Woolsey Family Chronicles

Documenting the journey of raising triplets and their wild big sister

March 16, 2012

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My Last Woolsey6.com Post March 5, 2012

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I am very excited to launch my new blog, The Hip Mothership. I’ll tell you more about the new blog once you get there. But for now, it’s important to know that I will no longer be emailing people to update on new blog posts.  If you are interested in reading my blog, please subscribe to it.  As a blogger, it is important to have subscribers, and not every blogger can have such a wonderful group of supporters as I do.  It is easy to subscribe . . . you’ll see when you get there.

Without further ado, it is time to board the www.thehipmothership.com!


New Neighbors February 21, 2012

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When I learned my neighbors right next door to us were short selling their home I began to panic. Who would my new neighbors be? After all, they do live right next door to me. I can see their house from my front and back yard. They can somewhat see our backyard through the forest of Redwood trees we planted so our neighbors could not seeing us skinny dipping in our hot tub.

Not that the neighbors we have had for the last five years were that great. The dad was always screaming at his teenage son. He would smoke in his backyard, which would inconveniently waft to our backyard. There were also the slew of animals on the property. The lady of the house worked at an animal rescue facility so there were a number of animals in and out of that place at all times. Their cats would come and poop in our backyard and in our sandbox that I eventually got rid of.

Neighbors are a big deal. So I began to imagine what kind of person was going to move into this house next to us. Would they have vicious dogs that barked at all hours of the day and night? Would they be old and grumpy? Would they be missing any important front teeth?

Much to my sheer delight, I learned that my new neighbors are very young cool people, and their son is in Ava’s 2nd grade class. They also have a daughter who is only a year younger than Ava. When Ava learned her friends were moving in next door she called everyone she could to tell them the excellent news. She said “now I can have a play date every day!”

Well, so far she has had a play date every day practically. It is insanely good in every way. Now instead of having four kids playing in my yard in the afternoon, I have six, which is great.

The neighbor parents are around our age (spring chickens).  The mom went to high school with my sister.  We have mutual friends. It is going to be a fun summer of laying next to the pool sipping gin and tonics or martinis while we watch our kids play in our pool.

Now maybe my neighbor on the other side will move out and a set of four-year old triplets will move in.

Until next time, the mothership is signing off.


WTF Wednesday February 1, 2012

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This is how Preston likes to roll in our front yard.  He is only wearing his underwear and a pair of white socks. He is holding a pink wand, which he waves violently in the air as he rides his quad.  It is embarrassing when the neighbors drive by.  It is also only 50 degrees outside and this kid doesn’t have an ounce of fat on his body to keep him warm.

I am sure when I wasn’t looking he pulled down his underpants and mooned somebody, because that is what he likes to do.  Either that or peed in my bushes, because he also likes to do that.

Until next time, the mothership is signing off.


WTF Wednesday January 25, 2012

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One of the many smoke alarms in my house

Dear smoke alarms,

Why do you insist on running out of batteries in the middle of the night, waking up a household of people who dearly need sleep?  Also, smoke alarms, why must you always warn us you are out of batteries in the middle of the night by chirping the most obnoxious beep known to human kind?

This is not a rare occurrence.  This beep warning happens in the middle of the night EVERY TIME!  And they run out of batteries ALL THE TIME.


Around midnight just as Preston was calming down from his croup episode and we were all starting to doze off I heard the dreaded BEEEEEP!  Sage came running in crying because she doesn’t like loud high pitches noises (I think she may have sensory integration disorder).  Chris was sound asleep.  It was yet another smoke alarm needing a new battery.

So there was Chris, in his boxers trying to figure out where the BEEEEP was coming from.  After 10 minutes, he located it in Ava’s room.  She wasn’t fazed by it since she was still sound asleep.  When she awoke to her dad up on the ladder in my her room at midnight, Ava said, “why is it that every time the smoke alarm is chirping, you are there?” as if Chris is causing the smoke alarm to go off. She is on to him and his efforts to make her life miserable.

My house is 12 years old now.  I would hope that there is a better system for smoke alarms and their imminent loss of battery power today.


The Mothership


Croup January 24, 2012

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With the Internet, the iPad and smart phones at our fingertips, we have all become experts in everything in the world.

Last night, Chris and I became doctors.

We had just turned out the lights for a long winters nap at 10:45pm when I heard crying.  It was Preston.  This kid doesn’t wake up too often crying when he is supposed to be sleeping, unlike his triplet counterparts.  I ran upstairs to see what was the matter.  I immediately noticed that Preston was wheezing, like he was struggling to breathe.  My mom radar went off immediately and I brought him downstairs.  Chris was also concerned.  His wheezing was vibrating throughout his entire back.  When he coughed, it sounded like his lungs may collapse.  It was horrible to listen to.

We got the nebulizer out, which I must say should be a staple in every home with children, and gave Preston a breathing treatment.  His wheezing improved, but because the breathing treatment is a steroid to open up the lungs and make breathing easier, Preston was wired.

At 4:45am Preston woke up again with the horrible wheezing and cough.  That is when it hit me.  He has croup!  I have never had a kid that had croup but I have heard about it in the murmurings of fellow moms.

Chris got out his iPad and confirmed that in his expert technological research, I had made the correct diagnosis.  The Internet is a scary place.  According to the Internet, we should’ve called 911 with the symptoms Preston was exhibiting.  I think if it weren’t for the Nebulizer, we would have done just that.

Preston woke up this morning and all of his wheezing and coughing was gone.  It was like last night never happened.  Apparently this is called spasmodic croup; it comes at night and symptoms can clear during the day but then recur again at night.

When we called the on-call nurse at our doctor’s office, he said that we had done everything perfectly.  I think we missed our calling.  Or we are just good at looking things up on the Internet.

Now I am hoping that his croup symptoms do not come back tonight. If they do, this Internet doctor is ready with humidifiers, nebulizers and Ibuprofen.

Until next time, the mothership is signing off.


Blog Re-Design January 9, 2012

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I am making a brave and bold decision to re-vamp the appearance and content of my blog. Brave because I don’t have a lot of time as it is and by committing to re-vamping my blog I am committing to cutting into my night time veg-out session of television and movie viewing. Bold because I plan on addressing some racier, more personal and more honest topics and putting it out to a broader audience through social blogging sites that I have joined.

Hey, you only live this crazy life one time, and I plan to step it up a bit in 2012.

I also need a new name. I am so sick of Woolsey6. I am bored to death by it. I need a catchy new name that will appear in the URL address. This is where you come in. I am hoping I can enlist some help from all you smart and witty people out there. What would be a good name for my new improved blog?

Examples of some good ones, according to me (and these are really out there) are:

Funny or Snot

Intrepid Murmurings

Bubble Gum on my Shoe

The Crunchy Grouchy Mommy

Divine Secrets of a Domestic Diva

Mommy is Teething (True confessions of a colicky and fussy newborn mom)

Motherhood, WTF? (I’m the mother that makes you feel better about your parenting)

These are for real. You can look them up on the WWW if you would like. These are all blogs about moms raising their children. I love the titles. Help me find a fun, catchy title and, if I choose your title, I will literally send you a $25 Starbucks gift certificate.

Yes, this is my first blog giveaway. I am for real.

Just leave it in the comment section of my blog.

Until next time, the mothership is signing off.