Mommy Time Out

she looks so cute, doesn't she?  looks can be deceiving...

she looks so cute and innocent, doesn’t she? looks can be deceiving…

Can Mommy get a Time Out?  PLEEEEEEEEEASE???

That is how I felt Monday and last night.  Shrimp outdid herself and brought Terrible Two’s to new heights, AGAIN.  She started off by sleeping late Sunday night then waking up late on Monday – around 11/11:30.  Then, she proceeded to:

  • hit Razz multiple times.
  • scream/sqiueal and cry whenever she didn’t get what she wanted.
  • WRITE on our WHITE leather couches.  This is what threw me over the edge.  We usually hang out in the basement/play area where the couches are BLACK, but I had to start taking down Christmas so we stayed upstairs.  It took me 10 minutes of constant scrubbing to get MOST of it off.  There are still faint lines and scribbles everywhere.

After being reprimanded and such, she calmed down for a good 2 minutes and was back to hitting Razz again…then proceeded to try to play with the laptop which I was banning her from because she was so bad earlier on.  Razz tried to help keep her away from the laptop.  Know what that means?  More hitting.  She also then decided she was going to scream and squeal and cry again – WHILE I WAS ON A CONFERENCE CALL because she wasn’t allowed to do what she wanted.  In addition, she decided she was going to JUMP on the laptop.

Once all that was said and done, she decided she wasn’t going to eat breakfast or lunch until way after mealtime was over.

I don’t even know what finally made her calm down, but I think it was Dora or Umi Zoomi and it was only on because I felt so bad for poor Razz that I said she could watch TV and Shrimp snuck in and started to watch too.

She was good for a few hours and then started acting up again at night.  She woke up late so she didn’t nap and was out by 9pm – THANK GOODNESS.  HOWEVER, she woke up around 12am acting like she just took a nap so she was up again for an hour or so.  This time, she proceeded to hitting, no PUNCHING, me.

I do have to say, her screaming and squealing and crying and screeching had 1 advantage so far…when we were standing in a looooong line at the airport coming back from Jamaica, she decided she had enough and made all kinds of a ruckus.  I  mean nothing could calm her down – toys, my phone, milk, food, etc.  Officials eventually  escorted us to the FRONT of the line…essentially cutting over 150 people.  Not one person gave us a dirty look.  But, her antics had one positive outcome…1…

From what I recall, Terrible Two’s last until almost 4.  At least it did for the other 2, but they weren’t terrible at all now that we have witnessed Shrimp and her antics.

*calgon…take me away!*

Meet Parker

elfonashelfOk, we did it, we adopted an “Elf on the Shelf” little buddy.  I was hesitant at first, but as long as he’s not in my face when I wake up, I guess it’s fine (my sister shares the same sentiment).  After a gazillion names being thrown out there, we all settled on “Parker”.  Maybe it had something to do with the fact that we just watched “Amazing Spiderman” and well, his name is “Peter Parker”.Other names were:  “Woody”, “Eli”, “Sebastian”, “Hagrid” (yes, the big guy from “Harry Potter”)  and I don’t even remember the others anymore.

Beans is 7 now and is the most excited out of everyone.  The other morning she squealed and laughed so hard when she found him – hanging around our tree!  I was upstairs and heard her!  I love this age…when the spirit of Christmas is so alive and the age off innocence is full on kicking!   Beans was the one actually asking for it all the time since the week of Thanksgiving, but that doesn’t mean that the other 2 gals don’t have fun looking for him either…

 

While the girls were making ornaments, I read them the story and that started our little guy’s adventures!

He was too tired to move one night, but I think he’s got himself rested up goes back to report to Santa every night since.

Here’s where we’ve been finding him lately…

I can’t wait to see where else he ends up!

WW: WYSIWYG – not…

First of all, how many out there even know what WYSIWYG means or is that something common now? hmmm…how many of you REMEMBER when that term first came about? Am I totally dating myself here?

