Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Picking My Battles

I realized a long time ago that Matthew and Brandon are starved for attention. Tommy requires so much care, and it seems we are always going to one of his appointments, someone at our house to see him, and just regular baby stuff on top of it all! They act out a lot, and although I find this unacceptable behavior, I completely understand.

Of course, today was another one of those days where it seemed to be all about Tommy. I decided to change it around for them. After Tommy's appointment today, Rob and I took them to C.C.'s for pizza. Brandon loves the mac and cheese pizza! We then went to a second hand store called Once Upon A Child. Let me tell you, I love this store! I don't even know why I wanted to go, just kind of a gut feeling. I found Tommy a special Boppy pillow with a little gym attached to the top, and got Matthew and Brandon each a book. I also got them a movie. I found "Matilda" for $2.50.

So tonight, after lots of yelling and screaming, I decided to pick my battles, and at midnight, we began our movie! They had an absolute blast, and as soon as it was over, we said goodnight, and in less than 5 minutes, they were in bed. Looks like I am onto something here...now if I can bump the time up by 30 minutes a night, in a week they should be going to bed every night at a decent hour.

I vow every day to be a better mommy. Today was one of those days where I think I succeeded.

1 comment:

Nancy said...

Great job! I know that every single day is a challenge. I am proud of you for wanting to be a better mother. You are doing a good job and just realizing that your other sons need positive attention and special time is a big step. Even my older sons get tired of Jessica always getting all the good stuff and attention. Having a child with a lot of medical needs affects the whole family. Take things one day at a time and don't give up!

I used to tell my mom that I must be doing something wrong to be going through the same trials over and over again. I told her that I'm TIRED OF LEARNING PATIENCE! I'VE LEARNED IT ALREADY! hehehe... and then laughed. I guess I'm STILL learning patience... Miss Jess has been having some rough nights and I haven't been getting to sleep until after 4am.

I'm too old for this. ;-)

Diagram of Tommy's Heart Defects

Diagram of Tommy's Heart Defects
Double Inlet Left Ventricle with Transpostion of the Great Arteries