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Oh Casina... I have major kitchen control. I have barely in the last year or so accepted help from my best friend when she comes over for dinner and wine. At first I would just make her sit in the kitchen and talk to me, but now it's actually fun to cook with someone and we have a great time. But it was very hard for me to give up that "control" for some reason. Sheesh, I act like I will die if my meal doesn't come out pefect or something. Use this dish, not that spoon, etc. I am a little leary about the house we made an offer on because the kitchen is *SO* small and my friend and I are both big women so it's going to be quite tight in there while we are both puttering about. Oh well...

I have been so freakin' sleepy lately. I have no idea why. Maybe my body is fighting off the strep that Kaylee and Crystal are growing in their lungs? All I know is that I just don't feel like myself lately, and I feel like crap. I hate letting myself be lazy. It just feels wrong. I used to drink a cup of tea in the afternoon for a pick-me-up, but now caffine doesn't even help! :yawning:

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what i'd have concerns with about (my kids anyways), vacuming is that they would suck up whatever they thought would fit into the vacum.

They are quite wild too, and I hope one day they listen to my reasoning.*sigh*

Weren't you just totally sick, Tea olive, and then you got into a car accident? How are you doing?

leah, you're pregnant, you're allowed to be tired, especially since you take care of 4 other kids full time!! (try b-complex vitamens for extra zoom)

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what i'd have concerns with about (my kids anyways), vacuming is that they would suck up whatever they thought would fit into the vacum.
: i can so see haeven and samaya trying to vaccuum up the cats or something. they are mischevious yes, but so damn cute.

 

 

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: i can so see haeven and samaya trying to vaccuum up the cats or something. they are mischevious yes, but so damn cute.


I was going to elaborate, but didn't want to say *how* bad they can be, or where they get it from :
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I was going to elaborate, but didn't want to say *how* bad they can be, or where they get it from :


 

 

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we've done quite a few years now of vacuum seminar. funny, i only have one room that needs it regularly. i also have two boys that like to tell ruby what she can't do. they have vacuumed most everything, but i have kept it from sources of water and foodstuffs. one time they tried to get the big gravel outside with it. my dog used to get vacuumed.

...so jaz, why won't you tell us how bad it can be? i'm sure some of us can top you.

i woke up feeling relatively terrific today. i actually mowed the backyard cos it really needed it. i had thought i could never feel decent again, with pneumonia, period, and accident. just the wreck was making me move in slow motion!

my mom has serious kitchen control so i have really worked to be different. i found out recently that some of it is just that for example when i cut a mango, i just want to feel the comfort of doing something i know i can do and do well and wallow in it. i am reluctant to add instruction to a talkative and pushy boogerhead.
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I don't own a vacum. And all my floors are linolium.

I'll pass for now on "how bad my kids can be"...

how bout yall go first?
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Mona, I've been meaning to say, try a hammock. We've never used one with dc1, but it was a lifesaver when dc2 was a newborn. We strung her up right next to me in bed, but about a foot higher, so flailing 2yo couldn't get to her. Then she was big enough for the bed, but lately I've been getting sore of all night nursing, so I might invest in another hammock. And dc1 might get to try it too.

dc loves to vaccuum, cook, clean, you name it. And I have REAL housecleaning control issues. I used to be a housecleaner, so no one does it as well as me But with reading up on the Montessori philosophy more, I really have tried to incorporate the kids help more. Yesterday they each did a load of laundry by themselves! Even the 18mo!
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dc loves to vaccuum, cook, clean, you name it. And I have REAL housecleaning control issues. I used to be a housecleaner, so no one does it as well as me But with reading up on the Montessori philosophy more, I really have tried to incorporate the kids help more. Yesterday they each did a load of laundry by themselves! Even the 18mo!
wanna come over to my house?

actually, dd likes to do some laundry with me, and dusting, and sometimes the dustbuster but it is mostly too loud for her.

hammock eh? sounds interesting.
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Razi likes to vacuum too but it's hard as my attitude toward cleaning is just get it done and over w/ so you can move onto anything else. Not very condusive to teaching as I have a tendancy to get impatient (where is that bag smilie guy?) I've always been like that. Just get it done fast (and good) I was a house cleaner for awhile too. Right now the biggest obstacle as far as cleanliness goes in the kitchen is actually mil...

Leah, you are so not lazy, just pregnant mama!! give yourself a break and enjoy 'taking it easy' because of it. I napped almost every day I was pregnant w/ Razi, so much for that this time around tho
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we are having a MAJOR toilet paper probelm in the house.,.. well elwynn is. im tempted to do away with throw away TP because whole rolls are ending up in the toilet and i have to fish them out. we use recycled paper and its not cheap and i hate the waste thats going on. ive tried a million different ways of explaining to him that boys dont need to wipe their penis 5 times after each pee..that trees die to make toilet paper.. that it cloggs it up if you use too much... but hes insistant to the point of hysteria if i dont let him wipe at least 3 times.. he will use a cloth or a towl or whatever he can find but still.. ive been hiding the rolls in the bathroom but he is prtty smart and just looks for them. im at the point where ive tld him he isnt allowed in there without me.. but thats crapy.. hes been using the bathroom by himself for a long time ad its never been a problem.. how and why do these things come to be? arg.

