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Stay Dry or Lie

Nicholas is still needing to wear a diaper to bed at night. Last night, he was all about not wearing diapers anymore. So, we told him he needed to show us that he could stay dry. We even told him that if he did stay dry for 2 weeks that he could pick out a really big toy and we would buy it for him.

This morning he comes in our room and Jason asks him if his diaper was dry. And he says YES! So, we make this big deal of it and tell him how proud we are of him etc. And he was so excited!

So, tonight I made him a chart where we could keep track of it to see when he could get his big prize. He is all excited. We put the sticker on it for staying dry last night. And then I get him ready for bed. I reminded him about staying dry. All the sudden he starts saying, “Yea, and you don’t want to pee in your diaper and then get a dry diaper and put it on. And then tell mommy and daddy that you stayed dry, because that would be lying. And that would be bad.” I say, “yea, then mommy and daddy wouldn’t be able to trust you.”

Then it hits me…oh, my goodness, where did he come up with that idea! Did he just do that this morning?! Put on a dry diaper and lie to us? I recalled how later in the morning today, I did see a very full diaper in the trash. And I remember thinking to myself…where did that come from? But then I thought, well, maybe it was from yesterday. (it’s not unusual for him to take his diaper off and leave it out somewhere, so maybe it was an old one).

I told Jason about it all, and we decided that he must have lied to us this morning. Where else would he come up with that story all on his own? And how do you explain the diaper in the trash? Jason said, “wow…there is hope for the boy yet. not that he lied, but that he was smart enough to come up with that plan.” Makes you think how much other stuff is he really comprehending?

So, tonight we thought we would take the diapers out of his room and beat him at his game. But then we realized we really should catch him in this lie, so we can appropriately deal with it. We don’t want the boy to start out at age 5 realizing he can be sneaky and get away with a lie. So, we are leaving the diapers out, and we are going to place a secret mark on the one he has on to check it in the morning.

Wow! Scary glimpse into a sneaky, lying teenager.

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Long Time

I haven’t written on here in a while. I think mostly because there is so much going on in life all around me, that most of the time I get “stuck”. It’s bizarre. Because there are days where I want to conquer and complete something like crazy, and then other days where it all looks so daunting, that I just get stuck. You add to that sleepless nights, and I become even more fogged.

I have struggled a lot lately with Restless Leg Syndrome, which wakes me up every night. I had this issue when I was pregnant with Nick, too, but this time around seems more intense. Then, to add to the sleepless nights, Nicholas has been sick for the past week. Poor guy has had a fever and has been coughing like crazy. I have taken him to the chiro 3 times, tried all kinds of cough meds and natural remedies, and then took him to a new-to-us pediatrician yesterday. She was so great! They are traditional medical doctors but also practice a lot of natural and homeopathic remedies. And she was so informative in explaining the process of what is happening with this virus in Nick’s body (which I love!). They did a strep test, and he didn’t have it (thank God, bc we certainly don’t need that around our house). So, we are hoping he will get better in the next couple of days.

So, that is the long and short of where we are right now. I have more things to write, but I’ll save it for another post.

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The Third Baby

My friend Liz put this on her blog, and I just thought it was so funny, esp considering we are about to have number 3. And I must say, it definitely holds true for baby #1 and baby #2 in our house. Can’t wait to see what happens with #3!

General Rules: Difference between first and third born children!!!?
Being a parent changes everything. But being a parent also changes with each baby. Here are some of the ways having a second and third child is different from having your first.

Your Clothes
1st baby: You begin wearing maternity clothes as soon as your OB confirms your pregnancy.
2nd baby: You wear your regular clothes for as long as possible.
3rd baby: Your maternity clothes ARE your regular clothes.
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Preparing for the Birth
1st baby: You practice your breathing religiously.
2nd baby: You don’t bother practicing because you remember that last time, breathing didn’t do a thing.
3rd baby: You ask for an epidural in your 8th month.
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The Layette
1st baby: You pre-wash your newborns clothes, color-coordinate them, and fold them neatly in the baby’s little bureau.
2nd baby: You check to make sure that the clothes are clean and discard only the ones with the darkest stains.
3rd baby: Boys can wear pink, can’t they?

