Wednesday, April 30, 2008

How to make my boys happy

We have had a rough couple of weeks with Romeo lately. We didn't know what was wrong with him, but all he seemed to be doing was crying all day. I had to be holding him the majority of the day or if I put him down he had to be able to see me. I started cereal on him to see if that helped. It did for a day or two but he went back to crying all the time.

I noticed after I would give Romeo his food he would act like he wanted more. So yesterday I decided that I would just feed him until he was done. He has been eating the equivalent of 2-3 jars a food at each meal! I make his baby food, that is why I am not exactly sure how much it is. And this was the results...

What is also so crazy about this picture, but this picture was taken when he should be taking his morning nap!

Now on to Wild man. Poor Wild Man has caught a virus somewhere. He is so pitiful until I give him his motrin.

Here is Wild Man before Mortin this morning.

Here is Wild Man after Motrin.

Wild Man isn't over his little bug, but it sure is night and day when the medicine kicks in.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Another eventful Sunday

Just another crazy day in our household.

We got ready for church as usual and were actually early. WHAT?! I know, a miracle.

I had already dropped off the mystery bottle in the nursery earlier this week so wouldn't forget it. Well apparently now Romeo has a reputation. When we walked in they immediately asked where exactly we will be for both hours. I told them and they wrote it on a board. (I felt like I was back in elementary school again. "Two more outbursts and you will be going to the principles office." )  Romeo was fine when I first gave him to one of the workers, but it was almost like he had a flashback of last week and drinking some nasty tasting milk because he suddenly started screaming for no apparent reason. I told the workers that I would come back after Service to check on him. Their eyes light up saying that was a great idea.

So after the service I went directly to the nursery to see a different worker trying to console Romeo...sigh. I walked in and they immediately handed him to me and grabbed my bags and brought them to me. If I didn't know better I would think they were really counting down the minutes to my arrival.

The bad part of this is, we still had to go to Sunday School and Mr. Genius was teaching this week. Romeo made it through the opening prayer, but then I headed outside and walked him for about 40 minutes until he went to sleep. I made it back in just before the closing prayer. Urgh. I really wanted to be in there. We are doing a new study on marriage. I thought it might need to be in there to defend myself. :) But I know that he did a good job.

So we headed down to pick Wild Man up.

I first need to back track a little bit. Wild man has suddenly been on this big kick of broccoli. He could seriously eat it at every meal. The night before I made Wild Man and me a bowl of broccoli to share. (we are still working on Mr. Genius, he just now able look at it) I put it on the table, Wild man grabbed it and eat the whole bowl and wouldn't let me eat one. I made another bowl so I could have some and he eat that one too! So back to what happened at church.

We walked into his room and noticed he was not wearing the same clothes that we dropped him off in. Which is never a good sign. Then the teacher informed me that he had a very messy diaper all the way up his back... niiiiiice. All that broccoli coming back with a vengeance.

So both of my boys are now least liked in their classroom, wonderful.

Then we started heading home, Mr. Genius gets a call from someone he emailed on craigslist about a Playstation 3. Mr. Genius has been trying to get his hands on a PS3 for a couple of months now. He says it is for the Blue ray DVDs and not the games, but we will see about that. He even sold 5 computers in our attic on craigslist to get the money. So this has been a long time waiting. Now let me also say that for the past 2 months Sunday afternoons have been MY time. I don't ask for much (stop rolling your eyes Mr. Genius), when it comes to doing something by myself but since I have started CVSing I need to go by myself. It is hard enough to do all the math to figure out how to get it down to just the tax when I am by myself let alone when I need to entertain two little boys. Also if don't go on Sunday a lot of the stuff is gone.

If you haven't learned the CVS game check it out of It is great, confusing, but great.

Anyways, I hear Mr. Genius say "So when today can we meet? Ok, I will call you as soon as we are done with lunch." Seriously? Don't get me wrong, Mr. Genius is a wonderful husband. He helps me out with the boys a lot and cleans the house, puts up a play set. I couldn't ask for a better husband. For some reason he had a laps in his wonderfulness and all he sees are blue ray disks and he....must.....go.....get....them.

After he can clearly see that I am not happy, he calls his parents to come over while the boys take their naps and we both can do what we want to do. I think that he got lucky that his parents didn't have anything planned and could drop everything right them and come over.

I went on to CVS, and the day just kept getting better. They didn't have anything that I needed to get the ECBs (Extra Care Bucks). I needed 4 razors, they had 3. I needed 6 post-its, they had 5. AHHHHHHHHH!

Alright so while I was there I would at least get the medicine I got called in from my OB to help with nursing. So I go there and the pharmacist says "We don't have anything for you, let me check one more place. Oh here you are. You need medicine for anti-nausea?" WHAT, ARE YOU KIDDING ME. I told him what I did call in for and he said that doesn't see how the medicine they called would help my issue at all. WONDERFUL!

I called Mr. Genius, all happy of course. (sense the sarcasm). He informed me there was another CVS on the other side of town near my college apartments. So why not, lets try to see if there is hope for the day yet.

I got into that CVS. They did have the razors, did not have the post-its. Fine. At least I cannot come home empty handed. I did my calculations and saw that I needed something else for a $1. Grabbed Color Wonder fingerpaints that were on clearence for 75 cents! Woo-Hoo, they day is getting a little bit brighter. So went to check out.

