Friday, April 29, 2011

The Latest

This might be my longest span without posting...I've never been busier at work and my home life has been upside down since my husband has begun this new company.  I can't express how happy I am that it is FRIDAY and for the first time in a month I can sit at my desk quietly drowning out the surrounding noise with my Pandora Radio and actually post something...

First things first, My Big Girl completed her mile trial run for her 2nd grade.  She loves to run and is pretty quick too.  This run, boys and girls, was weighing heavy on her mind.  She had been expressing her angst over not feeling like she could keep up with the boys (which bummed me out).  We encouraged her to practice and work up her stamina and told her "Of course you can beat the boys, you just might have to work harder!" Truthfully, I didn't know how true this was until she did her run yesterday.  In her class she was the first girl in and only ONE second behind the boy who came in first.  What I would've done to be there! My husband ran with her, as did a few other moms with their kids, and he said she pushed so hard to keep up.  I honestly could not be prouder of her.  It's not that she finished near the front, it's that she got to see first had that hard work really DOES pay off.  It's a life lesson I hope resonates with her.

My Little Man, who is 5, is going through a rough patch.  Lately, he's been more aggressive and his listening skills have severely dulled. I know it's crazy to think that he might always respond to me the FIRST time I ask, but for the most part he always has.  Now, I have ask several times and when I say "No" he is likely to burst out into tears and throw a tantrum yelling "You're the worst mom in the worllllllllld!"  He has always been my easy kid; the kid who listened when both girls were swinging from the chandeliers; the boy who would never let me leave for work without a hug and a "I love you, Mommy" but not this morning.  He refused to get dressed then through himself across the front door. It was one of those days you want to call in sick and just hug your kids until you can figure out what's going on with them if they won't tell you.  My husband it taking him out tonight, just the two of them, to feel him out and see if he can gain some insight as to what's causing the behavior issues.

Ah...then there's my Baby Girl who insists on being called "Big Girl."  Her new thing?  Dropping her pants and pretending that she's peeing on you like a boy.  Her little body turns in a sprinkler sort of motion all the while she's making the "PSSSSSSSSSSS" sound, followed by excited laughter.  I have to admit that it is a pretty funny sight to see...but, when it's not YOUR kid doing it.  Also on her list of accomplishments?  Profanity.  She has taken up yelling "Ah, dammit!" when something doesn't suit her.  Yep, we win the award for "Parents of the Year."  Clearly the grown-ups need a turn in the "Time Out" seat at our house. 

Our lives are clearly upside down and we're barely treading water.  School is out in two months and I'm actually excited about this.  The one thing that keeps me sane and I am always certain of is that I love our family and we are generally healthy and well, regardless of  periodic short-comings.  Even if someone refuses to give me hugs and tell me they love me before I leave in the morning, deep down I know they do.  Being a mom is the hardest, but best thing I've ever done in my life.  I just don't want to screw it up...

On that note, have a nice weekend everyone! May your laundry miraculously wash and fold itself into drawers and your children behave perfectly!

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