As I posted on my Facebook status update today, I am running out of ways to complain about the snow. I'm done. Done. Done. Sick of looking at it, sick of driving in it, and sick of having it tracked all over my floors.
This month has been absolutely brutal. If it's not snowing or sleeting, we're stuck with frigid temperatures. I've done several weekend runs on the treadmill, due to the slush and snow that will probably be on the roads until May, at the rate we're going! The cold doesn't bother me, but the icy/slippery roads make me nervous. The last thing I need is to slip and fall and get hurt. The treadmill runs have been tolerable, but I'm hoping the roads are a little more clear soon, so that I don't feel forced onto the treadmill too much more.
I've run twice in my orthotics, and they feel pretty good. Still being conservative, but I may try to fit in three runs this week, but still keep my mileage at or under 12 for the week. Feeling really good about the Super 5K next weekend, and very excited, but very nervous, too!!!!
Carmine and Dante both had their annual checkups yesterday, and both are nice and healthy, strong, growing boys. Carmine weighs 21lbs 5oz, and is just over 29 inches tall. Dante weighs 44 lbs and is just over 44 inches tall. I have no idea what the percentiles are, and I really don't care - they're healthy, and that's all that matters : )
Dante did such a great job - answered all the doctor's questions, and was very chatty (no surprise there!), and didn't cry at ALL when he got his two shots. Such a brave little guy!
Carmine was a good patient, too, showing off all his tricks - he can now wave (he waves with both hands, though - it's so cute!), clap, and do "so big." He's also becoming very opinionated, and lets you know, in no uncertain terms, when he's not happy about something. He's getting particularly opinionated about what he eats, and is feeling very strongly that he wants to eat what we're all eating. And if you give him a goldfish, but he decides he'd rather have a bite of the yogurt you were also feeding him, he'll just sweep the goldfish onto the floor and grunt.
The boys, of course, think this is hysterical. Which, of course, makes Carmine do it even more. Mealtimes just keep getting more and more interesting.....
Speaking of interesting - with the forecast calling for yet another 6 - 10 inches of snow overnight, I'm gearing up for another snow day tomorrow. If the snow ends super early in the morning, we might end up with only a delay, but I'm not counting on that. I'd rather plan for being home with the boys all day, so that's what I'm preparing myself for.
I'm actually going to write up a schedule of activities for us, and kicking it off will be a treasure hunt. I was at Target a few weeks ago and found some Kung Zhu stuff on clearance - tunnel pieces and houses for just $2 each - so I picked up a few of them, figuring they'd come in handy at some point, and that's proven true even sooner than I thought it would. But instead of just giving them the stuff, I'm going to make them hunt for it. I'll come up with some riddles to point them to various spots in the house where I've hidden the boxes. I think they'll get a kick out of it - and it'll kill some time, too!
In the midst of all this weather, we're also proceeding with the addition of a new bedroom above the garage. It's been in the planning stages for a long time, so it's really exciting to see it actually happening! It's looking fantastic, and I'm so happy that we decided to do this, rather than move - I love our neighborhood and our yard so much, and didn't want to give those things up, even for a bigger, nicer house. It's going to be a little bit of an inconvenience while construction is going on, but so worth it in the end.
So that's where we are - healthy boys, lots of snow, and construction in progress.
Two things I forgot to write about the past few times I've blogged -
Dante sang a song for me a while ago - while playing his guitar, of course - and I asked him what the song was called, and he told me it was "Hawaiian Ninja Bears."
I've been doing a lot of reading about ADHD, and am feeling much more informed and ready to deal with this. I still want to read more and learn more, but it's really making me feel good to be educating myself about this. Knowledge is power, right?
And as I read, and learn more, and begin to try to put some of the suggestions into practice, I am finding myself focusing far less on the things Gabe does wrong, and far less on the problem areas. Instead, I'm finding myself remembering how adorable and charming he is, and how funny he is, and how lovey and cuddly he is, and how his face lights up with pride when he knows he's done a good job with something. It's not all about him - it's just as much, if not more, about us, and our attitude, and how we behave, and how we handle this.
And when it's all said and done, I consider myself lucky that this is all we're dealing with, because there are so many parents who have much harder roads to travel. Our road certainly won't be easy, and it won't be without obstacles, but we have a healthy beautiful little boy who we love to pieces, and I know we'll be just fine.