Judging from these pictures, these look to be 2 lil girls having fun on a bike. Truth of the matter is, we just let them take the bike up and down the driveway to enjoy a beautiful, sunny, warm Fall day. Razz is actually walking around with walking pneumonia while the other has similar symptoms, but wasn’t diagnosed w/the same. Both are nebulizing every 4 hours…yes, even through the night. Both are on a 5 day antibiotic regimen. Razz is also on an oral steroid (she has the walking pneumonia and has a history of being hospitalized for asthma) and will need to take a maintenance med (singulair’s finally got a generic brand-woot-woooooo!) after she’s done w/her 5 day doses. So, no, What You See Is Not What You Get in this instance…this is just them, enjoying a beautiful day sans coughing fit…when in reality, they’re doing this every 4 hours… #beingsicksux

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more WW (wordful wednesday) entries, check out angie’s blog and parentingfordummies….and woot-wooooo, my post from last week was one of their recommended posts…gotta be shrimpie’s best pic ever… ;)

WW: {red velvet} Cake Poppers – Take 2…3 years later

cupcakepops - 2008 It’s been over 3 years since my first and last attempt at making cake pops/cupcake pops and the likes (pic on left). I made them for Razz’ 2nd Birthday party…Well, 3 years and 2 moves later – out of state nonetheless – I tried again!  So, the moves made it inevitable that I would lose one of my molds (or maybe it’s still packed in some box somewhere)…the one that actually makes the cupcake bottom and the only ones I can find are too big, but we didn’t roll our balls out big enough this time around (wait, that sounded weird).  Anyway, so we didn’t make cupcake pops this time and just made a few cakepops (the ones on a stick) and the rest as cakepoppers / cake pop bites or whatever you want to call them.  Recipe used was by none other than Miss Bakerella.

They turned out quite yum, but weren’t as solid and I know that’s probably because I only used 3/4 of the cream cheese frosting. I held off using the whole thing b/c I recall them being really sweet the last time I did this. I think now, it was probably the chocolate I used the last time. I used the Wilton Candy Wafers (pretty thick and hard to handle, if you ask me) last time and this time I used a grocery store brand like Bakerella and stuck to the chocolate and white chocolate colors. Wilton is cool though b/c they already come in such great colors. I tried using it again last night – orange – still too thick. I guess I could figure out a way to thin it out, but I had 3 very eager girls ready to sprinkle and decorate away! Maybe I’ll just go ahead and add food coloring to the white store brand chocloate or figure out a way to thin out the Wilton ones…I heard you can use shortening or something.

Anyway, I figured I’d used WordPress’ cool gallery feature to show our pics of our cake-popping adventure :) You can hover over the pictures to see the captions or you can click and it will bring you to the gallery itself.

 

 

babycakes I also bought this puppy, but ended up not using it because I felt like it was cheating and the instruction manual had a lot of typos. I don’t know why that bothered me so much b/c it’s not like I’m perfect. I guess it’s because it’s a mass produced product and things like that should be looked upon more closely…especially for those who actually need to follow the instructions!

 

I just feel it necessary to post this pic on it’s own…it cracks me up each time I see it! Beans showing that she’s helping roll the cakeballs and Shrimpie realizing it was CAAAAAAAAAAAAKE and I wasn’t letting her have any…

BEST Shrimpie pic ever…b/c I wouldn’t let her have a cakeball

 
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for more wordful wednesdays, head over to angie’s blog!

How is it FALL Already?

Where did the Summer (and my entries) go?  Well, ok fine, I haven’t actually written anything so they didn’t really disappear into cyberspace or anything.

Well, let’s just say we were a bit pre-occupied house hunting and house-buying and moving and entertaining our guests that came out to visit us!  Reminder – all of our family are on the East Coast or in Texas.  So, in June, my in-laws came…10 of us in a 2bedroom townhouse and we survived.  In July, our BFFs drove out from NJ and we hit up Chicago too.  In August, my sister and her family came and in September, me and the lil 2 actually headed to NJ.

Tons of unpacking still left to do and decorating and furniture buying!

 

BUT

 

Bigger than all that – we’ve already had 2 birthdays.  Razz turned 5 on 9/15 and Shrimpie is now Terrible 2 as of the 19th…of course, she’s been “terrible” since she started walking at 10.5 months, but who’s keeping track?

Happy Birthday my (2 out of 3) beauties!

razz and shrimp as little mermaids…
(sorry about the pic quality…darn phone lens is no longer sharp).

