The Mendenhall Journal, Introduction to the whole family

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The Mendenhall Journal, Introduction to the whole family

Hi, my name is Amanda and I am married to Paul with two wonderful, crazy boys, Thomas and Jonathan. I really need to be doing a journal of their life. It seems like time flies by so fast. I want to keep track of everything and be able to read through and know I have done something. In this journal I plan on having a paragraph on Thomas, Jonathan, Paul, and my daily or weekly doings. It helps to see it written out to know just what is going on. So to start...

Thomas, my oldest son, who is only 22 months. He is walking, talking and saying 3 word sentences. Today he told me "I see you" He also says "I love you" it is so cute. He is using the potty. He is in underwear all day, except nap and night time. So far today (it is 2:20pm) he has only had one accident. I am so proud of him. It is amazing at how well he does for his age. He went yesterday and the day before with no accidents at all. I told him when he is dry 5 days in a row I would get him a special somthing. Don't know what, but I will come up with something. I am thinking maybe a blues clues movie, He loves blue and Dora. Those are his two favorite shows. But latly the tv is not on, unless that is what is on. I feel there is nothing on tv that he can watch that doesn't have violence or curse words. He picks up everything. And as of right now he is pretty mild, and doesn't know how to fight or anything like that. His birthday is Jan. 22, 2002. he weighted in at 5pd and 13oz and 20in. Now he is around 29pd and about 35in. They grow so fast. He has gotten into this thing with getting up at 6 to 6:30 the past week. It is getting old. That is my "mommy time". I hope this past soon, I am ready to have my "mommy time" back.

Little one...Jonathan, who is 8 months old. Big time mommy boy. I thought Thomas was, no way, Thomas is very independent. However, Jonathan is very dependent apond me. To be honest I kinda like it that way. He is still like a baby, like he is not growing up to fast, like Big one did. He got his two top teeth Sun. Now he has 4 teeth. Now if only I can get him to feed himself. Yes that is right he is not feeding himself yet. But Little one is 6 weeks early, and he has not developed alot of his fine moter skills, he is having some issues there. Does ok on gross moter skills, he is sitting up, rolling both ways. Not crawling, pulling up, standing, or crusing. But hey he will get there when he gets there. Just a little hard to deal with sometimes, as Big one was more on the advanced size. Just have to remember I can't compare them. I try not to but sometimes it is hard. They are so night and day from eachother. Maybe next time I write I will do birth stories on the both of them. That would be fun for me. I love writing and telling both of their stories. They are suppose to be taking a nap right now, but they are not. Oh almost forgot we may be getting Thomas a baby gate this weekend so we can change his bed to a toddler bed. Back to Little one, poor thing is sick all the time. Right now he is on anti. for another sinus infection. That is another thing that is hard with him is that he is always sick, he gets every little thing and with RSV season here, it is real hard and I am scared to death he is going to get RSV. I protect him as much as I can.

Now for Paul, my wonderful husband of 5 years. Hard to believe it has been that long. He is a computer tech. He really enjoys it. I have to say though sometimes I get tired of people always wanting something from him. But I love him with all my heart. He is the most wonderful man in the world. He helps around the house and cooks (sometimes, when I am sick) I could not ask for a better man.

I am a stay at home mom. And it is not easy. Try taking care of one sick baby all the time, potty training a toddler, who is going through terriable twos, keeping up with the house, dishes, laundry, cleaning in general. I am telling you, there are days I am pulling my hair out.(as if I am not losing enough already for not being pg.) I want to use this journal also to show what I am doing. Sometimes my dh comes home and asks me what I have done today and honestly I can't come up with any thing. So it is nice to write it down and then go, see this is what I did. So today I did vaccume the dinning room, was going to do the whole house but haven't yet. There is still time. Washed the seat to the feeding table. And did quiet time with God. To be honest that is it, apart from taking care of my children. Our house is in need of help. I am tring to Fly. but so far no good. I have gotten into the habit of making our bed and wiping down our bathroom every morning. And doing my quiet time. So I guess the flylady is helping. Oh and I even exercise now. I needed to. While yes I am down to prepregnancy weight, I still have that horribable buldge in the front. Got to love having children.

