Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Rain, rain and more rain.

It rained all morning today. Well, it poured, really, and for most of the day. My boys went outside without permission, Cody in his pajama bottoms and I don't remember what Jamie was wearing. I guess I am a wimpy mom because today I told them they were not allowed to go outside. I told them they might as well get in the tub and I'd give them a freezing cold shower, because that was essentially what they would be doing outside. I am probably too uptight to have prevented them from going out and burning off some steam, but I just couldn't bear the idea of the mud-soaked clothing and bodies that would be trekking into my house when they were done out there.

So, good call or bad call, I nixed the outdoor play today. I paid a steep price for that this afternoon. Cody had some kind of a meltdown that I am certain he inherited directly from me. He had a hysterical laughing fit that produced tears. I know, that doesn't sound so bad, does it? I don't know how to express the degree to which it got out of control. I was waiting for the hysterical crying to follow, but I actually booted him into the basement before it could happen. That started a whole new set of troubles for both Cody and I because he did not want to go and I insisted that he go because I was about to explode from his neurotic behavior. It was clear he needed some time alone, and I sure as heck did too, but it was not to be. Instead, he got angry and screamed and banged the baby gate and cried and whined and refused to even descend the stairs to play with the once-highly-sought-after Geo Trax. It kind of makes me think perhaps the completion of the playroom in the basement will not solve all of my problems and take me straight into Utopia. Dang. Maybe we just shouldn't bother then. It's a lot of work and a lot of expense finishing the basement, and if we do and they won't go down there...Well, I'll tell you what I'll do. I will go down there myself. I will shut the baby gate behind me and I will find a blissfully quiet corner in the basement where I can neither see nor hear my offspring, if only for five minutes.

Well, the boys are in bed now, though by no means quiet, and black clouds are moving in quickly and covering an already bleak and grey sky. April was beautiful, but May is not so charming thus far. I was supposed to go look at a horse on Thursday, but it looks like it is supposed to snow that day so I will likely not go.

Anyway, not much else to report for today. Oh, except if I did not mention it already, Micah took his first step yesterday, unassisted I mean. It was pretty cool. He was pretty pumped about it. I wonder how long he'll take to be walking. At his age (9 months) Cody was already walking, but Jamie did not walk until he was 14 months old, even though both of them were cruising along furniture before they turned 7 months old. They are all so different. It makes it exciting, wondering who they will become and what they will look like, what they will love and what they will be good at.

So, I'm off for now. Perhaps I will post tomorrow, but we have a play date in the morning, so we'll see. It will be a busy day. Hope the boys are not grumpy this time.

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