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Saturday Cleaning {Large Family Style}

chd, heart baby, double aortic arch

Today we’re up to our Saturday House Cleaning. An activity that has brought  much groaning and gnashing of teeth to my house. Clean? On a Saturday?

As if it’s a new concept.

I’ve heard everything from “It’s kind of funny we used to really like Saturdays when we could sleep in, but now we have to clean” to “I wish tomorrow wasn’t Saturday“.

We are experiencing some growing pains as we adjust to this new idea. I’ve mentioned before, my children live in mortal fear that they will do more work than a sibling. And that very thought strikes terror in their hearts.

Our Saturday cleaning isn’t pretty, but it’s getting done. heart baby, chd, curly hair toddler, large family

Apollo’s has a rough few days. Crying, crying and crying. He is down to two tube feedings a day. The problem is, this leaves him hungry (he obviously needs to be hungry to eat) and he asks for food all day long, but won’t eat any of it. Yes, we’ve tried everything. Thanks to my last post about his eating, I  have a few great leads on some feeding therapy (one less than ten miles from my house!)

heart baby, chd, vascular ring, double aortic arch

I took these photos a few days ago, as Apollo played with his toys. He had them talking to each other, and fighting, and going up to space. His talking was so animated, that he got out-of-breath. Just from talking. He sounded like I would sound if I were talking while going up several flights of stairs. But he was just sitting and talking while he played 🙁 He’s breathing has been a bit rougher lately. Maybe he’s fighting a cold…

The really difficult thing is, he gets really, really out of breath still if he cries for too long. It makes the option of putting him to bed and making him “cry-it-out” as ridiculous as it’s always been. It was nice to hear that every other parent on our double aortic arch Facebook group has this same problem. How do you leave a baby/toddler to cry when it makes their oxygen level drop? You don’t.

Well, I’m off to clean the fridge and pantry so we can do another big food prep for the week. I should be back to posting meal plans  tomorrow.

Happy Saturday! Unless of course, your mom is making you clean the house, in which case it will probably be a completely miserable Saturday.







  1. corrie

    I don’t know if this will work with kids, but for my own Saturday cleaning I make a list of what needs to be done. Then I do it on Friday to trick myself. That way I have all Saturday to myself. I know it is silly, but sometimes those mind tricks help.

    • bakersdozenandapolloxiv

      Corrie- funny. It would be easier to do it myself or just have the big kids do it, but I am determined to teach my kids to WORK. I have been writing a list of jobs on the dry erase board so we can erase them as they’re done…

      • Elizabeth

        I completely agree that training children to clean is by far the more difficult choice. We clean on Saturday mornings here as well, and it can be dire sometimes. I truly don’t look forward to it. But, I watch my older children and know it’s worth it.

        Plus, then when your daughter goes to college and she mentions the grousing on the freshman fb group about having to share bathrooms, she can say happily to you, “I don’t care if I have to share a bathroom, I’m just glad I don’t have to clean it!”

      • Melissa

        I think she meant have the kids do it Friday night if they want their Saturdays free, the same way she tricks herself into cleaning on Fridays to have Saturday free.

        • bakersdozenandapolloxiv

          Melissa- I know that’s what she meant. I was just going off on a tangent in my head about teaching the kids to work 🙂

  2. Elizabeth

    Haha, we clean Saturdays too. My younger siblings still do that routine at the house, though they can choose to do some or all of it Fridays if they don’t want to clean most of the morning Saturdays. (Which the older two often opt for) I have my own place so I clean here and there whenever, but usually on weekends since that’s when I’m actually at the apartment.

  3. JoAbair

    We do reset sunday, clean the whole house, muck the barn, get everything ready for the next wk. My daughter does not like it, my son lives to work and works to live. If I had more, which I wish I did, I likely would have more like my daughter! I think he is not the norm… I have to have a reset day, we cannot keep up with it all wk and I wake up at 4:30 every morning during the week.

  4. Amanda

    It’s a good thing to let them help with the house work. I was so proud of our son. Shortly after their honeymoon our daughter-in-law sent a photo of him behind the ironing board with the title if translated “he was taught well”.
    You will find they mess less and when they have to help with the washing, ironing and folding the dirty clothes get less as well.

  5. Shannon

    I make a list of the chores to be done and say everyone must do 4. First come first served. You should see the kids RUN to the chore list. They don’t want to get stuck with the undesirable chores. And because I don’t assign the chores to a particular person they aren’t crabby at me for assigning them a specific chore. It has eliminated the kids worrying that their sibling is “getting off easy.” FIRST COME FIRST SERVED. Wish I had started this a decade ago.

    • bakersdozenandapolloxiv

      Oooh, GREAT idea. Do you have “big” kids and “little” kids? Just wondering about how the jobs distribute.

      • Shannon

        I have 18 year old through 1 year old. 3 teens. 6 total. I do this first come first served list about every other day in addition to them keeping their rooms clean and dishes rotation. It works for us.

  6. Brenda Arend

    Feeding therapy, yes! I’m a speech therapist and in my pediatric days I did a fair amount of this. It can be so helpful having someone know how to move the child through some issues to get them eating more normally. Please email me privately should you wish to bounce any ideas off me (or find me on Facebook) or need more resources. I only work with adults these days but my pediatric roots call to me every so often, especially when I hear of situations like yours!

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