, [livejournal.com profile] lemon_says wondered why her kids went to the ER more than her friends' kids. It all balances out in a karmic scale. My kids barf when they get colds. Curse you, post-nasal drip!

Other kids just get the sniffly noses, red faces, etc..Not here!

I'm an expert at field-stripping a Britax in less than a minute. My kids know to stand in the entry of the house and take everything off while Mommy breathes shallowly. I have a bigger-than-average collection of rag bag towels just in case.

The last 10 days haven't been pretty, and Katie is only 2 days into this cold. (Amelia's on antibiotics for a double ear infection right now and the cold might be leaving someday...) I took her into the doctor today because she was starting to sound croupy and she was running a temperature. When the doctor looks at you and says, "Buckle in for a bad week," it makes Mama want to drink.
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Both of the girls have some sort of virus, and they've been little punks all weekend. If you've heard the saying, "I love you, but I don't like you right now", it's where I'm at right now. Katie and I had a throwdown this morning about me changing her out of her pajamas into street clothes so we could go to the grocery store. She was in such a tizzy that I had to physically hold her down for 10 minutes until she calmed down.

Her Terrible Two tantrums have switched gears from random to very focused in nature and extended. Once they are engaged, they go on and getting her out of them is a doozy. Her advancing language skills keep her from getting as frustrated from random things, but once her ire is tripped, watch out.  Right now, it's hard because she's sick so she's feeling so puny. When you're sick, everything sucks. I'm trying to be Zen Mommy and just humor her. However, I'm a wee bit crispy!

It never fails that when Katie's having a tantrum, Amelia starts asking me why Katie's having a tantrum. I explain that she's upset over being changed out of her pajamas, that she has to take off her shoes in the house, or that the sun is shining in her eyes. I'll tell her that sometimes I just don't know. Then Amelia will want validation that she's being a good girl. Of course, my maternal reserves are tapped dry while Katie is yelling, screaming, and throwing down and I'm trying to maintain a calm voice.

This gig is not for the faint of heart.

(I do have Sears' Parenting the Fussy Baby and High-Need Child on hold at the Library. I'll be picking it up tomorrow hopefully. )


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I'm sitting at the kitchen table, putting together a list of spices we need to order from Penzey's. (We're out of Bold Taco seasoning, which is pretty darned close to an emergency as far as Tom's concerned.)  

Amelia grabs a piece of paper and her box of crayons to make a grocery list, since she knows we are going to the grocery store later this morning. She starts listing all of the things we will need: "Orange juice, milk, doughnuts...No, Mommy doesn't let me get doughnuts, but Daddy does!  No pepper!  I don't like pepper. Pizza. I hope we can get pizza. (Fat chance, we ordered it last night when I had a migraine and Mommy wasn't up to cooking anything.) I can't wait to get a cookie at the bakery!" While all of this is going on, she's "writing" on her list.

As soon as Katie notices that Amelia and I are sitting at the table, she goes to the craft cabinet, grabs a piece of paper, and comes to join us. She then starts imitating Amelia imitating me.

It's mornings like this that I'm very glad I'm here.



amelia and katie
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This morning, while I was going through a couple of weeks of mail, Katie took the fresh new pack of Crayola washable crayons and colored on the carpet. On. The. Carpet.

It's like she's got a checklist of all evil crayon-related activities and is trying to get through them as quickly as possible. I was sitting 3 feet away from her.  (The coloring of the walls was done while Tom was supposed to be watching the girls and I was cooking dinner.)  We're on an art-material ban for a while.

A couple of hours later, I took the girls to the grocery store so I could pick up a few things for a BBQ we are attending tomorrow. All of the sudden, Katie takes off running at full speed. She refuses to listen to my polite requests to stop. Then my less polite requests for her to stop. Then it turns into me running after her with my cart and Amelia chasing along behind me and the cart. I know this was great fun for her.

I'm so glad Tom's getting off of work early today.  They are his kids when he comes home.
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The crayoning, day two: I followed up with a solid five minute scrub with a Target-brand Magic Eraser. The eraser dissolved, the crayon came up, and so did some of the paint. The wall will need some paint touch up, but it looks much better. I shudder to think of the fumes that have been released in that area in the last twenty-four hours, but such is the wrath of Katie. :)
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I just placed an order for a gDiapers starter system for Katie. There's a sale on Amazon, and Tom and I have seen friends use them. I've been wanting to use a more ecologically friendly diapering system for years, but we've had internal disagreements about cloth diapering. This is a very good compromise, and hopefully it will work out for us.  We can get refills locally at Whole Foods/Harry's which will be convenient until we potty train Katie, which will hopefully be sooner than later!
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Yesterday was my first day without a migraine in two weeks. I was afraid to tell anyone for fear I'd jinx myself. Here's hoping today will be a whole two days of no head pain!  *crosses fingers* 
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This weekend, I got to meet [personal profile] mnfiddledragon in person. She's absolutely lovely and brilliant. We fell right into talking like we knew each other "in real life" for years. If she lived here in the Atlanta area, she would so be part of our group. :) In other words, dibs on kidnapping her if she ever moves!
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WD-40 does get crayons off walls pretty well. Washing with Dawn and water got rid of most everything else. Huh.  It should only take one layer of paint to cover Katie's latest artistic expression.

