December 5, 2008 7:00 am
This week’s Spin Cycle topic is to write a holiday newsletter. Now normally, I would have had my spin spun days ago but this one was a toughie for me. We’re still in the midst of ear infections an plague and I feared that my dreary self would be too worn down and defeated to put out a positive spin. I feared it would sound something like: Save me, I want out. Please stop the children from screaming all night so I can get some sleep. In fact, you can HAVE the children The end. I’ve gotten a full night’s rest the last two nights so I’m recharged enough to write this. Here goes!
It’s the holiday season again and I thought I’d share the events of the year. Obviously, I don’t like you all that well or you would have already heard all about my year but I’m obligated to send out a yearly update so here it is:
The year started off with a bang. Actually, it was really just the fireworks that my neighbor lit off in the middle of the cul-de-sac, waking up Graham. We didn’t mind though, our neighbor gets commercial grade fireworks from work and always puts on a good show. The show was over by 9 and we were passed out on the couch by 9:30 so we missed ringing in the new year all together.
In January, I was six months pregnant with Elliot and the size of a narwhal. I wasn’t sleeping all too well and thankfully, someone broke into our truck in the middle of the night. This was helpful since it ensured that my paranoid self would never sleep again.
February and March flew right by. Actually, time stood still but my size increased exponentially. I was still working but finding it increasingly hard to waddle from building to building and crawl under desks to fix and install computers. The fact that I had high school kids watching my beached whale self get stuck under more than one desk was also not helpful. Graham, Jamie and I enjoyed our last few months as a family of three as we made preparations to meet Elliot.
In April, I got stuck in a restaurant booth. There is no punch line here, I was physically stuck and Jamie had to pull me free. A few days later, Elliot arrived in the world. This little girl turned my fear of “how will I ever love another child as much as I love Graham” into a falsehood. I instantly fell in love.
We quickly discovered that everything we thought we knew about parenting had to be thrown out the window because we had a new problem on our hands: sibling rivalry. This was a common theme in our house for months to come. In fact, it’s still on the forefront.
May was spent getting acquainted with our new family and shuffling Graham back and forth to daily swim lessons. He was dunked and thrown in and all sorts of mean things but the good news is that the kid will be able to save himself should he ever fall in the pool. He also loves just chillin poolside!
I worked from home for the reminder of the school year but then took a leave of absence to try my hand as a stay at home mom. Mostly, the days were spent playing referee since Graham made it his life’s mission to throw every single toy he owns at Elliot’s head. Thankfully, only a few made contact and no permanent harm was done.
June and July whizzed by without incident. Elliot settled into our family nicely and we spent our days going to Gymboree and playing around the house. We were finally sleeping and eating well. There was a lot of cute baby on the menu…
Also on the menu were cheese-filled days where we hung around and acted goofy!
August rolled around and Graham attended his first day of school! He goes on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9-12 and absolutely LOVES it. The one part he doesn’t love is the sick little germ-spreading bastards he’s come across. The poor kid has contracted every sickness known to man since starting school. His favorite thing yet was the six week long ear infection that turned in into a screaming, angry mess. I had no idea that the Incredible Hulk came in toddler form until that ear infection hit but it does. Another thing about August? I started a blog. Yup, I write my innermost thoughts on paper (actually, a keyboard) and share them with the world. I’m not planning on showing you the blog, so don’t even bother asking.
Not one single exciting thing happened in September. Really, we kept on keeping on the entire month, Graham was still ear-infected and Elliot was growing. That’s it. I ran into someone from work who asked me what I had been up to and all I had to tell her was changing diapers, Gymboree and the occasional trip to the grocery store. It was then I realized that I need more drama in my life. Oh wait, Elliot started crawling in September. This fact, by itself, is a happy milestone. In our house, it created a shitload of drama that we’re still reeling from. Elliot gained the ability to both crawl to toys and crawl after her brother. Both of which don’t go over well with Graham and he started Meltdown Mania 08.
October was spent wearing orange and looking ridiculous. The kids managed to pull it off but Jamie and I sure didn’t. We tried to feed Graham a Snickers bar and he promptly spit it out. That was the final nail in the coffin for us, we realized he’s not our son and he was switched at birth. Oh, and we had a fun photoshoot with all of the cousins. By fun, I mean impossible to get four kids to look at the camera but we took 3000 pictures until we came close.
I feel like I should stop writing about the time that followed Halloween since it’s not pretty. Both Elliot and Graham contracted terrible colds following Halloween. Those colds led to ear infections. The ear infections led to several weeks of hell, a hell so bad that we’re still living it. The four of us have passed the same cold back and forth for the last month and a half and I just don’t see an end in sight. Meltdown Mania 08 is still in full swing and increasing every day!
We’re now headed straight towards the holidays. Graham will be celebrating his THIRD Christmas (he was five days old for his first) and is now old enough to show excitement when he opens his presents. I’m sure the excitement will be more over the wrapping paper than the gift itself but I’ll be happy just to see a smile on the kid’s face. In fact, I think I’ll just rewrap some of his existing toys since it’s all about the paper! This is probably the last year I could get away with it so I’ll think long and hard before making a decision.
So now you have a recap of our year. Nothing too exciting (except a BIRTH for God’s sake!). We’re surviving here, loving our family time and wishing for bed time. I wish you and yours Happy Holidays!