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Busy September

Sept is almost over and I feel like its been two months since we’ve been at work. It has been so crazy and hectic that we feel exhausted every night. Everything is so rushed.

Mornings especially since we need to drop off the kids. M walks V in the stroller, while I drive Z to Hillcrest for morning care. By the time I get to school, it’s 8:30am and that leaves me 15 minutes to get ready for the day.

At the end of the day, I’ve got a little more time but I’ve got to leave by 3:55am to pick Z up and then M and V. Once we’re home, usually around 4:30pm, lunch boxes and containers need to go to wash, dinner has to be prepared but the kids also want to play.

After dinner, the kids watch 2 back-to-back episodes of the Octonauts and then we get ready for bedtime. We e changed the routine up again so the kids could be in bed earlier. We all pile in to our bed and read Munsch books. V usually wants to nurse while I’m reading with Z.

Thank goodness, they’re both asleep by 8:15pm at the latest. Tonight, it’s 8:00pm.

This week has been rough. M fell very ill on Thursday, experiencing lots of muscle cramping, fever and pains. That day we took the kids to the paediatrician for a checkup. S got two needles and, we learned from the red dots on Vs feet, that she has Foot-and-Mouth disease.

As it turns out, she doesn’t just have a common cold. It’s he coxsackie virus. Friday became much worse for M. He stayed home again. This time, he slept from 10am to 2pm. He never does this. This is the third day he’s feeling ill. The Advil helps him manage the pain, and lots of water also helps too.

Oh, and all of early last week, my eyes were discharging yellow stuff and making my contacts and vision blurry. My eyes were also itchy and id wake up with crusted eyelids. Not fun at all.

So, it’s been a very rough weekend and I hope next week is better for everybody.


Last wee, while driving home from school, Z asked to borrow my phone. He’s such an expert at using Apple devices. Aside from the lack of knowledge of spelling and not knowing the account password, he can pretty much do anything on it.

Case in point, he surfs the App Store on his own. Because of the search term prompts that come up when you type the letters, you sometimes don’t need to type the whole word. So he can somehow read and select what he’s searching for form the list. He loves to download new games and I had to explain to him that I have no more space on my phone to download anything.

He looks at the phone, swipes the desktop pages and says, while showing me, “Look, mom, there’s space here!” He was referring to the blank areas in the screen where no app icons are sitting.


Light at the end of the Tunnel

It is Friday – the end of week 2 of school. Here are some highlights.

1. V has been successfully sleep trained (as of tonight, and it is only Day 2).
2. V has been using the potty at daycare (self-initiated). Hooray!
3. Both kids are still asleep and its just 7am – AND I’m showered!!!! Yippee.
4. Z has been going to bed by 8:15 pm every night.
5. We’ve reduced device time drastically during the week. He’s back to playing with his toys and only watching The Octonauts after dinner.
6. I like my home room kids. I had fun with them durin Frosh Frolic yesterday.

Looking forward to a nice cool weekend.

Reclaiming Sleep

Ok, I must admit, I decided to sleep train V sooner than later.

M happened to be in her room looking at her crib and realized that her bed was a convertible one. This got me excited as we now don’t need to buy her a new bed. We also adjusted the crib platform so it’s lower, for safety. Of course we had to try her mattress out to see what it was like. Both v and Z wanted to go in to test it out.

By the time we were done, I made a decision to sleep her in her crib starting tonight. In essence, we sleep trained her. I left to get gas for the car and went to shoppers to grab a few things. By the time I came home, V was asleep. It took her under 40 minutes.

A 10:30pm, she woke up again, crying. It was unbearable but I knew if I went to her, I’d just be undoing what I’d started. This time, it took her 20 minutes. I was able to do some school work.

I’m glad. We have 2 curriculum nights coming up so it is important we did this.

Back to School Madness

Ever since school started for Zander as well, I’ve been feeling more stressed. Mornings are a huge rush and I’ve been late to school both days already. We’ve been getting out of the house after 8am, and by the time I drop off M and V, then Z at his school, I get back to my school around 8:45-50 am. This leaves me with no time at all to get anything done.

At night, my time is unpredictable because I don’t know when V will wake. She’s cosleeping and I haven’t had the heart to sleep train her as we’re waiting for her teeth to come in. I know I’m going to have to soon since we have curriculum night coming up in less than 2 weeks. Thinking about it stresses me our even more.

As I lie here nursing her back to sleep, I’m feeling exhausted. I had just left her room to go downstairs around 9:10pm, and no more than 10 minutes ago did I have to come back up
Because she woke up crying. Not sure what’s happening with her but I’m pretty much up here, unable to do any school work.

Wait, daycare told me V was doing potty training today and used the potty three times. Maybe that’s why. In any case, I’m very happy she’s taking an interest in it.

(My left eye is hurting and I can’t see clearly since I fell asleep with my contacts on. I need to shower but don’t want to shower my sleepiness off so am going to have to do it early tomorrow instead.)

I’m Up All Night (to Get Unlucky)

Swimming Success

At Omi’s bday pool party, Z swam on his own at the end of the pool time. After playing around with his puddle jumper and jumping into the pool, he told us he was done. So I offered to help him remove it and asked if he’d like to swim without it. At first he was scared but took to the idea enthusiastically.

M, being a former lifeguard and swim instructor, did an excellent job of cheering him on and boosting his self confidence. He got more and more excited each time he swam a distance on his own. I couldn’t believe it. He was holding his breath and kicking his legs, and using his arms, too.

I know it’s a combination of things – his love of water, his comfort level in the water, the swimming lessons at camp, and of course, M. We’re so proud of him.

And wouldn’t you know it, he also had a great appetite for dinner. All that workout in the pool!

Productive Day

I don’t know if it’s the mere fact that there are less than three days left until back to work, but all of a sudden, we got super productive.

In the morning, we worked in our crafts business,, making toddler girl bracelets, as well as superhero cuffs.

After the kids went to bed, I cooked up two batches of soup – Zucchini and Roasted Cauliflower, and Leek and Potato. It felt great to finally cook the veggies that have been begging to be eaten in the fridge. They would also make great lunches for school!

This morning, I got my timetable in my email so I finally got a chance to retype it, color coding the classes. I feel much better now that I have my schedule at least. I’d need to work on plans next and go over the times as well. Still more work to come m

Next Sun is Zs school party so we need to get the plans underway for that as well. Lots of work to do. M was working on the computer to create Super Hero Passports.

Soups Up!


The gorgeous leeks were purchased from Byward Market during our spontaneous trip to Ottawa. They were 3 for $5. (I know i couldve bought them here at the grocery store for less, but it was all part of the experience.)
After sweating them in my cast iron pot with some garlic, olive oil and butter, I put them in the slow cooker with 5 yellow fleshed potatoes. Can’t wait to taste it tomorrow.

N.B. I also made a zucchini and roasted cauliflower puréed soup, which tastes totally amazing! No cream but yet so thick and rich. I will post pics tomorrow.

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