A day in the life of a mother

This blog is about a day in the life of a frum (orthodox Jewish) mother with small children.

Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Spray and Wash Tastes Yummy

or, at least my 4 year old attempted to find out just a few hours ago. SIGH. I keep everything on a high shelf out of reach, but apparently he is very inventive. I went upstairs to change babe #2 and #3, and when I came down, trouble maker #1, who I thought was engrossed in watching the muppets, handed me a spray and wash tablet saying, look, I taste it.. I saw the blue ball missing from it and started to get just a tad bit worried. (IE, I was freaking out) I immediately phoned father in law who is a compounder/pharmacist, and he told me as long as he didn't eat tthe whole thing, he will be fine, that it is mostly enzymes, and to just wash his mouth out with some water and toothpaste. Being I am a worrywart, I phoned the company # listed on the box and they transferred me to the medical department. I didn't even know they had a medical dept. at proctor and gamble. Anyways, the nurse assured me it was harmless, and that he will probably just get a bit of diarrhea. (which he did.) Apparently my four year old took the laundry baskets that were waiting to be brought upstairs, and stood on them to reach the high shelf. So, important lesson learned is: Make sure no laundry baskets or anything that can be used as a stepping stool is around the laundry room area. and #2 Make kid #1 come upstairs with me when I have to change the other 2. What I can't figure out is why he would want to continue tasting it, how could it have tasted good the first lick that he would have continued. YUCK.

In other news, I am officially 27 now. I had a pretty good birthday yesterday, didn't anything too exciting, but I got hubby to agree to take out for dinner (hey, it's my b-day why should I have to cook? :P).

Monday, September 27, 2004

It's Sukkah time!!

Yup! It's that time of year again. My favourite time of year, Succos is approaching! Yesterday we went to the in law's house to put up their sukkah for them. We ourselves don't have one, as we don't have a frame for the boards we got from an aquaintance who was getting rid of them. One of these days we will manage to put up a sukkah, hopefully next year. That gives us a year to figure out how to make a frame so the whole thing doesn't plop down on us...or better yet, maybe I can convince hubby to get a nice new sukkah :) I love succos. I love eating outdoors, and everything. Sometimes you can hear the neighbors singing, and it is beautiful. My oldest tried to help out with putting up the sukkah, he is very excited. He was talking about "bob the builder" LOL :) He told me daddy is bob the builder, daddy is building the sukkah. :)

And on to the next topic...my daughter seems to be almost toilet trained! Over the weekend, she did both #1 and #2 in the potty several times. Today nothing, but I am sure eventually she will keep it up and soon be out of diapers. (G-d willing, as 4 kids in diapers is too much $$!!). She is very excited about going to the potty. Now I just have to work on timing..getting her to tell me when she has to go, rather than me asking her every hour and putting her on to see if she will go. She is still little (2 years 5 months) so I am not concerned. My oldest on the other hand is anti-potty. He does not like sitting down on the potty for more than a few seconds, and he refuses to go in it at all. I have tried getting him to go with stickers, that if he makes, he can have a sticker afterwards, but he didn't seem to care. So someone suggested to me to try a little candy, like an m&m or something similar, and if he goes, he can have one. he is getting too big for diapers..my pediatrician said it's not a concern until age 5, and he is going to only be 4, but next year Im Yirtze Hashem he will be in junior kindergarten and I really need him to be potty trained. The pediatrician also told me he will be later to be trained as he had a speech delay also. I think it's because he is just stubborn :) (he takes after me LOL) Hopefully once he sees his sister in underwear it will motivate him to start actually going in the potty rather than just sitting on it.

Speaking of diapers, my little one has decided he would rather turn over, squirm and fidget and attempt to crawl during diaper changing time :) He is the most busy out of all the kids at that age (10 months) during diaper change. I must remember to leave some little toys close by to distract him so I can change him without a fuss.

BTW, tomorrow is my birthday... :) I will be 27! I am getting old LOL....

Thursday, September 23, 2004

25 week prenatal check up

and I have already gained the 25 I was supposed to gain for the whole pregnancy...Waah :(. I somehow managed to put on 12 lbs this month and I no idea how I managed that. I didn't eat *that* much that I should gain such a horrible amount at once. My ob said it is probably mostly water retention. My blood pressure is good thank G-d. I was also worried as yesteray I had a bit of light brown spotting, which stopped and did not continue, and I feel crampy, but my ob reassured me it was ok. I had a placental abruption with my third kid, which healed after a month of strict bed rest, and I remember the cramping was much worse, and I bled a lot, and it was red, so I am reassured by my ob that is indeed nothing. I wonder what causes the cramping though...

I had my glucose tolerance test today, along with some other blood work. My next appointntment is at the end of october, and after that, I will be going every other week (in November). The countdown is approaching. Saturday I will be 26 weeks, 14 weeks to go. It's starting to get a bit closer now.

Monday, September 20, 2004

Yom Tov Galore

Well, I survived rosh hashanah with the in laws (barely :) Just kidding! :) I had a good time, but the kids were bouncing off the walls. I was not brave enough to take the children to shul but was lucky to have the shofar blown for me on both days, first at my shul, which was supposed to have a late shofar blowing, but the shul was locked, and there just happened to be a man walking by on the way to blow the shofar for his mother who had surgery, and was nice enough to blow for the group assembled outside the locked shul. The second day, there is a Lubavitch rabbi in my neighborhood, who was blowing the shofar door to door as an outreach, but he was nice enough to blow the shofar for me too :) When he saw I was frum he figured I already heard, but I told him I hadn't due to some busy small individuals who probably would get me tossed out of the minyan :)

I feel crummy yesterday and today...very tired, and my stomach hurts, along with some other digestive troubles. I am 25 weeks pregnant, so I am not sure if it is a. I have food poisoning, b. my irritable bowel is flaring up. c. the baby is pressing into my bowels and causing the upsetness in my digestive system. When I was in my early first trimester, I had lots of bad stomach cramps and digestive troubles, which faded 3/4 of the way through my first trimester. I figure it has something to due with the growing uterus. In any case, it is worth the trouble for the wonderful gift I get in the end :)
That's it for now. Now I am gearing up for Yom Kippur. My rav didn't give me a heter this time for Yom Kippur, so I have to fast entirely, no eating a kzayis every nine minutes. With pregnancy #1 I had a heter because I was two days away from giving birth. With #2 and #3 I fasted as I felt up to it. With ths one I don't, but I am sure I will be okay G-d willing. I will just really eat well right before the fast starts.

