To sum it up, Wednesday brought story time at Red Balloon bookshop. MJ loves it and is so engaged. Greta just likes staring at the other little kids. It also brought an appointment with a podiatrist to get measured for orthotics along with an appointment at the endocrinologists to get my thyroid levels checked. I see the doctor an awful lot for someone that's so healthy. Then MJ had swim lessons, which Dad missed because he forgot and scheduled a barbecue. But considering it was his only opportunity to see friends this week, it was a fair mistake, and we got to come home to a house full of friends. Wednesday was evaluation day at swim lessons, but MJ will not be moving up because she needs to work on her kicking. So be it.
Thursday brought a quick morning run, followed by a visit to Como Zoo. MJ actually enjoyed the animals for once; she's usually uninterested because they're behind glass and she can't touch them. She devised a plan to sneak up on Santa once she saw the reindeer, figuring he must be close by. Thursday also brought a 3 mile detour, just so we wouldn't drive by her old preschool where her friends would be playing and she'd be sad :( Thursday brought a sick Greta; both have been a little sick, but Greta was clearly feeling crummy. I cuddled with her for a long time yesterday afternoon, enjoying the fact that she wanted to cuddle at all. Yesterday brought a trip to Menard's to pick up some supplies for the house, as well as testing patio furniture. And the realization, while observing my kids running wild, that a third kid would be.... interesting. I already don't know where one of them is most of the time, so maybe a third wouldn't feel much different.
|The only self portrait I remembered, and feeling too weird to attempt a better shot.|
|The phone, still the most interesting part of the zoo.|
|I think I'll be getting looks like this from these girls for a long time to come.|
|Constantly losing this one.|
|She got in trouble and had to ride underneath, there was no room elsewhere.|
|I bet they don't make chairs like this in other countries (except China, but they all get shipped here).|
2:30 Greta woke up early today. Her eating schedule has been totally wonky because she's been sick, so I fed her and she fell back to sleep. Up again at 6:30, with another bottle and then I put her in the swing. She needed her sleep, and this bought her an extra 2 hours which served her well today.
7:15 MJ woke up. Her room was a disaster, because she's been obsessed with rearranging her furniture, so I made her clean it before she came out. Her room is usually a disaster first thing in the morning, because she wakes up early and will play by herself in her room. I know this trait is a blessing, we're just trying to work on the room tidying part of it. Today, though, she did stellar picking it all up. Looked cleaner than my room (which isn't really saying much.)
7:40 MJ and I head downstairs. I need to de-poop our backyard (gross) because the fence installers are supposed to show up at ~8:00 and I don't want them to step in anything. There isn't much, thankfully, and it goes quickly. I should add that it was low 40's when I woke up, so it was pretty pleasant picking up poop in my back yard. It's immediately apparent that it's going to be a nice day. Back inside, MJ is dissatisfied with all her breakfast options. So I make a breakfast sandwich for each of us: one egg over hard, cheddar cheese and tomato on toast. Dad tells me later in the morning that it was his biggest motivator to get out of bed.
8:10 Fence guys show up. I go outside to talk to them, and the head guy gives me a weird look. "Do you want to.... go inside and get dressed or something?" Apparently not everyone appreciates my pajamas-are-always-appropriate approach to life. I change, and we go over the plans. We're installing a drive gate into our tiny back yard. Everyone seems to think it's weird, and he checks with us to make sure we want it. I'm psyched that we'll have the option to pull our cars back there during snow emergencies.
8:30 I finally wake Greta up because we have to get ready to go to tumbling. I wake her up, pack the diaper bag and head out. We still don't get out the door until 8:50 because dealing with small children interrupts the space-time continuum.
9:10 Arrive at community center for MJ's first day of tumbling. Greta immediately has a messy diaper, which I change in the bathroom; MJ critiques everything about the process until I finally ask her to step outside.
9:15 The parents are sent out of the room. I'm not worried, MJ does fine, but it seems weird to me. Usually you get to watch these activities, no? It's a small room, I guess. So Greta and I sit there and play, I'll have to think of something better for next week. When MJ comes out 40 minutes later she's carrying another girls socks. Of course, she won't keep her own socks on her feet but will play with other people's socks. Gross.
|Entertaining Greta with limited resources while we wait for big sister.|
10:00 After lessons I go pick up hubs to go the Safety and Inspections office in Saint Paul. He thinks we should bring the girls because they're cute and will win over the inspectors. In reality, Greta was tired and grumpy, and MJ was shy and grumpy, and they didn't do a whole lot of winning anyone over. Not that they needed to. Hubs decided to file for a room with no electrical because the paperwork is easier. We filled it out, he drew out a rough blueprint and we were on our merry way. What a freaking pain.
|MJ, "charming" the building inspectors.|
|Look what happens to this past when I throw it over the side!!!|
|Plotting the deuce she's about to drop on our carpet.|
1:45 Nap time for MJ. We make it quick because hubs is upset about an electrical issue he can't figure out. Quick story, quick tuck in. Somehow her room is a disaster again and I inform her she needs to clean it after she wakes up.
I call hubs back, and this begins an hour long argument/problem solving issue with electrical problems over the phone. I resolve to be the only one to do home repair in the future.
2:30 MJ has been pounding around, clearly not sleeping. She comes out, I tell her she has to clean her room before coming out again. My rule is that I have to not be afraid to walk in her room. It's amazing how quickly that disintegrates. I go outside to talk to the fence guy, who's talking to our neighbor. The neighbor is frustrated that the fence won't be finished for a week (the posts have to set before boards are attached). I think the fence guy was giving me a look like "can you believe this guy?" but that may have just been what I was thinking. This is the same neighbor who vacuumed sawdust off his trees when we had a tree cut down and our sawdust got on his trees.
|A crappy picture and attempt to capture the chaos of going shopping with these two. Really, it's the chaos of shopping with one in particular, but I won't name names.|
Anyway. 5:00 and we finally head out. Just enough time to head to Erin and Ben's, so I bring my pile o' groceries along with me. And I mostly just vegetate while there. Watch Greta put piles of dead grass in her mouth. I try to stop her but mostly give up. With only occasional reminding MJ is playing much more nicely than she has been of late. Maybe nice and patient mom makes a nice and patient daughter? That's an added responsibility... oy! It's nice to see adults, and get to talk to them because there's enough space for the kids to spread out and not yell in our ear. I also have to briefly duck out to go finish off the electrical that Hubs had issues with.
|I'm guessing Erin will have a better shot of this same moment. Maybe she'll even manage to provide a pic of me, which I apparently forgot today.|
Greta fell asleep within a few blocks, which is unusual for her since she barely ever falls asleep in the car. When we get home I move her upstairs in the car seat, and MJ is even sadder because she realizes there will be no delay while I put Greta to bed. But I read some extra stories and she seems plenty sleepy by the time 8 o'clock rolls around.
I drag the rest of the groceries in the house, clean up the kitchen, make some iced coffee for the morning, then hear G start wailing. I go upstairs and give her a very large bottle, and move her into the crib. She has trouble settling and keeps coughing but eventually succeeds.
10 pm and the day is done. Stick in some pictures and go to sleep!