Thursday, April 15, 2010

Quincy can ride a bike

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When I started this blog, it was because Finn had learned to ride a bike. Never did I imagine that Quincy would be riding a bike just 2 years later. But here he is, riding on 2 wheels! We tried to get him on to a smaller bike that he could get on by himself, but he wouldn't have it. So needs someone to hold the bike steady while he gets on, but the rest is all Quincy!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Fearless Quincy

If you are a facebook friend, you probably alrady saw this...my little 3 1/2 year old is almost ready for a realy bike, with out training wheels. They sell bikes with no pedals to help kids learn the principals of balance, but I just can't afford $100 for a bike ($200 if I buy for both boys) they will only use for a short time, and I can't find any used. But I really wanted one after watching a video on You Tube.

So I made my own. My mom bought this little bike for Finn when he was 2 and it never worked right. He rode it, as did the twins, but the chain would lock up every few pedals. So I took off the training wheels, the pedals and the chain, pumped a tire, replaced an inner tube and bought new grips and we were good to go.

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We are trying to get Paxton to ride it as well, and after today, I think you might see video of him soon!

Best thing I've ever done for myself!

Last night, I went to bed early...10:15 is early for me and it was a great idea. However, one child woke at 11:15 whining, usually a sign that he has to go to the bathroom. I got up with him, then he woke again at 3am and came in my bed and I didn't stop him. I wish I would have because he proceded to wake me ever few minutes by cuddling up to me, kicking or touching me. Then another child woke up at 6:15 and had to come tell me he was awake...why do they do this. I had to get up with him to turn the tv to an appropriate channel and turn the volume down. 20 minutes later he came in to tell me he wanted milk. When I finally got up at 6:45, I walked to the kitchen sink and took 4 advil to combat the massive headache I had.

How do people go with out sleep? I did it for years, and quite frankly, it was a mistake. I think sleep deprivation is partly to blame for my weight issues, because you lack good judgement (what you eat and when can be bad judgement). You think the kids are to blame for the sleep deprivation, don't you? Well, they are partly to blame too!

But this is what I blame...

Okay, you can't really see it, but it's carpal tunnel. I had it for years, but it got worse with pregnancy. When I was pregnant with Finn, I wasn't able to eat with a fork for more than a few bites, with out having to put my hands down and let feeling come back to my fingers (maybe that is why I gained minimal weight with both pregnancies). I tried everything...used to wear a magnetic bracelet, which helped. I had many massages, that left me crying in pain, but ultimately helped for a few weeks. I used to dip my arms in pans of water with tons of ice for 30 seconds at a time (harder than it sounds) and I still wore wrist splints to bed almost every single night. And even then, I would wake with numb fingers, hands or arms.

When the twins were born, I was getting up to feed them every 90 minutes (that's a whole other post) and during my 90 minnutes of sleep, I was waking every 15-20 minutes to roll over and move my arms. And if you knew me then, you might now understand why I couldn't connect words to make a sentence.

Alvin and I decided that it was time to solve the problem. I'm one of those people who like to try alternative medicine and think they have something to offer, but I believe that Western Medicine has great benefits. I had nerve testing done and discovered that my carpal tunnel was moderately severe in one hand and really severe in my other. I had surgery when the twins were 9 months old, first on my right hand (deciding that if it was too hard, I wouldn't do the other, but at least the hand I use for everything, was fixed) and 3 months later on the left.

And since the first night post surgery, I have not woken up because of pain in my hands. Enlarge that picture...you might see a scar, but I had to look at the picture and then look at my hand to find it.

There isn't really a point to my post, except I think I learned not to wait until things got so bad to fix a problem. I wonder how I would have been changed if I had the surgery before I had kids: would I have been a different kind of mother? Would my kids be happier because I was happier with them during those night feedings?

And if you suffer from carpal tunnel (I see tons of people around town with their wrists in braces and I tell them the same thing), go see Dr. Buckmiller in Seattle. Tell him a satisfied customer sent you!

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Easter!

Alvin's gone, again! And we had to opportunity to go with him to Utah, but choose to stay home, in hopes we'd have nice weather and do a little stay-cationing! And we didn't have good weather, but then Utah had snow, so we are sad to say, we didn't have an exciting spring break. But Alvin is going to be later getting back than he had hoped which means I would have had to drive back alone with the kids, or Finn and Quincy would have missed most of next week too!

The beginning of the week, we worked on switching rooms, Again! Alvin hates this task and so I keep doing it when he is away. I've moved all the boys to the big room, and that keeps them, their toys and their noise away from most of the house. They are really excited about the change and the twins really like sleeping with their big brother.

Thursday, we went over to some friends house, but cut our trip short when I noticed Finn's eyes weren't looking too good. We came home and I put some medicine that I had left over in them and by the next morning, they looked healed.

Friday, we headed off in the POURING rain, to Silverdale where we shopped and ate lunch at Red Robin (thanks Clare for the coupons!) as a reward for the boys sleeping in their room all night long! The Boys were on their best behavior and I was really proud of themFriday night, I decided to put meds in Finn's eyes, and it was a struggle. I had to pin him to the floor, put my knees on his elbows and use both hands to open his eyes! Turns out we should have done it a few times on Friday, because by Saturday morning, the pink eye was back.
Saturday was pretty uneventful: cleaned the house, played outside when it wasn't raining and colored our easter eggs. The Easter Bunny came and was very good to the boys (all on sale and I surprised even myself). They were all so happy, I don't think they noticed they didn't get any candy except a choc. bunny. I had to take Finn to the Doctor early, so he could get on antibiotics for a full 24 hours and make it to school tomorrow! When we returned we hunted for easter eggs...and only had hard boiled eggs to search for.After finding them all, the boys all sat on Mimi and Bubba's front porch and ate eggs! Quincy didn't like them much, but Finn and Pax ate at least 2 each. We spent the majority of the day inside playing with our new toys (wii nerf was a big hit, but I probably should have thought about all the shooting before they got it). We had dinner with mim and Bubba later in the day and the boys have gone to bed early! I'm ready for things to return to normal and have a few hours, almost to myself, while Finn and Quincy are in school!

And hopefully, Alvin will return on Wednesday night.