Here is one of those Bad Mom confessions–I hate getting Scout breakfast in the morning.

Now don’t get me wrong, like most mothers (I’m guessing) I love seeing my children eat a good meal. Knowing they are getting something nutritious in them and that it is making them feel good and happy is total and complete satisfaction.  In providing them that meal, we are indeed fulfilling the fundamental promise of keeping them alive and healthy.

But then there are the times that your kid doesn’t want to eat anything you have available.  Or what they do want to eat isn’t something that gives you that satisfied Mommy feeling.

Even though Scout can be pretty picky about what he eats–he’s the only kid I know who won’t eat melted cheese on anything (except pizza)–he really does like a variety of foods one would never think a 9 year old would eat. (see the Lima Beans and Liverwurst post !) Thankfully he’ll eat broccoli and spinach, asparagus and cauliflower.  He’ll try new things, especially if they seem exotic–he loves sushi!  It’s ironic that breakfast is the toughest meal for me to get him to eat things.

He doesn’t like cereal.  He doesn’t like eggs.  He loves Eggo waffles but I’ve been trying to stay away from those.  He’s very ‘meh’ about oatmeal, it’s rare that he’ll want it. He enjoys french toast, but doesn’t want that every morning. He would be very happy to eat an entire loaf of Udi’s bread toasted every morning, but I draw the line at two pieces.  But then what?  A growing boy needs more than 2 pieces of bread to keep him going in the morning.  And apparently so, as without fail I hear “I’m still hungry!” after they are eaten.

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‘Tis the season indeed. No, not for cornucopias, marshmallow turkeys or Christmas decorations that are up wayyy too early in Target–but the season of sickness.  Once school starts you just know your child is going to bring all sorts of little beasties home with him or her, as school is just one big petrie dish. Honestly, I felt quite lucky that neither Scout nor V had come down with anything yet this school year, but of course the luck is bound to run dry at some point.

I was actually out of town over the weekend, doing a much-needed cabin getaway with a couple of girlfriends.  Vacation over, reality definitely struck as soon as I walked in the door and my son’s lower lip started to quiver as he announced that he felt like he might throw up.  Lucky for both of us that never did happen, but apparently he had had a fever all day and was just feeling overall crummy. Fever, a bit of a sore throat, tummy ache….hey, wait a minute.

That is strep.  I would know—whenever either of my kids have it, it presents itself in that exact way.  Typically it’s not very dramatic, except for maybe the swabbing part of the test.  The last time Scout had strep though, he was incredibly sick.  He threw up so many times that he had to get the antibiotics in a shot verses the medicine form, as we knew he’d never keep it down.  THAT was not fun.  I didn’t even have to experience that one, Coreman actually was the unlucky parent that got to take him to the doctor that time.  With it’s very big needle and thick syrup-like consistency, it’s the painful shot that kids’ nightmares are made of.  You know it’s bad when the nurse tells you it’s gonna hurt.  No candy-coating that one.

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You know how in Lord of the Rings, the whole craziness with the One Ring started because the King of a King of a King didn’t just get rid of the darn thing when he had the chance? The King’s name was Isildur, and the Ring was titled ‘Isildur’s Bane’ because of his doomed choice.  We may not have the One Ring in this house, but we do have Scout’s iPod.

Don’t get me wrong, I love my iPod.  I have an iTouch and it is my lifeline, no doubt.  Where would I be without my music, my calendar, my Word Warp game??  The difference between my iTouch and Scout’s is that I can put it down and walk away when need be, without a complaint.  At this point, I’m about ready to toss Scout’s iPod right out the window.

Scout has always been obsessed with anything electronic.  TV, computer, computer games.  Which of course is quite normal in this day and age, Aspie or not– I dare to say we are all addicted in some form or another.  Last Christmas all he wanted was a Nintendo DS –a handheld computer game that you can take anywhere and everywhere.  We had already made our rule of ‘no electronics during the week’ throughout the school year because we figured it would result in less distraction from the things that are truly important to do…you know, homework, after-school activities, dinner with your family…  Those things were all getting rushed through just to get to the beloved electronic of choice. Then when it was time to turn off said electronic, we had more whine than Orson Welles. (we will sell no wine before it’s time.)  So the idea of Scout having an electronic device that COULD go anywhere and everywhere with him didn’t strike me as such a grand idea.

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