Survival with a Toddler in a Post Superstorm World

So this week has been ridiculous for everyone, and definitely far more stressful for others than for me, but I’ve had my share as well. Powers on…powers off. Powers on….it’s off again. We are cozy and warm….we are freezing and have no gas left to drive anywhere. Lines for gas are better..then they get worse. It’s pretty much a really intense rollercoaster and what isn’t helping is the fact that I have been shut inside an at times dark and chilly house with an almost two year old pretty much exclusively for the past two weeks. NO ONE ELSE is around. My poor husband is working overtime at his job because no one else can get there, so its just the ladies at home. Which is great. Until thats all it is for like forever and you can’t even drive to Target because you don’t have enough gas!!

Soooo what do you do when you are shut in and not always with power with a wriggly kid?? Allow me to tell¬† you some of the things we’ve done:

1)Baked when we could- when power is on and we need to keep busy, we bake. We made muffins and cookies and she loves helping out. Cooking with toddlers is great, but you gotta go with the flow and not worry about the mess. Sure she ends up pouring half the flour on the floor by accident, but its okay! Just add some more in and pray it binds up okay!

2) Coloring and painting- we colored and painted a lot. She has a whole section of the kitchen table devoted to her art supplies so she hops up and colors a bit, then climbs down and goes about her day. She has even started putting caps back on markers. whoot!

3) Glass markers on the back door- we use these because its super fun to draw on things mommy usually says no to. I broke them out a few times when she was super crabby because we couldn’t go outside and it got a nice 20 minutes of calm happy coloring.

4) We made tambourines:

5) We made a fort out of blankets and pillows- This one made her happy. She’d crawl inside with a flashlight and read books!

6) We went trick or treating!

7) We made coffee filter turkeys and sang silly preschool finger play type songs:

8) We made a headdress for her to wear on Thanksgiving!

She looks drunk here, sorry, no good pictures to be had!

9) We ran around and danced and screeched without pants!

10) We even played in the snow today…though those pictures are all on my phone so you can’t see em. This morning I actually just threw her in the car and drove to my moms since we had no power and she did, but when we got there I realized all the kid wanted to do was play in the snow. And here I was, grumpy and tired and cold and not thinking at all about the wonder of snow. So there we go…bundled up, outside, and she had the best time ever. Kids really do make you see the best in things and so really, she helped me survive too!

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SuperStorm

No sooner did I vow to update this blog more frequently than Sandy came to town and knocked out my power for four days.

I must say, last year when we lost power for four days after Irene, it wasn’t that big of a deal as it was summer and warm and light until 9pm. This time, it was bad. Cold, dark very early, and a two year old who isn’t fond of the dark to begin with refused to sleep around here. We did the best we could to keep busy during the days, but the other big difference is the level of chaos around us this time. There was nowhere to go after the storm to get warm for a day or two. No way out of my town. No cell service. Scary stuff!

This storm has destroyed large parts of the neighborhood around me, and far far beyond my cozy little bubble. Houses are gone, basements are flooded and beyond repair, power lines are still down everywhere and so many trees are uprooted completely….I could go on but to be honest I’m not the best at articulating this kind of thing. I’m more a comedy writer when you get down to it, and serious things are hard for me to discuss, verbally or otherwise.

We were so very lucky through all of this. Only four days of no power. FOUR! It might have been frustrating playing flashlight tag in the pitch black with a crying toddler, but so what? It lasted four days and others still have no lights and its gotten much much colder. We got gas the day before there wasn’t any so we have not had to sit in any lines just yet, still conserving what we have and hoping we will luck out again and not have to wait. All my immediate family is safe and their houses are okay, they might not all have power but that’s small compared to others. All around me people have lost everything¬† and are cold and frustrated and I still feel so humbled and inadequate that I can’t do enough to help them. I can’t even drive anywhere to help them because I don’t have any gas!

So all I can do is offer my small little blog space that three people read and let you know that I send my love and prayers to those who lost so much and hope that normalcy can return soon.