Month 23: New Year Magic and Mayhem – Day 667 to Day 697

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Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays!

12/22 Sunday (22 months) Day 667

Night EC: 2 catch
Day: Dry all day.
Poop: Missed half of it.

Itty BItty seems recovered today again and back to her old self. She ate several pieces of fruit and was back to complaining about the lack of breakfast options.

I just hope we don’t all get sick in time for Christmas.


12/23 Monday Day 668

Night EC: 1 catch
Day: Dry all day.
Poop: Missed it FOUR times!

Did our Christmas shopping today with my paltry budget and picked up Christmas photos for gifts also. I got some good deals on socks for my brother, rechargable batteries for my other brother, and four toys for my twin neices. There was even a little bit left over to get Itty BItty her “Santa” gift though I couldn’t get it because we were all together. We’ll have to go tomorrow and hope it is still there (she had her keen eye on a Dora Mermaid Doll).


12/24 Tuesday Day 669

Night EC: 2 catch
Day: Dry all day except for 1 car miss and 1 late evening miss.
Poop: No poop.

No one seems sick and Itty BItty has been fever free for well over twenty-four hours so we are all safe to go visit family for the holidays. We had good intensions of leaving early but as usual ended up leaving later than we wanted. No matter, we still managed to get our Santa Toy errand done and made it in good time. Unfortunately, Mini Moose had an unexpected pee accident in the car. That hasn’t happened in ages! I should have taken him potty one more time during a pit stop, but for some reason I decided not to and wanted to wait until another stop. Big mistake on my part. Mini Moose was NOT a happy camper!

On top of that when I spoke to my Mom and told her we’d e arriving early afternoon, she thought I was talking about tomorrow. Oy. We actually can’t stay as long tomorrow because Christmas is in the middle of the week and Daddy Man has to work on Thursday. We have to fit all our visiting in today and hang out tomorrow and leave early evening.


12/25 Wednesday Day 670

Night EC: 1 catch, 1 miss
Day: Dry all day.
Poop: No poop (until we got home) then BAM. Missed it…well, most of it.

The visit was going pretty well though it is stressful keeping the kids out of things and following house rules. Itty BItty is older so she is fine, but Mini Moose only just turned 22 months a few days ago so he needs a closer eye. I was getting something out of the fridge to snack on when my Mom was loading the dishwasher and Mini Moose went over to turn it on — because he does that with me when we are home. She yelled at him because she thought he was playing with it! He got scared and cried. I was upset because he was upset and he really wasn’t doing anything wrong. I tried to explain that he wasn’t playing with it, that he was trying to help. I felt a bit scolded when she said that those aren’t he rules in her house. Um…I KNOW…my back was turned for a few seconds and I couldn’t head him off as usual. Then she said I shouldn’t get offended. *sigh* I was upset because my baby was scared! He doesn’t see her all the time, he’s just a baby, and on top of that he was confused.

I know I do yell and I suck sometimes, but I ALWAYS apologize to my kids when I do that because I know I did wrong. I wish I didn’t make those mistakes but I do. I just don’t want someone else yelling at my kids or threatening to hit them, and I don’t care who it is.


12/26 Thursday Day 671

Night EC: 2 catch
Day: 1 miss.
Poop: Missed poop.


12/27 Friday Day 672

Night EC: 2 catch
Day: Dry all day.
Poop: Caught poop after a well tighted potty sign/sound.

Happy Birthday GrandMaMa!


12/28 Saturday Day 673

Night EC: 1 catch
Day: 2 miss.
Poop: Missed poop.


12/29 Sunday Day 674

Night EC: 1 catch
Day: 1 miss.
Poop: Missed poop…3 times. Eww.


12/31 Monday Day 675

Night EC: 1 catch
Day: Dry all day.
Poop: Daddy caught the poop!

It’s New Year’s Eve. When did that happen? We all stayed in and stayed up for New Year. Mini Moose fell asleep thirty minutes to midnight so of course I had to wake him up! That’s how we roll around here.


1/1 Monday Day 676

Night EC: 1 catch
Day: Dry all day.
Poop: Missed it twice. Mini Moose is trying to tell us, though it is just generally five seconds to late. We keep on keeping on.

Happy New Year!


1/2 Tuesday Day 677

Night EC: 1 catch, 1 miss
Day: Our usual random miss.
Poop: Caught it today!

Mini Moose is sleeping consistently a nice 4-5 hour stretch


1/3 Wednesday Day 678

Night EC: 1 catch, 1 miss
Day: 2 miss.
Poop: Missed it twice.

I started packing for our trip to Florida yesterday and keeping up with the laundry so there won’t be much to do when we get back. I think we are going to have to buy Mini Moose his own suitcase this year because even without needing to bring diapers, his clothing for a week takes up more space. For the moment, he and Itty Bitty share a small suitcase. We try to travel as light as possible.