While I was there 3 teenagers came in. The cashier called for the manager. She informed him that those teenagers came in yesterday and things were missing after they left. Did I mention that this is in the not so good part of town? The manager tells her to go over the loud speaker and call for security. She did, they ran out, with the manager chasing behind them. Then the cashier calls out to the manager again and says there is another one still in hear! The manager goes back searching for him. I am leaving by this point. And the other teenager walks right in front of me yelling "I should smack allyall" Yes allyall would be one word. Now I am not up on my ghetto lingo but I would think that smack is some ghetto word for shooting. So I rush to my car. The manager came out, right in front of my car, making sure the teenagers were leaving.  The teenagers car were in front of the manger and they were having a staring contest. I got out of there as soon as possible thinking that there was going to be a shooting and I would have been directly in the line of fire! I can see it now in my obituary. Mother of 2 bargain hunting to the very end. 

Well I still got 2 razers, 2 razor refills and the fingerpaints all for 49 cents! But I will not be returning to that CVS. Lesson learned.

Hope everyone had a better day then me.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Romeo and Mom Day

The days that I take Wild Man to Mother's Day Out Romeo haves me all to himself and loves it. He is in much better moods on these days, and he just talks to me constantly. He has done this since he was almost 3 months old. It is really funny, he can get pretty loud. It is as though he is telling me everything he has been holding back since the last time we were alone. I am enjoying it while I can.

Here we are leaving to take Wild Man to school. You can almost see them thinking "We seriously have a crazy mom."

Romeo holding Mom's coupons at our Target trip. I should have brought my video camera so you could hear him talking to me. He talked the whole time in Target.

I am so thankful to have such a good eater.

Romeo with free reign over the toys and no one to snatch them out of his hands. He kind of doesn't know what to do with himself.

OK, I am so excited about what I got a Target. I had to take a picture to show you. All of that without coupons would have cost almost $20. I got all of this for $4.13! It would have been $2 total, but I got those 2 little pots of basil. I just love fresh basil. I put it in everything I cook. So those are the only 2 thinks I got without coupons. But $2 isn't bad for basil either.

In just the past month I have started using coupons and shopping the sales to help stretch our dollar. I am totally hooked. It is so much more fun to go grocery shopping now. I highly recommend it.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

The Bottle

Sunday morning started out just like any other Sunday with me frantically running around trying to get everyone feed, dressed, and diaper bags ready to go out the door. So we all piled into the van and got to church dropped the boys off and then Mr. Genius and I went on to the service.

Well today went a little different. As I was leaving the service Lori Stewart grabbed me and asked for me to help her in the kitchen to make lunches for 2 luncheons she had to put together in an hour! (She is wonder woman, she can do anything and do it with flair). So Mr. Genius went on to Sunday School while I cut cantaloupe and dressed the tables.

Well then towards the end of what would have been my Sunday School hour, all the sudden I see Mr. Genius with Romeo in his arms. (Never a good sign) asking if we could go on and leave. This is very unusual. Not that I have perfect children, it is just that for some strange reason they can be horrible with me and as soon as I drop them off at church or at the Y the teachers always so "Fussy? Oh Not at all! They were great, the best baby in the class." and then I pick them up and they start screaming again. (Always encouraging as a mom) This time was apparently different. Romeo started crying and couldn't be settled down. The teachers and the preschool director knowing that this is very unusual for Romeo went on and brought him to Mr. Genius thinking he may be sick or something. They told Mr. Genius that they feed him the food and the bottle that was in his bag. We did put food in his bag, but not a bottle. Since I have worked in the nursery before and know how crazy it gets with upwards of 15 babies and not enough workers, sometimes you forget which baby did what. I didn't give much thought to the bottle thing.

So we picked up Wild Man and went on our way home. Crazy enough Romeo was fine when we got home, he got a little fussy at times but nothing unsual.

At the end of the day I started emptying out the boys diaper bags when I saw this in Romeo bag.

An empty Advent bottle! What is so shocking about this is I am breastfeeding Romeo and I didn't leave a bottle in his bag. And we don't even own any Advent bottles, we use Playtex dropins. Not only that but the bottle didn't smell like it had formula in it but someone else's breastmilk! So not only did those poor workers have Romeo screaming but apparently another baby was not happy because someone else drank his lunch!

Play set Pictures

Turns out that the computer was messing up, that is why I couldn't add pictures yesterday! I guess Macs aren't perfect. Mr. Genius, I know that is a hard reality to swallow. :) It all worked out cuz Super Mr. Genius came to the rescue and fixed everything. Everything is working great today. So here are the pictures.
Here are the guys showing off their work.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Why Not!

I have given in! I am finally starting a blog. I have been reading friends blogs for a couple of years, but always thought who is really going to care what we are up to. But then I realized that I haven't documented anything that Romeo is doing (poor guy is so getting the shaft), so I thought that this would be a good why to keep up with my growing boys. I don't really know what I am doing, so we will see how this turns out.

Mr. Genius along with my Dad (Pop) put together the swing set on Saturday. Mr. Genius' parents came along later in the day to help too. Mr. Genius seized the opportunity for his dad (Paw-paw) and Pop to work on one side and then Mr. Genius can work on the other by himself. It was very funny watching them (the 2 grandpas) work together. Pop and I have the same brain (I know shocker). We have to read the directions exactly to figure out what to do and usually read them more then once (ok, I always have to read things atleast 3 times to even start to comprehend it). Even then we still don't always get understand what we are to do next. Then there is Paw-paw who doesn't like to read directions and just wants to do it how he thinks would look best. Needless to say, Mr. Genius got done way before them, but it all looks great. They all did a great job and Wild Man absolutely loves it. I will post a picture soon. Not sure how to do that yet (no directions for me to read :).
Thanks for reading!