Sick Baby Sleepy Mama

Ember got a really bad cold this weekend. It started Saturday with a low grade fever and her being extremely cranky. She wanted to be held all day long.
Allan was on a camping trip with his dad and taking care of all the kids was hard.

Anyway, last night her fever started to creep up. Right before I went to bed at 10pm I took her temperature and it was 102.9. I was worried because I always worry a LOT when my kids have fevers. I typically try to let the fever run its course. But since we cosleep and she got really hot sleeping cuddled next to me I gave her a half dose of motrin just to lower her fever a bit.

She was really cranky all night. She threw up around 2:30am and I did a stupid thing and googled and after reading about how my baby would probably die (google is a mean, mean search engine) I ended up pacing the floor with her for quite a while wondering if I should go to urgent care in the morning.

She’s feeling better today. And that’s relative to last night because she’s still very sick.

Her fever has stayed between 100 and 101 all day so I’m relieved about that. She didn’t throw up after that random time at 2:30 so I’m hoping she’ll continue to get better.

I hate when my kids are sick 🙁

She’s taking a nap in her swing right now. She’s been sleeping for three hours!!! That’s the longest she’s slept in a row for a few days! I have been trying to nap when she naps today because I’m exhausted but this nap I decided to spend some quality time with Payson and the girls. Now with this long nap I’m sadly wishing I’d slept, too. I’m so tired!
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Pictures of me and my Baby

I don’t know why I don’t take my point and shoot out more often. It’s so easy! And light!
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Ember fell asleep while I nursed her in the car.
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That’s why she looks so mellow in the next few pictures.
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The last picture is from today. It’s the only picture I’ve taken today. Ember has her first (I think) fever.
100.2 degrees. She wants to cuddle with me all day. She just sits on my lap quietly, sucking the tip of her thumb (she’s not a thumb sucker but today has been loving that thumb) and occasionally looking up at me and giving me tiny, sweet smiles.
I hate my babies being sick but I sure do love the cuddles.
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It Happened to be a Friday

Today’s post is just a bunch of random pictures from Friday.
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After breakfast I started vaccuuming the front room before we started our school stuff. I put our bench on top of the table to get it out of the way.
The kids found this fun.
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Vaccuum parts are fun.
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A couple peeks of school.
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Whew, that was messy.
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Always reading.
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I typed out a long story version explanation of the next group of pictures. Then reminded myself that nobody wants to hear about poop. The story is now in my journal and for the blog I’ll just say:
Potty training won’t be happening until Payson thinks it’s gross to touch poop.
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Reading and playing outside. The weather is the best right around 7pm. It’s so hard to go indoors before 8. The kids are up until 9 every night because I can’t get myself to stand at the stove cooking when outdoors is so wonderful. We have late dinners and late bedtimes… and early risers. This is all bad because I’m so exhausted all the time.
But it’s soooo nice out.
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Costco Chicken

We went to Costco for their rotisserie chicken. Payson can eat half a chicken in one meal if I let him.
The kids were so good.
We ate lots of samples, we bought yummy food. It was great.

Allan and I often laugh about how angry Ember looks when she’s watching something intently. She looks like she hates your guts. haha

All About the Boy

He is flourishing having his very own school time every day.
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He still couldn’t care less about the circle time activities at the white board but he loves the crafts, games, activities and songs.
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He was begging to paint this day and coincidentally it was the first day there was a painting activity scheduled. Nice how that worked out. And he wanted to paint with green because green is his favorite color and we were painting with green.
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He loves the things he makes. He plays with them all throughout the day.
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Ember during craft time? Having a snack.
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I set up the helper chart yesterday. The kids were always arguing over who got to do the weather stick or the calendar day. Now there is no arguing.
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I leave the activities we get at this kid table so they can play with them whenever they want.
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Random things I want to remember about my toddler boy:

Payson was drawing a boy yesterday afternoon. He’d given him a head and facial features and then, talking for the boy he’d drawn, said “Can I have a hand to say hi?”
Payson responded, “Of course!” and drew a hand. Then he had the boy say, “Can I have another hand?”

He was painting his frog and he asked me, “I dwaw pokee dots on it?” I said of course you can. He said, “I dwaw gween pokee dots on it.”

