Allergies are Brutal, New [Old] Schoolroom!

Sierra snuck a cracker from the table a couple days ago during snacktime. She then brought that cracker back to the table an hour later and left it there.

Why? I don’t know.
What was the result of this random action of hers?

Oh Payson taking a bite and having terrible diarrhea, that’s all.

Boy was I mad. I plan snacktimes during parts of the day that I can watch the girls and make sure Payson doesn’t take food from them. I put their dishes away and lock the pantry and wipe down the table and chairs when they’re done to prevent him from getting food he can’t have.

I’m really tired of changing diarrhea diapers. I’m tired of using ten wipes and wearing plastic gloves and smearing on inches of desitin six or seven times a day. And then the laundry, as if I don’t have enough laundry already.

It’s annoying, exhausting, frustrating, gross, sad, and just unpleasant in every way. Any day he’s having a reaction is automatically a challenging day for me. I am moody and frustrated and have to work very hard emotionally to just take care of the mess and comfort Payson (who is understandably in pain) and try not to let him see any foods that day because he will inevitably ask for apples or broccoli and be very sad when I say no.

Any fruits or vegetables when he’s having a reaction cause worse diarrhea.

*sigh*

His diarrhea is finally gone today after having only rice and meat for the last couple days.
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Yesterday I was cleaning my house, as always, and feeling overwhelmed by the stuff everywhere. I was especially feeling moody about the schoolroom (or lack thereof) situation. We’ve been using our front room and it’s just not working. Payson gets into stuff in there all day long and he is destructive. I need a room that I can lock when we’re not doing school.

I decided to move the schoolroom back into Sierra’s room! It was a big job because Sierra’s room was now going to be the schoolroom and playroom. First I gathered all of the toys in the entire house (where did all of these toys come from?!) and then I sorted them into boxes by category. Barbies, petshops, doll stuff, tea party toys, legos, blocks, etc.
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We’d (I’d) been working for at least an hour when Brooklyn tells me, “Mom, it looks way messier now than it did when we started.” I laughed and told her, “Yep, that’s the funny thing about organizing, it always looks worse before it gets better.”
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The kids did help a little bit. They managed to pick up a full box of stuff while I filled every other box.
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Ember watched from her bumbo.
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Every time I stopped to talk to her or sing her a little song she’d break out into huge grins and laugh.
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And she also sucked/chewed on her thumb a lot. Though I’m very sad to say that the thumb sucking yesterday was a total fluke. She woke up seconds after I posted that last post and besides one other ten minute nap, didn’t sleep again until 9pm!! Yes she stayed up from 7am to 9pm with only two ten minute naps! It was… weird. And hard for me to get stuff done!
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Payson was unhappy that I was cleaning. He doesn’t like me doing stuff. He likes me giving him attention. He sat on my lap most of the time I organized the toys. Which is fine, but he kept whining for more toys to hold and I can’t very well work and clean while holding a toddler who is holding ten toys!
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Most of the afernoon looked like:
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But I sure do loooooove him β™₯
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Then he asked me for a bottle. Which he calls bobboo.
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And I said, “You want me to stop cleaning and make you a bobboo??” And he looked at me like, stop talking and get your butt in that kitchen.
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And this, well, I don’t know actually.
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And then I was so so so tired and Ember was so so so tired and cranky so I breastfed her while the kids watched TV and I did some lesson planning for math.
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I use post-its to write down what we’re going to do. I love post-it notes.
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And I thought since Ember fell asleep and it was afternoon and she had been up for 6 hours that she’d take a nap. But no.So I put her in the wrap to get a few things done.
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And she was very happy about that. She loves to be worn in the wrap.
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And I took a picture with my new camera remote.
Photobucket[Payson is sitting on my lap as I type and begging me to read the book No, David! which is his faaavorite book. We read it at least ten times every day; he has it memorized and calls David, “Dan.”]

