Friday, April 9, 2010

So much for playing in the basement...

Yesterday I was hoping for another good day, and in a way, it was. Once again I felt good enough to get a bunch of housework done, including making a roast beef dinner with mashed potatoes and gravy. Yum. However, later in the afternoon we had an incident with Cody that was scary. He fell off the edge of the stairs in the basement and landed on his face on the floor. Our basement is not finished, so the railing is not on the stairs yet. As such, I am always very nervous of the boys being on the stairs, but they know they are not allowed to play on the stairs and they know they are supposed to stay by the wall on the way up and down the stairs. Cody is good with those rules, and I don't worry about him. Jamie is the one that really scares me. Thankfully, Cody fell off the fourth stair from the bottom, rather than the higher stairs. Even still, his face is banged up and his glasses are bent out of shape. He was scared pretty badly and so was I. At that moment I decided there was no way I could allow them to play in the basement anymore unless one of us was right there with him, which is nearly impossible for me during the day because there is nowhere safe down there for Micah as of yet.

So today I had no option of sending them down to play, even though that was the first request out of Jamie's mouth this morning, and close to it for Cody as well. I am in a supremely bad mood today due to a rough night with Micah, who was hysterical from 12:44 a.m. to 1:43 or so. It was just horrible. I still don't know what happened, but I think he may have had a tummy ache. I won't even tell you about the details of my morning starting at around 6:30 a.m. but I will say that by around 7:30 I was incredibly angry and I was not even out of bed yet. (Well, I had been up already with Micah but was trying to settle again.) Anyway. I won't talk about it because I will just get angry all over again, but it was a Cody moment that I could have done without. My point is, today of all days I needed the basement. What I did do is send both boys outside immediately after breakfast, and actually, they were out there until shortly before lunch, so that was a relief. Now, Jamie is sleeping and Micah is irritating Cricket, and I let Cody go downstairs. I know. Sounds crazy, but the thing about Cody is he learns from his mistakes. I am very confident that he will never have an incident like that again. I have no such confidence in Jamie. He is too fearless. So while he sleeps I decided it would be okay for Cody to go down and play with his trains. He is playing nicely now. Phew.

Tonight I will be on my own again. Mike has a friend in from out of town that he will be golfing with. It's kind of ironic, actually, because it is like Hurricane Hugo out there. The wind blew our porch swing over a while ago. I had to go out and remove the fabric "roof" from it, and I was careful doing so because I worried the wind might blow me right off the stairs using it as a kite or like a sail on a boat. We do live in a windy province, but our yard is surrounded by trees and a tall ridge on one side, so we don't often get winds this strong. Hm. I'm sure they will go golfing regardless. They are both pretty obsessed with golf.

I'm not sure what I will do in his absence tonight. Mostly on my mind today is survival. I am not deluding myself into believing I will accomplish high levels of housewifely achievements. I would love to clean, but more than that I would love to nap. As I said, I am grouchy. And tired. But at least it is quiet in here right now. What I need to do is go make a casserole for supper while I have a moment without three boys.

I had more to say, but go figure, it has completely disappeared from my mind. I don't even have the slightest inkling what it was about, so this seems like a good time to sign off. Bye for now.

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