He was playing with these addition flashcards we have. He put them into a long curved line. He ran over to me excitedly and said, “Mommy I made a rainbow with those cards!”

He was gluing one of his crafts. He was doing a really good job so I told him, “You’re doing such a great job, baby!”
He said, “I not baby. I Payson. I a boy.”He doesn’t like me to label him anything but Payson.

Another example:
Me: “You’re so cute. You’re my little baby boy.”
Payson: “I not a baby.”
Me: “Oh I know, you’re a toddler.”
Payson: “I not a toddler. I Payson.”
Me: “You’re a little boy?”
Payson: “No.”
Me: “Are you a big boy?”
Payson: “No, I Payson.”

Or sometimes he’ll say, “No, I Pace-a-pace!” (a nickname of his)

Or if he’s being good I’ll tell him he’s being a good boy and he’ll say, “No, I not good boy, I Payson.”
It’s funny. He’s very consistent with it. He just wants to be Payson. I like that 🙂

The other day he bumped his head on the counter or table or something. After I gave him a hug he ran for his elephant. He rubbed his elephant’s nose on his head and told me, “Elephant rubbed mine owie away!” then he held his elephant facing him and told elephant, “Thanks! High five!” and gave elephant a high five.

Book Obsession

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I have this notebook. It’s full of pages and pages of books I want to check out from the library.
Sometimes we manage to make it to the library before it closes. Those are happy days.
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After playing with new friends for the first hour of our trip the girls spot the computers and spend the remaining time glued to the screen in computer game bliss.
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I’m a few feet away in the under-5 section reading books to my toddler boy.
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And nursing the baby girl.
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We make our way to our car with books overflowing our bags and toppling off the seat of the stroller.
The books are all read within two days. And re-read. And re-read. Read so many times over they’re mostly memorized.
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And when mommy’s voice gets tired after the 50th reading, Brooklyn takes over.
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The kids aren’t the only ones floating in a book heaven. I’ve put very happy dents in several of these books already.
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Completely unrelated… we’d just read most of the books from the library trip that day and I was preparing dinner. Payson had his third banana of the day while waiting for his beef roast.
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Cookies For Breakfast

Yesterday Payson slept in. He pretty much never sleeps later than 7 so I used this miraculous event to do something else awesome and made cookies for breakfast.
Brooklyn was the only one awake (so weird to be alone with Brooklyn in the morning, I’m usually alone with the little two!) so she helped me. When I told her we were having cookies for breakfast she looked at me with big eyes.
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Sierra woke up as we had just finished putting the first batch of cookies in the oven. She was happy to lick the spatula first thing in the morning.
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She is so cute!
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We had scrambled eggs, toast and oranges after the cookies.
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Sierra spilled her entire cup of milk. Which wasn’t significant because she spills very often. But it did amuse me that my blog friend Mindy’s daughter spilled her entire cup of milk today and Mindy posted about it!
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Payson’s Preschool at Home

Because you asked about what we’re doing for preschool, I took pictures of a typical day 🙂
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I spent a couple hours a couple weeks ago researching boxed preschool curriculum companies. I found two that looked really fun. I bought both! Not to use at the same time, of course. We’ll use one this month and try out the other next month.

Though after just one day of using the first, Mother Goose Time, I’m pretty sure we’ve found the winner for our family!
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Mother Goose Time comes with everything you need to have preschool at your house. It arrives in a fun yellow school bus box (my kids LOVE that!) It comes with adorable posters and charts to hang up in your room. It comes with a lesson plan book and a ton of crafts and activities.
The materials I need for each day of the month are seperated in bags so all I have to do is grab a bag and head over to the whiteboards where I’ve set up our preschool display center 🙂
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After some fun circle time songs (included in the package) and doing our calendar, weather, shape, and color of the day, we started on our little craft. It was making a turtle pull toy. The kit came with a paper cutout of a turtle shape, a bowl to glue on top as the turtle shell, googly eyes, string to tape to the turtle’s head to pull it along, and instructions of course.
All I needed was glue, green construction paper (to decorate the turtle’s shell), and tape to tape on the string.
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When you buy Mother Goose Time you choose how many children you’re buying for. I bought for four. Three so that Brooklyn and Sierra could join Payson and an extra so I could show them how to do the crafts.