Good thing she's cute or else she's be shipped off to live in South Dakota post haste.
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Man, the air is awful here in Atlanta - we've had code red smog alerts.. Everyone (except Katie) has an awful cough right now.   I think the 9 day long migraine I'm on has something to do with it. I'm quite over it. (I generally don't talk about the migraines, because it's boring to talk about and boring for you all to read about.)

This is the first month where I'm scared that I'm going to run out of migraine meds before I can get my refill. It's freaking me out. I'm currently finishing up a course of prednisone to break this migraine cycle (which is failing utterly) and the neurologist called in some muscle relaxers. I'm not sure how that's going to work. I don't feel comfortable taking them until the afternoon when I can be sure I won't have to go out until Tom gets home.

Anyways... Amelia's swim lessons didn't turn out as well as we hoped. She was fine as long as she could feel the bottom of the pool, but holding onto the side of the pool was too scary (no sensory input on the bottom of her feet). We tried doing deep compression on her body before lessons and having the coaches hold her between her turns kicking and blowing bubbles in the water. She'd still get scared during her turns. So we'll just take some time taking her to the Y or the Roswell Park pool and getting her used to being in the pool more and more. Then we'll try group lessons again later or budget for private lessons. Life in SPD-land.
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Amelia had her first swim lesson today. She did wonderfully, even though she had to suffer through the dreaded "water up the nose". Katie was thoroughly pissed that she could not splash and play, but the entire pool and kiddie area was cordoned off for swim lessons. (They run 6 different levels of swim lessons at the same time.)  We sat outside the fenced off pool area,  and I chatted with some of the other mothers while Katie threw a major hissy fit. She eventually calmed down and ate a snack.

When we got home, Amelia showed off a scrape on her knuckle from getting out of the pool. I put a Wiggles bandage on the scrape (I was surprised that she chose that over the Backyardigans and Hello Kitty, since Wiggles have been out of favor in our casa for years now. Ah, well!).  Katie came over and stuck out her hand to get a bandage. Since she had been denied the swim, I was just not up for another screaming hissy fit. The cost of a bandage is not that high.

Katie is now admiring her thoroughly unnecessary but awfully spiffy bandage.
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Poor Amelia. She is waking up every couple of hours to be sick.

She keeps telling us, "I don't like this! I don't want to!"

Me, too.  
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The 6 hour drive to Jacksonville took 8 hours yesterday. We hit a nasty patch of traffic south of Atlanta and spent an hour going 5 miles. Grrr.  Amelia became listless during the drive, coughed a bunch,  and had no hunger or thirst.

When we got to my dad's house at 7:30, we sat straight down for dinner, and relaxed for a while. Amelia had a piece of cantaloupe and a sliced strawberry.  We left about 9, and headed to my stepbrother's house (he's out of town for the holiday and we're staying here. This is a nice way to travel!). 

As soon as we got the girls in the house, Amelia headed to the couch and became ill. :/  This is not what we needed after a very long travel day!  Our second wind kicked in, and we put her in the bath while letting Katie loose on her cousin's toys. Everyone was down bed at 10, and I fell asleep pretty shortly after.

Amelia's been listless all day while running a fever between 100 and 102.  Tylenol brings it down a slight bit, but she's just very couch-bound and not being herself.  She hasn't really eaten, and we've had to cajole her to drink water.  I did call the advice nurse when she started throwing up again and her fever wasn't budging, and they want us to bring her in if she's still feverish in 2 days. I think that's a sane approach.

We've spent most of today at Dad's house, and my Dad and step-mom are doing a great job of catering to the kids' every whim.   Katie has been dismantling their house while grinning sweetly at them. Amelia has gotten lots of cuddles and all of the TV she could want.

Oddly enough, this has been a relaxing day. I'm doing what I can for the girls, and it's good to be with family. I got to eat my dad's legendary ham tonight, and I ate something called a "Midwestern Breakfast Casserole" this morning. It had egg, cheese, biscuits, and sausage. You can't go wrong with that.)   I left my mom a voice mail to wish her a Happy Thanksgiving, and she may or may not check her messages. Not my problem - I did my part.

I hope your day has been less barfy than ours. :)
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This morning, I took in Amelia for her dental checkup and cleaning. She did amazingly well. We need to up her brushing a bit, but otherwise great.

While I was talking with the dentist after the visit, he asked if Katie has seen a dentist yet. I said that i was planning on waiting til she was in her 2s. He recommended a quick "Happy Visit" to get her acclimated to a dentist poking in and to give us personalized tips for her care. She handled it quite well (minor crying, only one attempted kick-to-my gut). We need to floss her bottom teeth since they are touching, but otherwise she's great. :)

Yes! Both children had dental exams and no one was traumatized!

By the way, one of the reasons I think it went so well is that Amelia's favorite story now is "Show Me Your Smile," which is about Dora going to the dentist. I have no idea why she has latched on to that story, but I'm willing to read to her about good dental hygieine as much as she wants. :)

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