Well, speaking of children, they are not taking their nap and I have alot of work to do so I can play tomorrow. Fridays are my play day, IF I get all my work done before Fri.

much love,
me

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Boy am I glad I started this journal. Today is not a good day and it is nice to have somewhere to go. The bad thing is it is only 10am. I can't imagine how much worse this can get. Sad

Thomas is not having a good day. It is one of those terrible two days and he is not even two yet. He refuses to uses the potty today...kicking, screaming. Not fun. But I know he can do it and I can't put him back in diapers now. It was just 3 weeks ago he stayed dry for 9 days. What is going on? he don't want to listen to anything I have to say and his mannors (he does say please and thank you most of the time) have gone out the window today. Guess we need to go back to naked time. He seems to do real good with that. Maybe we just need to start over and retrain him. Well, he is throwing another fit and is wet again. So guess this will have to continue later at nap time.

Amanda

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Quick update on Thomas. He is doing better now. I found that a treat from the pumpkin works wonders. Also he likes to put things in the potty, so I gave him cheap cereal to drop in and try and pee on. It worked. He is doing much better Biggrin And I am feeling better now. He is still being a little stinker. But atleast for the time being he is playing with his brother. Well, it is lunch time so I will be back later to post about the rest of the family.

Amanda

"don't want this" Thomas says about underwear, he wants to be naked or in pull ups. I will allow the naked but NO pull ups.

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Back. My how this comes in handy. It made me stop and think of how I can help Thomas reather then go crazy.

Thomas is doing much better now. No more accendents. he is sleep right now...yea, peace for mommy!! I have to say though, he is so cute!! I just love him to death, even though sometimes he pushes me a little to far. But I guess that is a two year old for you.

Jonathan is doing good today. Not sick!! Woo hoo!! Excited about that one. He is sick all the time and it is nice to have a day where atleast one is happy. He did one full motion of crawling then fell. Poor thing, but atleast he is tring!! I think he would reather stand though. If I stand him up then sit him down, he throws a major fit. Today is the first time I seen him play with his feet, it is like he just discovered them. He was starring at them and watching them, then touched them, then tried to stick them in his mouth. I never seen him so intent about his feet. Guess I could write that down on the calendar for his baby book.

Paul is doing well today. He says he is bored though. He is coming home at 3:30 today!! Only 2 more hours. Tonight we have some friends house we are going to. (Ben and Rachelle) Don't spend a lot of time with them so I am really looking forward to it.

Got to have my quiet time this morning. Then I fell asleep on the couch. Woke up at 8 when the kids wanted up. I really enjoy my quiet times in the morning. I used to HATE getting up but now, I don't think I couldn't get up. It is so nice to be dressed and ready before the boys are up. And nice that they don't wake me up any more. My time with God has grown and grown and it has helped so much in many areas of my life. Now if I can just learn more patience with Big one. This is very rare that he acts this way. I hope it doesn't become an every day thing. Well, think that is it for today. Maybe I will write tomorrow. But if I know me my weekend is pack full of family I don't like to get on. So I may not write again till Mon.

Me

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Changed my mind. I forgot I said I would write out their birth stories. So I will start with Big one.

