It’s been kind of an off day. I woke up a bit on the late side, which always throws me off of my game, but the baby was sleeping in so I did too!
She doesn’t do that so much anymore, the sleep thing that is. She’s got a really weird burping problem where she always has to burp. Just when you think you get all the burps out and get her sleeping she’ll wake up within the hour with real tears and the uncomfortable painful shreiks, because she has to burp. It’s just become my daily routine to hold her a lot throughout the day to keep her comfortable and happy. So she doesn’t really take 2 naps like she used to. If I get 1 load of laundry washed AND dried then I feel successful! Well today she fell asleep on her belly while playing on her playmat! This is progress! The first nap was maybe 30 minutes and she’s sleeping again now! Knock on wood. Taking down Halloween decorations filled the time.
I of course thought that kidlet #3 would be so easy to manage and I could soothe my baby all while sitting down and mulitasking. Not so much!
Dear little Josh didn’t take a nap today. I didn’t even fight him over it, even though I know he needs a nap. And he’s the kid who only knows loud and louder which is difficult when the little baby finally gets herself to sleep. But today while watching tv he busts out singing Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam and reminds me once again that small and simple things can prove great things! I don’t give this kid enough credit, but he’s got such a soft sweet side that I usually forget it exists since he wakes up screaming hours before normal people even think about waking up.
And Mikey! He’s in preschool now and has picked up on what other kids say and do. Some of it I’m okay with and others I know it was just a matter of time. “I’m too tired,” or “I don’t want to.” seems to be his favorite answer to whatever I ask him to do and he’s becoming quite competitive. Today he’s really tried my nerves. Note to self- don’t take kids along when donating boxes of their old toys.
It’s not too often I’m ready to throw in the towel, but today was pretty close. Being a parent isn’t always easy, but I’m glad I’ve improved my patience a tad and that I was a classroom teacher before I was a parent. The whole no spanking thing comes pretty easy to me, but sometimes it would be nice to send these kiddos away to someone else for a while like I did at the end of the school day and then greet them happily at the door the next morning =o)
I just wanted to get something out there on the blog to help relieve my tension I guess. I know I am truly blessed to have kids and to also be able to stay home with them each and every day. I’m not complaining, just admitting that some days are better (and worse) than others. Today was one of the more difficult ones, but I do see the good in them. And would you believe it? The baby is still sleeping, the kids are finally quiet while they bask in front of the tv watching Cyberchase, and my freezer meal that I didn’t have thawed out is cooking away in the oven. There’s a bit of smoke in the kitchen- the paper label and tape affixed to the foil top of my freezer meal is burning. Note to self- follow your first instinct next time to remove the label before baking. Let’s hope dinner still turns out okay!
Glad the day is almost done and that hubby is on his way home from work. I look around and see so much stuff that needs to be cleaned, fixed, put away, etc. that I just get overhelmed. We still have boxes to unpack! Can you believe that?