Monday, January 30, 2012

Aches and pains.

38 so far has not been a good year for me.  I feel I'm hurting all the time.

  • I broke my little right toe by kicking the door frame back in November, its almost fixed now, but can still be very tender.
  • Sciatica - OWWW
  • Sore shoulder from changing gears.
  • Torn medial meniscus (my knee) causing strong pain.
  • Tender back, I think that is from being stiff.
  • Frequently have a "cricked" neck from sleeping wrong.
Hopeless that is what I think.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Masses of photos

 Mark looking very cool, and quite grown up.

Benno, my little cheeky chops.
A nice stylish photo of our Skye.

Chaos at the Storer side Christmas dinner

Starting to open the pressies.
Mark helping Ryan open his presents - the look of delight on his face.

Daddy and Ben with a gorgeous soft dog that he got for a present.

Ben working out how to open the presents, Ryan's face is saying "what its not for me"

Mark and Margie, they gave him this lovely keyboard.

Cousins galore.  That's Roy with the antlers on.
Sheena and Ben saying hello.

Christmas Day hail... yes that makes sense.

The bigger picture of the Christmas Day hail.
Mark changing Ryan's nappy... yes it was a doozy.

In the "big boy" bed.
Another one of cheeky chops.

Hello... can anyone see me?
Ryan on the tramopoline.

Selfies happen early these day.  Ryan taking a self portrait.
The fantabulous lemon tree.

Our Tulla backyard.

help, Help, HELP HELP HELP please

We're suffering, Ryan is not going to sleep at night. In the last months, lots of changes for him. Changes are as follows:
  • Moved house - seems to have coped with that well.
  • Lots of visitors - enjoys that.
  • Mark went away for 2 weeks - but he loves Mark, don't go.
  • Daddy went away - OMG he loves Daddy and now can't see him (last night he kissed Jamie's picture on my phone when he said goodnight)
  • We moved him to a "big boy" bed the day before we knew Jamie had the job, and he left 5 days later and routine was not established.
  • Started daycare 3 days per week.
  • Changeable weather - can't help that one.
  • Naps are erratic
  • Mummy goes walking at strange times, leaving Ryan at home.

So with all that in mind, Ryan is having so much trouble falling asleep.
We do the wind down procedure,
  • dinner - that is a whole other battle that I won't go into yet.
  • bath - love love love the bath, its a frequent calmer down.
  • relax in front of the telly, 
  • story (ok I only started that yesterday, but they really enjoyed it, so it will continue *blush*)
  • The kiss, tuck in and say goodnight.
The the drama starts, he comes out, he cries/screams, he comes out, he comes out he comes out.  All the time, Ben is in the same room, so his sleep is being disturbed.

I've done the "I've said goodnight, time to sleep, shut your eyes" He does this, then immediately returns.

I've growled, I've even smacked, I've been stony faced, I've been loving.  I've given a drink, I've given the silent treatment.  My main problem is when in the cot, he would scream, but in the bed, he just comes out screaming.


Next is the horrible wake up.
He wakes up screaming and thrashes about, yesterday he even butted his head on the ceramic tiles. This performance (which I try to ignore) goes on for 10-15 minutes.  If I cuddle Ben, he weaves his way in and pushes, hits or kicks Ben to get him out of the way.  Ryan is still essentially non-verbal, he will repeat words, but they appear to have no meaning.  He grunts and points, often at nothing in particular which makes it even harder.  Even Ben has taken to looking at him with a strange expression on his face.

I think the bed means he gets up before he wakes up properly and this is his wake up procedure.  When in the cot, I could hear he was awake but lay there and chatted to himself, even for half an hour before he "asked" to get up.

Mark is a big softie and any time he cries he wants to give him his dummy, even though we've made dummies a bed only thing.  His behaviour is making dummy-in-the-mouth an almost constant thing, which has given him an excoriation mark on his lip/chin.

Mark is desperate to help, but this usually means getting him out of bed for a cuddle, or hopping in his bed to calm him down, all of which will be a rod for Mark's back later on.

OMG, I'm suffering from lack of sleep.  Feeling guilt as  I have to give tons of attention to Ryan, so I feel I'm not giving Ben as much attention.  Its so hard.  I hate being a temporary single parent.  I want my webcam, but can't find it.

But at the moment, Marko is playing his xbox talking to his bestie,  Ryan is happily playing with a ball, Ben is wiggling around on the floor finding stuff to play with.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Like.... forever


Hi there,
It sure has been a while.
What have you been up to?

I'm guessing no one really looks on here, but I'll write just the same.  So much has happened since the 10th of November, that I'm quite embarrassed to tell.

Firstly we moved.  It was awfully stressful and an event I do not wish to do again - ever (unless someone else packs and unpacks and there aren't renovations being done at the same time)

That obviously tells you that our renovation actually got finished.  Our home in Newcastle had a lot done to it over the 8 years we were there.  We repainted every room, re-curtained every room, put a built in wardrobe in the master bedroom, took out a floating wall*, demolished the kitchen and built a new one from scratch, re-tiled the shower, re-surfaced the bath, made a new bathroom vanity unit, polished the floorboards in the kitchen and re-carpeted the whole house.  It was a massive task, and although I have written that we did it, truth be told, Jamie did it, mostly by himself, some help from his parents and a few faithful fantastic friends, but essentially by himself.

Our house has been rented out, hopefully to a nice family who look after the place and want to be there for years and years to come.

We moved back to our home in Tullamarine.  Its pretty good except for the carpet in the lounge/computer room which has been destroyed.  Hopefully in the next month or two we will rip it up and polish the floorboards. I will have my work cut out for me in the sweeping department if that plan eventuates.  We have slate at the front door, tiles in the kitchen, dining, rumpus, laundry and toilet and in the near future will have floorboards in the lounge and office.  Eeek, so much sweeping.

We are loving the backyard.  It was pretty stark when we first moved back, huge lawn, high wooden fences and a lemon tree.  Since Christmas we have now got a trampoline (tramopoline), a kiddie pool, a slide and two pink cars. Along with the outdoor table, a pram or two, the dog bed and random car parts... its a full backyard now.

* What is a floating wall, its a term I made up, but the previous owners wanted to add a room to get more rental income, so a partition wall was created in our computer room, leaving a "space" without a light that contained the back door.