I took three test. I just couldn't believe I was pg. Pregnancy went ok, beside a ton of bh (irritable uterus) and GD. I had to be put on insulin shots due to the fact that the oral med. weren't working and the diet alone was not good enough. Had weekly US to make sure he wasn't getting too big. I am only 5 foot even and before he was concieved 98pd. (don't think I will ever see that again) so I had a huge fear of the big GD babies. From my 4th month on I had swelling that I alone was concerned about. My BP was always fine and only spilled a little protien every now and then. 38 week appt. my BP was through the roof and I was spilling 3+ protien. Sent over to hospital for evaluation. no luck getting bp down and my protien rose to 4+, put on mag. YUCK!! That was Mon. Then they induced on Tue. I didn't feel any contractions or anything till 10:30am when my water broke on its own. So that is when I concider my laber to start. And boy did it start. Water was clear and everything looked good. Had to put on an interal monitor on his head due to a little heart drops. Asked for EPI, no luck only a 3...they wanted be to be atleast a 4 to 5 before giving one. Given stadol instead. It worked for a little. Then I asked for the EPI. Another dose of stadol while waiting for them to arrive. Got my EPI at around 2ish. and I was a 5 at the time the did the EPI. Didn't take on one side and had to try and move around to help get it to kick in. (yea right, you try moving around with IVs, blood pressure cup, and someother monitor thing hooked to you, and on mag. not very do able) I started yelling I needed to push, atleast I thought I needed to push. And they said they just checked and I was only a 5. After a little argueing they finally agreed that they would check (think it was more just to shut me up) Guess what. I was a ten!! And it was only 2:30pm. It took 30min. to from a 5 to a 10. Most people, inclueding myself, consider me very lucky. I pushed for an hour and at 3:38pm Thomas Michael Mendenhall was born, weighing in at 5pd and 13oz and 20in. Mind you they told me at the US prior to delievery that he was between 8 and 9pd. I was so scared to have him. But he ended up small. I don't remember to much after that due to the fact that the PE turned into HELLP. and I was in the PICU for 4 days after he was born. I know they brought him to me (I have pics) but I don't remember holding him till Fri. I felt bad about this and feel due to that is why he never took to breatfeeding. We tried but I couldn't handle it and he really liked the bottle by that time. It was to much work to nurse.

Guess that is it. I will do Jonathans later. Maybe today, maybe Mon. guess it depends on how I feel, my head is hurting so I think I will go lay down while I have a chance.

Amanda

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Well, it is Monday, and I am feeling it. Yesterday was ok, not feeling well. and Paul is not feeling well. Not good when the adults are sick and the children are wild and healthy. Nice for a change though, I just hope they don't get sick. Can't make this long. Got things that need done and a son who is into everything today. Come to think of it, maybe I would be better off to do this later today. I have many things to write about, Thomas and his toddler bed and potty training, Jonathan and his rocking, Paul and his work and me not doing well. I am still not doing well today, have massive headache. Ok, he is in trouble again so I better go or he will wake up his brother. I will wright later.

Amanda

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well, didn't have time to come on yesterday. Paul was able to come home at around 12. So we spent the afternoon together then I had Bible study last night. This one is going to have to be short to as Thomas is getting into everything and destroying the office.

Thomas is doing well. Very active. He is using the potty great. He started telling me yesterday when he had to go. He started yelling "poppy, poppy" and running to the bathroom. It was pretty cute. Just glad he is doing so well. Tring to get him to take his plate to the kitchen when he is done eating. I have to help him right now so he don't spill it. He still won't drink from a cup unless it has a lid or straw. Oh well. I was hoping to get him off the sippy. I guess he is in the fact the cups I use are not sippies. Just cups with lids. We are also working on saying "may I please get down" when he is finished eating. He has to repeat word after word. But some day he will get it. It is so cute when we pray. He holds hands and say "amen" when we are done. I have to say he is way to cute. He does wear underwear all day long. I am hoping by the time we run out of pullups he will just need them for night. Right now he uses them for nap, night, and when we are out. Everyone says this is confussing him and I should keep him in underwear when we go out and only use the pullups for night time. I have tried but I have found that he fears potties out side the home. To be honest I don't blame him, I do to. But I am still so proud of him. We did put him in his toddler bed Sat. lets just say naps are impossible and night is bearable. Paul said he went right down last night. So maybe he will do better with time. I do make him stay in his room for nap time though. I don't let him run around the home. That is my time to get things done that I need to do. Like today the kitchen needs cleaned big time, towels need washed, I should start that now. And the house just needs a quick pick up, it is not that bad, just my kitchen. Speaking of. I need to go. It is quiet and that normally means trouble. Plus I just remembered, my poor dog is probably hungry. I will write soon, hope today to talk about Jonathan, Paul and other things.

Amanda

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Back. The kids are down for now. Sorta. Little one is in the playpen and Big one is in his room. Ever since he got the toddler bed it is next to impossible for him to stay in bed. Even if I stand out side the room and tell him over and over again to go to bed it don't work. He goes and lay down but the second I turn my back he is up. I don't mind if he don't want to take a nap but he will stay in his room. He needs rest, even if he don't think he does. Trust me, he is not fun to deal with if he doesn't.

