Ugh, Halloween. DS picked out a dragon costume about a month and a half ago. I picked him up at preschool and there he sat with no costume. I argued with him for 20 minutes at preschool to get him to put it on - no go. I argued for another 20 mnutes at home. Couldn't get him to tell me why he didn't want to wear it. But he didn't want to stay home, either.
Eventually, I threw his (dirty) Red Sox shirt on, his Red Sox hat and grabbed an 8 foot inflatible Red Sox bat (don't even ask why we have this) and rushed him out the door telling him he was a Red Sox player.View Thread
I feel for your middle daughter. I am the exact same way and am a middle child myself. For the longest time, I was convinced that was the reason for my being over emotional (about everything!)...that is, until I had a son who was exactly like me and he's an only child!
In general, I would say that you need to recognize that you're not going to change this about her. My family has gotten used to this and understand that I'm more prone to tears than the average person - even my husband has learned to adjust. As she gets older, I bet she'll learn to cope better with it, but I am still more emotional than most. My old boss used to keep tissues in her desk just for me! She'll need some coping mechanisms when she gets to school and especially work. I usually avoid my new boss until I have my emotions under control (which he appreciates). Stress management techniques help to alleviate some of the emotion.
For now, I usually tell my son that there's no need to cry, yell, or whatever the response and try to talk through potential solutions to whatever has set him off. If it's about something someone said that was less than tactful, we go through what else the person could have meant or why it wasn't a reflection of what he said/did. I usually pull him away from whatever is setting him off and try to calm him down. And I know the things people say stick with him - I'll think we'll have solved it and he'll talk about it again 2 months later. And we patiently run through it all again. Patience is really the key. Used to drive me nuts when my parents would just say 'stop crying' - it implies that you have control over it and can just shut it off which I guarantee you is not the case!
There is nothing worse than oral surgery! I hope it feels better soon. I once told my dentist that I was having a screw put through my big toe the next day and I was looking more forward to that than the cavity he was going to fill!
Here's hoping the pain goes away quickly for you!!!View Thread
It's amazing how quickly they grow, isn't it? Yay for great check ups. We fight the same meal time battles with DS. He's up to a whopping 34 pounds but my pedi tells me he's growing along his schedule (he's in the 5th percentile for weight and 30th for height). He's a snacker, too. As long as he's snacking healthy, I usually let it go.View Thread
I check in occasionally, but it's been so quiet I do it less and less. DS just turned 5 a few weeks ago. We went on vacation to Disney and on the Disney Cruise early in September, so we kept it pretty low key as well for the birthday.
Given all the birthday presents, I think we're ready for a good toy purge soon!View Thread
This is a constant worry of mine any time someone else is supposed to pick DS up. And even though my dad teases me whenever I call 30 minutes before pickup to remind him and 10 minutes after to be sure he's done it, I'm not going to stop. I do the same thing with DH and he's taken it well - usually it's a quick 'Have you got the package?' from me followed by a 'yes, he's all set' from him.
I would be furious if he ever actually forgot (so, yep, I'm on your side). I always worry because for me, it's a usual part of my daily routine, so there's really no possibility of me forgetting. Since it's not for DH or my dad (the most common backups for me), I hound them.View Thread
Weekend was good! Weather was better than predicted, so that helped. DH and I had a fun date night on Saturday and DS slept over at my parents. Then Sunday I took DS to a Touch a Truck event where he got to play with a whole bunch of different trucks from fire trucks, construction equipment to jeeps. He had a ball!
We're looking forward to a mini-vacation next weekend in New Hampshire. I can't wait.View Thread