Month 29: Grin and Bare It – Day 848 to Day 877

Compare to Sister’s Blog:   Month 29:  Changes Afoot

 

Helping Daddy Man "Here Da-dee."

Helping Daddy Man
“Here Da-dee.”

6/22 Sunday Day 848 (28 Months)

Night EC: Same 1 night catch, then morning pee.
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: 50/50

Same old.  Same old.    No worries!  I expect Mini Moose to leap forward suddenly, rather than taking progressive steps like Itty Bitty.  That’s just how it rolls!


6/23 Monday Day 849

Night EC: Same 1 night catch, then morning pee.
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: Miss.

I don’t think I mentioned it some weeks ago, I got several card games for Itty Bitty — Crazy 8s, War, Go Fish, Slap Jack — and some number/color card games for Mini Moose at the dollar store. This is to go along with Itty Bitty’s interest in learning time which requires that she better understand counting and rules. She has a learning clock, but she likes games more. We’ve also been practicing more with simple addition and subtraction in our conversations. Daddy Man does a tooth brushign countdown (rather a count up) from 1 to 100. That in itself has really helped her with counting even though she still has trouble in the teens. The new simple 100 abacus doesn’t interest her that much, but it does seem to be helping her learn to count by tens and to do simple adding with the visual and tactile component. Plus, it is really fun to make the beads spin.


6/24 Tuesday Day 850

Night EC: Same 1 night catch, then morning pee.
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: Miss.


6/25 Wednesday Day 851

Night EC: Same 1 night catch, then morning pee.
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: Catch!

I made muffins this morning for our trip, charged up all our stuff last night, finished packing the little stuff, made sure the laundry was empty, went to work, finished up my grades and we are ready to leave tonight. I think this is the first time I had everything done early, and yet I know I’m still going to forget something. DH yet again tried to get ahead of me. He picked up my suitcase which was not yet zipped because I had to put something in it…dropped it and spilled the contents out. Luckily most of it was tied down with the straps. I tell him every year not to proceed without my okay because some things can’t go until we are just ready to leave and I need to know where things are. Not only because I need to know if we have everything, but somethings I need easy access too in the car.


6/26 Thursday Day 852

Night EC: Not applicable
Day: 1 miss.
Poop: Catch.

Annual Trip Day 1: The weather last night was horrid…horrid..horrid. Heavy fog, heavy rain, low visibility, and heavy construction that we didn’t know about. Luckily Daddy Man is an exceptional drivier but it was really scary for a time. We drove all night and arrived around 2:00pm the next day. The kids slep through most of it. Itty Bitty is an old pro with this trip, Mini Moose did excellent and we only had one pee accident because we were just unable to stop in the construciton zone. Daddy Man was very stressed and we may not do a night drive again even though it went well last year. We had breakfast at a Bob Evans so Daddy Man’s spirits were lifted. The kids got to see a ridiculous amount of fireflies tonight and they were high energy.


6/27 Friday Day 853

Night EC: Same 1 night catch, then morning pee.
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: Miss. And what an epic miss it was. I told Daddy Man the next one was his turn.

Trip Day 2: Itty Bitty seems to have a low grade fever today that seems to go between 99 and 101.5. ARRRGH. She seems fine though, has no complaints. He appetite isn’t up and she has to be persuaded to drink water. Daddy Man decided to get her some flavored water and she gulped it down. It must be that part of it is that she doesn’t like the taste of the local water.


6/28 Saturday Day 854

Night EC: Same 1 night catch, then morning pee.
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: Miss. Daddy Man was horrified. He suggested we burn the underwear.

Trip Day 3: Itty Bitty still has a fever so we aren’t going to visit anyone today, just stay in at the house and keep contact to a minimum. We are trying to keep Itty Bitty well hydrated and not have her be out in the sun too much. She’s not happy about that, but a new coloring and cut book soothed her sick feathers.


6/29 Sunday Day 855

Night EC: Same 1 night catch, then morning pee.
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: Miss.


6/30 Monday Day 856

Night EC: Same 1 night catch, then morning pee.
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: Catch. Thank goodness! Mini Moose hasn’t had a banana in days and has eaten many blueberries.

Trip Day 4: Itty Bitty’s fever seems to be staying around 99 to normal today so we ventured out. By afternoon, it seemed to be gone for good.


7/1 Tuesday Day 857

Night EC: Same 1 night catch, then morning pee.
Day: 1 pee miss. Oops. Mommy and Daddy totally dropped the ball on it.
Poop: 1 catch, 1 miss.

Trip Day 5: Wait. What? When did it become JULY?


7/2 Wednesday Day 858

Night EC: Same 1 night catch, then morning pee.
Day: 2 pee misses in the morning.
Poop: Miss. Eerk. Too many blueberries…wow…I can’t even describe it.

