Finding it very hard to do anything this evening, it has been a difficult week on many fronts.
I was sick to start with, had some sort of cold and chest infection so really couldn’t be bothered doing anything as I was feeling very under the weather. Slept for a few days whilst the kids were at school. This meant I couldn’t go to work because I couldn’t breath.
Also, school has been a battle ground for the boy. He doesn’t want to go, so getting him out the door was a nightmare at the start of the week. He started in Year 2 this year and he thought that there was going to be a big jump in the work and what was required so he was a bit worried to say the least. So far those fears aren’t warranted, so his confidence is coming back slowly.
With school comes homework! Much more of it for both kids than last year, so I am making the kids do some homework before they can relax for the evening. The boy has been really good at this, only because then he has one up on his sister really (he can play and relax and she can’t, haha!! ). The problem with homework and the girl is that she is so bloody tired by the afternoon or she has a headache from all the noise at school that it is hard to get anything out of her. Something she is really good, but other times it is not good. Last night ended with me throwing her homework book across the room because I was so fed up with it.
Unfortunately the girl is a perfectionist when it comes to work, so if it isn’t right then she has a meltdown. Or she tries to start too many parts of it and nothing gets finished. She had to write a story using all of her spelling words this week. Try using words like sixteen, bias, worst, street, nineteen, between, ache, and a few others to write a story and make it make sense. Well she couldn’t and it drove her crazy! (If you want to hear about the queen who hurt her leg and got it amputated then let me know).
She was also up very early one morning which makes a horrible girl at the end of the day. She doesn’t sleep well and has melatonin at night to help her get to sleep, but she has always been a poor sleeper and sometimes she is awake from 3am or 4am in the morning (makes for a grumpy ma and pa as well!!!) So Tuesday morning she was awake from 4.30am and apparently needed Dad to rub her back to get her back to sleep. Except that didn’t work, so she was awake and so was Dad. He was a bit grumpy at 7am when it was actually time to get up!!!
Then the girl wouldn’t drink her ritalin from the cup of juice she was given, so the cup had to be changed 3 times before we found the right one. We wouldn’t bother going through all of this everyday but the ritalin makes such a difference to her day that we just have to do it. She then decided that she wasn’t going to drink anything at all the next day – so that left me wondering what to put her medication in the next day. It does my head in, having to stay one step ahead of them both all the time. The last two days she has had it in a centimetre of coke because she is guaranteed to drink it.
The boy had a worried for a couple of days about his kidneys. As I have mentioned in an earlier post he has Nephrotic Syndrome and is in remission with it. He has been off medication for about 6 months and all has been good. This week he started having protein in his urine which is picked up with a urine test. We were thinking he would be heading back to hospital and back on the steriods if it didn’t get better, but todays test was much better. Nothing like having a sick child to make your heart race! (although the boy was disappointed because if he went to hospital then he would get out of school)
Tonight we have had a very tired girl who finally did all her homework after coming home with a headache and sore legs from sport. She took half an hour to get in the bath. Apparently we were rushing her to get in! I don’t recall that part, and she was pretty lucky not to end up fully dressed in a cold bath!!! Then after getting out she couldn’t find her underwear. I tried to tell her they were in the same draw that they have been for the last 9 years but she didn’t comprehend that – so I found them and dressed her like I usually do after having this discussion.
She has gone to sleep without having her teeth cleaned tonight. It wasn’t worth the effort!
After holding the toothbrush for half an hour saying that she would brush her teeth in a minute and to don’t rush her, I tried to do it for her. Not good when I am grumpy and tired and am over the whole rigmaroll of bedtime and of how bloody long it takes to settle her ever bloody night! So now she is crying and I am cross and she can’t calm herself down. I left the room with her still holding the toothbrush, saying that neither her dad or I will be back until she has brushed her teeth. Bad move, now she is even worse and I feel like a shitty mum who doesn’t care. I ventured back after a few minutes saying to just leave the cleaning for tonight, it doesn’t matter and to just go to sleep. She gives me a cuddle whilst she stops herself crying and rolls over on her side while I rub her back. She was asleep in 3 minutes.
Poor kid – I am so hard on her.
Makes me sad.