Sunday, March 28, 2010

Sunday Sayings (3/28)

"Love is a promise, love is a souvenir, once given never forgotten, never let it disappear."
John Lennon

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

It ain't easy being big.

I love Bella and Ryan being in love with cameras because they allow me to fulfill my addiction of taking hundreds of pictures of my children each week. I wish though that Zach was still the camera hog he was. I've never seen a baby or child who loved getting his picture taken more than Zach did when he was little. However, now the boy will have none of it. He is much too big and important to let me just sit and snap pictures of him.
But...
He let me Sunday night. :D





Trying to convince him to take a picture with me.


And finally one of us together!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Huh, wait, what???

I know, I do not want anymore children, at least not anytime soon. I'm not sure if I've been over this here, but it just so happens Disney World is my motivation for that. I really really love Disney World, and I want to take the kids, but I also don't want any of them under 6 so that we can all properly enjoy it. Not to mention we have three awesome kids now, we don't need more.
But...
It seems like everybody is getting pregnant! And while I know I don't want to be, that in conjunction with the fact that my baby is almost one is giving me some bad moments. Its sort of like when I see their positive pee sticks I'm all like "Awww... its going to be a baby!!!" Then I get to thinking about feeling your baby move for the first time, seeing and holding her the first time, that first smile, and I get all "I want one too!" BUT I DON'T! Its driving my body crazy.
I don't want a baby, I want Disney World. But I can't help it, all these positive pee sticks are making me all gooey inside.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Sunday Sayings (3/21)

“Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.”
Dr. Seuss

Friday, March 19, 2010

Let me be honest

I hate my daughter's name.
Yup, absolutely, really, and truely. I hate it. Never in my life have I ever felt the overwhelming urge to name my daughter Isabella, Bella, or any variation of the name. Nor do I like the middle name Ann. 1. It's totally spelled wrong that way, in my opinion, but that could just stem from the fact that my middle name is AnnE and 2. It's like the most common middle name in the world.
You might ask then why my daughter has the name Isabella Ann when I don't like either one. Well... to be honest... I lost a bet to my husband. He was just so sure from the very beginning of my pregnancy that we were going to have a girl that he wouldn't even think of boy names, he just went straight to Isabella Ann, a name he had picked out when I was pregnant with Zach. John and Zach started calling the baby Bella at about 10ish weeks. They were so silly about it that I told John if he was right and the baby was a girl he could name her whatever he wanted as long as I got to pick whatever name I wanted if it was a boy.
What do you know, for once he was right.
So now I'm stuck with a daughter who has the #1 most popular name for a girl born in 2009. She's going to be the girl who has 3 other girls in her class with the same name. This is why I hate my daughter's name.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Being a parent can really suck

It really really can.
I'm not sure who said the twos are terrible, but they were wrong. Very very wrong. The almost sixes are much more terrible. Zach has taken to yelling and screaming if you so much as ask him to come to you. If he was a prepubescent girl I might think he was getting ready to start getting his periods. He's moody and extremely emotionally volatile. Not to mention at times violent. I have no idea why all this started, but it seems like he just came home from school one day like this and its just stuck around like a bad stink.
Well, we got into another of these "I hate you! I don't want you to be my mommy!" moments today, all because I said he had to get his haircut since he has pictures Wednesday. He was so gross to everyone about it. Me, my mom, his brother. So I sent him upstairs (we're at my mom's) to be alone. He started slamming doors, screaming, and trashing my brother's room. Thus I had to punish him and ground him. Zach's now grounded from TV, all game systems, Legos, and playing with others until Saturday. I stood outside the door and listened to make sure he didn't start destroying the room again, and I hear him sobbing that nobody likes or loves him and he wants a new family. So now I feel like the scum of the Earth.
See, being a parent can really suck.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Sunday Sayings (3/14)

From your head to your toes
You're not much, goodness knows
But you're so precious to me
Cute as can be, baby of mine
From the song Baby Mine by Ned Washington from Disney's movie Dumbo

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Sunday Sayings (3/7)

"The time has come," the Walrus said,
"To talk of many things:
Of shoes--and ships--and sealing-wax--
Of cabbages--and kings--
And why the sea is boiling hot--
And whether pigs have wings."

From Lewis Carroll's "Through the Looking Glass"

Monday, March 1, 2010

Night Terrors R Us

So, how many of you know the difference between a nightmare and a night terror? More than likely not many. Most people use the term night terror as if it synonymous with nightmare, which it's not. True, they are similar, but they are also very different, and unless you or your child suffer from them a lot of people think they are just one of those "made up" things.
Night terrors are very real and very scary.
I have never had night terrors, or at least not that I know of. However, Zach has suffered with them his whole life. The first night I found him screaming and crying in his sleep, he was only a few months old at the time, I was terrified. Nothing I did could make him stop. It wasn't just like a "I'm angry/hungry/sad" type sound, it was a pure "I'm terrified, make it stop" sound. And I couldn't make it stop. It was one of the scariest moments in my life and it just kept going for about 15 minutes.
Ever since that night Zach has had them repeatedly. Until he was about 18 months he had about 3-4 a week; then until he was about 2 1/2 years it was about once a week. Since then he has maybe 1 or 2 a month. That would seem like a good thing, but for the past almost 2 years (since he turned 4) he has started getting out of his bed, standing next to it, and alternating screaming "Stop," "Mommy/Daddy," and "No" between just screaming and crying. We're terrified he'll progress to walking and doing things during one also.
We were afraid Ryan might also suffer from them, but so far we haven't seen a sign of them.
Bella, however, has had two so far, both in the past month. She doesn't seem to be having them with the same frequency as Zach, but this isn't a set thing you can really map out a trajectory of. We just hope it won't be like with Zach.
Here is a surefire to tell a night terror from a night mare from KidsHealth.org:
"Kids don't respond to efforts to comfort or reassure them, and won't remember having a night terror."
This is the definition of a night terror from WebMD:
"Night terrors are characterized by frequent recurrent episodes of intense crying and fear during sleep, with difficulty arousing the child."
And lastly, again from WebMD, the most important fact I have seen in my research:
"Night terrors are frightening episodes that disrupt family life."
You might think its harsh of me to think that's the most important fact, but it is. When Zach has a night terror he wakes up everyone in the house. He frightens Ryan. I mean Ryan ends up just as upset and scared as his brother.
If you'd like to read more on night terrors here are a few sites that you might find helpful:
I hope you all understand that night terrors are a very real thing now. Zach's doctor diagnosed him with them, so if you feel you or your child might have them I would definitely recommend talking to your doctor about it.

Weekday Blog Prompts (3/1)

Here are this week's weekday blog prompts! To see some generic fall backs see this post: Weekday Blog Prompts (2/22).
  • "March is..." Make a post about what March is like where you live. It can be about the weather, events, special occasions. Just what ever defines March to you.
  • "Spring Cleaning..." Do you do spring cleaning? If so, what exactly do you do differently for spring cleaning than you do for regular cleaning?
Remember, please leave me a reply with a link to your post (either using this prompt set or a previous one) I'd love to see what you wrote!