Trip Day 6:


7/3 Thursday Day 859

Night EC: Same 1 night catch, then morning pee.
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: 75% catch

Trip Day 7: We are leaving this morning, stopping to have breakfast at Daddy Man’s favorite breakfast place Bob Evans. He plans on driving through the day and we will stop sometime in the evening for the night then starting again tomorrow morning. There is a BIG storm front going across several states where we will be driving and he doesn’t want to get caught in it even during the day. He’s studied the radar and has an idea of how long we have, though we will still be driving through some of it. He’d rather not risk another drive through the construction zone even in broad daylight in bad weather. No argument from me!


7/4 Friday Day 860

Night EC: Same 1 night catch, then morning pee.
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: Miss.

Happy Fourth of July! The storm was really band and we stopped just in time and finished the drive this morning and afternoon. The storm was bad enough that the fourth activites have been postponed in many places, so we still get to see fireworks!

Mini Moose is sick and has a fever. NOOOOO. Around 10:00pm Itty Bitty said, “My brudder feels hot.” It was hot in the house and he had just taken a nap all curled up in a ball so I figure it was that. I go and kiss his face and…yeah…he had a fever. It was 100 when I checked it. I can only assume that it was the same mystery illness Itty Bitty had a week ago. 7-10 day incubation make sense. She didn’t have any symptoms other than the fever and some mild intestinal distress output. I’m guessing its a stomach bug, but it is hard to say.


7/5 Saturday Day 861

Night EC: Same 1 night catch, then morning pee.
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: Miss. Wow…it was foul.

Mini Moose’s fever went up to 102.5 You try not to worry and you know that it isn’t that high (and it hasn’t even been twenty four hours yet), but you can’t help that feeling. Mini Moose is drinking and nursing well, he is eating a little too. He seems otherwise fine. Other than looking red faced and not being active when his fever is high, Mini Moose acts quite normal if the fever is 101.5 and below. When it got up to 103 I gave him something to ease the discomfort (body aches, headache) I knew he was having because he was reluctant to drink. I decided on Ibuprofen because it was that high, but DAMMIT one does knocked the fever right down to normal after three hours instead of it staying at a reasonable 101 or so. I wasn’t trying to knock the fever out. Unfortunately, that created a rebound fever of almost 104 when it wore off. I didn’t panic. I had a feeling that was going to happen. Mini Moose was still interactive and responsive and drinking and all that cooled down his head, feet, and back with cool cloths while I waited for the dose of Tylenol to take effect so I could give him a lukewarm sponge down. I didn’t didn’t want to do a body cooldown without something to manage the rebound. After a couple of hours it went down to 102 to 102.5 and stayed there for quite a few hours before it settled on the range of 101 to 102. I’ve never had Ibruprofen knock out a fever to nothing like that before, I’m wondering exactly why it did that. I know that when you give something and do cooling measures and the fever doesn’t go down at all…that is something to worry about. Still, I’ve had a fever of 104 and it is very unpleasant, so I wanted him to be comfortable and to continue to stay well hydrated.

Daddy Man took Itty Bitty with Grandma to go eat and see fireworks. I was thoroughly jealous when they came back and told us about the delicous meal they had, the best vantage point they had in order to see three towns worth of fireworks. Thanks for the germs Itty Bitty.


7/6 Sunday Day 862

Night EC: Same 1 night catch, then morning pee.
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: Miss. Messy messy…and many times. Must have been a stomach bug.

Mini Moose’s fever seems to go between normal and 101 today. I haven’t given him any meds since the second dose of tylenol after the rebound fever. He slept really well. He woke up hungry. Too hungry because he ate way too fast, threw it all up, and then wanted to eat again. That is the only case of vomiting we had, and that was entirely due to the rapidity of ingestion and not actually chewing.

By evening he’d been normal for several hours so we went to see some local fireworks. Mini Moose was fine and then his fever came back to around 99 to 100 (according to the Mommy Kiss Test). He was riding on my back in the Mei Tai, and took a nap. He was otherwise happy, so we stayed. After we got home a few hours later, he was completely back to normal.

This has got to be one of the more weird, mystery illnesses we’ve had.


7/7 Monday Day 863

Night EC: Same 1 night catch, then morning pee.
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: Miss. I am so tired of cleaning poop. Especially aftermath sick poop.

Daddy Man started putting together our new metal shed yesterday. Not what we originally wanted, but Daddy Man gets pretty feisty when he orders something and it doesn’t arrive. The other place that was going to install the wood one called us last minute to re-re-re-schedule just before we left for our trip, so Daddy Man decided to go another route. I have to say though that the directions are about as clear as mud…in the dark…in a fog bank…in a heavy rain. Need I say more?


