08 June 2010

An Unscheduled Break

Due to an emergency medical condition of a family member, I am now the primary caregiver of a 3 year old little boy. My life as I know it has come to a screeching halt. Instead of Jamboree-ing this weekend, I will be watching something called the Wiggles. I am told that it is way better than the purple dinosaur.
If I recall correctly, a three year old requires constant supervision and my undivided attention. God has taken pity on me however, the child comes to me potty trained.
If I survive this, I'll be back.

25 comments:

GrannyPam said...

God bless, glad you have the energy to do this. I know there will be bright spots and fun for all. I hope your family member will recover from the problem quickly. I know you are well-prepared to land on your feet when life throws you a curve.

Elizabeth O'Neal said...

I can attest to the fact that 3 y/o's do indeed need constant supervision, unless you want your house redecorated and/or destroyed.

So sorry to hear that you won't be attending the Jamboree this weekend (neither will I, for similar reasons), and I hope that your family member makes a speedy recovery (for both of your sakes). No chance the little one can go Jamboreeing with you?

Thomas MacEntee said...

Sorry to hear you won't be at Jamboree but what you are doing is far more important. I'll keep you in my thoughts and prayers - please let me know if you need anything!

Dorene from Ohio said...

I recommend lots of visits to the library, and bubbles, and coloring books!

mjhellman said...

Wow - that would for sure make your life come to a halt. I hope that the family member will get well soon so you can pick up your life again.

In the meantime, enjoy that little guy!!

Becky Jamison said...

Thinking of ya. You're making a good investment of your time and you WILL be blessed! Enjoy it as much as you can.

Lisa Swanson Ellam said...

God bless you for taking on a 3 year old. However, I think you may enjoy the wiggles!
Hope your family member gets better soon.
Lisa

Greta Koehl said...

Hope your family member gets well soon and that you make some unforgettable memories with the three-year-old.

Deborah Andrew said...

Take plenty of vitamin C, take naps when he does and see if he wants to help you type a blog entry...should be interesting. Hee!Hee! As everyone else said I hope your loved one is quickly on the road to recovery. We look forward to all the interesting postings you can make about this time and your little ward. See you when you get back. :)

Carol said...

Prayers for the family member that is ill. So, this weekend, you make memories for that little one, a very good thing. Lots of good advice here, I ditto all of it, and humbly suggest one more

TAKE LOTS OF PHOTOS!!

Good luck, hugs, prayers and positive vibes coming your way!

Miriam said...

Sheri, I'm so sorry I won't get to meet you this time. I highly recommend Family Fun magazine's website (http://familyfun.go.com/) as a wonderful resource! Hugs and prayers to you and your family!

Randy Seaver said...

We will miss you at Jamboree.

Think of it this way: you get to make more fmaily history for thel ittle guy and yourself. 3-year olds are really fun. Take him out to mow the grass, get a plastic swimming pool and get wet, tire that little sucker out so that he takes al ong nap and you can read all about Jamboree.

Of course, you may tire out before he does - think of it as aerobics...

Sheri said...

Thank you all for the good wishes and the vote of confidence that I can pull this off.

N. LaRue said...

Wow Sheri, that's a curve ball to be sure! How fun though! Enjoy the Wiggles, they do grow on most people after a while. He may also like the Backyardigans, great songs on that show. You've gotten some great suggestions, the library, bubbles, big plastic pool, etc. have a blast! ~Nikki

Elyse Doerflinger said...

Sheri - I will definitely be missing you at Jamboree but I know that sometimes life throws lemons at you. I'll be thinking of you.

Might I recommend that you take the kiddo to the park and have them RUN! For little boys, it is always good to play football but just always throw the ball too far so he has to run and pick it up and throw it back. The more tired you can get this kid, the better.

I also recommend limiting the sugar. Just add some fruit juice or fresh squeesed juice to water and the kid won't even notice. When they ask what it is, just say that it is juice. The kid won't know the difference.

I will be keeping you in my thoughts and I hope that your family member has a speedy recovery.

Elizabeth O'Neal said...

I second the "Backyardigans" suggestion. It's one of the few kiddie shows that I can tolerate. Sesame Street is also good, as are many of the PBS shows. But even better, take the little tyke outside and make him run around. A lot. Kids love this, and then they SLEEP, giving adults a much-needed respite.

Too bad we're not closer, or we could send our little ones on a play date. :-)

Amy Urman said...

I am sorry to here about your family member, hope recovery comes quickly. God bless you!

Kerry said...

I have a 2.5 year old and a 4.5 year old. You definitely won't be blogging, and you should also hide your lipsticks. Not that I have any recent experience with two little hooligans who got into mine.

Good luck...I hope everything works out okay for all concerned.

(Oh, and the Wiggles are MUCH better than Barney...but nothing is as good as Sesame Street)

MHD said...

Is 3 too early to start his genealogy career?! Darn, I was so looking forward to meeting you. May everything go well for you all.

Michelle Goodrum said...

I am so sorry about your family member and wish everyone (including you) a speedy recovery.

Personally, I am partial to Sponge Bob. And I second the running around at the park thing. Fresh air does wonders to tire out little ones (and big ones too)!

Julie Cahill Tarr said...

Sorry to hear about your family member...hope everything turns out okay.

Amy Coffin, MLIS said...

We miss you, Sheri! Do you know the names of all the Wiggles yet?

Sarah B. said...

Sorry to hear about your family member. Bless you for taking care of the little guy, and good luck! My favorite babysitting companion for little ones has always been Blues Clues :) Although, be prepared to have the "Thinking Chair" song stuck in your head. I also like to suggestion of letting him run around outside. Tires them out, and less chance of destruction, lol.

Susan A. Kitchens said...

So sorry you weren't at Jamboree. It's only now that I am catching up and seeing the reason why. My best to you and your new constant companion, and to the family member who needs to recover.

Kelly Larson said...

My son Ryder is 3 1/2. So if you need any advice just let me know!