Monday, February 16, 2009

I've got the blues...

No, not the craft macaroni and cheese kind  - the kinda down and depressed blues. I've been worse before - a lot of times actually, but I've just got the don't wanna do anything, feel kinda sad blues. I don't even know where they come from and I think that is what frustrates me. Often I feel like it comes from being overwhelmed with my small apartment. I like things in order and somewhat cleanly. But as I look around right now I see piles and messes. There is just too much to fit into these tiny apartments! I don't feel like I even have a lot of stuff, but everywhere I turn there it is! Stuff, stuff everywhere! So next Saturday Brian and I are going to go through the toys and get rid of the extras, stuff that has never been played with or just doesn't go with anything anymore. So there will be a trip to D.I. Gwen is at that destructo stage where everything that is in a drawer needs to be out of it. So that always puts a lot of work on the table - like when every single measuring cup and spoon is strewn about the house they all need to be cleaned. Maybe I wore myself out with all the V-day treats. There was a lot of dishes after that. That would have been a good picture to include after the treats display. huh? 

And then there is little Naomi. She is just the most stubborn kid I've ever known. She isn't bad by any means, but when she get something in her head someone is gonna go down. Its never pleasant. We struggle so much with her eating. Her repertoire is definitely going down. She eats next to nothing! We try the whole take one bite and taste it at least. Doesn't work. We try the eat 5 bites and then you can be done technique. Doesn't work. We just tonight tried the eat that much before this time idea. Did not work! Any suggestions? I feel like we've tried it all, but we may not know. 

8 comments:

Nikki, Ben, and Ben's Son... said...

I'm sure this isn't the best idea out there, but when I try to get Benson to eat something that he is refusing to eat, I let him put syrup on it to make sure he is actually getting food. (Depending on if it would taste right with it)

I think a night out would help with the blues. Maybe you could go get a manicure or a facial at the school. Sometimes I get seasonal blues b/c I don't really like the cold, so I go Tanning at a Salon. It's not the most healthy thing to do, but the warm feeling it provides does wonders for my emotional state!

Mallory said...

Every winter I get down in some degree or another and I blame my small Wymount apartment for the past couple years we've lived here-- I get so stir crazy and want to clean out things constantly. We really don't have much stuff, either, but with so little space I go absolute nuts. It's made me OCD about things I wasn't before. I totally understand.

On kind of a side note, we need to hang out! We should get out and do something together soon with you guys. I love your comment on one of my last posts, I got such a great laugh out of it! Thank you.

Jennifer said...

I was writing a comment that was turning out so long that I'll email you.

But here I am sending a whole bunch of "You're right, that sucks!" and "I'm so sorry!!!"

Alison said...

I am so sorry that you are blue. I get that way too, especially if things are a little out of whack like being sick or something similar. I agree with the comment about you needing to get out! Everyone needs time for themselves sometimes.

Beth said...

Hey! I'm sorry you have the blues. :( I hate that feeling! I always end up needing to change something when I feel that way but I don't know what you could change. Maybe we should have a girls night out (or in...it's cheaper)? Would Brian be up to watching the girls? I'll email you & chelle because we really need to get something in the works. I miss you girls.

Morgan said...

Maybe it's all that crappy weather you're having. I gotta tell you, I don't miss the winter AT ALL! It is the most depressing time of year. You don't see the sun for days and the temperatures and wind make live beyond a blazing fireplace miserable.

Since you're still students I know you can't just pick up and go to Florida (or better yet visit us here in South Africa) so I suggest finding a baby sitter and spending hours in a hot, bubbly Jacuzzi. That is, of course, if you're not worried if the maid cleaned it or not. :)

Chanda said...

Hey Carrie. Sorry you're sad. I see you're working on going back to school--that is awesome! Working hard towards a goal helps me when I am sad. I hope that helps you. You have so much talent and are so "with it" perhaps your brain needs a new challenge. Anyway, about Naomi's eating. I believe I am an expert on this kind of thing. I recommend a book by Ellyn Satter called Child of Mine. It is all about feeding children. You'll probably find it in the library. Basically, it'll tell you to lay off her. Very hard to do. But in my experience with Maeve, it worked. I only fed her about 5 times a day. Nothing in between besides water. I offered a small variety of food each time (stuff I would eat too--so I didn't especially prepare it for her) and she could take it or leave it. She eventually ate much better although she and Ruby are both little things. Definitely read the book--it'll make you feel better about your child apparently starving herself. Good luck!

Carrie said...

I'm going to get that book tomorrow! Any recommendations for discipline books?