7/8 Tuesday Day 864

Night EC: Same 1 night catch, then morning pee.
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: Catch.

Brought my jeep in to have a look at the funny sounding wheel. The guy looked a little harried. He seemed to be the only one there and swamped. I told him it was no rush because I was on vacation from work and I lived only a ten minute walk away.


7/9 Wednesday Day 865

Night EC: Same 1 night catch, then morning pee.
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: Miss.


7/10 Thursday Day 866

Night EC: Same 1 night catch, then morning pee.
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: Miss.

Daddy Man left for his car trip today. He’s taking his “baby” to a car show out of state with his Uncle and he’ll be back on Sunday. He’s planned it out over a year ago, and I’m glad he gets to go. Nothing like seeing your husband’s face light up like a little boy when he talks about something. The kids and I will miss him, but he is good about calling.


Daddy Man shares construction tips to curious Itty Bitty.

Daddy Man shares construction tips to curious Itty Bitty.

7/11 Friday Day 867

Night EC: Same 1 night catch, then morning pee.
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: Miss.

The outdoor playset for the kids arrived today. The driver though refused to drive on our long driveway to deliver it. I told him that we got MANY deliveries and no truck had ever had a problem with the drive or the trees (our driveway is epically long). He wanted to leave it on the sidewalk…except the boxes are big and we don’t have a sidewalk! He asked me if I had my own hand truck or hauler of some sort…and I said, “Why would I have that? Everyone just drives down the drive to deliver at the door.” Some of them even back in since the driveway is so straight. I asked him if he could at least bring two boxes and I’d open the other two and bring them piece by piece down our drive. I think that when he saw the two littles come out of the house, he decided to put on his “nice pants” and used his hand truck to bring them down the drive. If Daddy Man had been here, I KNOW he wouldn’t have done that. Sad, but true. I would have brought the pieces to the yard one by one and made 100 trips if I needed too. I wasn’t about to let him take it back undelivered.

Got the Jeep back late today. It turned out to be just some rust and a rubbing panel. He cleaned the rust and bent back whatever was rubbing. It only cost $80 this time. I think though the guy was a little nice with the price since he had it for several days. I’m just happy the wheel was safe.


7/12 Saturday Day 868

Night EC: Same 1 night catch, then morning pee.
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: Miss.

I found a recipe for hand made Kaiser rolls that you “tie” into shape. They came out really, really good though I let them rise a little too long. Itty Bitty approved and she even “tied” one mostly on her own. Grandmama took us all out to see How to Tame Your Dragon 2 this afternoon. It was nice to get out.

I FINALLY got a chance to turn Itty Bitty’s seat around forward since she is out of the weight limit for rear facing now. Since we haven’t driven anywhere other than a few blocks to the grocery store, I hadn’t done it because I kept forgetting. I decided to turn the Britax since it was just easier. By the time Mini Moose out grows the rear in the True Fit (which was originally Itty Bitty’s), it will be expired and I will switch him to the Britax (which was originally his) and get Itty Bitty a new seat.


7/13 Sunday Day 869

Night EC: Same 1 night catch, then morning pee.
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: Catch! 2x!

Daddy Man arrived late last night and we spent a few hours starting to put the playset together before it rained. The directions are very thorough, but a bit confusing in places so we had a hard time. Plus one of the pieces had a mis-drilled hole and Daddy Man had to saw off 1/4 of an inch to right the wrong. It wasn’t a major structural piece that needed to be cut and it would have no effect on the structure. Then we got eaten alive by mosquitoes just before it started to rain.

Mini Moose was bare bottomed in the house once we came in and TWICE he alerted us about poop…BEFORE…with more than seconds to spare and before it was beyond the point of no return for those frustrating half-catches.

GASP!

Have we found the Poop Grail? Mini Moose likes clothes. He’s not a stripper like Itty Bitty. He always asks for a shirt, and brings us his underpants to put on…but…could this be the key to Pooptopia!?


7/14 Monday Day 870

Night EC: Same 1 night catch, then morning pee.
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: Catch!

Dealing with the laundry that just won’t die. Mini Moose was bare all morning and we caught the poop with time to spare after his signal! After that, he had on underpants.

Funny story. Daddy Man came home after work and had to use the bathroom. Mini Moose followed him and Daddy Man told me that between the cat and the toddler he was having trouble voiding his bladder. Mini Moose said, “Pee?” then paused and said, “Pee!” and apparantly realized Daddy Man was having trouble so switched to, “Pss Pss.” to try and help his Daddy to “go”. Hah!

