1. First, I must mention that the usual hostess of the QTs, Jennifer Fulwiler, is in big time need of our prayers and well-wishes. She is currently pregnant, has a genetic blood-clotting disorder, and was just hospitalized with a pulmonary embolism in each lung. She has been sent home with medicine to treat the clots (which are still there) because surgery is too risky with the baby on board. Oh and did I mention she already has 5 kids at home? Honestly, if I were her I would be terrified at the thought of blood clots in my lungs. SO - major prayers that she and the baby come out of this safe and healthy.
2. Contemplating whether or not to grow out my bangs so they can be pinned back and tucked behind my ear. I still think I want to keep the super short hair, but the part of my pixie cut that confounds me the most is my bangs. They only look right about half the time, if even that. I feel like they would be easier, and more feminine, if I could just sweep and pin them to the side. The only problem: will this take me out of the realm of hip and trendy haircut and into the realm of soccer mom???
|The bangs are still too short to clip, but this is pretty much what I mean. SO - what do you think??|
3. For a short while there, I was feeling pretty good as a parent of a toddler. I had reached a comfort zone of a good routine, fun activities, smooth (for the most part) days and nights. But I am suddenly feeling the pressure of a bunch of transitions that I feel like we "need" to accomplish with Josiah. And I am overwhelmed. What are they? Oh let me tell you.
4. Potty-training. Josiah is 27 months old. A bit over 2 years. We have been talking with him about the potty since he was 18 months. He LOVES reading Too Big for Diapers over and over and over and over. Yet he still doesn't show any interest in going on the potty. He doesn't even want to sit on it fully clothed. Other signs he isn't ready - he still wakes up with very wet diapers, he does not tell me when he has a poopy diaper, and he does not hide or go somewhere private to poop. All things that point to being ready for potty training, or so I am told. I don't want to spin my wheels trying to force it on a kid who isn't ready. Not to mention the whole thing intimidates me, so of course I am more than happy to procrastinate. It's just that I don't much want a three year old in diapers. So when to start?
5. Picky Eating. I think that I have mentioned on here before that we have had a bit of difficulty with Josiah's eating from the very beginning. He obviously has a very sensitive mouth, something which he cannot be blamed for. While he is far from the most extreme case I have heard of, this has led us to getting into the habit of feeding him the same handful of things we know he will eat for every meal. I don't see a problem in accommodating his preferences at breakfast and lunch, so long as he is eating healthy food. But I feel it is important that he eat whatever we are eating for dinner - or close to it - and that he be able to eat a variety of foods. This is what I think in my head. But the reality of enforcing that means he often goes to bed without having eaten much at all for dinner unless we give him one of his 2 or 3 usual dinners. I know that it is partially a behavioral issue, and so if we want to see change we have to stick to our guns. BUT BUT BUT - he is still so young! Still to young to really reason with! And he is SKINNY. This kid cannot really afford to lose any weight. And so the thought of putting him to bed whimpering with hunger (like last night) makes me feel like a terrible TERRIBLE mom. (Even though I KNOW he isn't starving, I fed him plenty of good food the rest of the day.) A huge part of me thinks this is a battle better fought six months or a year from now. BUT ON THE OTHER HAND. He isn't eating enough vegetables, and I worry he isn't getting enough protein. He was slightly anemic, thankfully he isn't anymore, but that is still a concern of mine. He just needs more variety in his diet. (Yes, I know all about hiding vegetables in other foods, and he takes a multivitamin - believe me, I am trying all the tricks that are out there.) Also, I don't want to continue to reinforce that if he holds out, we will just feed him whatever he wants. So....what to do?
6. Big Boy Bed. This one isn't as big of a deal, just something that got kind of sidetracked. We put the toddler bed in his room. He slept in it for one nap and one night. And then he didn't want anything to do with it again. That was well over a month ago, maybe two. Of course having him securely trapped in his crib has it's advantages, so I got lazy about it. He is starting to ask about the big boy bed again, so I guess maybe now it is time. But in the mix with everything else, it is just another thing to fret about.
7. SO combine all those things with other things like concerns about whether or not I am giving him enough developmentally appropriate play, battling one sickness after another this winter, and the imminent arrival of a sibling (!!!), and I am little thrown off balance. Mountains out of mole-hills? Can someone please talk me down from the crazy?
You can visit Hallie at Moxie Wife if you want to join in the QTs today. You know you should.
And for even more fun, Grace at Camp Patton is doing a linkup of birth stories in honor of the arrival of her baby boy last week. Guess what I will be reading all weekend?