Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Mom saves the day

After some weeks of gentle urgings and caustic hate mail, I finally get some recent pictures up.

We got a "flip" digital video camera for Christmas and I thought that would give me lots of good footage to share. So far we have 20 home videos of me pointing the camera at a kids face and saying "c'mon, gimme a smile" in a voice better suited to calling a dog and only a few of those that have made it into the computer from the camera because I can't figure out how to upload.

So thank god Mom got an iphone for her Christmas present. Uploadable pictures have been taken with it and as I am here at their house sans Katie and the fevered pitch of chaotic activity that surrounds her, I can sit and post a few.

Life still feels hectic these days. Nana and Papa Walsh left this past Saturday after a very enjoyable 6 week stay (Brian and Brownyn joining them/us for the last week or so). They looked after Mick the days that I was working and took good care of us all the rest of the time. But with any visiting guests, we had a lot of dinners out and added excitement and activity thats just contributed to that "unsettled" feeling. My grandmother is visiting my parents and watching Mick now while I am working, hence my being here on a Monday eve. He is wearing her out though... May need to make a plan B.

Hell, he is wearing me out. He is a baby of extremes. He is a laugh-out-loud bundle of tickles and giggles when he is happy and a shreiking terror when he isn't. He certainly isn't the sleeper that Katie was and that makes life interesting. These days I can generally get him to sleep around 10:30-11pm and usually he will sleep through the night, but we have a few false starts before there is real sleep happening. Getting him to fall asleep is a workout that includes swaddling, bouncing, cajoling, swearing under the breath and more times than not, a boob in his mouth. That is the part that makes it tricky for others to get him to nap. But I've told Granny if it gets the job done, whip it out...

Katie is acting out in great ways too. Today alone she hit me, threw water on Manus, had a tantrum in public and attempted to eat a penny. I'm going to get her hearing tested because that girl doesn't even look my way when I try to tell her something. She is such her father's child. At my wit's end, I tried the "Time-Out chair" today (something I've been avoiding with respect to all the new-age parenting books I'd read) but the plan backfired. I told her she would have a time out if she stood up on the table again and she said "okay", went outside and plopped herself down. I have no viable recourse for her naughtiness. What do you do when your child consistently outsmarts you?

Saturday we drove down to Flamingo in the Florida Everglades in an attempt to breathe new life into a family tradition that was killed by cabin destruction in the 2005 hurricanes. As there are no longer lodgings down there, we just went for games and dinner. Given how cold it was, I am glad we were not in the minority that actually camped out overnight.

Okay, randomness.. A short video (from the Flip) lacks meaning, direction and artistic integrity but shows off the little girl.


Leslie said...

FINALLY! Oh how I've missed you! Cheese to you too little lady :) Ahhhh, little girls. I know we're supposed to thank heaven for them, but sometimes I am most certainly cursing another, much warmer place of the afterlife for their attitude. We still use time out, but more for the grown up than the child or any hope of behavior modification. Miss you lots! XOXOX

Jared said...

It's nice to be reading your blog again. It seems like months went by and I kept seeing "A Month of OHMYGOD" at the top of the page!

Love the pics and the video. Good stuff. Hope to see you guys sooner rather than later.

The Stewart Report said...

So glad you're back!!! I cannot believe how big Mick has gotten. He looks like a little man, so cute.

Anonymous said...

I miss my MUMMUM!
I think the stubborness of little girls is a family trait. Ask Mummum about Gabby and Alicia. OMG!
They are very defiant when they have their mind set on doing, or not doing, something.
Mummum is enjoying every day with Michael. I think the first day was rough but she gushes about him every time I call. Can't wait to see you!