Dear Hormones

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I hate you. Especially right now because I let you get the best of me. Normally, I can control my emotions, at least a little better then I did tonight.

I am roughly 2 weeks from the due date of my forth baby. After dropping my cup of water, seeing the hall closet door open and a pile of towels on the floor, proved too much for me and I burst into hysterics.

Hubbs being the overprotective Hubbs that he is, made the boys get out of bed and address the issue immediately. I appreciate him very much.

Those that read my blog and don’t know me, are probably thinking, this chick is nuts. I won’t deny it. However, in my defense, we have a whole going on.

We own a business that can be quite stressful at times… Mostly all of the time. I have undue family issues on my side that stress me. We are about to be parents to four kids. That’s a lot in and of itself.

Now, one of those kid’s is Wildman. I love this kid so much it hurts. He is very loving, kindhearted, smart, creative, and goofy. He is also the kid that hoards trash in his room. He is the one who leaves the avalanche of towels on the hallway floor, EVERYDAY. It is nearly impossible for him to clean up after himself. When we are out with friends, I am on edge, afraid of what embarrassing thing he will say or do. These are just a few of the minor issues I have to deal with on a daily basis.

You are probably thinking, what kind of mother are you… Saying negative things about your child. I am a real mother. I don’t skirt around things. I am so far from perfect, it’s not even funny. My kids are not perfect. I am not under some stupid illusion that my children can do no wrong. To be a good mom, you must realize your child’s weaknesses. You have to learn to deal with them appropriately or you are screwed… And probably so is your kids. I do not make excuses for my kids. Something is wrong, own it, and fix it.

With Wildman, it’s just a tad different.
Over the last year, I have come to realize that he is a bit more “challenged” when it comes to following directions and remembering things. I have noticed delays with him since he was a baby. Last summer, I had him tested for learning disabilities. They told me he was still to young to make any diagnosis. By the end of kindergarten this year, it is clear he learns different, he has difficulty remembering directions and following multi-step directions is a huge challenge. We have yet to have any official diagnosis as we are once again entering into the testing process.

Any Mom out there who is blessed with a baby who learns different will tell you how hard it can be. There are people who think he’s fine or he’s just being a boy. To this, I would like to challenge them to deal with the daily chaos that is Wildman. Where other “boys” minds work in a straight line, Wildman’s goes zig zag and loopy loop and back again. If your brain operates in a straight line, can you imagine how hard it is to function in Wildmans brain? I can’t and I wouldn’t exactly say I have any straight lines in my brain. And so, I need help to learn how to appropriately help with my precious boy. I need support and guidance and advise that works.

So right now, we are trying things like routines and schedules. Memory tasks. But I still do not know exactly what he is dealing with so how can I deal with correctly? And so I still get frustrated. Ya kno what, so does he! Hopefully soon we will be able to find methods that work.

So ya, the avalanche of towels made me cry… a lot.

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My Artists

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The boys had their clay lesson in art class. I love their work so much.

Wildman:

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Boss:

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The art teachers put Boss’s on display in the class case in the entrance of the school.

They make me so proud!

Cakes decided it was a nice evening to roll around in the fresh cut grass. Oh, to be 2!

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Up To The Highest Height

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Yesterday, Wildman’s teacher held her 1st annual Kite Festival. Family was invited to participate and, personally, I couldn’t wait! There is something about flying a kite that makes you feel like a kid again. My kids school is located in a rather high wind area as it is, and yesterday was a high wind day. We couldn’t have asked for better kite flying weather.

Wildman choose the “dragon” kite, and so I was left with the “Spiderman” box kite.

Well, Wildman, eat kite tails! Cause my Spidey box kite flies like the breeze.

So distracted by my awesome kite flying skills, I realized that I had lost track of Wildman.

Found him! Ahhaaa nice kite! Does that thing even fly?? Back to the kite of awesomeness.

I did try to help Wildman with his kite. And I made him try the box kite. He didn’t like it because it was too high! What?!?!? Isn’t that the point?!?! I guess he felt out of control. So my stubborn boy spent most of his time with his kite on the ground trying to untangle the constant stringy mess. He was happy to just run around the field, dragging his kite behind him. Hey, whatever floats his boat. Oh, and in case you missed my super cool kite:

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I had a great afternoon with my boy… No matter who’s kite was better (mine!). Love him!

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Football

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Boss is playing football = 2 hr long practice, 4 nights a week. Yeah, he’s 7 yrs old. Hay, helps instill good work ethic. Well, the cheerleaders were practicing behind us. Wildman and Cakes preferred to watch them instead of their brother.

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Whatever keeps them entertained and sitting still!!

APL Family Day

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My wonderful mother in-law has an annual family day at her work. I know how much she likes to show off her grandkids and so I welcome and accept the invite! Her work is of the high security variety so I wasn’t aloud to take pictures while there. The buttons we had to wear while inside…

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Well one of mom in-laws co-workers broke the no picture rule to get this shot of Cakes. I mean she is so cute, she’s worth the risk 😉

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Wildman is there too and Grandpa in the background but we all know who the star is. Haha. Wildman is a trip too with his tank undershirt and soccer socks. Never a dull moment around here.