 

 

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why does he say he needs to have a super duper dry penis?
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sorry fern!!!! but i have to admit i giggled a few times, as i am a totally visual type.
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he has major sensory issues.. especially about being wet. if his clothes are a little bit wet they have to come off (unless we areout in the rain ) so.. if he THINKS he dripped on his pants he feaks out..he's been like this for a long time but lately its been worse than usual.. i dont think he has OCD but he is definately very senstive.

 

 

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When my Dad was building our house in WA while I was growing up we didn't have the handy toilet paper holder thingies so I constantly dropped the TP into the water. My parents hated it, lol. They just dried it out and we used it anyway.

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Fern: have you tried asking Elwynn what you can do, by way of compromise? Perhaps he'd be happier with cloth wipes anyway (you feel more dry, and don't have the whole bother of little bits of toilet paper all over)? I'm so glad Bean doesn't have major sensory issues; he just shakes it off.

BeanBean and BooBah fight over who gets to run the vacuum. Bean usually wins and BooBah ends up running around, shrieking and giggling. Two weeks ago, he told MIL "I wish you'd give somebody a haircut so that I can vacuum up the hair." She said she wanted to cut his hair, and he answered, "No, thanks," just as smoothly as you please. Okay, all typed out it doesn't look that funny, but it was *hilarious* when it happened.

BooBah has sensory issues. She wants to wear nothing but fleece pajamas, and the entire neighborhood knows if her clothing gets wet. Those pictures in my sig of BooBah? They were followed by her stripping *completely*, and throwing a tantrum when we insisted that she wear underpants. It was after that weekend that I formally gave up on getting her to wear other clothing, but we have had a revalation since-- she's willing to wear tights. Only cotton ones, and only if they fit her (which means 6-18 month size, because she's skinny and short-legged), but tights! She will wear jeans over said tights, and yesterday she even wore a skirt! She also keeps her shoes on for *much* longer in the tights, she even kept them on for two hours in the car! I was so impressed. Anyway, I guess this means that I have to find more cotton tights. The two pairs she had came from a Mennonite department store which I probably won't get to before black Friday (and then with no money : )...

I've lost the foot to my sewing machine. I was going to stitch up some fleece pajama pants for BooBah, had everything set up, but couldn't find my bobbins or the foot-pedal. I'm horribly depressed about this, and very angry with BeanBean who has no idea why. Yeesh. Oh, and I left my sling at the ILs Saturday, so of course Bella has been extra miserable because she's accustomed to living in said sling, and it's too warm indoors to wear the KK fleece pouch for very long.

Have I mentioned that I'm having a really, really long week? Sorry to vent at y'all, you ladies don't deserve it. Do me a favor, for the sake of my karma or soul or whatever you want to call it and click on the "Forgive me?" link in my sig, k? Thanks.

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wish the kids would go to bed. Its 11:44 PM.:

rynna, I love your posts!
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BooBah and Bella are sick. Please think happy, healthy, easy-breathing thoughts toward them today. :

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yeah, i love rynna's posts too. i'd like to read more of her posts.
/winkwink /nudgenudge

i'd second the cloth wipes idea fern. its only recently that we've switced to paper tp for K. i know wes would never go for cloth wipes, so i haven't even mentioned it. maybe when we're older and i've swayed him to more of my hippy ways. :P

it seems like we all have sensitive children in some way or another. i wouldn't worry about it too much fern. half the time wes thinks k is totally bonkers, but i think she's just a 3 year old who has some sensitivties.

the night before k slept ALL THE WAY THRU the night omfg.
but last night, she woke up at 10pm with a horrible tummy ache and i stayed inthere all night. (what wonderful contraception this child is)
i had eaten a tofu sandwhich for lunch, but i really didnt think she was getting any of my milk. but for fucks sake, maybe she is. or maybe it was some other random food issue. i wish k 's stomach wasn't so senstive. :
oh well,i wasn't really in the mood anyway. :

jaz- damn, that is a late night. do they nap late or something? with out a nap, k gets to bed around 7pm, but she wakes up around 6am, so there you go.
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BooBah and Bella are sick. Please think happy, healthy, easy-breathing thoughts toward them today. :
we cross posted, i'm sorry rynna.
i'll be thinking good thoughts of your monkeys today.
try not to get sick yourself.
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Fern: have you tried asking Elwynn what you can do, by way of compromise? Perhaps he'd be happier with cloth wipes anyway (you feel more dry, and don't have the whole bother of little bits of toilet paper all over)? I'm so glad Bean doesn't have major sensory issues; he just shakes it off.
we do use cloths a lot.. but i keep TP in the bathroom as well so it just gets used. we have talked about how we can make everyone feel happy about this but maybe it just needs to run its course. this too shall pass right?


sorry to hear about the sickness ngaio has a cold too.. she was feverish all day yesterday and just wanted to nurse non stop and sleep. its so sad when kids are sick. sending healing thuoghts your way.


