Friday, November 27, 2009

Leaving on a Jet Plane, don’t know when we’ll be welcome back again….

Well, it’s taken fifteen flights but its fair to say, that after we complete the next 3 quick trips booked, our feet will be then firmly planted on terra firma from now. Harrison has become a little aeronautically challenged – the joys of flying are no longer held near and dear and there is no such sight of a placid person cradled quietly and sleeping soundly on mummy’s lap. Oh no, instead we are faced with the antithesis if this scenario – the metamorphism of my son in to that type of passenger who is loathed the world over – the kicking seat and squealing loudly variety!
Can anyone tell me just how you reason with a 15 month old who is seemingly hell bent on having everyone in the near vicinity know he is displeased at having been dragged from his warm bed (at 5am) and then expected to sit contentedly on an aeroplane? Yes, I had a bag of tricks on hand and yes, I packed enough food to have fed all my fellow air travellers, but no, it was not enough. Perhaps if he has been let on a long leash and allowed to roam the aisles freely then we may have had a different flight – but then again we may also have been asked to leave!

Crankiness was emanating from the passenger in front like flames leaping from wildfire, while the man to my left kept casting non-too furtive nor discreet glances in my direction and even the air hostesses, who at first glance told me air had the most gorgeous son, started to keep her distance as time marched on.

Thank God then for small mercies – that namely being a short 45-minute flight! But I felt every minute in excruciating detail – and the endless energy was not over being expended there….

So after successfully negotiating an extraction from the throes of the dreaded jet plane we next tried the patience of the patients of the local private hospital. My poor Nan, delighted to see my son after so long, mainly caught only fleeting backwards glances of him as he fled from sight.

Harrison thought he’d take it upon himself to be a one man welcome wagon, popping his head happily around the ward doors and announcing in that saccharin sweet voice “hiiiiieeeee” and then bolting from view. It was the toddler equivalent of the ring the doorbell and run prank that wayward teens might play!

Nan and I thought we had the situation covered when she suggested we block off his escape route with his pram. But that was no match for Rambo Webeck – he commenced commando style crawling and stealthily crept back out to freedom in that manner!

So all that is left for me to do is to simply come to terms with the fact there is just no fencing in the frenetic Harrison, our beautiful free spirit with endless energy to burn.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to get some MUCH NEEDED rest while he sleeps…

Monday, November 16, 2009

Harrison Houdini

Seems swimming lessons are not just all about the obvious; i.e. learning to swim! No, where my son is concerned it is also about mastering the art of “the climb”.

Of course I see the relevance of teaching this essential water safety skill but that then translates into this newly acquired ability permeating other areas of our life. Like Harrison wanting to climb out of the bath at will; or the strong desire he now exudes to scale heights including the dining table, lounge, and, well, any other surface that is hovering off the ground.

His real flair for manoeuvring this latest talent came last weekend when we gathered with the extended family for a weekend of fun. Harrison had been left, in good faith, to put himself to sleep in his pram while the adults continued with out get-together. Except that Harrison had other ideas. It wasn’t until Grandpa Webeck questioned an unusual noise emanating from the general vicinity of Harrison’s so called place of sleep that we found our son, sans pram, standing and playing happily with the phone on the bedside table! It appears its not that difficult to climb backwards out of a pram, whilst still ensconced in your sleeping bag, and toddle over to the area in which you’d like to play!

Once securely back in his spot for sleep, I went about diligently popping my head in and ensuring that (a) the pram was still and therefore sleep had descended on my boy and that (b) he wasn’t again off playing in some corner of the room.

Feeling smug that we’d stopped the malarky in its course, it wasn’t until the Husband enquired, with an arched eyebrow, if I’d actually bothered to check my son properly at all, that I began to suspect there was something rank in the state of Denmark.

Yep, sure enough, he’d once more performed another complicated backwards extraction that Houdini himself would have been proud of, and was happily playing – in the cupboard!

So thank you swimming lessons. Yes, you are arming my son with essential skills but it’s just the army training that he’s practising in conjunction that is giving me cause for concern. God help me if we ever forget to put the side of his cot up – I think a crash course in abseiling would be on the cards then!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Relax, Dont Do It...

I seem to have lost the knack to relax. I think it disappeared somewhere along with my willpower to resist chocolate, my ability to sleep in (on the rare occasion such an opportunity is presented) and my sanity since giving birth fifteen months before.

Yesterday I was gifted a glorious day to recharge my weary batteries. The Husband being away on a hunting trip to catch elusive glimpse of “Tiger”, has, as such, left our house sans my source of sanity.

So, in order to make life this week that little bit more bearable, I was able to take a day of leave to avoid the car crash pile up that I feared my life would resemble if I was exposed to three days straight of trying to get myself, my son ready and then wrestle him, and our three bags into the car before 7am…

Instead, here is a little run down of how events unfolded in my so-called “Donna Day”

5.30am: I wake to the conspicuous sounds of sobbing emanating from the direction of my son’s room. “Dadda, Dadda” I hear him wail. He’s obviously clued into the fact his beloved father has not been sighted recently and is now making up for lost time in asserting his distinct disappointment at this situation.

6.15am: The crying has reached fever pitch and can no longer be ignored. My vain attempt at doing such was in the hope he might tire himself back to sleep – alas, not the case. Instead he is now ensconsed in my bed in another very vain attempt to extract more sleep from him. Previous to my last entry on his penchant to preferring his own bed in which to doze, I should have of course realised this was doomed from the outset.