1/4 Thursday Day 679

Night EC: 1 catch
Day: 4 miss.
Poop: Missed it.

It’s been an off day today. We are out of synch and I’m stressed over finances, whether or not work will come through, and the trip. I’m hanging in there. Mini Moose is also cranky because he’s still teething his eye teeth which take forever to come through. It took Itty Bitty a couple of months! They are bubbling and look sore. He’s been chewing on his fingers and seemingly trying to rip them out with his bare hands.

My favorite Mini Moose Babbles:

Buh-Boo — Boo Boo
Bye-ee — Good bye with a litttle wave just the way Itty Bitty used to.
Kittee Hups — Our male cat’s name is Hops
Kittee Bowwee — Our female cat’s name is Barley
Momos — Animals
Brroom Brroom — Cars and other vehicles.
Appo — Apple
Nah-na — Banana
Com-ma — Come on!
Leh-go — Let Go!
Seedow — Sit down.
NiNi — Night Night
Shu — Shoes
BahBow — Bubbles/balls/spheres/anything spherical
Hep Mama tuck — Help, Momma, this toy is stuck!
Idono — I don’t know said when asked where he put something or where something is
donairs — downstairs said if he knows Daddy is watching TV
MoMo — More with the baby sign for More that he made up which is a finger touching his lips. It usually means more water but not always.
Tanyoo — Thank you.
Fowwa — Flower
Top — Stop!
ShooShoo Git — Said to the cat’s if they get in the way!
Uh-doe Uh-doe — I am not exactly sure about this sound blend, but it usually means either play with me or fix this train track or the car track again so I can play with it.

Mostly he makes a lot of non-word sounds and points to indicate his desires. He tries to repeat many things if he is asked however. He also can understand multi-step directions such as “Go upstairs, find your sister, and brush your teeth.” Or “Find your sister’s shoes.”

He does so love brushing his teeth with his sister. If she doesn’t put toothpaste on his toothbrush so he can join her he gets very angry! She has learned to put the training toothpaste on his brush first and then do hers.

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VACATION NOTES TO BE INSERTED LATER


1/3 Friday Day 680
Night EC: 1 catch.
Day: 2 miss
Poop: 1 catch


1/4 Saturday Day 681
Night EC: 1 catch.
Day: 3 miss
Poop: 1 catch, 1 miss


Day 682
1/5 Sunday
Night EC: 1 catch.
Day: Dry
Poop: 2 miss


1/6 Monday Day 682
Night EC: 1 catch.
Day: Dry
Poop: 1 miss


1/7 Tuesday Day 683
Night EC: 1 catch.
Day: Dry
Poop: 1 catch


1/8 Wednesday Day 684
Night EC: 1 catch.
Day: Dry
Poop: 1 catch


1/9 Thursday Day 685
Night EC: 1 catch.
Day: Dry
Poop: Miss


1/10 Friday Day 686
Night EC: 1 catch.
Day:
Poop:

Epcot. Daddy Man sick.


1/11 Saturday Day 687
Night EC: 1 catch.
Day:
Poop:

Plane home around 7:00 pm. Daddy Man fever.

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VACATION NOTES NEED TO BE INSERTED ABOVE


1/12 Sunday Day 688
Night EC: 1 catch.
Day:
Poop:

Daddy Man sick quarantined to downstairs. Fever 104.
Grandmama knows our cupboards are bare and brought over some staples to cover us for a few days. Bread, peanut butter, jelly, yogurt, crackers, ginger ale, and orange juice. The only time we ever have juice and ginger ale in the house is during sickness!


1/13 Monday Day 689
Night EC: 1 catch.
Day:
Poop:

Me, Mini Moose sick late afternoon after nap. Chills mild fever. Itty Bitty not until late night. I guess Operation: Quarantine Daddy didn’t work fast enough.


1/14 Tuesday Day 690
Night EC: 1 catch.
Day:
Poop:

House of Woe. All our fevers have settled between 102 and 103.5, though the littles often go down as low as 100-101 after medication and cooling cloths. I have such a terrible headache that I figure the kids also have headaches and body aches so I’ve not been stingy with the Ibruprofen and Tylenol for their comfort.


1/15 Wednesday Day 691
Night EC: 1 catch.
Day:
Poop:

Status the same. Itty BItty and Mini Moose still have appetites and have been drinking water. There is some mild coughing but that is really it. Only fever and head/body aches. Thankfully no trots or vomits. Their poo has been messy, but that has only been once. We likely have travellers flu with Daddy Man being our patient zero. He is the worst off. Hightest fever, terrible cough, and horrible pain in his chest from the cough. The least sick is Itty Bitty. Mini Moose is smaller so the fever and aches seem to be harder for him. When they get down to 101 they are quite lively. When it is down to 100 they start arguing over toys. At 102-103 they are sleepy and unenergetic. I am hoping our recovery will be quick since we get to rest a lot.

