Tuesday, April 29, 2008

I NEED a vacation!!!!

Ok... as I sit here and take a deep breath, I am about to reflect on my whirlwind of a day in the life of a stay at home mom. My normal day consists of cleaning, cooking, playing with the kids, tending to Koen, watching TV, surfing the web, and dealing with the conflicts between brothers. Today however, was not a normal day. Today was one of those days, that I find myself asking, "Why did I want kids?" Don't get me wrong I LOVE my kids more than words can explain... and I think I proved that today... anyone who didn't love them would have left them here to fend for themselves!!

The morning started out pretty good. I woke up, made breakfast, and cleaned up the kitchen. Then I went into Kaleb's room to help him pick up in there. We even got the playroom all put back together. What a productive morning!! Then we loaded up the kids and took Matt to work (his car was broken.) He just started back full time on Monday... so this is only day 2 of being alone with the kids. We dropped off daddy and drove home.

The boys aren't feeling very well. All three of them have snotty noses and pretty bad coughs. Once we got home, it was all downhill from there! Kaleb was asking for things every five minutes!! I need chocolate milk, play with me, brother hit me, I want to watch a movie, I'm hungry, I don't want this movie anymore, I need to go potty, I want to brush my teeth again, I want water in a big boy cup, I spilled, I'm hot I don't want clothes on anymore, brother took my toy, put baby Koen down, I want to play outside, I don't want shoes on, NO not THOSE shoes, I'm hot can I come in, I'm hungry, I don't feel good, I don't want medicine!!!! That is only half of it!!!!

Then there was Karson... He was like a little cling on ALL day long!!! He was holding on to my pant leg and whining. I tried EVERYTHING!! We played legos and he threw them at me, I gave him food and he spit it at me, I laid down with him and he kicked me, I put him outside and he cried at the door, I held him and he took my glasses off my face and threw them on the ground, I ignored him and he held on to my pants and I dragged him around the house. In between all of this he was fighting with Kaleb... and getting hurt.

As for the littlest guy in the house... he was quite the handful himself. He was really spitty all day. We can't seem to find a formula that agrees with his stomach. When he has bad days like this he wants to be held ALL day long. Every time I tried to put him down he screamed.... not just cried... SCREAMED!!! So while I was at Kaleb's beckon call, and dragging Karson around by the pant leg, I had a 3 month old little boy in tow.

If that isn't enough... we had the first fiasco of the day. I was making Koen a bottle and I heard splashing in the bathroom. I rushed back there and Kaleb and Karson had old measuring cups that I let them play with, scooping water out of the toilet and throwing it onto the floor. Seriously?? Time out # 1. I cleaned up the mess, fed the baby, and let them out.

About an hour later I was trying to get Koen to take a nap and there were screams coming from Kaleb's room. I went back and both boys were hysterical. "Karson bit me," Kaleb sobs... then I looked at Karson and there were scratch marks on his face and arms!! Time out # 2!!

Then, about an hour before Matt was due home, I was sitting in the play room with all three boys chatting on the phone with Lindsey. Kaleb was throwing a toy in the air and I was yelling at him to stop... but did he? Of course not... he is three and when I tell him to stop he does it at least four more times. Karson ran into my room and hoped onto his little riding toy. He was sitting there minding his own business when the toy comes crashing onto his head. I figured he had a big bump on his head and walked into the room to comfort him. He turned to look at me and his whole face was red!!! There was blood dripping down his face and all in his hair!! I was still on the phone with Lindsey, so she said she would be right over. I called Matt to tell him to come home, and then called 911. I couldn't drive with 3 kids and keep pressure on his head... so I had no choice! The fire truck pulled up and in rushed 4 firefighters! There was a half inch slice on the top of his head but they said it wasn't deep enough to stitch. Thank God he didn't need stitches!!! The checked his eyes, pulse, and heart rate since it was a "head trauma." He was fine... within a few minutes of them being there he was getting into their equipment, and running around as if nothing ever happened. Lindsey came in and helped me calm down, and then Matt and his grandparent showed up.

Matt had to fix his car, which meant I was still on duty!! Kaleb got himself 2 more timeouts... and finally Matt came inside. Then we had to go to the grocery store and pick up dinner. That went unexpectedly well. We got home, put the groceries away, and ate dinner. Was my bad luck finally over??

Of course not!! I was on the phone with my friend Bethany, and Kaleb started coughing. He coughed so hard he made himself throw up!! Now I get to clean up vomit... great.

As of now 2 out of 3 are sleeping!!!! Thank goodness! Kaleb is playing nicely, and I hope that I have no news to report in the morning... or for like a month! This is one tired mommy!!!

I hope everyone had a FAR better day than I did!

I love my kids. I love my kids. I love my kids.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Four Fun Friday Facts!!

Sorry I missed a few weeks! Life has been CrAzY around here!

1.) Matt "had me at hello." We met on New Year's Eve of 2003, and we spent every day together after that until we got married the next August!!! There was honestly about a week total that we spent apart... and it as only because one of us went out of town! He is my soul mate!!

2.) I have always wanted to be a young mommy! I had Kaleb when I was 19 and we were thrilled to have him! I had my three boys by the time I was 22!! Most 22 year olds don't have ANY kids... let alone three! We are having one more... and I hope to be done by 25... maybe 26!Some may call me crazy... but I think I am one lucky girl!

