Posts Tagged ‘Children’

Here’s Your Toilet Humor for the Day

August 25, 2008

Well, the pot went to pot today.

The toilet seat is just the latest in a long list of things to fall at the hands of my destructive rambunctious three-year-old, David.

He always remembers to put the toilet seat down. Problem is he slams it as hard as he can. It got slammed one to many times.

Half a toilet seat isn’t very comfy, and it’s wooden.

Splinters anyone?

Guess we’ll be making a trip to Home Depot with dad after dinner tonight.

Oh, I scrubbed it for you before I got out the camera.

No dirty pictures on my blog.


I Guess I’m One of “Those” Moms Now

August 13, 2008

I really don’t want to be one of those moms who calls the doctor about every little sniffle.

When I noticed this morning that David had a cold it didn’t seem like much. But he woke up from his nap coughing and breathing hard. He said it hurt when he tried to take a deep breath.  I held him for a few minutes, and he cried and cried, saying he couldn’t breathe.

When David was about a year and a half old he had a bad cold that turned into a case of croup that was so serious we had to take him to the ER. After that his pediatrician told us it might be something that would happen often to David when he had a cold, and that it could be an indication that he was developing asthma.

I also waited too long to take David to the doctor once. He suffered three or four days with a double ear infection before we finally went. I felt terrible about that. I know how miserable and painful those are.

So I called the doctor’s office this afternoon and described David’s symptoms to a nurse. She told me to bring him in right away. I packed him in the car and drove the 45 minutes to the doctor. Well, usually it takes 45 minutes. I think I got there in 35 minutes today.

We started seeing this pediatrician when we lived closer to Grand Rapids. And all the doctors in the practice are so great I don’t want to switch. The distance isn’t a problem when we’re just going for check-ups and shots. Today I thought we’d never get there.

Of course by the time we got there David’s breathing was normal. The doctor checked him out. He said David just had a bad cold and a lot of congestion. His lungs were fine. He said everything probably drained into his throat and lungs while he was sleeping, and the coughing was just all of it clearing out. He didn’t even have a fever. I’m sure he had a fever this morning.

The doctor was very kind about it. He didn’t tell me I over-reacted or anything. But I felt silly bringing him all that way for a head cold. And since I didn’t have time to apply make-up, fix my hair or change my stained shirt, I looked silly too.

Well, what’s a mom to do? It could have been really serious. Thank goodness it was nothing. I’d rather feel silly at four in the afternoon than find myself racing a really sick kid to the ER at 3 a.m.

New Loft Bed

August 13, 2008

My baby is growing up!



He spent last night in his new big boy bed for the first time.

David will be four in a few months, and we thought it was time to move him out of his toddler bed. His room is small, so I suggested rather than just a regular twin bed we get him a loft bed. We looked around some stores and catalogs, and discovered that loft beds can be expensive. So my husband Dave decided instead of purchasing a bed, he’d make it. I think he did a wonderful job.

The room is so small I couldn’t get back far enough to get the whole bed in the picture.

There’s still some touch-up painting to be done. We also need to replace the ceiling fan with a regular light. I can just see David trying to take a ride on the fan. And I need to find a new bedspread. I did get sheets and a mattress cover yesterday, but I had a hard time tracking them down. It must be back to college week, because all the stores I went to were almost completely sold out of twin size bedding.

A lot of the bed is made from stuff we had lying around already. The headboard, foot board and frame are actually pieces from an old bed. And Dave was able to use some wood and screws leftover from other projects.

Once the bed was finished, I made curtains to hang around the bottom of the bed. The curtains conceal toys stored underneath, and make a nice fort for David to play in.

I am not a very good seamstress, but the curtains turned out OK. As long as you don’t look to closely at the crooked seams.

I had to show you a picture of my sewing machine.

Yep. It’s duct taped together. Even though I rarely use it, somehow the the latch the holds on the door to access the bobbin compartment broke off.

Anyway, David loves his new bed. He’s spent all morning climbing in and out of it, and playing under it.

I really did get a little misty-eyed last night as Dave dismantled the toddler bed to store in the basement. David’s crib converted into that toddler bed, so until last night he’d slept the whole of his young life in that bed.

I guess I’m just feeling a little sentimental.

Today it’s a new bed, tomorrow he’ll be off to college.

Wordless Wednesday

August 13, 2008

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Conversations with a 3 Year-Old: Oh, the Humanity

August 5, 2008

Mommie: “Whew! It sure is hot out here today!”

David: “Yeah, it’s really human.”