Saturday, May 24, 2014

Kid's Day

It is Kids' Day at our house.  What?  You don't know about that made-up holiday?  My children have been eagerly talking about it and looking forward to it for weeks.

I established Kids' Day a few years ago in celebration of the last day of school.  Yesterday was the last day of school for our older kids (Veronica still has one more day to make up for all the weather cancelled ones this winter.)  And the day after the last day of school is Kids' Day.

Kids' Day is the one day of the year where I put minimal limits on the kids.   If they want to wear jammies all day, fine.  If they want to watch TV and play video games, (both of which I normally place fairly strict limits on) I let them.  If they want to snack on pre-sweetened cereal and eat too much candy - great.  If they want to spend the day reading, getting filthy in the mud, sleeping, or just about any other morally appropriate activity, I let them.

Why did I institute Kids' Day when, according to the old adage, every day is Kids' Day?  Well, sometimes it is just nice to be the "fun" parent for a change.  And one day of being the "fun" parent is about all I can handle.  I thought about how nice it would have been when I was a child to have had one day in the year where I could do just about whatever I wanted.  And I also think it gets the laziness out of their system.

During summer, I expect my kids to be outside.  A lot.  I expect them to run around, get filthy, and keep the TV and Wii turned off.  I expect them to draw, read, and daydream.  I expect them to create alternate worlds with the neighbors and build inexplicable, yet intricate crafts that they need to decipher for me.

And having one overindulgent day, I think, gets the laziness out of them.  By the end of the day, they are sick of electronics (but maybe not the special treats) and ready to really start the summer.

And as they get older, they will have nostalgic memories of a made-up family holiday that nobody else celebrates, but helps solidify their sense of belonging to our family.

No, not our TV, but it reminds me of the TV we upgraded to when I was young.  I remember how incredibly cool I thought it was to have push buttons for the channel instead of a turn dial.  We still only had 4 stations, but we could change them in style.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Our Sweet New Baby

Between lack of sleep, end-of-the-school-year craziness, trying to keep seven (Gasp!  That sounds like a lot!) kids alive, and C-section recovery, this post has been a long time coming.  Nine days.  Actually nine months and nine days to be technical.

But, here she is.  The newest member of our family:

Juliet Claire
Weight - 8 lbs. 1 oz.
Length - 21 inches

Don't you dare try to convince me her smiles are just gas. 

She is a very smiley girl who loves to be held.  All. The. Time.  Thus the sleep deprivation I mentioned earlier.

This delivery was another C-section - my fourth.  During the delivery, I heard the doctor's surprised voice announcing that she was breech.  That explains a lot of the discomfort during this pregnancy.  Connor was also breech, so in retrospect, I recognize what I was feeling.  Having a kid's head shoved in my ribcage for months does not make for a comfortable pregnancy.

Fortunately this time around, I actually got to see the birth.  Well, I got to see it after the fact at least.  I talked Ben into video taping the surgery.  He just peeked the camera over the sheet they hang up to separate the mom from a gaping view of her innards.  He was also able to take some still pictures from the surgery, too.

I am grateful I did not marry a squeamish man.  He did amazingly well.

The craziest picture he took was a picture of me with my smiling face on one side of the curtain and my innards displayed in my wide open abdomen on the other side.  Because some of my dear readers might not have as strong of a constitution as my husband, I will refrain from posting either the video or the graphic pictures.  But trust me, they are awesome.

I'm excited to share more stories of our newly expanded family.  But after I get a little more sleep.