Worries

1st baby: At the first sign of distress – a whimper, a frown-you pick up the baby.
2nd baby: You pick the baby up when her wails threaten to wake your firstborn.
3rd baby: You teach your 3-year-old how to rewind the mechanical swing.
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Pacifier
1st baby: If the pacifier falls on the floor, you put it away until you can go home and wash and boil it.
2nd baby: When the pacifier falls on the floor, you squirt it off with some juice from the baby’s bottle.
3rd baby: You wipe it off on your shirt and pop it back in.
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Diapering
1st baby: You change your baby’s diapers every hour, whether they need it or not.
2nd baby: You change their diaper every 2 to 3 hours, if needed.
3rd baby: You try to change their diaper before others start to complain about the smell or you see it sagging to their knees.
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Activities
1st baby: You take your infant to Baby Gymnastics, Baby Swing, and Baby Story Hour.
2nd baby: You take your infant to Baby Gymnastics.
3rd baby: You take your infant to the supermarket and the dry cleaner.
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Going Out
1st baby: The first time you leave your baby with a sitter, you call home 5 times.
2nd baby: Just before you walk out the door, you remember to leave a number where you can be reached.
3rd baby: You leave instructions for the sitter to call only if she sees blood.
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At Home
1st baby: You spend a good bit of every day just gazing at the baby.
2nd baby: You spend a bit of everyday watching to be sure your older child isn’t squeezing, poking, or hitting the baby.
3rd baby: You spend a little bit of every day hiding from the children.
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Pregnancy Bummers and Not So Bummers

Bummers –
Throwing up. (had to put that first. not as bad as I was, but still happens every few days)
Restless Legs (it’s back again this pregnancy and wakes me up in the middle of the night)
Being tired.
Not being able to decide what sounds good to eat.
Having your tendons and ligaments stretched (esp the ones you didn’t even realize you had)
Pain when you sneeze from above mentioned sore ligaments.
Back aches.
Heartburn.


Not So Bummers –

No Ladies Days (that’s what we call it) for 9 months!
Getting to wear new-to-me clothes (thanks to those who let me borrow maternity clothes!)
Having an excuse to take naps.
Feeling the little thing move around inside you (although sometimes this can be a bummer)
Eating snacks at 11:00 at night (yet, I was known to do this before pregnancy, but now it is more excusable)
Realizing I am going to have another cute Nat or Nicko!

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Celebrating Christmas

This year has been a great year of Christmas Celebrations. My favorite was attending a “Walk thru Bethlehem” Live Nativity. I have always wanted to see one. And it was fabulous! Definitely need to keep that as a tradition.

Another tradition that we have done since I moved here 9 years ago, is attend the “Snow Falling”. And now that we have kids, they really love playing in the “snow”. It cracked me up to because on the way there, Natalie was recalling almost every detail of what we usually do there…the snow, visit Santa, ride the train, etc. That girl has a memory!

We have also had Nick’s preschool Christmas program, a few other Christmas parties, and Thursday will be Nat’s program and a trip to Atlanta to visit family. And then my most favorite of all celebrations, the Christmas Eve service at Church! I love how it helps to keep my focus on the true reason for the season – Jesus!

Here are some pictures of our Celebrations so far –
preschool-christmas-nick-family

santa-kids-2008

snow-kids

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Buckeling Down

Lately I have been having lots of thoughts about how much we need to buckle down with our kids before this next baby comes. Do you think it is unrealistic to think we could have our kids be responsible, thoughtful, helpful, and kind to each other before this next kid comes? The other day I actually thought about how to implement strategies to help accomplish this in the next 6 months. Here is what I figure we need:

Responsibility/Chore Chart
Behavior Chart
Kindness Jar
Fruit of the Spirit Sticker Chart
Begin giving allowance/teaching them money management

HA! HA!

Seriously though, I do find myself overwhelmed by the thought of how chaotic our lives can seem right now and yet there will be another one soon. I even found myself praying the other day about my kids fighting. “Lord, I know that sibling conflict is common. But please could you make us an exception. I can not live like this!”

Then there is the whole money thing. Nicholas said to me the other day, “Mommy, why don’t we have a big house?” To which I said, “Well, for one, you need more money to get a bigger house. And, two, God has given us exactly what we need and just the right space for us.” And then he said, “Well, just get more money.” Oh, if only it was that easy!

So, I’m not sure if anything will really change or not. But a girl can dream!

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Mary

While reading a story from the Bible about Mary, Natalie posed a question:

“How did they get the baby out of Mary?”

“The same way as all babies.”

“But they didn’t have a sewing machine then? How will they sew her up?”

That’s right, my child believes every baby is cut out of the mommy’s belly and then they sew her up (and with a sewing machine at that!). I guess because I had two c-sections. And quite frankly, I’m not really sure I want to explain it to her any differently.

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