With Sydney at school and Liam napping, I decided to sit down and watch part of a movie (only after completing several chores - I don't want you to think I'm totally lazy). After scrolling through the tv listings, I settled on "The Money Pit". I haven't seen it in years and despite the fact that it was made in 1986 (boy, do I feel old), it is so true to life.
I'm sure I laughed the first time I saw it, but this time, I was laughing so hard I nearly choked on my glass of water. If you haven't seen it, Shelley Long and Tom Hanks buy a house that is literally falling apart at the seams. Physical humor ensues and months later, the house is finally not only habitable, but beautiful.
I guess you can call our 80 year old bungalow our "money pit." Every time we go to fix or replace one thing, we wind up dealing with several more issues and making numerous trips to Home Depot. I don't know how many times we've uttered the phrase, "What were these people thinking?" while working on a project. Really, why would you put a gutter over the front door and not make sure it covered the whole length of the door? Why would you not include a full tub and shower in the only bathroom in the house?
While we love our house and neighborhood, sometimes I long to live in a brand new McMansion out in the 'burbs. But despite the problems we've had with it, we generally get a laugh out of dealing with the issues that come with living in an old home. And after looking at what else we need to do around here, I think many more laughs are in our future.
I don't know much about the history of how the system of hours, minutes and seconds was developed. Did someone sit there and start counting "One, one thousand, two, one thousand...." from one sunrise to the next? Really, who knows? But I have a theory:
A really smart woman used her baby to determine how time should be broken into increments. I don't remember Sydney being as regimented, but you can literally set a clock by Liam's schedule. During the day, he is hungry every three hours. Exactly. To the minute. And he takes 30 minute naps. Exactly. To the minute.
I can tell you what time it is any given point during the day based on Liam's mood, because really, isn't everyone's mood tied to how hungry/sleepy they are?. And while it's nice to be able to predict when he's going to want to eat, it is NOT fun dealing with a child who will only sleep for 30 minutes at a time. I get halfway through a task when he wakes up and cries. And then he's cranky for quite a while afterward because he's still tired (but won't sleep).
Any ideas on how to get a baby to sleep longer? Really. I'm open to any ideas you might have because if he doesn't start taking real naps soon, I'm going to go crazy. Really.
Wife, mom, chauffeur, chef, maid, referee - just a few of my jobs as a stay at home mom of three kids in a town I like to call The Land of Fruit. Sydney is eight, Liam is four, Evan is three and I am exhausted. But I love my life and I try to find the humor in all it has to bring.