Archive for February, 2007

Long time…

February 22, 2007

no write… I have been having a terrible time managing my time! I am juggling the kids, all the awful paperwork and phone calls that are resulting from serving as the executor of my dad’s estate, fitting in appointments to the chiropractor (at the moment I am hooked- we’re all going!), trying to write for this fantastic writing class that I’m taking… Somehow, in trying to do so much I seem to be doing nothing…

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Attention please!

February 15, 2007

Katherine is such a mellow baby. She is more than happy to let her big sister rule the roost… Well, maybe I should say, she is happy until night time. She has never been a great sleeper but periodically she goes through phases… Our theory is that she picks these times to receive her more than deservedĀ attention. Her little baby brain seems to grasp the concept that Caroline is tucked into bed and for the moment, at least, we are all hers. The crying began at 7:30 last night when she had a full 30 minutes of sleep under her belt. The crying stopped at 11:30. More accurately, the crying stopped everytime Rob or I picked her up and then stopped at 11:30- for forty five minutes when it started again. It stopped rather quickly that time until 3:15. Fortunately, she got herself back down almost immediately that time so we were able to sleep soundly until 5:30 when Caroline awoke. Needless to say, Katherine has been just fine today- her appendix didn’t rupture, teeth had not burst through her gums, there was, in short, no reason to call the pediatrician or rush to the ER. Both options I had considered during the long bursts of loud, excruciating crying. Fortunately, I would then pick her up and she would laugh, hit my face and pull my hair- got ya! How can you not laugh at such a clever little thing!

Voodoo or miracle…

February 13, 2007

Yesterday, Caroline went to a chiropractor. The woman is either crazy or a miracle worker. Here’s the background… I am on a list serve for parent’s of spirited children. There is a woman on this list who seems to recommend chiropractic care for any problem that people mention. There is also another woman who always seems to recommend that these children take fencing lessons but that is a different story entirely. Back to the chiropractor (pardon the pun…) I sent a message to this group recently in reference to our incredibly early wake up times and of course, this woman mentioned her chiropractor. At first I brushed if off and then I read her sentence “My son slept for the first time in four and a half years.” Well, I decided to delve a little further and e-mailed her privately. She convinced me to give it a try. The premise is that kids can get out of alignment for a myriad of reasons from the trauma of even a “normal” birth to falls. When they are out of alignment, the brain and the body cannot communicate effectively and this can effect almost everything including behavior and sleep. The chiropractor, Dr. Jo, said that Caroline’s neck was so out of alignment that a lay person would be able to diagnosis her. Caroline tolerated the treatment beautifully which is not her usual M.O. Dr. Jo said that she should feel much more comfortable. Caroline told me that her body felt “different.” I am still holding my breath because we have certainly tried other things that have had short term benefit but… Caroline was happier and more agreeable than she has been in a long time last night. She slept straight through until 5:10 when she got herself back to sleep- she has never gotten herself back to sleep after 5 o’clock. Of course, Dr. Jo recommended we return (money, money, money) but for the time being, I am willing to put all of my money in her basket- it is worth a try….

Friends and notes…

February 10, 2007

I am recently home from a long trip to Texas. Daddy passed away only 12 hours after I arrived. I spent the rest of a six day visit, getting to know his friends- people I certainly should have met with him not after him- hindsight is indeed 20/20. My dad was super quirky- wierd might be a better choice of words and we had a lot of baggage- a second and now ex-wife that prevented him from contacting me… Anyway, my dad made lots of wonderful friends in the past seven years and I do indeed wish I had known them sooner.

While I was gone, I found myself really missing the girls- Rob and I have never left them- the only nights I have been without Caroline were the nights I spent in the hospital after having Katherine. I have spent most of the past three and a half years wishing for this never taken break. When I knew I had to go to Texas, for such a yucky reason, part of me had mixed emotions. I was, in some ways, glad to know that I would be able to sleep when I wanted, eat a meal uninterrupted and even, perhaps, go to the bathroom with the door closed. All this said, I was almost surprised by how much I missed my babies. Then Rob told me a story that made me realized why I did- I had left special little people behind and I wanted to be with them- to hug them and tell them how special they are. Here is what Caroline did… Caroline received stationary for Christmas and she has been writing people notes like crazy. My mom received a blank piece of paper, my in-laws, an empty envelope but she was getting the idea. While I was gone, Caroline walked up to Rob and asked him to address an envelope for Billie-my dad’s most wonderful significant other, companion, friend- whatever you might call a 75 year old “girl”friend… Caroline said she was sending Billie a note because she was alone, “in Texas, without Gran’Dad.” She had written a sympathy card- what a wonderful little person she is…

Daddy

February 3, 2007

Really more of an update than a “real” post… Just wanted to write that Daddy died early yesterday morning. I am in Lubbock, to return on Wednesday. There will be much more to follow…