Friday, June 13, 2008

Hmm. It's Friday the 13th...

...but here's hoping that today will end much better than Thursday the 12th...

Ever have one of those days that just keeps getting worse? Nothing major, but after cleaning up spill after spill after spill... Dragging an angry kid to the car in front of other calm kids and their parents... Kids melting down screaming at you while you're trying to drive... Finally deciding to make it easier on yourself by stopping to get dinner--and telling the kids so--only to then have one kid confess she's found a piece of gum in her bag and somehow just got it on one hand--and then it's somehow the front and back of both hands--so you have to go home instead? And then the kids' loud protests over missing the dinner out? And instead of the kids' being thankful that we finally have hot water--so they could have their first bath in over three weeks and actually be CONTAINED and relax--they insist on a quick shower and fight over every aspect of it? And then some more stuff gets spilled... And they try to help by cleaning up their messes themselves, but don't tell you about it? So it's even harder to clean up later on? And somehow an egg gets out of the fridge, breaks, and the cat tracks egg whites and yolks all over the house? And then cat freaks out over the hardening egg on the hair all around its rear? And then... well, you lose it, shout at your kids, scare the *&^%$ out of them and then feel like scum? And... well, let's just say that bedtime lasts a l-o-n-g time... Four hours? Yeah. It was one of those days yesterday. Had a lot of those days in the last few months.

Some of you started thinking I was in transit to the US since I hadn't posted since last weekend... No, just dealing with being sick (another bout of sinusitis caused by the poplar pollen), having a sprained ankle, and going through some real parenting lows as I continue to struggle with Katya's insomnia and the misery it can cause for for the rest of us.

It doesn't help that it becomes dark outside at 11 p.m. and light again by 4 a.m....

I've been completely negligent when it comes to email, reading and commenting on others' blogs and writing here on my own. Stick with me; I'll snap out of it!

The specialists who are based in the US and following Katya's treatment here (ADD, reflex anoxic seizures) had me going through a two-week program that seems to be having some success--at least getting her into bed--but she's still not falling asleep. In the meantime, I lost pockets of time that I'd used to run errands and exercise--or simply refuel myself emotionally before "another round" of meltdowns. School's also now out, so I'm "on" full-time.

We haven't really had Chris around for more than a day here or there since January and this Sunday he leaves for a business trip in the USA... He returns the night before the girls and I head to the USA. It's hard... He'll meet up with us in July at his parents' house in CO, but other than that I'm the parent day and night...

Just really, really praying that Katya can learn to sleep. If only she could do that, everything else would be so much more manageable...

7 comments:

Tina in CT said...

Between Katya's insomnia and Liesel's crying the minute she hears feet hit the floor upstairs, it ought to be interesting. I might take her crate up in my room when you're here and turn on the A/C in my room so she won't hear you early risers due to jet lag.

garnet said...

Some of what you describe here sounds *way* too familiar. Praying things go better soon.

Tami said...

UGH! What a yucky day. I hope your weekend is much better! Hang in there.

Katya said...

Have you tried Valerian for insomnia? Tastes like CRAP but works great.

Anonymous said...

Glad to hear your are OK. I started to worry not, seeing you blog for so long.
You know what I mean by OK - vse conchilos horosho ne schitay togo chto mama ostalas bez xvosta
Olga

Anonymous said...

One more thing, about valerian root, from what I read about it, it seems harmless, non-addictive, and really helpful. It it has very long history in herbal medicine.
Olga

Annie said...

You poor soul. I feel so personally encouraged, though, that your life is not a perfectly perfect as it appears in the photos. Your daughters could NOT, it seem do anything that was not ANGELIC. To hear they are normal...that is difficult to comprehend.

Seriously, if you do get your e-mailing, blogging self up and running. I would like to know what advice you were given. Ilya also has insomnia....or, rather, he seems to need/want? to sleep when he needs to be awake and vice-versa. He was riding his bike around the neighborhood at 2 a.m. recently. Can't have that. But when bedtime comes he is at the height of crazy energy. I am at wits' end.