I have been trying to incorporate some of the Montessori 'practical life' attitude and letting Laurent help as much as possible. He's really quite taken with it and today has "helped" me carry his breakfast plate and cup from the dining room to the kitchen, 'select' his banan, 'carry' the milk jug for me (well, tumble it out of the bottom of the fridge anyhow). He helped me hang the clean laundry back up by flipping through the pile, picking something up and presenting it to me. (Which though I know I'm looking to do all of my shirts, then all my skirts, all of Nic's stuff etc. it probably looks like I'm randomly flipping through to La.)
And he's apparently helping me when I vaccume as well.... while I vaccumed, he grabbed the wand extension and began moving it back and forth making "vaccume" sucking sounds, complete with the occasional "thhhphh!" of a bunch of doghair being sucked up! ROTFLMAO!
The downside: Sir Wiggly Wigglesalot has also discovered he can take his pants and nappy O-F-F. He spent the morning sans pants. He spent the afternoon nudie-bum in only the t-shirt, socks and shoes after a dozen re-nappyings resulting in the tabs being torn.
I have officially HAD IT with not having a brain. I cannot - and I am being quite literal here - remember things for more than 5 minutes. It's completely driving me batty and interfering with my ability to get things done! I don't know if it's low iron from Meniere's or infection from this tooth is causing short-term memory to be shot or it's a hormone thing from breastfeeding or just plain over-stressed and sleep depribed (though I'm getting more sleep than I have since before La was born now!) but I am seriously OVER waking up more tired than when I went to sleep... and NO memory. It's beyond normal scattered-brainness but I'm not sure who I'd see? Doctors? With the symptoms being general exhaustion and lack-brainness, they'll tell me to get more rest and try not to worry. BTDT. I haven't had the best luck with naturopaths/homeopaths etc and quite frankly don't have the money to be blowing on something that provides no tangible results.
It seriously sucks that everything is so darn expensive! It also means unfortunately the puppy cla$$ I was looking at for Hope is nixed. It's a GREAT class, esp since I can't seem to get her to Croyden and she needs the socialization asap - but it's $400! (18 weeks, so it's actually good value, it's just way out of budget!) The casual class is $120 + a $50 initial eval/private which is much better but still out of budget atm. She does need the socialization though, she baroo-rooed at a dog at the vets today again, this time a chocolate labradoodle. And there is a Tellington-Touch workshop I want to go to which is probalby also out of budget at $100...
****crosses fingers I find a winning Tatt's ticket tomorrow****
The good thing is that having played with Hope, Cade and Sierra in training recently after my slacker-style holidays I'm continually amused how SMART Hope is! While we were waiting for Nic and La to get out from Safeway, I diddled around with teaching her a leg-weave. BINGO. Five minutes. Seriously smart little girlie!