Wednesday, August 27, 2008

A very LONG, LONG, day...

Did I say it was a LONG day today? Here it is in bullet points:

It actually started around 12am.

-I took Hannah potty around 12am, and noticed that she had a bloody nose. Cleaned her up some, and changed her pillow case. Knowing that in the morning, before school, she would need a bath.

-7am: Got up with Micah and he told me as he was getting dressed that his stomach hurt. I gave him a malox, and he gagged and puked about 8 times. I was not sure if it was just gagging, or was he sick. I called the school to see if the stomach flu was going around, and sure enough it was. (His teacher told me tonight, that 4 kids did not go to school because they had it, she sent 2 home at lunch, and she started feeling sick after lunch. :-( ) So, Micah did not go to school.

-7:30: Got Hannah up for her bath.

-I heard Luca calling, "Hi Momma". I opened his door and found this:

He said to me, "Dump (jump) momma, dump..." So, do you think it is time for the toddler bed??? I am not ready for him to be out of his crib, he makes WAY too many messed! If we do set up the toddler bed, then we will have to anchor his dresser to the wall! :-)
Luca was VERY poopy, as you can tell by the load in his diaper, so that needed changed right away.

-It was about 8am by this time, and their bus comes at 8:15, so there was NO WAY that Hannah would be riding the bus to school.

-Jonas was wanting his bottle, so I made it and he fed himself. :-(

-Got Hannah washed and out of the tub, and she said she had to poop... :-) By this time, I had called her school and told them that she would be late to school. I just had that feeling... lol...

-Got Hannah dressed and got her breakfast. All the while, I am sure that I was stopping Luca from creating a million disasters! Oh, Luca somehow opened the door that holds all of my spices, and poored cumin on the floor. (Micah said that he did not open the door, but I don't think that Luca can do it!?)

-Jonas is crying because he is poopy too! Change him, and put him in the car.

-Finally get Hannah, Micah, and Luca in the car too, to take Hannah to school.

-Hannah arrives to school at 9:45. :-( I hour late...

-Return books to the library that are late...

-Go home to get luca and jonas breakfast.

-10:15: Jonas's PT comes for therapy. He has a great session. Started standing from sitting. She is so amazed with his progress, that she is bumping him up to 3 times/week. YEAH JONAS!!!!!!!

-After therapy, I got everyone lunch, and ready for naps. Before we went upstairs I heard Jonas scream, and Micah said, "Emergency, Emergency: Luca just pinched Jonas!!!" Sure enough, I went into the living room, and he was running to hide on the couch. Aghhhhhhh!!! Luca screamed when he had to lay down, but finally fell asleep. (He lost his last passy over a week ago, and I did not buy any more. So naps have been harder. :-( ) Jonas goes down for a nap. I set up Micah on the couch to rest during a movie so I could do some work...

-I sit down to do some work, and to write my long overdue update to GLA and all of you. The power went out in our house for some unknown reason, so my e-mail was LOST... It also woke Luca up because his fan turned off.

-2pm: Luca was screaming, Jonas had not fallen asleep yet, and Micah was awake, so I decided to load them all up and run errands. That went pretty well, because no one had to get out of the car. Micah even fell asleep for a little bit.

-We got home and waited for Hannah to get off the bus. I kept Luca from killing himself many times! :-) Hopefully cat food won't kill you, because I did not catch this until it was too late! :-)

-Hannah got home and we all went in for a snack. Luca, coming in not by choice!

-I honestly forget why now, but for some reason, Luca had timeout in his booster. I can buckle him in there. Jonas was crabby--remember he did not fall asleep during his nap. So, Micah comes and tells me, "Mom, Jonas fell asleep chewing." I go into check, and here is what I found...

Don't worry, I swept his mouth so he would not choke on the peanuts... :-)

-I started dinner and was interrupted probably 50 times by Luca doing something. He honestly is non-stop messes. I have tried everything, but he is all boy and is so curious of the world. He is also seeking attention because I have to help Jonas a lot! When I get to a breaking point, which I was at today, I do not cry, I start shutting down. I can't keep doing this. Luca is so high energy, that if I am doing something with another kid, he is getting into something! I can't even sit down with Hannah and Micah after school to do homework unless he is still sleeping. Don't get me wrong, he is a great boy, but he is soooooooooooooooo 2 right now! I know that it is a phase and it will pass, but what do I do now? So, I called a friend that works in the admissions department at Taylor University Fort Wayne Campus, to see if he knows anyone who would want to come over a couple hours in the afternoon to help out. Primarily with Luca, so I can do homework with the kids and cook dinner. Taylor University is a Christian University and it is about 6 blocks from our house. I am willing to pay, but it would be awesome too if a student needs community service hours or needs experience with special needs children. Please pray with me that God brings on the right person! I hate asking for help, but I need it!!!

