Where is Time Flying To?

Stop spinning world. I’m ready to get off now. I can’t believe it’s been so long since I’ve updated. (Okay, okay, a week is not too bad) I guess I am always pretty busy this time of year, with year end, exams and ecetera but still….

We’re back to the “deep freeze” today. I must whine just a little. I had to put wood for the woodstove in the house this morning, which, by the way, is buried under a giant snow pile. As if that isn’t bad enough, I had to walk through a waist deep (and no longer supportive of my weight) snowbank.

Well you guessed, a snowboot full of snow. And guess what I was wearing? A sensible pair of snowpants? Uhhh, no. I had on a short skirt and tights with my bright purple Sorels. So, now, I have frozen fingers, a boot full of snow and a 20 minute drive to work. It took 2 hours for my tights to completely dry. And yes, I was wearing them. And no, I don’t recommend it.

On the bright side, it’s supposed to be -3 on Sunday (that would be slightly below freezing, for those of you not on the Celsius system) Maybe spring is on it’s way?

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Sucky Update

We are officially a Sucky-free family.  Eric grudgingly gave up the sucky 2 nights after it “disappeared”.  He was very upset the third night, but only becuase he really wanted to give the sucky to his friend’s new baby brother.  Since I still have them, I told him I thought we could still give Will the sucky.  That calmed him down & off to sleep he went.

Don’t get the idea that Eric has suddenly become easy to put to bed though.  Oh no.  That drama continues, almost nightly for your listening pleasure.  He fights, screams, crys, whines, bargains, and screams some more.  Last night he screamed so long he woke up Nathan, who’d gone to bed early & had been sleeping well for 3 hours.  Coulda killed him, really.  Instead, I watched Desperate Housewives while writing a paper for my course & let Neil deal with it.  We take turns.  It was soooooooooooo his turn.

Did I remember to tell all you closet-sucky lovers, our dentist said it isn’t really a concern until the permanent teeth start coming in.  So, maybe this wasn’t as bad as I thought.  Besides, I have a good dental plan.  Always thinking, I am.

Oh, and for all you lovely southern readers, it was a balmy minus 10 celsisus yesterday (water takes about 1 hour to freeze at that temperature, we walk around without hats).  Today we’re back to the deep freeze & my sister in law is headed (with her husband!) to Mexico.  I’d be jealous, but I’m too cold.

Back to School!

Yee-Haaaa Baby.  It is back to school for Nathan today.  And believe me, He needs the return to routine.  (Ok, maybe it’s me)  All this lazing about with Dad, no structure, no real purpose in each day is lovely.  He’s had a great time bonding with Dad and playing with all the new toys, but seriously.

Seriously.

Enough is enough.  It is time to get back to school lunches and bus pick up and every other day to K’s house.  It’s time for music class and library days and SPEECH class, because if I hear him slur one more syllable….well, there might be some serious trauma around here.  I mean it, I will put myself outside for a time out.  And, it is somewhat warmer here today, only minus 23 this morning (forecasted high of minus 19) but I’m still certain that will cause massive frostbite.  Might be better than listening to one more “How was your day today, Mom?” question.  Which he asks at least 100 times a day.  I’m not kididng.

Fortunately, Nathan is very very excited to be headed back to school today.  He can hardly wait to get on the bus, which means he got up at 6:30 a.m. today.  So much for a bit of “ME” time today.  I shouldn’t complain.  I got up at 6:10, so I did get 20 minutes, that’s pretty good, I guess.  Of course, now he’s likely to be ready for bed about 5 minutes before I get home from work.  He won’t go to bed for 3 hours after but he’ll need to be in bed.

So I’m off to do the happy dance in the corner and be glad to return to our regular, somewhat organized life.  Hope back to school has gone smoothly for you too.

Having Friends Over

I got home to a miracle last night.  Honestly, I think I did.  My husband has spent the last two Incredibly Cold days cleaning the house.  So, it darn near sparkles in areas I can never get to.

Like, behind the freezer where I sort laundry.  He found about 2 dozen socks, a cloth diaper (clean!), 8 million (his words) dryer sheets and a t-shirt or two that fit the kids 3 sizes ago.

Or, the storage closet that no one can get excited about cleaning.  He vacuumed, dusted, went “fishing”, and generally did an amazing job.  Then, he made supper and invited friends over.

I came home to a clean house, supper on the table and a lovely evening of adult conversation.  He is a Christmas miracle, I swear to you.

But, we learned that we don’t have people over often enough.  The boys nearly had a meltdown fit when I told them we invited a new friend over to play.  They thought that meant Neil & I were going out!   I guess that’s what I usually tell them when we do, the  3 times per year that we get  a babysitter.  Oops.  Clearly we need to get people to our house more!

Colds Suck (but I do feel better)

I just have to say – colds suck. The sneezing, the runny nose, the cough, gross & yuck. I think I have not had a really bad cold for a long time, so perhaps this is the doozy for the year. I sure hope so. We’re all better today and I am back to work. Good thing too, I have a pile of it in front of me.

Next week is spring break for my daycare, so the boys are off to Grandma’s for part of the week. My mom spoils them rotten but still manages to insist they eat properly & go to bed at a reasonable hour. I have the best mother, really. Even my husband thinks so. (Don’t tell his mom that. We think his mom is awesome too!)

Right at 5:00 last night, I got a call from the psych nurse to set up an appointment with her about testing Nathan for ADHD. That will happen in mid-April. If she thinks he should be evaluated further by the pyschiatrist, that appointment is already made for the first part of May. I can’t believe it! We’re actually going to see a specialist without waiting 5,6, 7, 8,…..months! That just doesn’t happen very often, so I am very grateful.

The nurse also suggested another avenue to explore: PDD-NOS (pervasive development disorder, not otherwise specified), if the Fragile X testing comes back negative. Best as I can tell so far, this is the diagnosis you get if you have some of the characteristics of autism/asperger’s/rhett’s but don’t fit those diagnoses either. I think it is a blanket “well, we don’t know what is wrong with him, but he is definitely delayed” diagnosis. At this point, I don’t care. Find a label, slap it on & do it before his school transition meeting at the end of May. At least then they can apply for aide funding for him. We can always change the label later, that’s what I am told.

So, I’ve looked up PDD-NOS & frankly, I am not sure that it is a great fit for him. Although, to be fair, there is very little specific information on this diagnosis. Most of the reading is about autism, not PDD-NOS. AGGGHHH! I am so irritated by all this wondering.