Little one crawled today!!! YEAH!!! I am soooo proud of him. He did drag his head on the floor but hey, atleast he is crawling, sorta. Didn't get very far before he went down but still...I am very proud of him. He has been pretty whinney, it is getting old. He has also learned that he can scream at the top of his lungs and it makes a great sound that makes everyone go running. My how they change so fast. I imagine he is nearing the 18 1/2pd and the 29 to 30 in. Some where in there. Maybe not but I think he is getting huge. He is still doing well, not sick...now that is nice. Oh and how can I forget, yesterday he used his pincher grasp!! that is the one thing they felt like he was way behind in. GO LITTLE ONE!!!

Paul is doing ok, very tired. I can understand why. He worked from 6:30pm to 12pm the next day. Came home and got a little rest and then had to watch the boys while I went to Bible study. I offered to take little one but he said that he could handle them, little one goes to bed at round 7 and big one at around 8. Bible study started at 6:30. So he didn't have to have them for long till their bed time. He is so sweet. Sunday he cooked lunch for us. He also did the dishes. Now that is one good guy. I think the best guy ever!!

As for me, I am still sick. Infact, I wasn't going to get on but thought I should. I do want to get behind. That seems what always happens. I start a journal then slowly get behind then to where I forget all about it. So I guess you could say my goal is to keep this going. I enjoy writing. I use to make my own poetry and books. It was so much fun. If I thought I could do it now, I might think of writing a childrens book. Paul read some of my earlier writings and loved them. Said I should write more often. Let me tell you, I would if I could. But with two small children, a house and a husband..it is next to impossible. Maybe I can put some poetry and stuff in here. Oh I don't know. We will see. Need to go lay down now before they decide to get up.

Amanda

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This just couldn't wait till tomorrow to write about. Big one is asleep!! In his bed!!! Go Thomas!! I am so happy, I was afraid we lost nap time already. Ok, got to go get little one down now.

Amanda Biggrin :D

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Not a good day today!!! I was up from 1:30am to 5:30am with Thomas. He decided to get up and not sleep and he woke Jonathan up to! I was so mad and I couldn't get him to go back down. So I guess you could say I am NOT in a good mood today.

Thomas is not in a good mood either, hum, I wonder why?? Maybe cuz he didn't sleep all night!!! Concidering he is not doing that bad I guess. But he better take a nap. I already had to go in there and get on to him to lay down. Tonight is church and if he don't sleep he is not bariable. And that is when he gets a full nights sleep. I can't imagine what he will be like tonight if he don't get a nap. He is doing great with the potty today. He would have made it with no accidents except he told me he had to go potty and I was in the middle of putting clean sheets on his bed and told him to wait one second. Well, just a little hint. You can't tell a toddler just one second when it comes to the potty, when they say potty it means now. So that was my falt not his. I will be right back, he is playing in the blinds again, he has already messed them up once today. Back for a second any way. I hope I put the fear of God in him and he will lay down and go to sleep. He is so cute, he repeats after us and I can get him to say almost anything. Last night at the table I had him repeat "may I have more please" and "may I please get down" and "please help me" He still needs help with his fork. But hey that is pretty good I think.

Little one is doing good, amazingly he is still healthy!!! I am very glad about that. no more crawling, just that tiny bit yesterday. Oh well, I guess with time he will start crawling more. He loves to be held and cuddled all the time. He is so tired too, Big one kept him up too. So he has been whinny. I tried to get him to take a morning nap but Big one kept opening the door and yelling "boppers, boppers" So he didn't get much sleep then either. Tring to get him to go down now, but big one is not helping.

Paul had to work again last night, he got home around 6 and ate, then worked from home till 11pm or so and it still wasn't fixed. I just hope he gets to come home before church tonight. Although I don't know if the boys and I will be going. Mom has to watch them cuz they are not allowed in the nursery (dr. orders, RSV season) so I might just let her deal with them. I don't know. Guess it would be a good break for me that I need real bad. I am suppose to help Karen Smith with the set for the childrens choir. So I really do need to be there. Well, he is up again and destroying the blinds so I better go put him back to bed. 1..2..3..4..5..6..7..8..9..10, ok, I can do this now. Sometimes I have to count to keep myself from going off on him. When I am as tired as I am now, it is very hard not to lose it. Got to go, maybe able to get back on if they would take a nap. But then again, I need a nap too.

