Sunday, May 29, 2011


Apart from the rain, the kids have perked up considerably since that dash to Ottawa to see the doctor. It's almost like their bodies decided, "Ok, mom went through enough trouble to get us to a doctor, so we're going to get better now!". Although there is some coughing still, the moderate fevers are gone, and they have discovered the fascinating arena of body art. Whether it be with markers or ink (any ballpoint will do!), they enjoyed themselves. Let's just hope it all gets off in the bath!

I believe that in April we 'graduated' Susan to her toddler bed-Thomas the Tank Engine. She loved it; she sleeps in. a. train!!! Since then, she has decided that she is done with diapers at night. It took me a week of picking up dry diapers off the floor the next morning to finally get the hint. She's not doing too badly; I would guess a 67% success rate? This also means that I now do the kids' laundry about 2-3 times a week. Thank goodness for Costco and the large sizes of laundry detergent that they sell!

Let me describe Susan's room. Her toddler bed, a double bed, 2 dressers and a nightstand. Did I mention that her bedroom is the biggest and Michael and I have the smallest? Long story...

Another side effect of the toddler bed is her increased mobility. No problem, we have a baby gate in case she decides to sneak out of the house in the middle of the night and 'borrow' the car. The issue at hand is the double bed in her room. It does come in handy a lot, but the last week or so, she's crawled in there about 3 times and went to sleep. I don't have a problem as long as she's sleeping, it's just her 33% fail rate at keeping the bed dry! Easy solution though; a plastic sheet underneath to protect the bed. But it seems like a waste because although she takes up 1/2 of her toddler bed, she takes up 10% of a double bed? I am not looking forward to laundry day in the foreseeable future!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Spring sickness?

It's times like these that I wish that we lived closer to the city!

We've been sick on and off in the house for the last couple of weeks, and it seems to be making the rounds again. Susan had a cough, and then Jillian got it, and in between, Michael was hit pretty hard as well. I just got over 2 weeks of motion sickness as well. That does not sit well when I commute over 2.5 hours a day!

Tonight I picked up the kids at the sitter's around 5:40, and the sitter told me that Jillian was not herself at all today. By the time we got home at 6:10, she was heaving like she was going to puke. In retrospect, it was probably my driving skills that attributed to the heaves! Luckily, our family doctor has an after-hours clinic, so once I made the call, I realized that the appointment left me exactly 1 hour and 15 minutes to get there. Did I mention I live 80km away?

So, back in the car, and luckily for all of us, there is very little in the way of winding roads, so there was no gagging noises from Jillian. We made it with 10 minutes to spare for our 7:25pm appointment. Did I mention that the girls usually go to bed at 7pm? And that the doctor was running a little behind?

The doctor was very nice and very fast. Turns out they have a virus of some sort, so we just have to let it run its course. 5 minutes and $90 later (yes, the doctor was quick!), we were out of there and back in the car around 7:50. Home around 8:50, kids in bed at 9:25.

Have I told you how much I love bananas and how they can make a great meal for kids who are under the weather? Add juice, and presto! Dinner in the car! I managed to finagle 1/2 a banana (due to the frantic run-around before we left the house), and 2 cups of water. Dinner for me! (hm, that doesn't seem right...)

So I figure I have travelled about 300km today in about 4.5 hours. But, to look on the bright side, the kids will be fine in a few days, and I will laugh at this post one day. One day...

Have I also mentioned that I wanted to study French after the kiddies were in bed at 7pm? Oy! Or, "zut alors!"

Well, I'd better sign off before my cold/virus/allergies?/whatever gets worse. At least the sun came out today!