This week was a tough week with the kids, especially Ruaidhrí. The child has had one tough hard week with his teething and lack of sleep because of it.
Monday morning the other half and I were both exhausted Ruaidhrí had a bad night and in turn so did we. However, once Roman came downstairs for breakfast before he left for school he was all laughs and giggles. Roman was picked up from school by Granny and Granda. Which he sure did love. They went out for lunch and he came home with new toys. What child wouldn’t love coming home with new toys. While Ruaidhrí had his nap I gutted out Roman’s. One hour later and five bags full of broken toys ready to go to the dump. Once Ruaidhrí woke up from his nap we got our stuff together and went round to Granny and Granda’s to pick up Roman. We stayed for a while and spent some quality time with the grandparents before heading home. Once we were home Roman kept Ruaidhrí entertained trying to keep his wee mind of his teeth while I got dinner ready. I cannot praise Roman enough he his the best big brother ever. Always wanting to do whatever he can to help Ruaidhrí when he is upset. The boys then got their bath after dinner. While I got Ruaidhrí ready for bed, Roman was allowed to play his Nintendo 3DS. Once the bay was settled and sleeping it was time to go over Roman’s writing skills. We practiced our B’s and D’s. For only being four years of age he has very good handwriting. We watched a bit of Ninjago after then it was bedtime. Our bedtime story was Ninjago of course.
Tuesday morning was the same as Monday. The child up all night then awake for the day from 5am. Breakfast was not as easy as yesterday morning, it was hard to get Ruaidhrí to eat or drink a bottle of milk because of his wee gums. (These teeth better hurry up and come, it’s so hard too see your child suffer in pain and you have done all you can to help). Our car was off getting fixed from yesterday morning. So auntie Maura came and picked up Roman for school. He loved this as he go to go to school with his cousins. She also picked him up. I had a few arts and crafts activities planned for us in the afternoon. Roman had other plans. It was a nice dry day outside so he went outside and played on his bike with his friends. This actually worked out better as Ruaidhrí cried all afternoon with his teeth, so arts and crafts would have been cancelled. Roman came in just before dinner time and was pushing boundaries, by not doing what he was told and answering back. Three warnings were given and he still disobeyed. He was sent to his bedroom for to wait for me to come and talk to him, once I got his brother out of the bathed and dressed. I sat down with him and explained to him why he as sent to his room. He then apologised and we went downstairs to practice our alphabet. Our bedtime story was Pokemon.
Wednesday morning seems like our mornings are going to be the same for the foreseeable future. Our nights and mornings are hard with Ruaidhrí. We are just sleep deprived while he is sleep deprived and in pain. I wish we could take it away from him. Roman was excited to get out to school as he knew that his cousins were coming after school to play for a while and that we were minding a family friend’s two children also. Ruaidhrí had a really good nap Wednesday morning. It was a two hour one and he woke up in great form. He ate some lunch (result!!) and then the crying started all over again. The sister in law arrived with the kids and I did not see head nor tail of Roman for hours. We just sat with the two kids Ruaidhrí and Sé (who is 10 weeks old). I made a big pot of stew for dinner and its safe to say everyone enjoyed it, especially Ruaidhrí. The sister in law and the kids went home. Which left me and the two boys, along with the family friend’s two children who are 12 and 10. The oldest (my first Godchild) done jigsaw puzzles with Roman before they got picked up at 9pm. Our bedtime story was Shaggy Dog and the Terrible Itch.
Thursday morning, what can I say ? I think you all know… At this moment in time I think Ruaidhrí is descended from a Banshee. It’s actually to the point were I am on the brink of a breakdown. There is only so much crying you can take when you so sleep deprived and it really does get to you. Even the child is constantly tired as he is not getting long enough naps due to the pain he is in Paul went and picked Roman up from school while I tried to get Ruaidhrí’s bag packed so we could go give Uncle Deedee is birthday cards. This little task even proved difficult as Ruaidhrí was just crying out in pain. We finally got don to give Uncle Deedee is birthday cards and Roman joined him and his big cousin Odhrán, Granny and Uncle Anthony for Deedee’s birthday lunch. During this time I walked the streets the heavy and I mean HEAVY rain, as this seemed to be the only way to keep Ruaidhrí calm and get him to have a good nap. However, once the pram stopped his eyes pinged open like saucers. Paul came in with a bunch of beautiful flowers for me and thanked me for all the hard work I do in looking after the kids and him. I thought I was going to cry (only our residential Banshee beat me to it haha)… Once we got Ruaidhrí to bed Roman practiced his handwriting skill again before bed. This time he was practicing words that began with B and D. Our bedtime story was Disney’s Up.
