Thursday, October 13, 2011

Is it too much to ask?

So, I have been getting involved with the music program at Charlie's school and I am now the volunteer assistant choir director on Tuesday afternoons. This has been great for me and I love using this part of me again as well as getting to know a great bunch of kids. This also led to me being a judge for the school talent show, which brings me to the point of this post.
Holy cow! Have we really gotten to a point in our lives where we don't understand that someone on stage deserves respect and the FULL attention of an audience? The adults running the show have enough to do than also ask your children to sit still, be quiet, stop pushing, stop laughing, stop eating candy and anything else that is possibly distracting to the person on stage. What bothers me most, is the parents that are oblivious to their children's behavior, or worse, don't care, or even worse, don't realize it's wrong. Why aren't we teaching kids that you sit still and respect the artists?
The absolute worst part of this are the adults that get up, use the restroom, get on their phones, check scores, check email and TALK during these performances. NO WONDER YOUR CHILDREN HAVE NO IDEA HOW TO ACT!
In this age of immediate information, low attention spans and complete lack of etiquette, I hope that my generation of parents may see that we are doing this world and especially our kids a disservice by not teaching them how to be a respectful, cooperative, meaningful part of society. I hate to think what the world will be like if we don't get back to worrying about these little things. It all adds up.

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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Has it really been that long?

So, I just logged in and saw that my last post was June 30th. Oops! Not the consistency that I was going for. Oh well...I've been a little busy.
So, let's recap the last 2 months. I had a beautiful, beautiful, sweet and wonderful baby girl. Did I mention she is beautiful? Caroline Sutton Milhizer is the most content and happy little thing. We just had friends here for a wedding that stayed with us for a few nights and they kept commenting on how she never cries. Yippee!!!! She used to have bad evenings, not colic that would last for hours, but really bad spells that caused her great discomfort. I knew something must be off since any other time of day she is so calm. I freaked out one day thinking it was acid reflux, but it turns out that she has a dairy sensitivity. I have been off dairy for a week and a half now and we have solved our issue. Now the only time she cries is when she is in her car seat and awake. ESPECIALLY, if I'm driving and can't get to her.
Here's how the delivery went down: I went into labor Thursday, July 7th. Got to the hospital around 9pm. I was 3cms and my contractions were 5 minutes apart. By 11pm I was 4cms and contractions 2 minutes apart. Decided to get an epidural and everything slowed down. Finally, at 10 am the next morning (July 8th), I was 10 cms. The doctor asked if I felt the need to push, and I didn't. She asked if I would like to try anyway. I said, "sure, why not," and little Caroline was born 10 minutes later. 7lbs 10oz, 20 inches of joy at 10:18 am. For those that may recall Charlie's delivery, we were SHOCKED by how easy this was.

I have to now brag on my little man. Charlie has been amazing with his little sister. He loves to pat her and tell everyone that she is so sweet and "ooh, how cute." He goes and looks for her in the morning and if she is waking up and making noises he goes running in her room and screams her name until I can get there. We have had a few aggressive moments where he wants to really squeeze her and share his toys (by share, I mean toss his toys in her direction). Hey, the kid is sharing, just not understanding she can't play with him. He is talking SOOO much more and it's so fun to see how much more he is communicating. We have plenty of two-year-old fits, but they come and go and usually pass quickly. There are days that it seems all we have are fits, but today is a good day.

All in all it's been a busy few months. Caroline is 8 weeks on Friday, which is hard to believe. Charlie starts a program Tuesday called Transitions at the Catholic pre-school/grade school around the corner, St. Andrews. It also happens to be the grade school Bob attended and Bob's mom taught here for 20 years and still subs throughout the school year. He will go to school Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9-11. It makes me sad to think he is old enough for me to send him somewhere by himself, but I look forward to watching him grow and mature and see how much he learns. He needs the socialization more than anything.

In other news, my family just went through a rough patch with my dad. Last week my father was in the hospital for a few days after having what seemed like a stroke. Luckily, it wasn't but they kept him for testing and monitoring while they tried and figured out what was going on. At the beginning of August he had an MRI that showed he had already had a small stroke. My dad has no memory of this and the doctors can't tell when it happened. We are all very glad that he is much better and with some adjustments to his medication, looks like we may be making improvements. My mom has been strong and by his side day and night and is now having to drive him around until further notice. I'm hoping things continue to be ok so she can get some rest and my dad can feel at peace and just concentrate on taking care of himself. It's hard enough watching your children grow up so quickly but watching your parents have health issues is tough. I can't imagine a world without Harry and Carol.

I have promised many of you pictures of the nursery and updated pictures of Caroline and Charlie. It's coming! Hopefully by the end of the weekend I will have them organized and ready to upload.

Charlie's up...all for now.

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