Monday, September 13, 2004

He can climb!

Today I have made an amazing discovery: Kid #3 can climb up stairs! I ran up the stairs to make a mad dash to the washroom. As I was coming out, I heard him, and I thought to myself "Gee, it sounds like he is on the stairs, but thats impossible, he is only 10 months old." Then, I see him attempting to climb up the rest of the stairs. he was on stair #4. I am impressed. My little baby is growing! Now I must be extremely careful to always shut the gate :) I still don't trust his ability to climb up the steps yet and I don't want to find out if he can make it to the top at this juncture. I think if he was a bit older, I wouldn't be so neurotic. I guess I am a worry wart :)

Sunday, September 12, 2004

My Week..

What a busy week. last friday I was feeling kind of sick, and felt kind of run down all week. My doc took some blood, my iron is probably down. I am 6 months pregnant now, so the babe is needing more nutrients from me I guess. I feel better today though B"H.
Kid #1 had his first almost whole week of school. B"H he is doing well in junior kindergarten. Though on Friday his teacher made me keep him home as he had a cold (He was feeling fine, except for a runny nose). Kid #1 had a speech delay and is doing much better now, but is in a school with kids who have some developmental delays (he got intensive speech therapy there which is why we sent him) There are a few kids like him who are fine except for late speech but most kids there have big problems such as down syndrome, cerebral palsy, autism, etc. Some of those kids have a very weak immune system so if they get a cold, it could make them extremely ill. So that is why kid #1 had to stay home even though it was a minor cold. This will Im Yirtze Hashem be his last year at this school. The developmental pediatirican feels that kid #1 will do much better in a regular class, since he is not special needs and very bright B"H, and his speech has improved significantly. If he still needs help with speech, we will get him private speech therapy. I am looking forward to G-d willing sending him to a wonderful frum junior kindergarten next year. (being he is speech delayed, the doc feels he will do better being one of the older kids in the class rather than younger).

Next Wednesday evening is Rosh Hashanah. We will be spending the entire Yom Tov with my husband's parents, my in laws. (AAAAH :) Just kidding :) I went to the supermarket to stock up on a few things and it was a freaking zoo, even at 9:30 am on a Sunday. There were security guards there to direct the traffic in the parking lot. And due to pregnancy brain I forgot a few things so now I have to go back. Fun.

I am also still having great fun on ebay. I got a bunch of maternity dresses and crib sheets. I bid on 2 more crib sheets and a dust ruffle for the crib. They should start a support group called Ebayers Anonymous LOL. I was warned from a friend that bidding on ebay can be addicting and I laughed and said ya right. Now I see what she means :)

My birthday is coming up in 2 weeks on the 28th, so if anyone wants to make a deposit into my paypal account feel free :P .. JUST KIDDING :))))) I am not chutzpadig :)

I will be 27, just for the record :) I am getting old, LOL. My 10 year high school reunion is next year. Yikes. I won't be going for a few reasons: 1: it is not kosher, though I have a friend who's sister is also a baalas tshuvah and went but didn't eat anything.
2. It is probably going to end up being on shabbos, and from what I heard from my friend's sister, who went after shabbos was over, as shabbos ended early, it wasn't worth it. 3. It is in the states and I am now here in Canada. 4. I don't want anyone to see me until I have lost all the pregnancy weight :) I was 110 lbs in high school and I would rather them remember me at that nice svelte weight :) I know I will not ever be 110 again, waaah :( but it was worth it :)

Monday, September 06, 2004

Hi Ho, Hi Ho, It's off to School We Go....

It's official: Tomorrow is the first day of school! Woo Hoo! (wait, did I say that out loud? :) After two long weeks at home, between the end of camp and the start of school, I think kid #1 is excited about going back to school. I know I am :) Right now, just kid #1 is going, (kid #2 is only 2 and a couple of months so she has to wait till next year). So, we got our Finding Nemo backpack out, and partially packed (being kid #1 is just in kindergarten there is not a whole lot to put in it). I can't believe summer is practically over.

In other news, the holidays are approaching us soon. Rosh Hashana is next week. Kid #1 can sing the dip the apple in the honey song. It is so cute when he sings it :)

And to reflect: I am approaching the final 3 months of my pregnancy soon. (I am 23 weeks along) Wow, time really flies. We now have to buy two new cribs instead of just one, (no, I am not having twins) as the one we are using for kid #3 is broken thanks to two little individuals who decided to jump in and jump up and down when I was changing kid #3's diapers. The crib could not withstand the pressure apparently, as we later found out, when hubby was switching and and rearranging the sleeping arrangements (we are putting kid 3 and soon to be #4 G-d willing into one room and kid 1 and 2 into the other. (before, kid 2 and 3 shared a room). When hubby removed the railing to transfer the crib out of the room, we heard a loud *thump* and part of the support board thing the mattress goes on was partly attached, partly on the floor, cracked in half. The end of the crib. Next week, I will be ordering a new one for babe #3.
That's all the exctement for today..