Wednesday, April 08, 2009

A Blog? I Have a Blog?

Maybe I should write a little.

Though, I will warn you. My recent inability to stick to any type of subject or form a coherent post still stands.

Am I the only one who wants to put herself on voluntary bed-rest while pregnant? Maybe it's just today, but I am so, so, so tired.

A lot of things that were troubling me have kind of just melted away. Isn't funny how that happens sometimes? Time and patience and perspective just make things seem smaller and then sometimes they even just resolve on their own.

I'm still figuring out Scud. Right now I am reading The A.D.D Book by William Sears and (somebody else). It has been an enlightening and rather humorous experience. I have joked that both JDub and I have some form of ADD or ADHD. But, reading this book and the diagnostic criteria and the case studies from inside the brains of people with ADHD is just hilarious. Because it's like I'm reading a book about my own brain that also explains the behaviors of my husband and at least two of my four children. Also, I joked on facebook that I'm trying to read this book, but keep getting distracted... but it's true. Sometimes I have a hard time sticking with non-fiction books. With no plot to keep my engaged, I start thinking about a kazillion other things and sooner or later I find myself in a completely different room doing something I never really planned on doing with no idea of how I actually made it there. But, I will finish this, because it seems to have some very good options on treating ADD that I think will help Scud as well as the rest of our family. I am particularly interested in this book because it covers several non-drug options and I am VERY leery of introducing stimulant medications into my child's developing brain unless it becomes the last and best solution.

Coco is darling lately. One of my favorite Coco-isms is this:

Me: Coco, I like you. (or I love you.)
Coco: You like me? (Said in the most adorable voice you can even imagine.)
Me: Yes, I like you.
Coco: You like me LOT?

He is really coming into his little-boyhood and asks a lot of questions. "Why?" is chief among them.

He also throws gale-force temper tantrums that can last up to an hour at a time. Then, they blow away as quickly as they come and he is his sweet, happy self again. He asks for juice or a book and looks at me like he has no idea why I could possibly be so exhausted or disheveled. I'm starting to find that the principle of putting a persistently crying baby in the crib while you take a break also applies to toddlers. Some days when I just can't take it and he is completely out of control, I will put him safely in his room, shut the door and walk away for a few minutes. It makes all the difference in the world. And sometimes without me acting as a backboard to bounce his frustrations off of, he finds a way to comfort himself.

We refinanced our home. For more than the original purchase price of the home. Which seems weird, but our interest rate is significantly lower and our payment is lower and the loan is still significantly less than the appraised value of our home, so I suppose we come out on top in the end. Or at least for now.

Kaitybean is so cool. She is just a neat person to be around right now. She is incredibly opinionated right now about all kinds of things. Abortion, children's rights, animal abandonment, war, global climate change and the end of the world. I remember feeling intense like she is when I was her age. It's interesting to see how I probably came across to the adults in my life. She is also singing and playing the cello right now. I went to her orchestra concert with her last night and it was so much fun to watch her play. She gets so into it. She loved listening to the high school orchestra and getting a glimpse of what is to come if she keeps this up.

Scud and I are having lots of fun in school right now. Switching math programs has made all the difference for us. He loves Singapore and so do I. It is organized so much better and teaches concepts in a much more concrete, meaningful way than does Saxon. And it feels like we're making progress rather than being trapped in a mathematical hamster wheel.

Oh, did I mention on my blog yet that we found out we're having another boy? Yep, another boy. WOWSER! I cried the first day. But switched gears pretty quickly and I'm excited now. We already have a name picked out for him. (Unless he's born and looks more like a Homer or a Cletus.)

Well, this is enough for now. It's hardly everything going on. And not much of anything, really. But it's what I've got right now.

That and two cute two year olds just walked in my front door to play and they really ought to be supervised. Or I might be sorry.


diana said...

NO, you're not the only one! I am so tired. All. The. Time.

I loved reading about your cute little family and their adorable isms.

Congrats on the little boy. And bigger congrats on having a name picked out already! We have a girl name, but if this one comes out as a boy, we are in trouble! (name-wise...and perhaps otherwise because we don't really know what to do with a boy!:)

Rosie said...

Hi Heather. I just popped in to say hello and it's good to hear from you. I love reading about how gracefully you seem to handle your busy mom life.

And hooray! I love love love my boys, but I'm also glad I got a girl.

Mommy Bee said...

It seems we will be down for a few weeks this summer (5 or 6 rather than 2 like last time, and with a lot less on the schedule) and I would SO like to see you (and let the 8yo and 2yo boys play). We'll be there most of june and some of july. I'll call ya when we get there. :)

Duchess said...

Um, where have I been? Congratulations! I'm not sure I even knew you were pregnant. (Uh, yeah, you can tell Kaitybean that you have friends that are space cases too.)

Rynell said...

We deal with the ADD/ADHD issue at our house too. Sometimes I think I am catching ADD.