Tuesday, 28 April 2009

The month in review - April 2009

April summarised in 10 points:

1. Nugget turned four! Huh! No longer the mother of "four-under-four". We had a wonderful time celebrating. He had a Spiderman themed party and there were a sea of Spidermen playing pass-the-parcel, statues, musical mats and the like. He managed to scoop the pool with his gifts again and was very happy with his bike, Optimus Prime transformer and various Ben 10 figurines and watch.

2. Nugget has decided to toilet train at night. This has been a bit hit and a lot miss, but we are establishing strategies now that seem to be keeping the sheets dry!

3. The babies turned 4 months! They are getting bigger, smiling and giggling, sleeping a little better (the Minx is far superior to Deew Drop at this point in time with regards to sleeping) and attempting to roll over (the Minx can from tummy to back since 8 weeks) and sit up. They are so alert now and love the attention their big brothers lavish on them (Doo Dah can get a little keen and practically lies on top of them).

4. Doo Dah is toilet training. He has been very successful for a young thing, but we are still getting days where he wees all over the house! Frustrating! And, unlike Nugget who NEVER pooed in his undies, Doo Dah is quite partial to a random poo too which is most unattractive all on levels.

5. We have been to many fun birthday parties for the Mother's Group crew. The boys have enjoyed playing the party games, riding their bikes on the bike tracks at the various parks we have been going to and especially the lolly bags they get to take home at the end of the day!

6. I enjoyed my first "High Tea" at the Sir Stamford Hotel for my friend Robyn's 30th birthday. Although there were more car dramas, resulting in me having to leave Minxy at home despite being prepared to take her with me, it was a lovely ladies afternoon of decadence.

7. Mum and Dad have been away in WA for the month.

8. The household has had many illnesses - diarrohea, colds, sore throats, coughs, and random viruses. A complete joy!

9. The Geege has still been looking for different work - with the GFC (Global Financial Crisis) there isn't much work around of course, so this has continued to be a frustrating process. He enrolled in the Certificate IV Training and Assessment to open some doors in the future, but at the moment things haven't changed much for him from a work perspective.

10. We have survived another month with four children with our sense of humour mostly in tact!

Monday, 27 April 2009

People don't eat those fish, they are for the penguins!

Why are children's thoughts so obsessive? I am sure it is a developmental thing (some don't seem to grow out of it though do they?) but it is enough to drive a person mad!

Doo Dah is currently obsessed with knowing where everyone is all the time. Including our dog Ruby who hasn't lived with us since the babies were born, so who bloody knows what she is doing at any one given moment!

He starts the day with "Where's Daddy?". My usual response is "At work". This is followed up with an, hourly request for the whereabouts of his beloved father. I started to respond with "on the moon" or "in the trees" but alas he is too quick for that. "Daddy not on the moon" he says. Followed by "Where's Daddy?". Arghhh!

Nugget is past the truly obsessive phase and into the know-it-all, righteous one. For example, yesterday whilst watching the Foxtel children's channel, a strange yellow puppet called Ollie was singing a song about healthy foods.

Nugget pipes up with "I like healthy food, but I don't like broccoli".

I respond with an encouraging comment about big boys trying new foods and growing big and strong. Next thing a series of food starts scrolling across the screen behind Ollie's head, including an image of a whole fish. Nugget begins to laugh.

I ask him what is up and he says "People don't eat those fish, penguins do!". Bless.

These same little boys, with their fixed ideas and crazy obsessions seem to be able to pick up the words of songs faster than I do. They pipe out the words of Justine Clarke's latest CD when I am still struggling with the choruses. Oh to have cerebral plasticity again! I'm guessing they must have got that ability from the Geege (as I am a known song make-r-uper-a) but the sleep deprivation is probably not letting my aging brain function at its full potential either.

It is a shame they don't seem to be able to put those good listening ears into use when I ask them to do something however. I am not sure that the skill will carry over to schoolwork or be at all useful for them in the big picture!

At least they will be able to sing along to the radio (if this medium continues in the future?) and not make idiots of themselves like their mother.

How do you cope with your children's obsessive questions?
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