Thankfully, the kids fevers seem to be on the lower end of 100 to 102.5 today and occasionally down to 99. Mine tends to be a little higher, but I only take Ibuprofen if my head is going to fall off–and it has a couple of times! We can go up to eight hours without medications for the aches. I can usually tell just by looking at Itty Bitty’s face that she is feeling bad even before she complains about sore skin and hurting eyes. We’ve spent a lot of time in bed. Daddy Man still has a fever that spikes and he doesn’t want to take more time off work, so he compromised and went to work at night so he wouldn’t infect anyone during the day. He finds it exhausting but it is working out.

By late evening the Little’s fevers stayd low around 99 to the occasional normal even after the meds had long worn off. We each had one last fever spike in the wee hours of the night complete with all of us sweating.


1/16 Thursday Day 692
Night EC: 1 catch.
Day: 1 miss
Poop: Missed it.

Fevers this morning stayed normal to a low 99.5 without any need for medication for pain for any of us (except once for me because of my head — but I’ve gotten the least rest of everyone with insomnia and monitoring the Littles at night. Thank goodness for Netflix!).

I felt well enough to go to the store, but left the kids with Daddy Man. The supplies that Grandmama brought over are gone and we hadn’t stocked up anything when we got back from vacation. I am out of even the staples to make staples. I was armed with my coupons and even though I am tired and in recovery, I managed okay.

By evening we were all completely recovered except for Daddy Man. He still went into work at night though. To celebrate our recover, I made homemade flatbread and turned it into pizza and the kids and I ate our recovery dinner in bed watching entirely too much tv. It feels good not to be sick!

Daddy Man is a little perturbed that he got sick first and we recovered after only three days!


1/17 Friday Day 693
Night EC: 1 catch.
Day: 2 misses.
Poop: Missed it. Of course. The Boy does try though.

I decided to cook Daddy Man a birthday dinner today so it would be a surprise and Itty Bitty and I made him a marble cake.

The cake was a disaster! It turned out to be more like a pound cake that was hard on the outside, and practically raw on the inside. It was very brick like and tasted worse. I don’t know what happened! I was more made that I wasted good butter on an Epic Fail. Sorry, Daddy Man! At least dinner was good. Can’t go wrong with mashed potatoes, corn, and one pot pork roast.

Daddy Man is finally 24 hours free of fever too so we are no longer able to infect others with whatever nasty it was that Daddy Man picked up.


1/18 Saturday Day 694
Night EC: 1 very small catch.
Day: Dry all day.
Poop: Missed it.

Happy 41st Birthday Daddy Man! When did we get so old!?


1/19 Sunday Day 695
Night EC: No pee. I thought for sure I missed it when I woke up groggy, but he was dry!
Day: 3 misses.
Poop: Three poops! Caught most of one. Blech.

Grandmama came by to watch football and Itty Bitty was delighted because that means we get pizza.


1/20 Monday Day 696
Night EC: 1 catch, 1 miss.
Day: Dry all day.
Poop: Caught most of it! Anything you catch is good!

I am so not feeling up to anything.

Anyway, I’ve been encouraging Mini Moose to use the little potty, but he still has a very strong preference for being held in a full squat over the toilet or peeing in a cup. I couldn’t tell you why other than just like all of us, we all have our preferences. He’ll get there. He’s just not as into stripping, streaking, and “me do” as his sister was. That is just his personality and probably has some to do with being a sibling. I know people tend to say that his actions tend to be because he is a boy, but I dot not think that has anything to do with it. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to run this EC experiement with a third to confirm such theories since Daddy Man is done adding to our family, and I’m too tired anyway. Hah! If I am lucky, I might be able to experiment with a passel of grandbabies before I’m senile.

Phrases I never thought I’d say #24: “Don’t hit your brother with your butt!”


1/21 Tuesday Day 697
Night EC: 1 catch
Day: 1 miss.
Poop: Missed it.

Another night when Mini Moose has not nursed to sleep. It isn’t that I didn’t want to, but he has been getting full before he drops off and he is doing the “teething shallow latch,” and my hormones are spiking so I’ve been ending the session before sleep drop. Sometimes he is fine or does it on his own, rolls to face away from me for a spooning cuddle and falls asleep. Other times he gets mad and yells at me. Whether or not I allow him to relatch really depends on if he’s been playing the “pop on pop off” tango roll. I don’t tango.

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