Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Hmmm, I wonder.......

why I find myself busier these days. :)

I am pooped out-- heading off to bed in a few minutes.

Just got back from Adam's back to school night after taking Rachel to soccer practice, taking Adam and Julia to church worship practice,picking them up, having John pick up Rachel from soccer practice-- and trying to cook and sit down to have dinner together. It was a whirlwind. The back to school night had us running across campus-- back and forth-- every ten minutes so that I can hear about the teacher's expectations for the students. I was exhausted after an hour and a half!

Earlier in the day, I finally had my eyes checked after two years (I find myself putting my needs on the back burner just like my mother told me I would) because I have been having more headaches and trouble seeing close-up. Turns out, my eyes have gotten better with the nearsightedness and were being strained having to see out of my old glasses, but I have developed astigmatism. I also had my pupils dilated--- NOT FUN. But all in all, my eyes are healthy. And I finally picked out a new frame! Can't wait----- I think they are so chic!

I have been going back and forth with starting Dennis on potty-training. He actually went pee-pee in the potty the other day too--- but I am just not feeling 100% like he is ready. But with him starting pre-k and all of my other kids being potty trained by the time they were three, I am putting unnecessary pressure on myself and him I am sure. Soooooooo----- I have decided to put it on the back burner for a few days to think more about it and observe Dennis a bit more to see if he is ready or if I should just wait a few more months. Nothing is worse than trying to potty-train a child when they just are not ready-- believe me, I've been there.


  1. Praying for you honey. Sounds like exciting but exhausting times!


  2. They all train when they are ready but the problem comes when you want to put them in a 3-yr-old program and they require them to be trained.

  3. you are a very busy mom. and your family has a new addition, no matter the age, it means routines, schedules and life changes, making us having to adjust to it. God has given you the strength until now and He will continue to carry you. i totally get the potty training thing...i'm asking myself daily if my kiddo is ready.
    Have a wonderful day Christine!

  4. The potty training thing...I've been there too. I have video footage of my youngest laying on the floor screaming because he didn't want to wear "big boy underpants". I waited a couple more months and he was as easy as pie. We laugh when we watch the video now.

  5. Your days sound like mine! I hope they calm down soon for you!

  6. Oh my word!
    I hear ya Christine!!!
    I have been in potty training torture for 2 years in a row.
    Caroline is my last one to potty train (thank goodness).
    I say wait until Dennis is ready.
    That will just make it less stressful for you!

  7. Perhaps the new glasses will perk you up! If not, they have infused candy bars now with caffeine! We start our schedule again next week, guess I shouldn't complain! LOL! HUGS and prayers for you today my friend!

  8. "Nothing is worse than trying to potty-train a child when they just are not ready-- believe me, I've been there."
    I heartily agree (and wish I could figure out these HTML tags so I could put quotes in italics).

    Getting into, or back into, the routine is always a challenge, but once we are settled it brings a certain amount of security.

    Gotta love those aging eyes! I am always looking for a pair of glasses just to read a recipe or the directions on something ot other.

  9. I second that, potty training a kid who is not ready is silly. Once my Nick decided he was ready, there were no accidents, only occasional night issues. Take your time.

  10. It's funny you posted this b/c I was thinking recently,"I wonder how Christine does it".
    With your kids being in public school I'm sure it helps and many activities are available to them through that venue for free that I have to pay for my kids to participate in.
    Right now I have my oldest starting driver's ed...which is 2 days a week (3 hours on Saturday morning-ugh!), debate class and swim team (4-5 nights a week) on top of his school work and he wants to take guitar lessons too!!
    My daughter is taking ballet and jazz classes, is in a choir- those activities take up 2 more nights a week and she goes to horse camp once a month and WANTS to take piano. I have a small group weekly one night a week that I have to go late to because of swim team pick up and a 3.5 year old who spends a lot of time with me in the car driving the others around! It's nuts! Hubby's in Iraq so he can't help! I can't imagine if I had even 6 kids, let alone 12 to keep up with activities. Surely God grants us the abilities we need for the tasks He gives us.
    He trusts you an lot my friend ;)

  11. I don't know how you keep up with everything. You continue to amaze me with how well you handle yourself and your family.

    Our little guy has been on the verge of being ready for potty training for what seems like 6 months, but he just now seems to get it. I didn't want to push him, but was rushed a bit more due to a two day a week program he is in this year. Good luck with Dennis' training. You have way more experience than me in the potty training area so I think you will know when the time is right. Hope your day today is a bit calmer.

  12. I'm totally with you on waiting for the potty training till they are ready. After my first child, I never really rushed anything. I was happy to let them go at their own pace. By the way, I can't wait to see your news glasses!

  13. Dear Christine,

    There's a guest post on today's "Motherlode" blog (on the New York Times website) written by an adoptive mom who decided to disrupt the adoption of her young son. I thought that you, as a mom who has some knowledge of this topic, might find it interesting. Here's the link to the post:


    Best wishes,

  14. I'm tired just reading all that! We had an uphill battle with training #1 but needed to persist because he needed to be trained to be in the 3 year old group at daycare. This time I was going to wait a bit because I couldn't be bothered while I was pregnant... problem was he decided to when I hit 8 months! I thought it would be like the first time with the constant sitting and waiting and waiting and waiting but he's picked it up so well and we've had hardly any accidents... He was ready and it has been (resonably) easy. Next time I'll do it this way again.

  15. I've been there with the potty training, too. Forget it for now. He won't go to college wearing diapers someone told me about Aidan. It made me laugh, but it is true that if you just hold on the kids will be obviously ready - even train themselves.

  16. PS - I wondered when it would all hit at your house. Somehow with all of the activities life gets too full. I've felt it with four, so I can't imagine what it must be for you. Sometimes you almost hope your kids aren't particularly talented at anything - at least, anything that requires frequent practices or lessons outside the home. Pray they all are brilliant at the piano! Or, perhaps, drawing!


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