Well, we've been terrible bloggers lately, but it's really just because we've been so busy. I cannot convey just how much busier I am now that I'm department chair, and indeed I seem to be forever 10 steps behind. This week is spring break and I'm just trying to catch up on very basic things.
Added to that the little poppet is sick. He's actually been really sick, though mostly just at night (of course!). He burned up with a fever Sunday night and was essentially up the entire night. We have to work out a way to manage nights like this as I do 99% of the night-parenting as it is, and when a night hits like that I don't seem to have the reserves to pull it off graciously.
Oh, so far from gracious! Last night was better but still up a lot... Tonight, well, I am hoping for more than an hour of sleep at a time.
Despite being ill, Rad continues to be a little delight. He of course definitely has what might be called tantrums, but so far they've been very minor (famous last words...). You can see them coming, primarily because there are reasons behind the behavior, so we've been working hard to prevent frustration, which seems to be helping, though it's inevitably not always possible. We're trying not to sweat the small stuff, but, such as tonight, we hit a snag as Raf is just refusing (and I mean REFUSING) to brush his teeth. I have no idea what to do. He purses his lips tightly and turns his head away, no matter what I try. He used to like it, but then we lost his finger brush. Any ideas? I think we'll try and buy another finger brush as he's not liking his big boy brush at all.
One thing that almost always brings some tears, however, is me trying to pry dog food - yes, dog food - out of his mouth. Raf is clearly no longer vegan...
IN other news, and another reason for the intense busyness, is that we're house-hunting. All being well, the town we currently live in will be buying our house this coming June. There are a few hoops to jump through but it looks like things are moving forward. Consequently we're on the lookout for a house. The primary goal is to move to an area with a decent school district. The second is to cut my commute, which, at the moment, is really, really long. The third thing we're wanting is to move to an area with some sense of community... I have visions of us walking on sidewalks to the park or to the store, of Raf having friends in the neighborhood to play with, and so forth. Right now, though, we have to make some decisions about specific location (we're pretty sure we know which town we'll actually move to) - i.e. more country or more in town, and whether we're going to sacrifice house for location, or vice versa. The exact area we want to move to is pretty pricey. We're in talks with a contractor who is trying to workout a housing package in a lovely spot for something we can afford. Mind you, we'll be the poor house in the neighborhood!!
We're seeing a couple of houses this weekend.. so we'll see how it goes.