Friday, December 11, 2009

Freaky Friday!

Today was an eventful day. Where to start? The morning went fairly well for the first couple of hours. I think it was just before lunch sometime when Cody announced that he had to go to the bathroom and ran to do just that. I didn't pay a whole bunch of attention because I was on the phone with my sister, but I knew he would be fine because he always goes on his own now. My attention was grabbed when I heard him shout, "Mom, there's something wrong with the toilet!" Uh oh. Those are words that should never be ignored. They also have the power to bring a shiver of dread down one's spine. I did not hang up the phone, but did manage to plunge the toilet while I continued chatting. I can't begin to say how relieved I was that it did not overflow when I gave it the first test flush. The water rose higher and higher, as did my blood pressure, I'm sure. But then it stopped and I was able to get everything fixed up.

Next I went to the kitchen and I don't really know what I was doing in there. The boys were coloring, and I was no longer on the phone, so I was likely doing dishes or some other cleaning. That's when my Angel Care monitor gave a loud beep. For anyone who does not know what the Angel Care monitor is, or does, it is not like a typical baby monitor. It has a unit that sits in the baby's room, which is typical, but it also has a special hard plastic sensor pad that goes underneath the mattress and senses motion. It is so sensitive that it detects the baby's breathing, so it is designed to alert the parents if the baby stops breathing for longer than 20 seconds. In truth, our alarm goes off on a daily basis because every time we pick Micah up out of the crib we forget to shut the darn thing off. It is kind of amusing, actually, and usually we are at the opposite end of the house when it gives its initial loud beep, followed a few seconds later by a very loud alarm from the parents' unit and also in the baby's room. The monitor also does the same warning beep when its batteries are running low, at which point you put it back on the charger for a few hours. Today, it gave the warning beep. My initial thought was that perhaps the battery needed charging, but I thought that was odd because I had just brought it off the charger. I thought maybe the charger was not working properly, but I peeked at the screen (yes, this monitor has a screen) and the battery symbol looked okay. Things were quiet for about five minutes after that, so I went on with whatever I was doing and ignored it. Then it gave another beep. Okay, the alarm also goes if the temperature in the room goes out of range, with a warning beep, and same if the monitor is out of range. I said out loud, "Why in the world does the monitor keep beeping?" and I walked over to look at it more closely. That's when the full alarm went off. I went flying into Micah's room and he was sleeping on his tummy with his face against the mattress. He had not so much as stirred despite the obnoxious sound coming from the monitor right beside his crib. I yelled, "Micah?" and picked him up quickly. His eyes opened but he was really limp and out of it. I was really freaked out. He was very tired, but seemed okay. I took him and fed him and he went right back to sleep. So I put him back in his crib.

Since then I have felt weird about the whole thing. The first tendency is to think the monitor just spazzed out, but the thing is, it was designed to warn if there was no motion for longer than 20 seconds. I know he was sleeping deeply, but the sensor is SO sensitive that it knows the difference between a sleeping baby in the crib and no baby at all in the crib. My thought is that he really did stop breathing for 20 seconds, because I think that happens to everyone now and again if I understand correctly. Or maybe not everyone, but lots of people. The scary thing is, had I not been using that type of alarm, would he have spontaneously started breathing again, or did my picking him up startle him into breathing? Either way, I am terribly thankful to be using this monitor. It is actually my sister-in-law's but she is letting us use it. I can't tell you what a load it takes off my mind, and Mike's too, knowing that it will send up a huge alarm if there is a problem. That was the worst part of my day. I'm so thankful my sweet baby is okay.

The next event occurred at lunch time. I took a box of crackers out of the pantry with the intention of having a few crackers and cheese for lunch while the boys ate. When I say "a few", I do mean it. This box of crackers had been mostly dumped on the floor before I even had a chance to have any, so I figured I could just finish the final few that were in the box. Unfortunately for me, I had left the box out on the counter when I ran to get Micah during the monitor incident. After that I had fed him, so I forgot about the crackers until I came back to eat them. Cody was in his room with the bag, which was almost 100% empty. Great. It wasn't until about 15 minutes later that Cody announced to me that Oreo was eating crackers. Oh boy. Sure enough, I peered down into Oreo's cage and he was happily consuming the Wheat Thins that the boys had so generously shared with him. (Oreo is a rabbit, for anyone who is unaware.) I took a deep breath and explained to Cody that rabbits don't eat people food and he is never to do that again. He agreed, but was so amused by the incident that I don't put much confidence in his ability to refrain the next time the temptation arises.

The afternoon was an event in cookie-icing. Yes, Cody and I iced half the cookies. From start to finish it took close to two hours. There were a lot of interruptions. We did green icing and pink icing. Tonight I intend to enlist Mike's help to do the other half in blue and yellow. Then we'll finally be done with the cookies. Well, not with the eating of the cookies! That part will be the best part!!!

So, that is the day I had today. The boys were fairly well-behaved, thankfully, and were it not for the monitor alarm going off it would have been a pretty good day all around. Now I need to join the rest of my family in the kitchen. I'm off for now!

Oh, and I also wanted to mention that there is a contest I found out about to win some cloth diapers. Haha. I had to enter, of course. They are from a store called Snugs Boutique. They have a few different diapers I'd be interested in trying out, and they are very inexpensive. These particular ones are pocket diapers. Here is the link to their site.

I can't comment on their blog for some reason, so it was probably pointless to mention this on here. I'll see if I can get it to work later. Bye for now. Again.

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