too bleary to post this morning….Owen was up multiple times in the night crying with leg cramps.  Any ideas?  He wasn’t dehydrated as he managed to pee in our bed thank you very much.  It had happened the other night but he’d biked and run from dawn to dusk….not yesterday though.  It’s horrible to see him in pain and I might as well have skipped trying to sleep….ugh…

In other news my sweet Leo got an award for academic achievement yesterday.  He’d been pretty pleased about it in his own quiet way but yesterday getting ready for the ceremony he was absolutely foul–screaming about the shirt I got him, etc.  Finally my foggy brain clicked in and I said, "Leo honey, are you nervous about this?" and he kind of growled and said, "DUH."  Now normally I would not consider that an appropriate response but given how clueless I’d been I didn’t complain.  He looked gorgeous and confident accepting his award however even though afterward he just said, "I did NOT like that."  He is however, proud of his award.  He has really been blessed with a great teacher this year—-he has been a good fit for Leo anyway which I guess is what a lot of it is all about.

O.K….we didn’t manage any good pictures…here he is walking up the steps to the stage of the Great Hall at KCPA.

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and afterwards with Aunt Debbie and Grandma in the lobby:

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I went to church with my sister Debbie and Owen yesterday.  It was much more painful being there without my father than I could have imagine.  I made it through the first part of the mass but I pretty much cried throughout the rest of it.  Owen tried to comfort me by hugging me, telling me I’m the best mom in the world and finally, when nothing else worked….suggested I think about E.T.

The other evening we put on the tv and watched the second half of E.T.  The boys had seen the first half once but lost interest.  The other night it was raining and we all snuggled together to watch it.  Owen got very anxious and worried as it progressed.  Finally when E.T. came back to life and his spaceship came to get him he sobbed with happiness.  Sobbed.  I hugged him and said, "honey are you sad about Grandpa" and he haltingly replied between hiccups, "no, I’m just SO happy that E.T. went home.  I’m just sooooo happy."  As he blew his nose I hugged him and asked him if he wanted to sleep in our bed that night.  I have a feeling I am the first of many to be manipulated by that boy…..

9 thoughts on “too bleary to really post….

  1. I hear eating bananas is supposed to be good for preventing cramps (the potassium counteracts the lactic acid buildup in the muscles–which is what causes the cramps, I believe)–but don’t know if it will get of rid of cramps once in progress.

  2. I agree about the bananas. Potatoes and avocadoes are also good for potassium.
    Also, magnesium is pretty helpful. L’il Ms. B. takes it if we call it a “potion”. It’s a scoop of powdered magnesium, generic Strawberry Fields brand, stirred into something sweet. Add more sugar to taste, though, because it’s a bit sour. Magnesium is good stuff for moods, brain function, etc. It has, er, laxative properties, so start small.
    Also, you can up magnesium with sunflower seeds, nuts and legumes. It used to be prevalent in the soil, but now you don’t get it through food like you used to.
    Hope this helps.:~)

  3. I just had to chime in about Owen and his legs. He may have something like flat feet. My now-14-year-old complained, complained, complained about her legs hurting whenever we walked anywhere, or did anything–this was back when she was much younger, like in pre-school, and then Kindergarden. Finally I had had it with her complaining, and made an appointment with our family doctor (or did she see the nurse practitioner, I don’t remember). She had flat feet, and was referred to a podiatrist. Her inserts did the trick, in fact, she just had to have custom inserts made. You might want to consider having that checked, especially if his complaints seem to be chronic.
    And yeah, bananas for muscle cramps. A good foot/leg massage does wonders too.
    As an fyi…I found you quite by chance a few weeks ago, and have been lurking as you lead your sandwich life. Your entries have really touched me, especially with the passing of your dad. I am so sorry for your loss, it’s so sad to have a parent die.
    All the best to you & yours…

  4. And then there is the old fashioned excuse for leg cramps, especially at night, “growing pains”. But I think if they persist, I’d check with his doctor. And a HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to Leo on his academic achievement award, of course as his former teacher, doesn’t surprise me a bit!

  5. I was going to suggest bananas, but everybody beat me to the punch. Sasha mentioned the magnesium to me the other day at school and I’m willing to give it a shot.
    Love that Owen still has his “Indy” hat on.
    I think your boys and my boys would get along swimmingly. Evan cried his little heart out during “The Water Horse” because he just wanted the “water horse” to be ok. Such sweet boys…

  6. I was going to suggest bananas, but everybody beat me to the punch. Sasha mentioned the magnesium to me the other day at school and I’m willing to give it a shot.
    Love that Owen still has his “Indy” hat on.
    I think your boys and my boys would get along swimmingly. Evan cried his little heart out during “The Water Horse” because he just wanted the “water horse” to be ok. Such sweet boys…

  7. Thanks everybody for the suggestions. His feet don’t seem to be flat and he guzzles milk so I guess I’ll go with bananas and see what happens. Last night we got him to stretch and then I rubbed his legs (which he LOVED even though he giggled through it) and gave him some tylenol and he slept through the night. YAY!
    Thanks for delurking Susan and I think you’re right Misc.—sweet boys like ours will get me every time….

  8. Chloe used to get those leg cramps and she would just call them “growing pains”, too.
    Also, thinking about ET will only make you cry more unless you think about the story Will and Chloe can tell you regarding the time we saw ET at the Drive-In, but the Drive-In’s projector bulb was not up to snuff, and it was so dark ET mostly just looked like a large pile of turds throughout the film.
    WAY TO GO, LEO!

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