Ember loves when I rock her in the wrap.
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I then finished organizing Sierra’s room.
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And brought the little kids in to play while I hung up stuff on the wall.
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Payson was in the best mood ever! I was surprised by how excited he was. He loves that he has his very own area (the storage shelves there behind him) and that the girls aren’t allowed to touch it!
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He really loves puzzles.
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I was playing peek-a-boo with Ember and Payson joined in. He always does this with his face while playing peek-a-boo.
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Ember, tired, watched and gave small smiles occasionally.
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Then got ahold of her sister’s skirt. Yum.
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And that was all I took pictures of yesterday. Which brings us to today. School was so much better in that room!!

Payson played happily with his toys and puzzles while I taught the girls. Usually no matter what toys I bring out for him he tries to get into their school stuff.
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Allan was home from work for the morning so I snapped a picture of us together before he left.
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By the time I’d done the girls’ math and spellings lessons Payson had created quite the mess.
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While Brooklyn wrote down word questions I was asking her, Payson sat on my lap and played with his puzzles some more.
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Photobucket The last thing I took pictures of was Brooklyn memorizing her poem.
We read it together a couple times and then Brooklyn reads it out loud by herself. Each time she does I erase a word until she remembers the whole thing by herself. She’s really good at memorizing stuff but I knew this way would be even funner and it really is πŸ™‚
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The poem is from First Language Lessons and goes:Work while you work,Play while you play;This is the wayTo be happy each day.All that you do,Do with your might;Things done by halvesAre never done right.
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7 thoughts on “Allergies are Brutal, New [Old] Schoolroom!

  • Ariana, you're such a good momma. You do so much. I'm always impressed by what you accomplish and all the energy and conscious thought that goes into it. Great job on the new school room as well as the lessons. You're amazing.

  • What a busy day! Hope Payson's feeling better, poor thing.

    Your girls have got the cutest bedrooms, love the tree with the owl!!

    Yes, Post-its are the BEST!!!! I love the idea with the poem memorization as well. Great idea!! Megan is doing FLL this year too:)

  • Gosh, poor Payson is having a hard time! It must be so hard dealing with food allergies…especially when they affect only one child. My oldest had some mild food allergies when he was younger but not remotely close to what you're describing. Hopefully you'll be able to glean some useful info from the book recommendations.

    The homeschool room looks great – very bright and cheerful! I giggled when I saw how quickly Payson added that “lived in look” to the space. πŸ™‚

    Favorite photo ever of Ember: 1st close-up of her in the wrap! That is seriously too stinkin' cute!!

    I can't get over how quickly Payson's cheek seems to be healing. He'll be good as new in no time!

  • Poor Payson (and momma!). I've been using 100% coconut oil on Sofi's bum when she gets a little rashy, I swear it works between diaper changes, its so effective and gentle. I use it for about 10 other things as well but that's my go-to for rashy bums.

    The school room looks great! And major props to you on homeschooling! I have been doing a relaxed version of it with my oldest girls the past few weeks while we move and get settled and its fun but takes a lot of work and encouragement as well. Thankfully we get into our house next week and they'll be back in full time school!

  • I was thinking after I posted my comment the other day that I forgot to mention your blog's new look, and it's already been redesigned! πŸ™‚ I really liked the brown and teal-blue combo…and the modern (is that the right word?) look of the b&w header. But I'll admit, I was missing the brilliant colors of that beautiful fall foliage in the family shot taken on the bridge. I was going to ask if you had tried leaving just that one photo in color…but then thought it may be a bit presumptuous to ask! πŸ™‚ This new design is lovely, too! The Arizona scenery peeking around the edges looks like a watercolor painting…and the more subdued hues in the header pics blend nicely. It's always fun to see the updates and changes! I enjoyed reading the new blurbs under the individual pics, too!

  • Sorry to hear that Payson had a reaction. I'm glad to hear that he is doing better. I know to well about food allergies with mine and Juniors (((hugs))).

    Prayers that someday both of our sons outgrow a few of them.

    The new school room setup looks great I like that Payson has his own area in the room. Hopefully he will stay out of your school stuff now.

    Ember is getting so big and the picture of her sticking her tongue out is so precious.

    I love the faces your kids make they are so cute and sometimes funny.

    Great picture of you and Allan y'all are a nice looking couple . I always see the love y'all have for each other in your pictures.

    Hope y'all are having a good start to the week.

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