Good: Woke up at 5:30 to Mary Claire's squawks - she slept from 7:30-5:30 with no interruption!
Bad: Elizabeth woke up at LEAST 3 times to nurse between 11 and 5, probably more.
Good: Mary Claire went back to sleep in the swing after I nursed her on the couch, and stayed asleep until past 8 o'clock!
Bad: Elizabeth woke up for the day a little before 6, RIGHT after I had fallen back to sleep after nursing Mary Claire.
Bad: SERIOUS headache, likely a combination of several glasses of delicious sangria last night + not enough sleep.
Bad: Went upstairs to find last night's dinner & snacks still on the playroom table.
Good: Breakfast is served!
But at least the ants didn't find all that food!
Good: Andrew put away the clean dishes and filled the dishwasher with another load. Almost cleaned up from last night's get together!
Good: Made banana/pineapple/strawberry/yogurt smoothies for Andrew and the kids - next up, packing those things full of kale and spinach to cram them full of more nutrients!
Good: Elizabeth was happy to go down for an early nap!
Bad: Mary Claire finally woke up and was fussy for 2 hours...
Good: Elizabeth didn't wake up until Mary Claire had gone down for HER nap.
Bad: She spent the next two hours fussing.
Good: Last night's rain and this morning's sprinkle means I don't have to water the plants until this afternoon, and maybe not even then!
Bad: Mary Claire pooped enough to get her outfit dirty.
Good: At least she doesn't wear disposable diapers, because then it would have been up her back AND down her legs, instead of just a tiny bit on the elastic of her romper.
Funny: Cecilia comes running in while I'm taking this morning's outfit picture, wearing a potholder on each foot, John Paul's old overalls with the legs unsnapped, proclaiming, "I'M A MONSTER!!!"
Bad: Then she had diarrhea. 3 times so far. Edit: Now she's up to 4, and John Paul's at 2)
Good: At least she made it to the toilet...
Bad: Heard John Paul saying, "Oh... What's this???" in a very concerned voice. Then he brought me something and dropped it in my hand.
It was poop.
Good: At least I had just cut his fingernails.
Bad: Cleaned poop out of his underwear.
Good: Could have been a WHOLE lot more poop.
Bad: Also 5 poopy diapers so far today. And it's only 1 o'clock.
Good: Andrew changed 2 of them before he left.
Good: John Paul decided 11 o'clock is "school time" so he got out his craft sticks with velcro dots and started making all sorts of polygons.
|Apparently once you get past 6, you can refer to them as "n-gons," so this one would be a 21-gon.|
Good: The look on his face when I printed out an info sheet that names all the types of polygons up to 20 sides!
Good: He wrote this all by himself!
Makes me not mind that he refuses to practice ever...
Good: After Cecilia spent 10 minutes refusing to put on her underwear, I put it on for her. She hugged me, unprompted, and said, "Mom, you're so nice to me!"
Good: Cecilia can get herself water from the fridge now.
Bad: Unlimited water means a LOT more peeing...
Bad: Caffeine & ibuprofen seem to be doing nothing to ease this headache.
Bad: Andrew has a meeting tonight, which means I'm on my own for bedtime :(
Bad: The playroom looks like this right now:
And the living room looks like this:
Good: It's raining now, so I'm going to let the kids watch Magic School Bus streaming on Netflix when they get up from their naps. And since John Paul is OBSESSED with TV, he doesn't get to watch until everything is cleaned up. Always a HUGE motivator!
Bad: Cecilia headbutted Elizabeth and made her cry.
Funny: She didn't understand why that wasn't okay, so I told her that she and John Paul could headbutt each other all they wanted. So they very gently headbutted each other for quite a while, giggling the whole time.
Bad: Screaming match between the big kids over a Dr. Seuss book.
Good: Led to an early nap time, since they both wanted it to be read to them IMMEDIATELY!
Bad: Screaming woke Mary Claire up from her nap...
Bad: Baby awake time has just been fussy all day long. Which means I'm pretty much constantly holding one or the other. Which means I only write this while nursing.
Good: At least I have two arms?
So the score so far is... 21 good, 19 bad, 2 funny. Even on one of the worst mornings we've had in a while, the good still outweighs the bad! Hurrah!