Sunday, October 6, 2013


Woke up today full of energy and ready to tackle all my new challenges. Why? It might have something to do with yet another attempt at ceasing my B6 + Unisom regimen. I do tend to feel a bit less cloudy in the morning when I haven't taken the Unisom. But also, I'll be damned if I'm going to let this sudden change in our home life and routines lick me. I can beat this thing, dammit!

Spent many hours strategizing how to set up the house in "zones" to be safe for B. I don't think I can leave him entirely unsupervised anywhere - but I can certainly make everywhere as safe as possible and make sure he and I are always in the same "zone" (until his room is ready; he can be in there alone ). So I am going to do a lot of cabinet securing, door adding, hook-and-eye lock placing, and doorknob protecting. Until he has his own secure room, I may just have to shower at night. It sounds ridiculous, I know, but there is nowhere I can leave him alone for 5-10 minutes while I can't see or hear anything. Again, this is just temporary. Once his room is set up (by the end of the month, I hope!) then I'll have a lot more freedom. And after he goes to bed at night I can do things like run out the garbage and have fires in the fireplace and do concentrated computer projects. 

This morning I thought I could grab a few extra winks by taking him up to the playroom. I did get to lie down, but sleep...not so much. He was too busy sitting on my head and trying to shove a felt banana into my mouth to let me sleep. Still this is a nice mellow place to start the day, so maybe we'll continue to hang out up there in the mornings, although it does suck to have no access to a toilet or food. 

As much as I dreaded these changes, I'm ok with it - change must happen, and B must move on to the next phase. He has to be allowed to grow up, and his own room and freedom to move about the house freely is part of this. Now excuse me while I go pick up the cribbage game he just spilled all over the floor. 


  1. Had to chuckle at the mental of the banana shoving. I just get fingers (with seemingly always sharp nails) shoved into my mouth.

  2. I still haven't baby proofed and Sidekick is 15 months old. I have secured the cabinet under the sink, but that's it, and I honestly don't plan on doing any more. Am I a horrible Mom??? He often plays in his room alone, but should I do something to baby proof? I feel like he's safe there. Please don't call DCFS! By the way, if I have to shower when he is awake, I bring some toys in the bathroom and let him sit with them while I quickly shower. I, too, do a lot in the evenings like taking out the garbage, walking the dog, etc.

  3. Sounds like you have a good handle on things and are tackling them as needed. Yay!

  4. I, too, shower with C in the bathroom with me. I keep a few toys in there and it's otherwise safe. Well, now that she can climb on top of the toilet and reach the sink it's a little less safe. But at least I have a glass shower door, so I can keep tabs on her.

    Also, there's the whole "if you can't beat them, join 'em" strategy -- bring Bumpus in the shower with you! It's a great time and energy saver to not have to deal with the bathtub. Especially when you're pregnant, I think that would be nice.

    Calliope now likes to stay in and stand under the water when I get out and while i get dressed. She looks like a teenager, standing there with the water beating down on her.

    It took a while for her to get comfortable with the spray so at first she stayed where it wasn't coming down on her but now it's great!

  5. Baby proofing - I was lucky that my house didn't need much, but what I did do has been so worth the effort! I hope you've been able to find things that work!