3.) I am VERY close to my mommy! She is one of my best friends! I couldn't imagine my life without her! We see each other at least 4 times a month, and we talk on the phone EVERYDAY!! She knows me better than I know myself sometimes! I hope I am as close to my children as I am to her!

4.) I LOVE the heat! I am an Arizona native and I love the summer! I would much rather jump in the pool than shovel the snow!!!

Wednesday, April 23, 2008


Well, I am definitely more calm this time around! Haha! When I was typing up the last post I was at my whit's end!

I have some good news! Kaleb is getting better! He had only two accidents yesterday (and one was during nap which was my fault). Today has has even been pooping on the potty!!!! YEAH!!! I am so excited! I am starting to see the light at the end of this VERY long tunnel!

We went to Word of Life preschool today and took a tour! He is very excited to start... even though it isn't until August 4th! But I will need every day of the Summer to get him FULLY potty trained so he is able to start school in the Fall!

Monday, April 21, 2008

Potty Training PaNiC!!!

Ok... so some of you may know that we have been trying to get Kaleb potty trained. Well, it is not going so great!It is SO frustrating... and a TON of work! He is more than ready. He tells us every day that "big boys pee and poop on the potty all the time." He knows when he needs to go... he is just too busy to take the time out to go into the bathroom.

We just had another "episode" that proves he is ready, just too busy, or lazy, or defiant to go. I was sitting at the computer checking my e-mail and Kaleb was playing with his Elmo doctor's kit in my room. Next thing I know, Kaleb is standing over the hard plastic "bag" that holds all of the doctor toys and he is peeing in it!!!!!


I was at a total loss for words! I had to call Matt into the room to deal with it, and I broke down. I don't know what to do any more! I have three kids in diapers and it is killing us financially!! I need Kaleb to be potty trained in order for him to start preschool in the fall too.

We have tried EVERYTHING!!!! Pull Ups, rewards, punishment, not pressuring him, putting "targets" in the potty, standing up, sitting down, being naked all day, putting him in underwear and dealing with the mess.... I mean EVERYTHING!!!!! He just won't do it!

Don't get me wrong.. he has his moments. He pees on the potty at least three or four times a day, and he recently started pooping on the potty some of the time, which was a major deal for him. But, the long story short, it is one step forward and three steps back with him!!

Any advise, suggestions, words of comfort, or a number for potty training boot camp to send him to would be greatly appreciated!! Haha!

Have a good week... and I promise to get back into blogging more (if this doesn't kill me first!)

Friday, April 4, 2008

Four Fun Friday Facts!!

Here we are again... another Friday! Doing this every week really makes me realize how fast the week goes by!

1.) Today is my birthday!! I am 23 years old now! Every year I get less excited! I never used to understand why older people didn't get excited for their birthdays, and now I finally understand. Once you hit 21, it is all downhill from there! Haha!

2.) I had an encounter with the rudest woman on the planet today. Matt and I were standing in line at Wal-Mart and Kaleb was throwing a fit over a bottle of water. He took a water out of the coolers they have by the checkout lanes and refused to give it to us so we could pay for it. Matt was picking Kaleb up to take him out to the car when it happened. This old lady in the lane next to us yelled, "Shut that kid up!!" I was furious. I walked over to her ans the rest went something like this.
Me: "Excuse me?"
Old hag: "You heard me, I said shut that kid up."
Me: "You know, you were a kid once too. That was really rude!"
Old hag: "Well I can't believe that you would let him act like that in a place like this"
Me: "Are you kidding me? It's Freaking Wal-Mart!!" (like we were at the Ritz Carlton or something??!!
Old hag: "He is SO misbehaved!"
Me: You need to mind your own business! He is just a little kid. You are the rudest person I have EVER met!!"

And then I walked away! Obviously she has never had kids before. I don't understand how someone could be so miserable with their own lives that they have to take it out on others.

3.) I am obsessed with my DVR!! I record pretty much every show on TV! Haha! I am a reality TV junkie, so with the help of my DVR, I get to watch pretty much all of them! I am SO excited that the writers strike is over and my favorite shows are finally making their way back into my life! :) Desperate Housewives starts back up next Sunday!!! I can't wait!!!

4.) I am pretty much blind!! I have the worst vision, and every time I go to the eye doctor it gets worse! My glasses are really stretched out from my kids yanking on them all day and they fall of off my face sometimes when I look down. The other day they fell off and I had to have Matt come in and find them for me! I swear I will be completely blind by the time I am 40!

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Don't blink...

Koen had his two month check up today!! I can't believe how fast he is growing!! He weighs 9 lbs. 10 oz. and is 22 1/2 inches long! He is doing great! He had to get three shots... poor little guy! He was so brave, he hardly cried.

When I think about my kids I get so emotional! It feels like yesterday that I found out I was pregnant with Kaleb... and now I have three beautiful boys! It is unreal how fast the past three years have flown by. I swear someone hit the fast forward button on my life. It reminds me of that country song "Don't Blink." It makes me cry every time I hear it. I am trying so hard to remember every little thing my boys do as they grow... but I know that is next to impossible. Thank goodness for pictures and baby books (and this blog too!)

Sorry for rambling!