Monday, September 27, 2010

Some Random Thoughts

Three nights ago.  Abs slept.

Two nights ago.  The 5" crack was enough for the little imp to slither through and escape.  I'm recommending her to be recruited by the Navy Seals.

Last night.  I made the crack smaller in the middle, so she managed to get out the bottom.

I give up.

While she was out of bed, she opened up a box of brownie mix and tried it out.  She didn't like it, and did what every other 9 year old does with it in the middle of the night and stuffed it under the couch.  Making a mess.  

I'm pissed.  Pissed that I can't sleep.  Pissed that she gets into the food and we can't keep anything sweet around here for anyone else to eat.

I'm pissed that her dad isn't here to help.  I'm pissed that other people have never deployed and he's going on his 5th year of deployment.  I'm really pissed about that last one.

Word on the street is that Gunner can retire soon.  At first I went into a panic.  Where would we go?  What would we do?  The only people that help us with the kids are my outlaws.  Could I handle that?

Now I am looking at the bigger picture.  He would be home.  We would make it work, and we could live anywhere that we want.  I wouldn't need help from the outlaws because he would be around more.  

In the meantime, I am at a loss as to what to do with Abs and open to suggestions.  Also if anyone wants to have her over for a sleepover.....just sayin'....

17 comments:

Brandi said...

Well I wrote a great comment, and then stupid blogger wouldn't work right. Grr.

Long story short? Teenybop has been through the mill with getting two different diagnoses, and we have had a run of medications as well until we have recently found something that not only helps during the day with excess energy and oppositional behavior, but it seems to be helping her to sleep more deeply and she seem much more rested. Check out something called "intuniv". If you'd like to hear more about it or if there is any other advice I can share, let me know.

In the meantime, if we were closer, we'd love Abs for a night. Maybe you and I could take turns, LOL.

Amy said...

Have you ever tried to get one of those alarms that sounds if she's getting into the fridge or the cabinets? Or maybe one just on her bedroom door that would sound if she opened it? I know that wouldn't help with your sleep situation but at least you'd be able to stop her before she made a mess.

McMGrad89 said...

I am sorry.

We are about to put locks on the pantry door for the same reason.

I think maybe some sort of panel that could be attached at the bottom and middle of the gates.? Just a thought.

Teresa/ride4fun said...

Umm, probably why I never had kids. I am imagining I would alarm Ab's bedroom door, and she'd be spending the night on the floor in my room if the alarm went off, possibly with an eyehook to make my room escape proof, or maybe a 2nd or transferred alarm - not sure how those things work for portability etc. She seems to enjoy the game of escaping the gates.

Jessica @ {Mis}Adventures of an Army Wife said...

One word: tranquilizers. =D

Although, the fact that I know it is probably illegal and would do it anyway is probably why I don't have kids...

The Mrs. said...

You know I'll have to remember to talk to toms pt, she works with a lot of ot, sensory patients at her new gig so she might have some
suggestions.

I know this doesnt help you but I'd be happy to take her for a little bit. Really you could come out here and she could stay for a few days and you could go down to the city or something. We're getting longhorns next week, they are supposed to be very friendly cows I'm sure they'd love the company at night.

Vintage Love and Photographs said...

I'm glad to see other people get pissed off at the same thing I do..it makes me mad that there are people in the military (not naming specific branches or anything!) that have been in the military longer than my husband and have never deployed. He's deployed 4 times among other things since 03'. I know they can't ever fix stuff like that but I do think that soldiers should get paid more if they deploy more. I know people who have been in the same length my husband has and haven't even gone on a TDY, nevermind a deployment and they make twice+ than he does. /end rant

Wife of a Sailor said...

The only suggestion I have is to get another baby gate. Not to put three-high, but to put next to the other ones where there's a crack she can get through.

Will your doorframe support two gates next to each other?

Sara said...

geeze, I'm sorry. I obviously have no input since I'm not that experienced yet. I'm sorry its been so rough.

Spanish Princess said...

I'm sorry ... I completely understand the "piised off" feelings. Know you are not alone. Now I must return to a baby who has discovered non-stop whining! Grr!!!

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Lacey said...

Oh dear,
Children sure love their sweets, i hope you can figure something out. Its hard enough handling my husbands deployement, i cant imagine it with children. Good luck with everything, maybe you should put a snack in her room so she doesnt have to escape to get it? Good Luck.

Lacey said...

oh, i also just read that you guys are based out of fort carson same with my husband! Dont you just love the scenery!

Kanani said...

Well, being pissed of at variables in your life is reasonable. So yeah, I can understand.

As far as Abs, I'm not sure I have the whole picture. 9 years old, doesn't sleep through the night, scavenges the pantry for sweets like a racoon with a sugar craving.

Need more info as to whether or not she's on medications during the day, and whether or not she's always had a sleep disorder.

Doc's Girl (Noel) said...

Duct tape. Lots of and lots of duct tape.

Sheila said...

We are in Korea and you wouldn't believe the number of Majors and Lt. Col's I see around post without combat patches. I swear ... it's unbelievable.

Meanwhile we are in Korea because it's non deployable. 3 back to back deployments in 6 years makes you do crazy stuff (like ask for Korea as an assignment to get out of Fort Riley!).

Did you know that in Korea you can AIP and stay for 3 years and bring your family? I'm sure AIP stands for something along the lines of Army stability ... but we say it stands for "Avoid Iraq Program".

And baby ... when you have a 5 year old who doesn't know her father ... AIP stands for heaven on earth to this military wife!