 

Shrimpie the Squealing Screamer Child

don’t let her little sweet smile fool you…she is a terror and not even 2 yet!

Don’t let this little cute girl fool you (although she did “decorate” herself all by her lonesome with this box and had us all laughing).

Shrimpie has the extra early case of Terrible 2s.  I think she hit them as soon as she started walking (at 8.5 months).  Once she started walking, she got into and onto everything – couches, windows (we used to have a bay window that had a wide sill), bathrooms, toilets, stairs, etc.

She’s been MORE than a handful as of late too.  She loves to beat up on her sisters – scratch them, pull their hair, hit them, pinch them, etc.  She gets reprimanded every time she does any of the above, but nothing phases this little girl.  She’ll just kind of move back, maybe flinch and then be done.  Sometimes, she’ll cry for a little (I mean, less than minute) and then be done.  Sometimes, she’ll go crying to her sisters or either me or her dad (whomever DIDN’T reprimand her).  Again, nothing phases this girl.

Sometimes we have to think twice (or thrice) about going out to eat.  She’s been making scenes lately where she will squeal and just try to get out of her highchair.  We try to keep her occupied – crayons, coloring, drawing, giving her our phone.  Nothing works for long.  If a restaurant has one of those claw toy grabbing games, she will just not stop squealing or screaming until she gets there.

On our trip to Chicago last weekend, she only had a quick 45 minute nap all day.  Usually, this girl naps 2x a day and at least for an hour each.  If she goes 3 hours, then she just naps once.  45 minutes that day, plus all the excitement from the trip, plus the heat, plus a late dinner didn’t bode well for a our little gal.  Let me just take this moment to inform you that heat and Shrimpie do not make a pretty mix.  This girl will wake up squealing and screaming and crying if she is hot.  She gets super cranky, I mean she can wake up the whole neighborhood cranky.

We ended up getting to Chicago around 6pm.  By the time we checked in and got settled, it was almost 7.  Then, we had to feed the dogs (our friend also brought their dog along).  Next thing you know, we’re leaving for dinner at almost 8pm.  We wanted to try some authentic Chicago Deep Dish Pizza so my other friend (originally from Chicago) met us and walked w/us to dinner.  It was HOT.  It was upper-80s/ 90 something at 8pm as we walked around.  We got to the restaurant and it was packed with an hour and half wait.  We walked further down to another pizza place and it was pretty warm inside the restaurant PLUS they had one of those claw toy grabber games.  That was the recipe for disaster.

pDaddy and I spent the whole night chasing her around the restaurant and/strolling her.  The host was, at first, very accommodating and comforting.  I guess, later on, he was in awe that this little girl couldn’t just sit and eat (she did eat earlier – mostly milk, but that’s a whole other story).  I tried to explain to him that if we forced her, she would just scream and make a scene and it would not make our table neighbors very comfy.  He seemed to understand…then later, says, “Wow, she’s spoiled.”  Then, looks at me and says “You did this.  You spoiled her.”

 
WHAT THE?

Maybe he didn’t mean it that way and it came out wrong, but what?

I think he saw my demeanor towards him changed.  I repeated that she would make a scene and would make THEIR customers uncomfy, etc.  He caught my drift and tone of annoyance at him and changed his approach to, “but wow…seeing you with her and her father, you guys have a lot of patience and that’s so great and amazing.”.  He did also mention that there are other restaurants we can check out that have a play area for kids that have employees watching them so we (my husband and I) can enjoy dinner, etc. if we wanted to check it out.  At this point, he was being genuine and not trying to kick us out (this was before he made the “spoiled” comment).  I’m just not that comfy dropping my kid off somewhere, even if we’re under the same roof.

But anywho…do you have a child that is like Shrimp?  How do you keep him/her occupied so you can all enjoy a dinner out?  Razz used to be like this, but more because she would just want to nurse (for comfort, not because she was hungry).  She didn’t act up as much, but we just decided to not eat out for a while which is what we can do now, but would rather not.  Please chime in if you have any suggestions / tips for us :)

Just an FYI, she was a LOT better the next day after she had an almost 4 hour nap and it was cooler out.  She still wanted to get out of her highchair, but at least she wasn’t making a crazy scene.  I guess that’s just what we need to do – get her well rested and keep her cool.