You know I’m starting to think that maybe I should have changed my blog name to Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom. Because that’s what life feels like right now – a series of crazy adventures. No, I’ll keep it as it is, but today has definitely been one of those days. Not bad, just crazy.
Today, I’ve been peed on, thrown up on, cleaned up playdoh from all over my living room floor, scraped off silly putty from the fish tank, re-washed dishes because Joshua took them from the dishwasher Nathan left open and lined them up all across the kitchen floor, cleaned up spilled bird seed, cleaned up spilled milk, cleaned up more spilled milk, scrubbed jelly off my cupboards from when Emily decided to “help” make sandwiches, and caught Joshua just before he was ready to drop all 3 kids’ toothbrushes into the toilet. That’s just a few things that my maybe-not-so-sane head is able to remember right now. And doesn’t count the numerous poopy diapers I’ve changed, nor the many boo boos I’ve kissed & hugged. Or the normal things, like laundry, dishes, vacuuming, cleaning.
That was just this morning.
In the last hour, I went to the chiropractor with all 4 kids. I usually only go when Nate is home to watch the kids, but that would have meant waiting until next Friday and I didn’t want to wait that long.
I had my back worked on (still dealing with lower back issues from the pregnancy) and I also had the chiro work on Joshua and Luke. I’ve been hearing good things about chiropractors and kids and, as I am a firm believer in chiropractic care and the overall health benefits for myself, why not my kids? I had hesitated up until now, but after reading on Jenna’s blog, about how beneficial her baby’s visits to the chiropractor have been, I decided to go for it.
Luke has been a wonderful, easy going baby, but he’s been fussier and more gassy the last couple weeks (probably from the thrush we are still dealing with) but I wanted to get him adjusted anyways. Easy, peasy. He did great. I’m not sure if we’ll see any changes, although I will say that I just put him down for a nap – upstairs in the pack ‘n play – and he went down without a peep for the first time in 2-3 weeks. Normally I have to run back upstairs and give him his binky back at least a couple times before he goes to sleep. Coincidence? Maybe. We’ll see…
Now I really wanted Joshua to get an adjustment because chiropractor care has the potential to help with reflux. Even though Joshua is a million times better than a year ago, he is still somewhat ‘refluxy’ and will throw up easily – if he’s coughing or simply eats too much (why I was “thrown up on” earlier.) The chiropractor said his back had a couple spots that were slightly “out of alignment” so he easily fixed them. He did it all while Joshua was sitting on my lap and Joshua did very well. I was so proud of him and gave him high fives. We’ll see if Joshua’s adjustment helps.
All in all, it went pretty well, but it was interesting. It always is with all 4 kids. (I’m still working on my post about our dentist appointment yesterday – that will be coming soon – I just had to get this one up now while it was fresh in my mind!)
Before we went back for our appointments, Luke decided he wanted to eat 45 minutes before his usual feeding time (he usually eats every 3 hours, but he must be going through another growth spurt today.) So I’m feeding him in the waiting room when he decides to poop. A lot. Thankfully it didn’t blow out, but there was not a good place to change him and of course, literally seconds after Luke went, the chiropractor called us back.
The chiro did Luke first (yes while Luke was stinky – what was I going to do?) because I didn’t want Luke to have just drank his entire bottle and spit up all over during the adjustment. The adjustment was much easier and gentler than I thought (not that I imagined it being rough) so there was really no worries with that. After that was finished, Luke was hungry, so I put him back in the carseat and asked Emily to hold the bottle to finish feeding him. Easy, right? Nope. Miss Emily decided to be Miss Not-Listen-To-Mom today and wouldn’t do it.
*sigh* I’m trying to lay on the table getting my neck cracked and Joshua is running around while Nathan has his nose in his book (at least he was being quiet.) Emily was sitting on the other ‘adjustment’ area thingy where she really shouldn’t have been and wasn’t obeying when I told her to get off. Now if you’ve ever been to the chiropractor, you know that you usually lay face down so I couldn’t exactly see the kids very well or make Emily get off. Luke was being so good and patient but he was making his little “I’m getting irritated because I’m hungry and if I’m not fed soon, I won’t be quite so patient” noises. Thankfully the chiropractor is a dad himself and extremely nice and understanding. I do think my adjustment was a little quicker than usual though. I wonder why? 😉
We finally finish up and get out of there. Luke is still stinky & hungry but as we are literally 2 minutes from our house, I knew it would be smarter to just get home and then take care of it. And Emily had finally obeyed and fed him part of the bottle so he wasn’t as grumpy.
When I pulled up to our house, I saw Abby sitting on the front steps. She’s been escaping out of our fenced in backyard lately and we’ve had the hardest time trying to figure out where/how. It’s not always, just some of the time. Now she’s not the smartest dog and when she sees me pulling into the driveway, she runs right over – in front of the van. Don’t worry – I know my dog and I did not hit her, but I couldn’t pull all the way into my normal spot as a result. I had to jump out, put Abby inside and get the kids inside.
I had to run back out to pull the car the rest of the way in. While doing so, I figured out how Abby was escaping the yard. Our gate is old and the bottom part doesn’t line up properly with the other half. Nate had installed a second latch for the bottom so it would be secured, but Nathan, who goes through the gate every morning to bring out the recycling, doesn’t always latch it properly. Well Miss Abby is small enough that she can just push her nose through and sneak right out the bottom. Which she does everytime we leave if she’s outside and if the gate isn’t latched properly. She never escapes if we’re all home and she’s out by herself. The gate could be wide open and she won’t go out. Now if the kids are out front playing with their friends, she will. But not if she’s outside alone. Unless we go somewhere as in leave the house and go somewhere in the car. Weird dog. But she never runs away – she always just hangs out near our house or goes to visit the neighbors, who have brought her back to us many times.
So that dealt with, I get back inside. I sent Emily to time out for not obeying. Nathan is asking if he can go play with his friend. Joshua is whining because he needs a nap and Luke wants the rest of his bottle and really needs to be changed at this point.
I change Luke and sit down to finish feeding him. I then realized there were a couple messages on my phone, one of which was from the neighbor, letting me know that Abby had been loose and they had put her back inside the fence. I called back to thank them and left a message. Then I called Nate. He wasn’t there so I hung up and then someone knocked on the door. It was the neighbors who had helped with Abby. While they were here for 2 short minutes, Nate had called me back 2 or 3 times. I chatted with the neighbors for a minute and then they left. I went back to the couch where I had left my phone just 2 short minutes ago. It’s not there. I can’t find it anywhere. Where on earth is it? I heard it ring from the couch literally just 30 seconds earlier and now it’s gone?! I finally IM Nate on the computer who calls my phone back so I can find it. It’s in the dining room. On the floor. A certain 21 month old is very fast these days. Of course, I’m still holding Luke and feeding him the rest of his bottle all this time.
Now Emily is coming out of time out and whining that she is all done, Nathan is coming back inside with a question, and I’m trying to burp Luke, when Joshua falls and splits his lip open. Blood. All over. I handed Luke to Emily quickly and rushed over. He was okay and just need a cold wet cloth and some hugs from Mommy. Poor little guy.
That was all within a one hour time frame.
I’ve always been a ‘busy’ person. I cannot just sit and watch tv. I have to be doing something. Coupons, folding laundry, something. I remember when I only had one child. I was often bored and looking for things to do. Then two children and I was busier, but would still look for extra projects to keep me busy. Three kids and I occasionally needed something more to do. Now with 4 kids? Um, yeah, no need for ‘extra projects.’ My whole life is an extra non-stop ‘project.’ I can almost picture the Lord chuckling.