Jennifer Lyon

Monday, February 25th, 2019
Weekend Roundup

I imagine I’m going to be sore today after having a Turbo-day yesterday. How much work can one 11 month old boy be, you ask? I mean look at this face, he’s an angel, right? (This is him with his dad after they got home)

Overall, Turbo was pretty good for me and his aunt–until we tried to change his diaper.

His mom warned us. Then she laughed when she got home and when we described that feat of sheer teamwork, speed and strength to we summoned to change one baby’s diaper. Then she said, “Sometimes it takes three of us.” Meaning, her, my son and one of her parents who live nearby. She’s NOT kidding!

I told her the truth–she could have an entire football team and it’d still be a struggle! That cracked her up even more! Turbo is a busy boy with no time for silliness like diaper changes. For the record, neither Turbo’s aunt, nor myself are wimps (I had three boys in five years), that kid had a clean diaper on, was fully dressed and shoes when his parents came home! Okay, yes, he had a little food stain on his shirt, but he was fully dressed!

And guess what we got for our amazing efforts?

Cupcakes! Yes, Special K and CPA Boy brought us home cupcakes because we are awesome babysitters :-)  Not a bad gig at all! FYI, the cupcakes were totally unnecessary but very enjoyable! I had a chocolate cupcake with mocha frosting–yum. After I ate it, I discovered it was a healthy vegan cupcake. Sneaky!! But it tasted good so what do I care?

The rest of the weekend was good. I did some writing (slow!) and I finally won the battle of the vacuum. Wizard actually “let” me vacuum the downstairs :-) I really is the first time I’ve vacuumed since the surgery because Wizard…well…he’s Wizard. But he’s relaxing more and more.

Today, if I feel up to it, I’ll go the gym. But if I’m sore from lifting Turbo, I’ll wait. I won’t jeopardize all the progress I’m making! I’ve pushed pretty hard this last week.

And one last thing: Under “puzzling” stuff, Maggie had developed a sudden, unusual fear of the ding-alerts from Wizard’s cell phone makes. It truly was sudden, and we’re not sure what set it off. She came to us a year-and-a-half ago with a lot of fear and anxiety that solid structure and exercise has helped tremendously, so this caught us by surprise. We’re trying to ignore it, and if that doesn’t work, then we’ll try to get her passed it by doing the noises throughout the day when she’s distracted. I could easily ask Wizard to change the sounds, but I’d rather help her work through it. This small incident has been a big reminder of how far Maggie has come in developing confidence and coping skills. This is just a blimp we’ll figure out over time.

So that was my weekend, how was yours?

8 comments to “Weekend Roundup”

  1. B.E. Sanderson
    February 25th, 2019 at 6:43 am · Link

    It could be something as simple as it dinged and he jumped up to get it, startling Maggie. And now she’s kind of stuck on startle when it dings.

    LOL, Turbo looks like one determined little boy there. I can well imagine with that determination, he’s not easy to diaper. Got better things to do here, people. I hope you’re not too sore today. Yay for cupcakes!

    It was super windy here this weekend, but we did manage to go out to the lake for an hour. I did our taxes. Yuck. Ended up DNF’ing two books, but picked up another one – an old favorite author – that I know I’ll finish. Writing stalled, but I’m trying to figure out how to get from here to the climax, so it’s all good. Other than that, another quiet weekend here at Sanderson, Inc. LLC.

  2. Silver James
    February 25th, 2019 at 12:20 pm · Link

    All good stuffs. BE’s right about what could have set off Maggie. Boone is hysterically attuned to the weather and hides in the closet. (He hates thunder.) When there’s severe weather, we have the TV on and when the alerts go off, we focus on the TV. Boone picked up on that. Regular dings on our phones send him to the closet or pawing at my leg so I’ll come to the closet with him to be safe. I finally changed my text message alert to the motorcycle vroom-vroom. I went through every last alert with him sitting beside me to find the one that didn’t bother him. Typical it would be the motorcycle. :lol: He’s not fond of the the Fox Sports “tune” alert but he’s learning to ignore it because I mostly do.