8.30am: Silence. The incessant wails and mini tantrums that have infiltrated my morning have been quelled. Harrison has just been dropped off at daycare.

8.35am: The contents of my handbag are now strewn haphazardly around my feet as I crouch to the ground in search of my car keys, last spotted, I realise with a sinking heart, in the chubby hands of my son. Damn, I am going to have to re-enter the fray and find them. After successfully negotiating a tear-free extraction from my son, this prospect does not bode well with me.

8.40am: Car key found in remote and never before used compartment of my handbag. Can almost hear the sniggering of the daycare workers who by now must be shaking their heads in wonder at Harrison’s vague Mummy who, the day before, rang them in a panic to ask them to check if I had locked my car, which I’d left for the day across from the Centre. I expect they give Harrison that much more love and attention as they probably fear his forgetful Mummy might not manage it!

9.45am: I am sprinting across the Westfields Car-Park after grabbing groceries and realise I am running late for my next appointment. Perhaps it was the shoes, perhaps the ground beneath was uneven or indeed slippery, or perhaps it was just plain old uncoordinated me, but I end up getting closely acquainted with the asphalt found usually beneath my feet. Nothing quite like an unceremonious splat in front of fellow shoppers, to leave you with not only a throbbing skinned knee and wrist, along with the flame of embarrassment that licks at your face…

11.05am: Arrive home and decide, in the absence of the husband, to be good and helpful wife and bring in the garbage bin from outside. After failing to locate bin, to my horror, I realise that the garage roller door has automatically shut behind me. With my handbag on the other side. Along with my house keys. And my Mobile. I am now Officially Locked Out Of The House. Joy.

11.30am: After frantically ringing every intercom buzzer in my unit block for a period of 20 minutes, both at the garage and at the front door, finally a bleary eyed man appears at the security door. After explaining myself sufficiently, he lets me in. Its times like this I think I ought to have made more of an effort to get to know my unit neighbours…

By now I am safely tucked away inside and refuse to leave the house for fear of any other catastrophe befalling me… This then signals my so-called window of “relax” time. Great in theory, but in reality I was so wound up tending to my bruised ego and was brutally aware of the neglected shambles my house had become. Then there was the incessant nagging little voice in my head which kept wondering if I shouldn’t perhaps be more productive with this “Harrison-Free Home Time”. So while wrestling with my inner reason, some how time passed so fast that before I knew it, I was due to pick up my son. Having promised them I’d be there early, to make up for the exorbitantly long two days we’d be subjecting him to that week, I went hell for leather to ensure I was there just after 4pm…

For reasons known only to my son, and in some sort of fitting finale to the foul day, he found it necessary to scream and cry without mercy at his bewildered Mummy until bedtime. Apparently he was, and I quote, “an angel” at day-care all day long. Why then did he morph into Lucifer once strapped into his car seat?

So perhaps it was a tough day; it’s over and soon too will be this rant. God bless the blog for venting! Its not all been a waste though – sure, I have learned I can no longer relax. But I’ve also discovered I can get ready for work in 15 minutes flat, get my son to school and somehow make it to work early! And, I can survive. Only just, on days like yesterday (wine and chocolate after 7pm help to re-hinge) but you do enjoy a weary sense of achievement.

But I am not giving up on reigniting the Relax flame, oh no. In fact come this weekend, while the husband and son reacquaint themselves with some quality bonding time, I plan on perfecting the art of relaxing via retail therapy!

Friday, November 6, 2009

King of his Castle

Just like the episode of “In the Night Garden” that I was forced to endure the other morning, my son, like that spiky haired and strange looked “Upsy Daisy” Character, has developed an infatuation with his own bed. He’ll sleep like a trouper in his cot – king of his castle if you will, master of his domain. But place him anywhere else to catch some zzz’s, such as his pram, the car seat, or God forbid, the lap of a person, and I’m afraid we end up with tears – and usually next to no sleep! I’m not quite sure how I managed to foster this strange preoccupation within my son – considering for 10 months I was at war with his penchant to cat nap only in the day. Now instead I’ve created a little someone who is so extremely comfortable sleeping in his own cot that any diversion to this regime is met with an aversion to sleep. Cue tears and mini tantrums and all of a sudden I look like a Mum who has no control in getting her son to settle for "nigh nighs" - as he calls it! Something we can be proud of, in the dozing domain, is our mastering the art of NOT letting him share a bed with us. I mean, there is barely enough room for the Husband on some nights (so I am told) so if there was a third person thrown into the mix, I can forsee some rather sleepless night - for the adults anyway. Harrison stretches out luxuriously – and usually diagonally – to sleep, so you can imagine how little space would be left for two other occupying adults. And then there is the small matter of him being a sweaty betty sleeper... Sure, morning cuddles are one thing, and I’d LOVE an opportunity for him to snuggle and sleep on my lap if it was only for a nap. But safety wise, I’ve never seen it as a good siuation and you eventually end up creating a rod for your own back. Of course a baby will get used to it and demand it over and over again. Then you not only end up with a child who wont sleep, but also one who wont go anywhere near his own bed – double trouble that I do not need! And again it comes full circle that he’d just much prefer to be in his own bed and relish his own personal space than occupy all of ours. Let him be the king of his castle, and most importantly, let there be sleep!!!