Fall is a big transition for our family: Ryan is home with us all summer, and when school starts, he goes back to work and jumps right into coaching his schools' girl's volleyball team. It is a BIG transition for us!

-Hannah did not like what I made for dinner, so she went to bed without. That is a rule at our house: you can choose for breakfast and lunch, but I only cook one dinner.

-When Ryan got home about 5:45 he could tell that I was wiped, so he took all 3 boys for a walk and I was able to do Hannah's homework with her. He is the BEST! They came back, got baths, and everyone was in bed by 8pm. Luca screamed for a while because he was so overtired!!! I was out of lactose free milk for Jonas: he was crying in his crib, so I ran to the store and got soy milk. On the way home I stopped at Wendy's to fill my void with a frosty and they gave me the wrong kind... oh well, it was still good... :-)

-I got home and everyone was asleep except Jonas. I made him a bottle and went up and snuggled him and he drank it and we cuddled and just loved on each other.

Thanks God for a good ending to my VERY, VERY, VERY long day...

---So, since it is 10:55, and I am going to bed earlier tonight: you will have to wait until tomorrow to see the update on Jonas. Please pray that we have a better day tomorrow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


**I am too tired to proof read this entry, so I hope it makes sense...


Abby said...

OH my...I can sooo relate to days like that. Being a mommy is so hard. You are doing great though and I hope you can get some help!!

Phyl said...

Poor do have your hands full!!!! I hope that Micah feels better AND that the rest of the kids don't get the bug!

I hadn't seen Luca's cute is that!

Hoping that tomorrow is easier and that you do get some help.

Anonymous said...

i'm tired just reading your post...i do hope the perfect someone will be able to help out....and luca....oh my goodness....he probably makes you laugh and cry at the same time...the pictures of him standing on the crib and eating the cat food is priceless......thank you for your post on my blog....i think everyone will agree with me that your encouragement is such a gift to all of us....thank you


BSC said...

When I only had 2 toddlers, I was having physical problems that I couldn't figure out, and so I went to the Dr and he comforted me by confirming that toddlerhood is the most stressful time for mothers. Now that I'm the mom of 3 teens, I completely agree. Teen issues are much larger, but toddlers are so intense. Their needs are right there... all the time... and they need you now!!!

I was reading your timeline with a smile. I'm glad your day ended with some loving.


Anonymous said...

Wow...what a day! I wished I lived closer- I'd love to be your afternoon help!

Judy Crawford said...

wow. I have had days like that. It seems like you just go in circles. I hope you had a better day. Your entry caused some anxiety in myself just reading. I think I need a beer or something.

jenn said...

You know that I understand...I have the twin girl version of Luca. Aiden starts school 2 weeks later than everyone else so he is bored. On top of that, he has some sort of 5 year old attitude coming on. Let's have another mommy vacation soon.

Rebekah Hubley said...

Abby-- thanks for your encouragement! It was a MUCH better day yesterday! I can only hope and pray for another today! :-)

Rebekah Hubley said...


Micah was fine yesterday and things were much better!

Rebekah Hubley said...

Thanks Keri!

He does make me crazy and then the next minute I am cracking up at him! He LOVES life and is so much fun to be with, but left alone he is nothing but trouble!!! :-) Thanks for all of your encouragement!

Rebekah Hubley said...


It is great to have your perspective of "been there done that"! Why can't we all just live in like a 30 mile radius of one another??? Just start a community of "adoptive families from GLA community"!

We would probably appear a little "cult'ish"!? :-) It would be great though! What is the saying, "It takes a village to raise a child". I think there is a lot of truth in that!

Rebekah Hubley said...

Please Kristen, please:

Just transfer from Calvin to Taylor Ft. Wayne, and I will pay you to be my nanny!!!!!!!! Don't get too excited, you would not get rich from us... :-)

You would be perfect for us!!! And when you weren't chasing luca, you could squeeze Jonas. Actually, I think "raising Luca" could be an olympic sport! I am now down to my "before having babies" weight, and I owe it all to him! Running after him and no time to eat... lol...

Rebekah Hubley said...


I hate beer, but I would love to have a Mike's Hard lemonade or something with you sometime!!! :-)

I indulge in chocolate WAY too often when I am dealing with stress... there could be worse!

Rebekah Hubley said...

Oh Jenn...

Name the place and the time, and I will be there! I am thinking a full day spa somewhere between here and Cleavland!!!!

I am going to dig up our pics from the trip and do a post. It will only make me very depressed though... :-)

Anonymous said...

If only they had a nursing program... :)

Kristen said...

I just found your blog from another adoptive moms. I'm so sorry, but I am having a giggle at your expense. Boy does this sound like a day in the life at my house! My daughter has taking to crib-climbing too, and the sleeping while eating photo was too funny.

We have lots in common - we are also adopting from Haiti, and will have "virtual twins", too. And we got to meet Jessica Mayhew when we were there! Love her.