Well, I've done it--I jinxed myself. I wrote earlier that I wasn't Laura Ingalls, that I couldn't stay home for days on end and remain sane. That was Sunday.
Monday, I took Addison back to the pediatrician for a check-up. Here's what the conversation went like:
Dr.: Addison hasn't really gained enough weight.
Me: Okay, but she's at five pounds now. That's a milestone, right?
Dr.: Addison is tongue-tied and needs it clipped, so she can nurse more easily.
Me: Ouch. Another doctor. Another doctor appointment.
Dr.: Addison can't be out in public, including church, all shopping centers, and basically anywhere with air conditoning or central heat, for a minimum of three months. She simply cannot be around germs of any kind.
Me: Sob, sob, sniff, sniff, that means I can't go anywhere, either, right?
So I've officially become Laura Ingalls. I will be essentially house-bound, excluding brief excursions after my husband comes home from work (i.e. library, post office, Wal-Mart), and occasional nights out with girlfriends. Actually, a stay-at-home mom with three kids 4 and under is house-bound in many ways. I mean, who drags multiple children to the mall or the zoo or even Target and still feels good about that decision hours later, when the kids (and mom) are hot and cranky, the car is trashed with fast food wrappers, and all the money is spent??
But I digress. My point in writing this is because I need help. I need great, practical ideas of what on earth my children and I can do to stay sane. Now, there are some things to keep in mind:
1. I live in Texas. Hot, blazing, shadeless Texas. In the summer it can literally be 105 degrees. I have a small backyard, large enough to play in, but not large enough to install a swimming pool (like that was even a practical suggestion!) And we have no trees in the backyard. The only shade is found under the trampoline.
2. My car has a DVD player. So if you have a great idea of how I can travel somewhere fun without actually getting out in the aforementioned heat, or the aforementioned air conditioning, then I do have entertainment for the kids on the way.
3. Grayson is precious. But clingy. And lately, a tad whiny. (Okay, so "tad" would be a complete understatement.) So if you have a fabulous idea of how I can get him to stop whining, that would be worth 20 great ideas for entertainment.
All right, I'm counting on you to help me out! Ideas, please?? And if you want to throw out a little sympathy, I'm planning an incredible pity party for myself. No guests, of course, since they might have germs . . .