    We had Stormageddon for a sleepover Saturday night. He’s been having some issues and his mother is about to runaway from home. He came late (8:30-ish) and had eaten at a birthday party. He and Lawyer Guy played cars, he and I “visited” about some of those issues (as much as you can converse with a not-quite-five-year-old about such things), convinced him to get ready for bed, and to sleep in “his” room (our guest room where all his toys are kept.) He went to bed with a minimum amount of hassle and was asleep within 15 minutes and stayed asleep all night. His parents were flummoxed. Needless to say, we’re going to try to keep him more often to give them a break.

    I’m still getting over the crud so I was mostly in bed before and after his visit. :lol: And there was BASEBALL! So, a good weekend.

  3. Viki S.
    February 25th, 2019 at 4:26 pm · Link

    Wow! You had a busy day yesterday with Turbo :). Harrison is not a fan of diaper changes either. Another new thing to me – my boys were no problem.

    Love your payment for babysitting too. The vegan thing would had shocked me too. Glad it was delicious.

    I kind of hope you took the day off from the gym. You’re right not to push things too fast.

    Poor Maggie and you guys. Yup, work through her issue. If you don’t there is a chance she would pick up on her power and use it. Animals are not stupid like we humans tend to think.

    I got my hair done :)!!!! She cut it a little shorter than normal but as I often say, it grows :).

    Have a fantastic day!

  4. Jenn
    February 25th, 2019 at 8:16 pm · Link

    B.E., I think that’s exactly what happened with Maggie. It hasn’t happened today just because we’ve been so busy. We’ll get her through it one way or another.

    I’m not sore at all, so yay! Turbo is a lot of fun, but yeah, as determined as he looks. That he gets from his dad :-)

    I’m wondering if you went out on the boat in the wind? Just curious. Super winds can be hard to do anything in. I DNFed to audio books so you and I are on the same page there, LOL! The one I’m listening too now is so-so. Glad all is well at Casa Sanderson, and hope you and hubby stay in good health!

    Happy Monday!

  5. Jenn
    February 25th, 2019 at 8:21 pm · Link

    B.E., that makes me feel better that Boone had a similar reaction. Today Wizard’s phone hasn’t dinged while he’s been in the house, but we’ll figure it out. I kind of want to come over and hug Boone :-) I have a soft spot for scared dogs.

    First, I feel for your daughter! Being a mom is so hard, and that’s no lie. It’s constant 24/7 work. But Yay for Grandma stepping in and doing a little Grandma-magic. These emotional/mental growth spurts create some fears and issues. My boys all went through different things like that. I’m sure girls are the same, but my experience is with boys. Sometimes Grandma has just the right touch. And any break you can give mom and dad really helps!

    Yay for baseball, and I really hope you’re getting the rest you need to feel better soon!

  6. Jenn
    February 25th, 2019 at 8:26 pm · Link

    Viki, I didn’t have too much of a struggle with my boys either on diaper changes. Maybe this new generation is just stronger :-) Overall, Turbo was really good. Trust me, Special K warned us over and over. She was absolutely correct!

    As it turned out, I was fine today and went to the gym with Wizard. He’s loving it, and I’m enjoying it too. And it’s good to have Wizard watching me for awhile. I really can get a little too enthusiastic.

    You’re so right on Maggie! That’s exactly what I don’t want to happen–her to manipulate us. Of course, she’s figured out how to do it to some degree already. And it’s healthier to help her work through it. I just hope I can follow through.

    I know how you feel on your hair! I had mine don’t on Friday. It’s such a relief, isn’t it? We just feel better. I hope you enjoy the slightly shorter change! If not, as you
    said, it’ll grow!

    Hope your week is off to a good start!

  7. B.E. Sanderson
    February 25th, 2019 at 8:51 pm · Link

    Strictly bank fishing. You couldn’t get me on a boat on a windy day. I get nauseous when it’s too wavy out. ;o)

  8. Jenn
    February 25th, 2019 at 9:55 pm · Link

    B.E., that makes sense! I wouldn’t chance a windy day either with my touchy stomach :-)

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