Me and my girls

Me and my girls

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Sleep - The Neverending Battle

This past long weekend, we took the girls up to the cottage. Sleeping arrangements can often be tricky as there are not always enough rooms for guests. So my husband decided we should let the girls share a room for the very first time. After I recovered from my heart attack, I reluctantly agreed to try it and see.

Let me explain why I was sceptical. My girls are 3 and 17 months olds. Ainsley is very good with sleeping. She is a deep sleeper and will stay in bed when it is bed time. She has always been a good sleep and when we did have to sleep train, she got the picture quickly. Juliet, on the other hand, is a very light sleeper and has fought going to bed almost every single night since she was born. She does not sit still and she has never slept in a bed before. In my opinion sharing a room for the first time in a new location was a bad idea but I was willing to be proven wrong.

Well, the first night Ainsley went to bed ok. We initially tried to put Juliet in the pack and play but she screamed in horror. So we piled some mattresses up next to her bed in case she rolled off (she is a very active sleeper), gave her some milk during which time she feel asleep. The girls slept peacfully for most of the night. I went in to check on them during the night a few times. The first time Juliet had rolled off the bed onto the mattresses and was sleeping there (so cute) but I moved her back onto the bed. She did not fall off again but each time I checked on her she was in a completely different position in the bed.

The 2nd night we tried this, things did not go smoothly. Juliet would not lie down in the bed. Everytime we tried she would get up and fool around. Poor Ainsley was so tired but Juliet kept climbing into Ainsley's bed and jumping on her. I ended up watching a bit of TV with Juliet and let her fall asleep and then put her into bed. But then Ainsley woke up in the middle of the night and Brett was worried she would wake Juliet up so he ended up sleeping on the mattress that was on the floor in between the girls.

So all in all, not a success. I'm not quite sure what we will do the next time we are up at the cottage but I am glad to be home where the girls are in seperate bedrooms and Juliet is in a crib that she cannot escape from. Yet.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

My new love

I hate cleaning. Cleaning is at the bottom of my to do list. I find it incredibly boring and will procrastinate in any way to avoid it. I don't mind folding laundry or doing dishes but getting a mop and pail out or a vacuum causes me physical pain.

I have however, recently found something that actually makes me want to clean. I found the Shark Steam Pocket Mop through the PTPA. Actually, the mop and "Baby's First Journal" have been on TV together. It was through our first television appearance on Canada AM that I was introduced to this product. I thought it looked neat and the premise was interesting. I forgot about it (as cleaning is not something I usually wax poetic about or start googling).

But, as Baby's First Journal got more press, with the Shark steam Pocket Mop, this neat gadget started to stick. That added to the increasing mess created by daughters during meal time and my increased irritation with constantly sticky floors, I mentioned it to my husband.

He scoffed at me and said I should use the good old mop and bucket. I explained to him the logistics of filling a bucket full of water and soap and lugging it and the mop upstairs with a 3 year old demanding to help me and a 17 month old wanting to play in the dirty mop water. I described scenarios including one with Juliet tipping over the bucket and thus flooding our kitchen. Mop and bucket, not such a good idea.

Finally, for Mother's Day, I got my Shark Steam Pocket Mop. Most people would probably think I might have been upset by this gift. That to give a mom something to clean, bake or complete chores with just doesn't cut it. I have to admit though, I had a smile on my face and a sigh of relief for my husband when I saw my gift. And let me tell you it did not disappoint.

I wasn't sure initially if this product would be fiddly or annoying or if it would work at all. I wondered if the marketing had gotten to me but I just had to try it. I LOVE it. It is quick, easy, no fuss, no muss and is compact. It tucks away and most importantly it cleans my floors. My girls are seriously messy eaters and Juliet usually has to change clothing 3 times a day due to eating disasters. So finding something that makes cleaning easy and even fun is fantastic!!!

I actually like to clean the floor now. It's kind of fun. It's also nice to have clean floors all-the-time!!! Thank you to my husband who listened to me and took a chance and bought me this mop for Mother's Day.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Mother's Day Laugh

Happy Mother's Day to All My Favourite Mums / Grand-MumsHave a great Day, you deserve it!!


Answers given by 2nd grade school children to the following questions:

Why did God make mothers?
1. She's the only one who knows where the sticky tape is.
2. Mostly to clean the house.
3. To help us out of there when we were getting born.

How did God make mothers?
1. He used dirt, just like for the rest of us.
2. Magic plus super powers and a lot of stirring.
3. God made my Mum just the same like he made me. He just used biggerparts

What ingredients are mothers made of ?
1. God makes mothers out of clouds and angel hair and everything nice in
the world and one dab of mean.
2. They had to get their start from mens' bones. Then they mostly use
string, I think.

Why did God give you your mother and not some other Mum?
1. We're related.
2. God knew she likes me a lot more than other people's Mums like me.

What kind of little girl was your Mum?
1. My Mum has always been my Mum and none of that other stuff.
2. I don't know because I wasn't there, but my guess would be prettybossy.
3. They say she used to be nice.

What did Mum need to know about Dad before she married him?
1. His last name.
2. She had to know his background. Like is he a crook? Does he getdrunk on beer?
3. Does he make at least $800 a year? Did he say NO to drugs and YES to chores?

Why did your Mum marry your Dad?
1. My Dad makes the best spaghetti in the world. And my Mum eats a lot.
2. She got too old to do anything else with him.
3. My Grandma says that Mum didn't have her thinking cap on.

Who's the boss at your house?
1. Mum doesn't want to be boss, but she has to because Dad's such anidiot.
2. Mum. You can tell by room inspection. She sees the stuff under thebed.
3. I guess Mum is, but only because she has a lot more to do than Dad.

What's the difference between Mums & Dads?
1. Mums work at work and work at home and Dads just go to work at work.
2. Mums know how to talk to teachers without scaring them.
3. Dads are taller & stronger, but Mums have all the real power 'cause
that's who you got to ask if you want to sleep over at your friend's.
4. Mums have magic, they make you feel better without medicine.

What does your Mum do in her spare time?
1. Mothers don't have spare time.
2. To hear her talk, she pays bills all day long.

What would it take to make your Mum perfect?
1. On the inside she's already perfect. Outside, I think some kind of
plastic surgery.
2. You know, her hair. I'd die it, maybe blue.

If you could change one thing about your Mum, what would it be?
1. She has this weird thing about me keeping my room clean. I'd get ridof that.
2. I'd make my Mum smarter. Then she would know it was my sister who did
it and not me.
3. I would like her to get rid of those invisible eyes on the back ofher head.