Little Ember occupied herself during craft time by munching on some tape.
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Payson’s turtle was finished first (because he had my help and wasn’t worried about it looking perfect like the girls were) and squealed with delight while pulling it around.
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When the box of preschool stuff came in the mail I made a big deal about it being Payson’s preschool. He got to come over and open the box and everything I pulled out I labelled as his.
“Oh look, Payson’s shape poster! Payson’s calendar! Payson’s map! Payson’s weather chart!”
He has always felt left out of the girls’ school (though I do really good at including him, he knows the activities we’ve done were originally for the girls) so to have this be for him with the girls joining in made him super happy.
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The girls finished their turtles and pulled them around the house with Payson for a while (video clip at bottom of post) and then wrote their names on pond themed name tags that came in the kit.
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So, I have to add right here, because this next picture so clearly illustrates it, that school time, despite it’s fun moments, has a lot of trauma with it every single day. Or at least almost every single day. There’s at least one moment where someone breaks down and cries or screams over something. It’s never the same thing but it’s always something.

During our turtle day the kids made those turtle pull toys like I just talked about, well when all the turtles were done Payson noticed that the girls’ turtles looked nicer than his turtle because they’d use tape to attach the string and I’d used a staple on his. The staple was where the turtle’s mouth would be and originally Payson liked that because he called it his turtle’s mouth.

But then he saw the girls’ cute little red smiling mouths they’d drawn on and went crazy. He started screaming that Brooklyn’s turtle was his turtle. He was pretty ridiculous about it.

I felt annoyed that he was screaming so hysterically but bit down my frustration and talked to him. He calmed down and I used the turtle body from the extra supplies to make his turtle a smiley faced turtle and attached the string with tape. Brooklyn glued on extra green squares to make his turtle’s shell look nicer and Payson was beyond happy.

So it all worked out and I made the right decision to be kind instead of going with my initial urge to walk him to his room and let him scream in there for a while.
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We came back to the whiteboards with the turtles to finish up for the day.
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The preschool thing has mostly been for Sierra, as it turns out. Payson doesn’t really care about the calendar or weather. He knows his colors, shapes, letters and numbers so he gets really bored hearing about them. All he wants to do is pull all the posters and charts off the whiteboards. Or color all over it all with draw erase markers. Or take the weather sticks (images of types of weather glued to craft sticks) and play with them.

But Sierra is thrilled to pieces over everything. She sits there listening intently and beaming with happiness over all the fun stuff. She loves making the crafts and that she knows the answers to most of the questions.
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And surprisingly, Ember loves our preschool time as much as any of the other kids! She sits with the group and looks happily at the colorful pictures and looks from face to face while we’re talking. She gets really excited when there’s music involved. We had just turned on the turtle song and you can see her dancing in the picture below!
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She bounces up and down and waves her arms up and down and giggles. It was so hard for me to give the other kids as much attention during dancing time because she was so darn adorable!! You’ll see in the video clip at the end of the post, I was a bit overwhelmed by her cuteness. haha
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So yeah, there’s everything you never wanted to know about our family’s preschool time! In the future I won’t post many pictures about it. Unless you want me to, of course.
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All the music in the video below is from Mother Goose Time. We take the CDs with us in the car, my kids love them that much.

I paid about $54 for a month’s worth of curriculum. I wouldn’t normally spend that much on a preschool curriculum but it’s been a great place to jump off for Sierra’s kindergarten. I take the theme of the month (this month is Meet Me at the Pond) and go deeper into learning about it with a few library books and activities I find online.

For example yesterday was learning about turtles, there are hundreds of fun ways to learn all about turtles. The girls and I had a blast learning more about them online. We looked up turtles in all the science/nature books we have and pretty much talked turtles all day.

So much fun!

School

I actually have other pictures I’d rather post but blogger was down during the only “free” time I had to blog today. Darn it.

I snapped a few pictures while Brooklyn and Sierra did their school work today. School time is lots of fun 🙂
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During a rare moment when they weren’t distracting each other.
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Very typical sights during school time:
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Always lots of little doodles on scrap papers and worktext pages.
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~Payson was watching Team Umizoomi in the living room during school time. He’d just finished his preschool time. Which I have lots of pictures of and a video clip but I’ll have to share those tomorrow.