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I buy our condoms at the porn shop. Last time there was a woman cashier, which made me happy.

My grocery budget is crazy small. Especially considering it feeds 5. I coupon, I make lots of things, and buy lots of stuff at Aldi.

Under the care of the fabulous Dr Nayak, Drew's bipolar disorder is under control. Not gone - but manageable. His last doctor turned him into a zombie, which was not fun for any of us. The ups and downs are more good surfing and less tsunami.

Drew is getting snipped Friday.

I don't know how people with 2 girls survived it. 3 is kicking my ass in a way that makes me intensely happy I had a boy first.

I love my mother.

I wish that New Orleans were a reasonable place to live with kids, but it still isn't. I am still homesick a lot.

Date: 2012-12-05 05:34 pm (UTC)
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I think/ hope at 3.5 (+a couple of months), Avery's 3year oldness has finally peaked and is on a downward trend. We're getting clearer words and fewer communication frustration related tantrums, and she's sloooooowly learning that throwing a fit when she doesn't get her way is not yielding desired results. Consistency in the way you deal with it is the key, which is so difficult when you just want her to stop screaming and you know giving in is a quick way to get it. I have started telling her "You are not allowed to act this way around me" or something similar and then get some distance between us (if she's wanting to cuddle and watch tv in my room when something sets her off, I take her out of my room and close the door. If she's fighting bed time, I put her in her room and walk away. If she's screaming about something in the kitchen, playroom, or den, I'll just go into another room and ignore). It's less punishing than a time-out, but I think she is starting to realize that I'm not willing to hang out with her or help her if she acts like a jerk.

Catherine was tantrum free by 4, but that's also when her ADHD really started to make itself known...

Date: 2012-12-05 06:24 pm (UTC)
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Don't forget to use the GUMBO frozen mix rather than peas for Drew's junk this weekend. We found that the peas thawed way too quickly. We think it's the okra that makes the gumbo mix juuuust right. :D

Then, you MUST make a batch of Drew Nut stew! The Nick Nut Stew was DEELISH. :)
Edited Date: 2012-12-05 06:25 pm (UTC)

Date: 2012-12-05 11:59 pm (UTC)
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I feel pretty happy that I have two such dynamically different children of the same age. It makes it really possible for me to enjoy both of them, because generally what is frustrating me about one the other one isn't doing and vice versa.
What is frustrating about 4 is entirely different than what was frustrating about 3, and to be honest, not nearly as frustrating.

I think I recall you about wanting Trey to crawl into a tunnel regularly around 3, too. I think it's maybe just an ugly, ugly age in a lot of ways. It's spectacular, too, for sure. The verbal mastery has really started to take hold, and with it a very strong sense of self. Which also leads to a strong buttheadedness as an addendum.

Date: 2012-12-06 12:48 am (UTC)
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The handful of times i've hit séan is concentrated in his third year. Just sayin'. :-/ four was a massive improvement. Keric was his own kind of difficult at 3 and i was better prepared for it, thank gawd.


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