Mini Mooseisms:
Wahbahdoo = Where are you?
Ahfineyoo=I’m coming to find you!
Beshoo=Bless you (after you sneeze)
Scoozeyoo=Excuse you (after burps)
Buppin=Muffin
Bundee=Band aid
Eye-Teest?= I taste? (Can I have a taste?)
Wook=Look!
Bug?=Any beetle or flying insect.
Bwerd=Bird
Pouple=purple
Bwed=Bread
Buppee=Blueberry
Shirdoft=Shirt off
Ahpayne=Airplane (an upgrade from Shoom shoom)
Wook=Look
Como-fah-me=Come on. Follow me.
Appo-co?= Apple core (Is this an apple core? — Learned from his sister)
Yep=yes
I fush?= I flush (the toilet)?
Ah-entee=It’s empty.
Woad Wunna=Road Runner
Pish-Fish
WooWoo=A Siren
Ya Wehcoo=Your Welcome
Shink? = Should I put this in the sink?
FyeFye = Super Why (cartoon)
Nots=Octonaughts (cartoon)


7/15 Tuesday Day 871

Night EC: Same 1 night catch, then morning pee.
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: Catch!

Being completely bare, Mini Moose is taking more initiative. He sometimes asks for his pants, but I’m seeing how putting him off goes. He still insists on a shirt. So it is funny that Itty Bitty is only wearing underwear and nothing else, and Mini Moose is in a shirt and nothing else!

Itty Bitty today, after we made muffins and ate a few says to me, “Ten take away three is seven. There are seven muffins left.”
Yeah, we don’t need no stinkin’ early kindergarten or preschool! Life and playing games is how we learn best. We talk together, cook together (well unless I am in one of my crabby moods), play games, read, watch some educational cartoons like Cyberchase or Superwhy, and the kids play their learning game apps. All of this is way better than worksheets. Mini Moose, just like Itty Bitty, suddenly one day was able to do the more complex chunky puzzles.


7/16 Wednesday Day 872

Night EC: 1 night catch, 1 morning pee.
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: Miss. Forgot to take his pants off.

I probably should mention that Mini Moose, while still insisting on waking me up in the morning and making me a grumpy grumple grrr monster, has taken to going into the play room on his own to play with cars instead of always trying to shove the remote in my face in order to watch Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. Since we don’t watch TV during the day, the only time they get to watch toons is when I’m still peeling open one eye at a time in bed. He’s also been doing more spontaneous pretend play. He usually just follows with whatever Itty Bitty has come up with and repeats whatever she is doing, but when he happens to be alone on occasion I’ve heard him babbling and making action noises with various stuffies, trains, ponies, and random figurines.

Chores Mini Moose Does:
He’s done these for a year now but worth mentioning again since he is older and better at them.

Puts dish in sink rather than bring it to me when he’s done.
Picks up cars and blocks and puts them in the bucket without constant guidance. I can now say, “put the cars in the orange bucket” and he does so.
Puts back his toothbrush in the drawer without reminding.
Empties the little potty if he uses it (though not without incident…I have to head him off to help guide or else it isn’t pretty.)
Sweeps with the swiffer.
Recycles.
Puts wet laundry in the dryer (though he tends to get over excited and close it before we are done.)
Empties dishwasher and hands me dishes, but puts the silverware in the drawer with a clatter that Itty Bitty then sorts out.
Feed the cats with Itty Bitty with Daddy Man.
Collects sticks in the yard with Itty Bitty when asked.


7/17 Thursday Day 873

Night EC: 1 night catch, 1 morning pee.
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: Catch! I remembered to remove pants first thing this morning.


7/18 Friday Day 874

Night EC: 1 night catch, 1 morning pee.
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: Catch! (no pants)


7/19 Saturday Day 875

Night EC: 1 night catch, 1 morning pee.
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: Partial miss. Forgot to take his pants off later in the afternoon.


7/20 Sunday Day 876

Night EC: 1 miss. I fell back to sleep all groggy. It wasn’t a full miss, but Mini Moose was not pleased either.
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: Catch! I remembered to remove pants first thing this morning.

Daddy Man has been hard at work putting up the new play structure. Itty Bitty calls it the “Play Constructor” and she calls instructions “Constructions”. I am so going to miss it when she stops with the wordisms! I have to say that it is a Gorilla play set and it came with fantastic instructions with a few minor irritations. Nothing like the mess of halfassed instructions that the shed came with. The major complaint from Daddy Man is the hardware. Yet again, they were kind of low quality and getting stripped. That’s not to say that they are the worst. They are strong enough overall to do the job well, but there was some skimping on the heads making them easily strippable. Hands down, the shed hardware was the cheapest cheap out I’ve ever seen. Horrid. Not only do those strip, but the pointy end of the screws go blunt very easily making it hard to put them in the metal.


7/21 Monday Day 877

Night EC: 1 night catch, 1 morning pee.
Day: No pee misses.
Poop: Miss. Dagnabbit, forgot to take his night pants off this morning!

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