Friday, July 31, 2009

The Family Mobile

Yesterday my children and I left the house to do some shopping. I unlocked the car with the remote, got them in and buckled, and off we went! Walmart first to get some cleaning supplies and a few other things that the grocery store doesn't carry. As we came out, I realized I exited the door furthest from where I parked. Before I unload bags and children from the cart, I fish my keys from my purse and use the remote...Nothing. I push it again, and again nothing.

I drive a Chevy Trailblazer. There is ONE key hole on the entire car, the driver's side door. We had had the car for a little over a year before my husband and I noticed a problem. At first, the remote wasn't working all the time so my husband changed the battery and that did the trick, for a week or two. That got annoying so we discussed calling the manufacturer to order a new remote but in the end we didn't. Then as time went on we noticed the remote would unlock the doors but not the trunk. If we tried the lock button on the door it did the same thing. Let me remind you that there is only ONE key hole on the whole car. So if the remote and the lock button on the car wouldn't unlock the trunk we are just s.o.l. Then, as summer began to turn into fall, I realized the car only does this when it is really hot or after it rains really good.

I should have just gone home after the Walmart incident but we were out of everything. I was just going to hope it would work when we came out of the grocery store since it worked when we left the house.

Flash forward to check out...Ruth always gets to ride the pony ride when we check out but I was out of pennies. Being the mommy I am, I double checked my purse just in case. Nope, not one penny. But I found my stash of coupons! Wouldn't you know it, all expired. Ruth was still asking to ride the pony when I realized it had an out of order sign on it. That made me feel a little better for not having pennies for the ride. Unfortunately, Ruth doesnt know what 'broken' means. I did find 2 quarters so I told her we would try the claw machine. We didn't win anything. As I begin leaving the check out, Ruth is still distraught that she hasn't ridden the pony yet! I am carrying Edward because I bought so many groceries so I cant take her by the hand and walk her out. I make like I'm going to leave her there so that she will follow me but she just can't let it go that she didn't ride the pony and is running between the claw machine and the pony. OMG, I think I stood there for 5 minutes before she came running to me crying. Distraught I tell you. I had to pin her hand between the cart and my hand since I was pushing with one hand and carrying Edward with the other.

We make it to the car and I hope against hope that the remote will work since I have so many groceries. Of course not, that would be convenient. I strap the kids into their seats and I try to stick all the groceries in the front passenger seat and on the floor in the back but I still had too many bags. I had to toss a few things over the kids' head into the trunk space. Don't get me started on unloading...

I can't wait to get a new car but that will in about 2 years when I get my BS. That's our plan. And anything that's electrical is stupid expensive to get fixed on a car. I just can't believe that there is only ONE key hole on the whole dang car. There should be a key hole on the trunk too! It makes me irate when this kind of thing happens. IF there are any men out there who are reading this you're probably laughing at me. BUT, try to imaging you just bought a big air compressor or something and now you can't get it into the car because you can't get the trunk unlocked...Yeah, not so funny now.

Someday I will look back at this and laugh but not just yet.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Picky Eating

I don't understand why my children will eat certain meals at other people's homes and not at their own home. And why does Edward eat something like he loves it one day and hate it the next?

Edward will eat just about anything at our daycare provider's home, like macaroni and cheese and hot dogs. If I try to give him that stuff at home he won't touch it. If I encourage him to try it and eat it he has the biggest fit! I have even tried buying the same brand as her and Edward still won't touch it.

Ruth usually eats everything. Although I was told she ate eggs for breakfast the other day, she won't eat them here. My mom said she put a little ketchup on them like I like my eggs. I have tried that too before and no dice. It is so frustrating.

Good eating habits start right when they begin eating baby food. Ruth loves her fruits and vegetables, except for broccoli. That's fine with me because she will eat all other vegetables and usually wants seconds. Edward on the other hand isn't a big fan of vegetables. He will eat corn and he loves broccoli. And of course he really likes his fruit. Even if my husband and I don't like a certain vegetable, like cooked carrots, I still make them for my children. I think it is important to continue encouraging my children to eat healthy and to keep their variety wide even if we, as the parents, don't. They will make good eating decisions and eat healthy later on in life.

I can only hope that their eating foods in certain places is just a phase they will one day grow out of.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Let's get started!

Hello All!

I'm new to this so forgive me if I am not eloquent or fluid in my posts. Writing is not one of my strong points. Let's begin by introducing myself a bit and what I want to blog about; my children and motherhood.

I am the proud mother of two beautiful children. Ruth is 3 years old and Edward is 21 months. I am 26 and married to a wonderful man who is our sole supporter. Currently, I am in college, working on my BS and occasionally I work on weekends for a nursing agency as a CNA. My goal is to finish my degree in Applied Mathematics and begin my career with NASA or the NSA. My husband has a civilian job and is also in the National Guard; he has the one weekend a month, two weeks a year deal. Right now I am on summer break but when I am in school my children go to an in home daycare provider; in the daycare provider's home. They love her and I think she is great.

Ruth is as smart as any 3 year old but I feel sometimes she lacks the confidence to accomplish some of her milestones when expected. She is the first born and I have been told many times that sometimes they are slower than others to develop. I have been working on potty training Ruth this summer and she is finally understanding it and capable majority of the time. She has about one accident a day so now we are working on going #2 in the potty. She did wake up last night in a fit but then was put on the potty and she went. So I feel that night time potty training will begin as well. Yesterday Ruth told me she had to potty while we were driving on the highway. My husband drove another 6 miles to the rest stop and Ruth was able to hold it until we got there and went in the potty. I found that very exciting and a sign of progress. She is very active and loves music and cars and has many Hot Wheel cars in her toy arsenal. Ruth is not a very affectionate child. Asking for a hug or a kiss is trying. She just doesn't usually want to give them, not even to me or her daddy. So when she gives them of her own free will they are a treasure. I don't worry too much about this since my younger sister was the same way as a child.

Edward is a fast developer as most younger siblings are. He discovered jumping a few weeks ago and loves it. He also likes to take off his diaper of late and be in his 'natural' state. I try my best to keep clothes on him to deter him taking off his diaper. Edward has started to babble a lot more so I know he will start talking soon. Right now he only says hi and bye. He starteded making a kiss sound, 'muah', or something close to that. That means he wants a kiss, be it a mouth kiss or you kiss his hand or vice versa. Edward won't go to sleep at night untill about 10 pm and sometimes later. My husband and I limit his nap to an hour and we give him some melatonin between 8:30 and 9 o'clock. Sometimes that doesnt even work and won't go to sleep until after 10. He doesn't sleep late in the mornings. I think Edward takes after his daddy in this instance.

Overall, both my children are well behaved most of the time. Ruth says 'please', 'thank you', and 'welcome' almost all the time and when cued. They try my patience and tire me out but they are the greatest joy in my life. I love my children.