Amanda

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What a day!! I finally made it to write a few seconds.

Thomas is well...Thomas any more. He didn't get to sleep till 11ish last night and then he didn't want to take a nap today. But he is asleep now. He woke up at 6:20am too. So he was very tired. But considering he is in a pretty good mood.

Jonathan is taking up a new additude that I don't like at all Sad Don't know what has gotten into him lately but something needs to stop. I know he is not getting as much sleep as he was and that could be it. But let me tell you. Keep in mind he is only 8 months old. He don't pull up or crawl yet. So I stand him up to play with the leep frog table. He loves it. If he falls over, I catch him and sit him down. Well, he wanted back up but he was reaching for it, so I thought I would let him try for himself to pull up. Oh he tried for about 2 seconds then started screaming bloody murder cuz he couldn't do it. So I help him right. Well, then big one comes over and starts playing with it to. Oh no, not a good idea. Little one starts screaming again till Big one lets go. What has happened to my baby????

I guess other then no sleep and grumpy children we are doing pretty well. Paul will be so proud of me. I have been doing better at keeping up with all the house work. Well, today I got the house spottless. That's right me, out of all people, got my house cleaned, top to bottom. Now let me just tell you, it didn't stay that way for long. But hey, I tried. I can't believe this, little one is throwing a huge fit. he don't want to sleep but he needs it. trust me. he more then needs it. Guess I better go take care of him.

Amanda

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Well, it has been along time. To start with, I have to get this out. I want another baby!! I know, I know...I am crazy..but I do!!! Bad!!! I was looking at the pregnancy board..you I should do that, it just makes things worse. Oh well, some day, I hope. We had decided little one would be the last cuz my pg are so bad..but then we decided we would give it one more try for a girl next Oct or so we hope. But I am ready now...I don't want to wait. Is that selfish of me??

Thomas is doing well. He got to play with Kody Saturday night and on Sunday he ran out to the living room yelling "Kody, Kody, where Kody" it was to cute. He not done that with any one. He is doing great at potty training. He holds him self and yells "poppy,poppy"

Jonathan is still not crawling, but it will be any day now, I just know it. He loves to eat pretty much whatever we are eating. He is a big eater. Thomas is too. PAT is comming Thur. so I will get to talk to her about Jonathan and his development. I think he is behind.

Well, big one is destroying his room and he is suppose to be taking a nap so I will write later.

Oh yea, I started spotting back on Thur. of last week and it has been off and on and I am due to start Wed. so we will see, maybe there is hope maybe I am PG already. I feel like I am..I never spot before hand unless I am and I don't break out either and I am right now. So we will see. And I have bad I mean bad gas, I never get it this bad unless I am pg. Maybe I am just hoping to much and looking for every little thing I can. Got to go now before he decides to clean out his drawers again.

Amanda

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I just thought that I would add that I just read that my migraine medication I am taking interfers with birth control. So maybe I am pregnant...guess I will have to wait and see. I pray I am!! I want to be so bad!!

Amanda

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I feel so bad. I want to cry. :cry: I don't think anyone understands.. :cry: why do I feel this way!!!!! I want to be pregnant sooo bad and I just don't think I am and it makes me so sad. :cry: I know I am crazy, I have two little ones what more could I want. Paul asked me that today and I told him 2 more little ones. He thinks I am nuts too. But really I do and I know it is crazy but I am so ready :cry: Well, due tomorrow and we will see, I am like clock work so I should know for sure tomorrow night. Probably won't be on though till Thur. I think I will test thur. if I hadn't started. But I have a bad feeling I will... :cry: ok, I am done for now..

Amanda :cry:

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I AM NOT!!! Not a day late. Right on time.... :cry: no wonder I felt like crap yesterday. I haven't started yet, but spotting, so i guess that means I am not. We were not tring and Paul is very happy that I am not...but still, I wanted to be so bad. Ok, I feel better I think, now I just have to get someone to get me some pamprin, man I am in big time pain!!