Friday morning came and even being on my sixth cup of coffee before 7am still did not make a difference to the tiredness I was feeling. Not just me though Paul also, this little man of ours is taking it out of us. How we have not butted heads yet is beyond me. Hopefully it doesn’t come to that, which I think it won’t as we both respect each other and know when one is having a tough time and the other just steps in and takes over. Did I say I love this man because I do, there is definitely no one else I would rather go through this thing we called parenthood with. Roman’s school BBQ was today and all I had was the pitter patter of tiny feet coming down the stairs at 5.40am. I was astounded to say this least. trying to get this boy up for school or even in the mornings at all is a complete and utter nightmare. (To recall i went in at 7.30am on Christmas morning to get him up and his reply, I’ll be down when i’m ready to come down. Any other child would have been up from the crack of dawn. But no, not my Roman.) Anyways, back to our Friday. I explained to Roman that it was still really early and that he had to go back to bed, however the bright mornings weren’t helping me any. He finally succumbed and went back to bed for another hour and a half. He got up and was excited to see Ruaidhrí, and Ruaidhrí him. By this point he was in a much better mood than what he was during the night and in the early morning. Roman never ate his breakfast so quick and got ready for school. he knew it was school BBQ day and he just could not wait to get into school. It was seaside themed, so he got to wear shorts and t-shirt into school. The BB was real fun, they had bouncy castles, ice cream trucks, games, soak the teachers stalls and much more. I didn’t want to leave never mind the ice. Once that was over Roman had to be dropped over to his Nanny to spend the weekend with his daddy. On our way however, Ruaidhrí decides that he is going to have a nappy explosion that ended up covering him from head to toe. So we had to stop of at Granny Eileen’s to get him changed and a clean set of clothes on him. Roman was then dropped of to his Nanny, while Ruaidhrí and I went home to wait on daddy coming in from work. We played games for a bit then mummy got stuck into making dinner. Ruaidhrí tried broccoli trees for the first time and loved them. When daddy got in from work for at least 15 minutes are little Banshee disappeared and we had this happy laughing baby on the floor. all we could do was laugh along with him.
Saturday morning you would think that we would be use the sleeping and crying situation but we aren’t. If you had one or the other then I think that it would be possible to get use to it. However both?? It might take a lot longer. Ruaidhrí and I went to the shopping centre to get some food shopping and were surprised my a friend who we thought was in Australia. She came home with her partner to surprise everyone and that she sure did. She left for Australia two months before Ruaidhrí was born, so it was her first time meeting him. It was such a lovely surprise that i think it had a knock on effect on Ruaidhrí, as his crying was not at all like a Banshee today. We also are trying out a new bedtime routine for him. We are letting him have a late afternoon nap from about 4.30pm and getting him up about 6.30pm. He gets dinner, bath and then playtime until 8.30pm. He went down so easily so just lets see how tonight plays out.
Sunday morning I got my first lie in of the week. YAYYYY!!!!! However, last nights new bed time routine went well for it’s first night. Ruaidhrí just got up once during the night. So from 8.30pm last night to 3am this morning. He woke up for a feed and then went back down to 5am, that was daddy’s cue to get up. I don’t know what it is about these 5am starts to the day however, we did make some changes to his room today in hopes that they would make a difference to his new sleep routine. We got darker curtains for the room, in hopes that they will block out all the morning light getting in. We lowered his bed so the room is that bit more darker. (It was due to be lowered anyways so two birds one stone and all that). Fingers crossed for us tonight guys. Roman came home from his dad’s this morning and we were all excited to see him especially Ruaidhrí. This child is going to be in awe of his big brother for a long time. We got home and played some games. The weather did not know what to be at today. It rained for most of it, although still quite clammy. We had a go at Donkey Kong for the Wii, was a lot harder than it looks. Once we all had dinner we went out for a family walk as the weather had cleared up by then. Roman had taken his bike and we all enjoyed walking around the local lake. Ruaidhrí went to bed when we got in and Sunday night is for Roman to do whatever he like be that playing game consoles, playing with toys or has he has chosen tonight YouTube. Yep he’s watching Minecraft Songs.