Friday, February 13, 2009

I'm still here...

Wow, it's been a while since I've written anything.

Perhaps not coincidentally, it all seems to go back to when Monkey dropped his morning nap... Our new schedule seems to be working really well now, and it has for a while, but man, it's amazing how much less down time I have now that we're a one-nap household!

That morning nap was great for so many things, not the least of which, I should not, is for me to get a shower! Now I often find that non-daycare days are "slob" days, and Mommy often doesn't get a shower, although at the very least she gets up about 15 minutes before Monkey to get dressed, put in her contacts, slap on some makeup, and take a quick pass at straightening her hair. That way, should we HAVE to leave the house for some reason, we can minimize the embarrassment if we run into someone we know. Mommy's actually gotten pretty good at this half-baked routine, actually, and has ventured out to the mall, although she usually regrets it as soon as she gets into a dressing room with unfriendly lighting (which is pretty much all of them, right??)

And, there are now that many more hours in the day to keep Monkey entertained... Thank goodness that warmer weather is starting to make an appearance, because Mommy is running out of indoor activities and is desperate to get out of the house most days (hence the ill-advised mall outings...)! Don't get me wrong - I have tried to find my craftier side, but so far, Monkey must not be impressed, because he is much more interested in scrutinizing the art tools - taking caps on and off markers, putting markers in mouth, biting tips of crayons - than using the tools to create a work of art to hang on the fridge. Today I even broke down and bought Play-Dough, which I KNOW in my heart of hearts that Monkey will only try to eat, but yet I am holding out on the slim hope that he enjoys actually playing with it more. I've seen some scattered about the room at his day care, so perhaps he's already experimented with the tasting and is ready for bigger and better things?

I was also sorely tempted at Target today to buy him some fun outside things as Valentine's Day present, most notaby a bubble lawn mower and a couple of small kick balls. But I'm afraid that if I buy these, the weather will take a turn for the worse, and I'll be stuck with a cranky Monkey who won't understand why we can't go outside and pay with his cool new toys. Maybe the Easter Bunny will have to bring them instead...

I am seriously thinking of buying one of those Learning Towers for the kitchen. Monkey has gotten in the habit of wanting me to carry him around WHILE I'm making his meal, which can be somewhat difficult, as you might imagine. He also likes to try to "help" put the lid on his sippy cup, etc. So I'm thinking this might be part of his "I do" stage, and that he'll feel more included if I get him up to counter level in a safe place that he can watch and maybe start to help. Those things are expensive, but it might be worth it to preserve my sanity!

Anyway, that's the latest from Monkey Land. I will try to be better about posting, and I hope I still have a few readers out there!

4 comments:

Icyel2 said...

I can imagine what you are feeling carrying him around. I don't have that great of an upper arm strength so it's really hard for me to carry a 25 pounder and prepare a meal.

That tower sounds like a great idea. If you do buy one, hope to see a picture of it.

Swimming-duck said...

I totally understand the "slob" days and lack of showering. Ayden has been a 1 nap child for awhile and if he wakes up before me or at the same time, there goes my shower! I'm hoping the weather here in the midwest takes a turn for the better. I can't take much more winter!

Ayden's also doing the same things with markers, crayons, etc...He much prefers to play with the materials, eat them, etc...than use them. Funny thing is he screams for playdough (literally) all the time. But once I get it out for him he just wants to throw it on the floor and/or eat it! *sigh* They'll get there!

Beverly said...

I'm still reading! :) Yes, isn't it amazing how much less time we have once it goes down to a one-nap schedule? Part of my bad-mommy confessions: I let Jack watch TV in the morning while I shower. Usually I also give him a snack to keep him occupied. Anyway, I want one of those towers, too. Where do you get one?

klalaw said...

I haven't resorted to TV yet to get a shower, but only because I abuse it so much other times - it's become part of his pre-nap and pre-bedtime routine, and he also watches a bit in the morning when we're home. And a snack would only work for about 30 seconds. :-)

If you Google "learning tower" you'll find lots of different places to buy them - I just haven't taken the time to look seriously yet for the best deal. I'm thinking probably on Amazon or eBay? I KNOW I saw them in a catalog somewhere, but now I can't remember for the life of me...