Amanda

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after much thought. Paul is right. We are not ready for another baby. Although I am mentally. We have no room in this house for another baby. And we can't afford the pregnancy or the insurence after they would be born. So with that said...I am ok now. I can wait a little longer any way. I still want another but I know right now is not good timing and we need to wait.

Now for an update on my wonderful children that I am blessed (I think..he he he) to have. Thomas is wild like crazy. He don't take naps any more and has been getting up in the middle of the night, waking his brother. Then I am up all night tring to get them both back to sleep. Did I say he don't take naps....oh on earth does he keep going, don't they crash some time?? He stayed dry all day yesterday and has had a little accident today, but just like a tinkle thing. So I am counting today so far as a dry day. If he gets 5 stickers in a row he gets a blue clues movie or some movie.

Jonathan is still working on crawling. I guess he will do in his own good time. He loves yogurt, tried it today. But I have to watch him to make sure he is not allergic to milk still. I don't think so, he has eaten lots of things with milk in it and hasn't had a problem so far. He gets very frustrated when he can't do something. Like pulling up. He has tried but didn't do it and started screaming till I would help him. Still won't hold his bottle. Guess he has a lot to catch up on. I know he will get there some day but it is hard. PAT is coming tomorrow so maybe they can help.

Paul gets to take next week off. It is going to be so much fun, now he will see what I go through all day. Mon. the kids get flu shots, Tue Thomas gets a haircut and we are going to do family Christmas pics, either Tue or Wed. Then Thur. we are going to my moms and Fri. mom wants to go shopping all day..and NO KIDS!!! I won't know what to do.

Well, guess I better go, poor little one is so tired and his brother woke him up again.

Amanda

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Long time, but we are back!!

WOW!!! It feels like it has been forever and a day since I have been here. Let me tell you, this past week...well...wasn't a bad week, but not really a good week either. A little of both, I guess you could say. Paul was home all week, so that is why I wasn't on at all.

Thomas, oh my crazy, wild Thomas. Lets just say that being sick doesn't even slow him down. Although, he has been taking naps again. In fact right now he is asleep on the couch, he looks so cute!! Thomas got croup on Sat a week ago and has been very sick. He also had another ear infection, again. That makes two this month. I don't get it, he had a ton when he was littler and they stoped but for some reason they are back again. he is putting up to 4 to 5 words together..."may please get down"..."will you help please"...."I don't think so" and here is how he says his name "tommy midol memenall" it is way to cute. I love the fact that you can now talk to him and he will respond in a way you can understand.

Jonathan, little Jonathan....is it lazyness or what?? He still is not fully crawling, he does the army crawl thing, gets up and rocks and tries to go forward, but just can't yet. I know, I know he will get there when he is ready. He will be 9 months tomorrow, I can't believe it. Oh he did say mama once when he was fussing, does that count? I think so that was last week, so I may have already wrote about it, I don't remember. PAT said that he is behind, some due to laziness some due to just not enough upper body strength. He wants to pull up, but can't and he loves to stand but falls real easy. He also got croup and wasn't doing well. Both still have a cough. He has lowered his bottle intake and upped his solid food intake. He eats all three meals and has about 2, 8 onces and 2 6oz bottles, or so. Today he did figure out a sippy cup and likes it.

Paul got last week off and we spent all day Wed. together with no children. That was fun...just went shoping, didn't buy anything other then what we needed, but just had fun together. It was nice to eat a meal without having to feed a child first or at the same time. Thanksgiving was spent with my family. It is ok, I was sick so I didn't have that much fun and the boys were sick to. Paul had fun though. So that is good.

I got to go out all day Fri. with my mom. That was fun, got most of my shoping done, except for the men. Maybe I will let Paul do the rest. I hate buying for the men, Paul will do a better job. Or maybe we can go together. Still want to get the boys some more things. everything I have got them are little 5 or less dollar toys. Couple of $10 toys, but not much, we want to get them something big. I still want to get Paul something else too, just having a hard time deciding what. I think I will get the movie set he wanted, but I don't know. I have already got him 5 things, well one I think I will put in his stocking...so 4 presents to open. But they are not much, little things, so I want to get him one big thing. Still thinking on it though. We put our tree up and the outside lights. It looks real nice and the kids love it. "pretty, pretty, no touch" that is what Thomas says.

