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Semi-single parenting

Yesterday, Julian had a full day. He went to a birthday party from 11a to 2p, and then I picked him up and brought him home. He seemed to have enough energy and wasn't cranky, so I told my mother it was okay for her to take him out. She picked him up around 3:30pm, by which time it was clear he could have benefitted from a nap...he was complaining of a headache, which is uncommon for him. He fell asleep in the car on the way to my Mom's, was low-energy and cranky there, and fell asleep in the car on the way back. When he got home, he mostly wanted to sleep, which is very rare for him. He was also coughing. Whoopie!

Today, Karen, Julian, and I were supposed to go see Karen's friend Jessica, who is another parent of multiples. With Julian coughing (and Jessica's husband has an immune system that's currently out of whack, and thus he is not really prepared to deal with the amazing Coughing Lad) Julian and I stayed home. Our nanny is here today; Karen took Ellie with her, so the nanny only has two out of three infants, and deals with Julian whenever he escapes my presence and wanders downstairs to investigate. He's still coughing, but is otherwise fine. I'm not so certain I'm fine - I also have a killer headache, and unlike Julian have no qualms about taking medicine for it. Not that medicine has helped, mind you...it's been unsuccessful at reducing the shriek of the headache to anything less than a dull roar. Whoopie!!

It has been a productive day, though. I picked up more Lekman boxes at IKEA last week to try to better organize the chaos that is Julian's room. Previously, we had bought Julian an Expedit wall system for his toys, but keeping up with his ability to disorganize things has been impossible for at least the last 6 months. Yeah, I've organized once or twice, but unless he wants the system to work, it's never going to happen. So, he already had 5 Lekman boxes; I bought 5 more, and only had to assemble three of them in order to get everything into a higher degree of order. I put a couple of small boxes in the attic stairwell...toys that I don't think he'll ever play with, as I can'te tell what they're components to, or are things he just doesn't care about. I could assemble the remaining two boxes, but I would simply end up putting boxes inside those boxes...we had some smaller boxes used for organization, and those stack well enough inside the Expedit cubbies.

I tried to get Julian down for a nap, but I don't know if he's going to take one. I just had to go in there and remind him that napping happens when you close your eyes and let unconsciousness take you, rather than play with your magnetic fishing pole and try to catch a radiator. Whoopie!!!

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paigedayspring
Jan. 30th, 2008 03:37 pm (UTC)
I have to remind myself everyday that napping happens when I put down the book/mouse/dish sponge and close my eyes. It can also happen when you close your eyes for a moment in the washroom while waiting for louse killer to work...
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