Rebekah did NaBloPoMo. Shannon is doing Holidailies. Violet is a blogging machine. Me? Let’s just say there is a six-lane interstate to hell that I have been working on…
Bill is still unemployed. If he does not get a job by the end of January, we are going to pull the kids out of daycare, and he will be a stay-at-home dad for a couple years. He is really hoping to get a job 🙂
Damien is giving us a preview of what life will be like when he becomes a teenager. Hint – it is not going to be fun. Lots of attitude and “I don’t want to!” and “No, thanks!” and general ignoring of parental authority. We need to get him therapy for his language disorder, but according to the therapist our insurance won’t cover it. They charge $350 an hour; we can get a 40% “uninsured” discount, but that’s still $210 a session. I need to get diagnosis and procedure codes and have another chat with BlueCross BlueShield.
Sergey has found and embraced his inner whiner and trots him out whenever things don’t go his way. Things don’t go his way often. Oh dear god, the whining. Somebody shoot me now. On the plus side, nothing wrong with his social and language skills – he is VERY good at talking and often tries to involve Damien and Xavier is his games. We are going to try and get Sergey into 4K in the fall, but since his birthday is two weeks after the cut-off date, we might not succeed.
Xavier is giving his brothers a run for their money. If there is a wrestling match going on, he is a willing participant. If there is coloring, he is there to chew the crayons and put them in their container. If books are being read, chances are he will try to sit on the page. If there is a parent around and Xavier wants attention, he makes his feelings known. If denied, he will either (a) cling to parental legs and cry piteously until picked up or (b) find the most strategically inconvenient location and howl until picked up. Smart kid.
Of course, there are good moments, too. Damien tries so hard, and is so independent. Sergey is funny and affectionate. Xavier is sweet and snuggly. Still, I never thought being a parent would be so hard. I am so burned out, and would love to just away from it all for a week, to recharge. Not gonna happen, but a girl can dream 🙂