Well, I guess that is it for now. I guess I better go see what needs done.

amanda

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Today is NOT a good day!!! I swear someone is possing my toddler. Where has that sweet little boy gone?? Now I have a rugrat that is destroying my home and beating up his brother. Guess that trouble two is catching him. Thomas is so unruly. He don't listen to me, he beats up his brother...he bite him again. The poor baby already had two bad bite marks and now another one. I don't know what to do with him. He totally ingnores me and does nothing he is asked to do. I just want to cry. And to make matters worse..I have to flu. I can't handle him and this nasty flu. I can't eat...my head hurts, I have chills and I can't handle him today!!!! Ok, just had to get that out. I feel a little better now.

Jonathan is still not crawling, nor pulling up yet. He is cranky too. Like I said this day is not going well. About the only good thing right now, is that they are both sleeping right now. So I better go sleep some to while I have a chance.

Amanda

Joined: 08/09/02
Posts: 34

What is going on with me?? I can barely keep my eyes open. I am driving down the road and have to keep myself awake. THis is not me. I must still be sick or something. I sleep all night, I take a nap and I still am tired and edgy. Oh my am I ever moody. And I am lactating again. What is up with that. I do that during my period, which is how I feel, but I still have a week and half till that time. Will this headache ever end??

Now that I got that out of the way. Any suggestions on how to stop bitting? Thomas has turned into quit the demon child. he is so mean to Jonathan. he bites him, pushes, hits, pinches. I am getting so tired of it. I dont know what to do. He is getting very cute with his talking though. You should hear him....."whose that, whose that...that me" "I wuv you" "ok, bye-bye, see ya" "may I peas get down" "I want kiss" makes your heart melt.

Jonathan went for his 9 month and he has only gained a pound, he is now 18pd and 12oz. and he hasn't grown any in his length, he is still 28in. now isn't that strange. Dr. said not to worry to much that sometimes some kids just stop growing and will make up for it later. So wel will see. He is in the 20% on weight, 60% for length and 85% for head size. He always had a big head.

Well, I am tired and they are sleeping so I am going to lay down while I can.

Amanda

Joined: 08/09/02
Posts: 34

still dragging. What is up with that? Man, I need some glue for my eyes please. I can glue them open so I can stay awake. I actully got somethings done today though. I got the dishwasher ran, did 4 loads of laundry, vaccumed whole house, cleaned boys room. Wow, no wonder I am tired.

Thomas is bitting still. I talked to his dr. he suggestion a long time out. So last night when he bite me I put him in timeout for 10min. Well, today he bit brother again, so off to timeout for 15min. I am going to add a min. each timeout he gets for bitting. I hate doing it but it is better then beating him..hehehehe!! Oh, he stands now to pee, and he tells me, he is doing great. He even stayed dry all church yesterday and used their potty. I am so proud of him.

Jonathan is still not crawling, so close just not there yet. No pulling up either, but he is tring to hold his own bottle. He can for a short time then he stops, but hey atleast we are getting some where.

Paul is doing well, hit his head and has major headache that comes and goes though. He is going to try and come home at 3:30 today to work outside, it is some what nice today.

I have bible study tonight, so I need to get ready. Still haven't finished my lesson, started it though.

Boys are not sleeping, they are both in bed, hope they go down soon. I would like some peace and quiet. A nice long hot bath sounds good.

Amanda

Joined: 08/09/02
Posts: 34

Don't have much to say today. Just had to go take care of Thomas who once again bit Jonathan. This is getting sooooo old!!! Nothing works, timeouts, biting back, spanking...I have tired everything I can think of and nothing works. HELP!!!! Ok, now that I got that out I feel better.
It is suppose to snow tonight so we will see. Not feeling well today, tired, cranky, and in pain. My breast are real tender, must be getting close to that time again.

need to go lay down, maybe...
Amanda