Rawlins Family

Rawlins Family

Friday, June 01, 2007

There's not actually a picture to go with this post and it makes me upset. I wish I had my camera with me at all times, but alas, I'm a forgetter. Anyway, this afternoon I was out running errands with the boys and it was getting close to dinner time. I got this great idea to call Chase and see if he would meet me at a restaurant, thinking he would say no let's just eat at home (I really do appreciate his super frugal-ness...). Anyway, he surprised me by saying yes and that he would meet me there in 45 minutes. Sweet! We pick Pei Wei's, which for those who don't know is a P.F. Chang restaurant but it's more fast-food style. For the boys we ordered a teryaki chicken and rice bowl for them to split, since neither can be bothered with food in a public place where there is endless utensils and napkins to throw on the floor. Well we get our table and Chase and the food arrives and Chase breaks out the chopsticks while I'm getting the boys food ready. Miles refuses to eat. He's TOTALLY grumpy and doing everything he can to show us. I try everything, thinking he's just really hungry and he'll feel better when he gets the chicken and rice in his tummy. As a last resort I figure he's not going to eat and I give him a pair of unbroken chopsticks to play with while we eat our meal. Bingo. Immediately Miles starts diving after the chicken with them! He was ticked off the whole time because mommy and daddy are using chopsticks and he doesn't have them!!! Unfortunately Miles has a long way to go before his fine motor skills are ready for chopsticks, so the food wasn't getting from his plate to his mouth and he was getting frustrated again. This is where super-dad comes to the rescue. Since the chopsticks were unbroken, that is, connected at the bottom still, Chase just picked up some chicken and wedged it between the top of the chopsticks. Perfect! Miles was so happy to be "eating" with chopsticks! He loved it the whole time and it was honestly one of the funniest things I've ever seen. Cam, of course, saw what was going on and had to do the same thing. By the time we left those boys had eaten more food than I've ever seen them eat at a restaurant! I guess it's just all about having the right utensils!
Other funny (okay, it's funny now, but wasn't at the time) thing that happened today was during "quiet time." Miles was napping and Cam was supposed to be in his room for quiet time. I was on the couch trying to alleviate my constant exhaustion. At some point I heard Cam sneak out of his room and into the kitchen. I thought he was just going to steal some goldfishies and eat them very quietly at the table until caught. I was fine with this because it wasn't worth getting up over. Or so I thought. A few minutes later Cam walks up and puts his face in mine and breathes all over me, saying, 'Mommy, look what I got!" In his hand is the lid to his VITAMINS!!!!!!!!!!! He had gotten them open and was chowing down! I immediately go into super-freakout mode. If you've ever read children's vitamins there is a very scary warning about iron poisoning being one of the major causes of fatality in children under 6. So I start dialing my pediatrician who tells me to call poison control. I dumped out the bottle and started counting what was left in there. luckily I bought it last week so I had a good idea how many should be in there. I concluded that he had had 6 or less and told the PC guy that. He puts me on hold for a long time, and all the while I'm frantically CLEANING MY KITCHEN because I'm afraid the ambulance people are going to show up and see the dishes in the sink and conclude that yes, I am in fact a bad mother. And all the while I'm having flash-backs of the famous Scott the Sudafed Sucker story (that includes a lot of vomitting and stomach pumping on the part of Scott). Nightmare! So after forever the guy gets back on and tells me he'll be okay. Just give him some liquids to dilute it and watch for nausea. Phew! We're grateful that was all that happened. And those errands I was running this afternoon? I was buying locks for the cabinets.

8 comments:

J B & N Rawlins said...

anna - I am rollin - that is so funny! And the best part? that your child may be indeed dying and you are cleaning your kitchen!! Classic mom!! haha your kids are funny!

Steelergal said...

Leave it to Cam to keep things interesting. I want to come visit and watch Miles eat with his chopsticks...SO funny!
P.S. You're NO help with the weight loss issue right now!

The "Airborne" Kilgores said...

Sudafed story.....I will have to ask him about that!! I keep hearing all these juicy childhood stories AFTER we had children. I am already fearing that my boys will set mattresses on fire; walk over to their neighbor's and ask for milk and cookies, and have some sick interest in death metal!! I am not prepared for any of that....ahhh!

Anyway, glad ot hear Cameron is ok. Don't feel badly for taking a small break. Moms need it. Kids are unpredictable. Seems to me, Cameron just wanted to pump some iron (get it...vitamins...ha ha ha).

Sara Kilgore said...

Never a dull moment. Glad Cam's OK. Can't wait to see a chopstick demo in CO. FYI - the magnet locks work the best for keeping little curious hands out of doors/drawers - love 'em.

Alyssa said...

Wow... sounds like you had a very exciting day!! I'm glad poor Cam didn't have to get his stomach pumped, and that he was obviously well enough to chow down with some chopsticks!! You'll have to do a reenactment and get pictures next time!!

Anonymous said...

Christy, I can't believe you haven't heard the Sudafead story. Sam pretty much remembers NOTHING from his childhood, yet has a ton of stories of his siblings messing up...Convenient huh? ;)
-Kathryn

Chris and Sarah Wise said...

hey, thanks again for yesterday! It was a blast! I'm definitely going to have to remember the chopstick trick!

Steph said...

Those stories are hilarious. Who needs to watch reality shows?!...You live it! (0:
I had a great time yesterday. Thanks for inviting me!