jazz.. the late sleep thing sucks. ive started getting the kids to bed around 8 or 9 (but E wake up at 7 now.... ug) but it means having some quiet time for me.. so i am really glad about it. my rule for elwynn is NO naps. otherwise he's up till all hours of the night. ngaio usually sleeps in for a few hours after i get up with E so we get some alone time together as well.. which is so nice (and i shouldnt be wasting it on mdc )

 

 

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yeah, I'm wiped by the end of the day, so I don't have energy to put them down to sleep, and get up again. Being a single mom sucks sometimes. If my ex was here, the kids would be to bed by 9 30. arrgggg. he's coming to visit next week, so I'll get a much needed break!

fern~ I'd just put the TP up really high, where Elwynn can't reach it. That's what I have to do here, actually. I've had whole rolls melt in the toilet more than once.: no more TP dispenser!
Yeah, I don't give H a nap anymore, but sasa gets one only before 3 pm, but of course half the time, she is crazy by 4 or 5, and has to have a nap for everyones sake.:

rynna~ much healing energy to your little ones.
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Bella couldn't nurse, she was too congested. Both girls are grunting and wheezing now; I got scripts for albuterol for both of them and I'll be nebbing them as soon as we get home. BeanBean has a cold, he's sneezy and drippy and hoarse, but he's ridiculously energetic and happy for a "sick" kid. I told him that he could have "real medicine," rather than everyday medicine as a special treat. He's happy to be "sick enough." In some ways, Bean is very, very strange.

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Rynna, hope you all are feeling well soon!! I really laughed about your post about Boobah. I had a 'bit' of sensory issues when I was little and wouldn't wear anything that had elastic, except this red pair of tights. I just wore them all the time I wish I could find a picture, I still think fondly of those tights

I'm so glad Razi has never put TP rolls in the toilet. Fishing that out is so not something I could handle lately!
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s Rynna. Sounds like you are working pretty hard these days. Hang in there and remember to get a minute or two to yourself when you need it.

I think I am already having contractions. : I have no idea though. : My uterus is still so small it's hard to tell, but I have intermittent stomach pains and when I feel it with my hand it feels kind of tight. I kind of get this feeling through my whole body when I contract, it's hard to explain. I have an appt on Friday so I'll find out what to do. It definitely happens when I am busy- DUH, life has to go on! I hope it's just my bowels or something. I was hoping this pregnancy would be nice and easy! :

My kids go to bed at 8pm. (Crystal and Kaylee before that.) Rather, *I* retire to my room at 8 and the kids have to either lay down in bed and watch a movie, read, or talk, or DH takes over and they stay up for a little while. It's kind of like the "I'm tired so it's time for YOU to go to bed" thing. They all get up between 6 and 7, sometimes they let me sleep in (8am) when there's no school, which is SO nice. They are finally old enough to play for awhile by themselves until I roll out of bed! I've never been one to sleep late, so I enjoy going to bed kinda early and rising early also.

Z and J have been really good today, thank goodness!!! I came home from hauling the recycling (I know, I know- I'm supposed to be taking it easy, but who else is going to do it???), and they both had babies in strollers, their winter scarves on, and beds made up on the floor in the LR. They were going "to the dance", and the LR was "Spokane".

Zachary saw a kid in the store the other day and he started calling out "Razi! Razi! That's my friend Razi!" It was so darn cute!

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GA loves to do laundry. we have a front loading washer so she can pretty much do all of the laundry expcet the folding. and actually she does fold the napkins. We love this keep up b/c dh and i both HATE laundry

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I hate laundry too. : I think I will have the kids fold the diapers when we have to go rhtough that again! (I am already dreading the added load of laundry per day!!!)

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I love doing laundry. Absolutely love it. There is nothing as fabulous, in my mind, as folding up clean clothing, warm from the dryer. The most disgusting part is loading it, and I'm perfectly content afterwards as long as I get to wash my hands. Fantastic.

Dishes, on the other hand... well, lets just say that despite my deeply held conviction that we should reduce, reuse, and recycle as much as possible, I ate almost exclusively from paper plates while I had my own apartment. I can't stand doing dishes. I do the bare minimum, if I need a cup I will wash a cup but given my druthers I'd never do dishes again. That's one of the reasons that I hate cooking; it invariably involves coming into contact with dirty dishes. Of course, if I cook I'm more than justified in telling Mike to wash the dishes... but it's not good enough. If I won the lottery and it was only a small one, I'd still pay someone to wash my dishes.

Even dishwashers are kind of icky to me. Loading them requires that one pay attention, and occasionally come into contact with more ickiness...

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I don't mind cleaning. Its satisfying once its all sparkly But it NEVER ends! That's the part that bugs me. I have been saying these days, that my dream would be to have a maid and a nanny. I could just do whatever I wanted, and not have to worry about the mess or the kids
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I'd like to have "chasers" and someone to come into my house for no reason other than to load and unload the dishwasher. Of course, we're talking about my dream-world here, the one in which I have scads of money and we live on a farm in the middle of nowhere...

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