Having saved this title 4 years ago, I came across it today while pondering a blog that allows me to “blow of a little steam” and let the world in on my crazy life, that seems so well put together by many others. That’s the FB world that we view so many others by and yet don’t see the REAL person – the lows that went with the highs.
Let’s just say that after waking up this morning at 6:45 a.m., which was sleeping in for me because my 5:30 a.m. (to 4:30 pm.) 2 and 5 yr old wasn’t coming until 9:30 and my 6:30 a.m. before and after school kids didn’t come today – I thought TODAY was going to be a good day. What a great day to start my birthday Week! But guess what…..the devil is constantly on the prowl, my 3 and 4 yr old wake up with not only a wet pull-up but also having peed through them and through the sheet and mattress cover. Let’s say frustration was just a bit of the feeling as I had just taken off the dust mite cover protector and washed it AND wiped the mattress down in bleach on Friday due to the excessive peeing on the toddler mattresses. So we start our day off with 2 full loads of laundry in addition to the already built in daily laundry of 2 loads. I began to do hair and such and get the lovelies off to school. I am SO thankful that Spring Break has ended – TWO weeks of spring break is enough to break an individual of any sanity when there is a constant barrage of questioning of what are we doing, where are we going, I love you, I don’t know why I did that, can I play?, when are we going to eat? etc…… Yes, 2 weeks….One week + 2 days of the older kids and then one week of the ones that went to Headstart, plus additional children woven throughout most of those days. So I’m back at getting kids off to school. I have another 4 year old come downstairs and after about 10 minutes of being up says to me, “Mama, I’m sorry I peed in YOUR bed.” What’s a mother to do? I immediately prescribed myself a nap.
The last few weeks have been challenging for me but I have plunged through it without thinking about the mounting pressures. I am positive had I stayed on my bible study and done them daily then I would have found life to not be as challenging and would have found comfort knowing that God was there beside me and called on him daily for help. But I allowed myself to slack. He was still there and He definitely held me up.
Our 14 year old has battled with incoming wisdom teeth that gave him an infection as the skin was not moving for them to grow in – it resulted in me taking him to urgent care and then to the dentist a couple days later. He was put on antibiotics for this. Wasn’t long after this that he developed a swollen outer ear on his left ear canal that was quite painful and we again ended at urgent care and again on antibiotics. He had a difficult time eating during these times as it hurt to chew and he dropped about 15 lbs. Just having finished up his antibiotics – the right ear became swollen on the outer ear and his jaw was tender to the touch along with his neck so it was off to Children’s. He ended up with some meds to help him sleep, ear drops and again an antibiotic. Two days later we followed up with a ENT doctor (yes, with all 8 children) who cleaned some of the stuff out and although it was still swollen could see that it was still painful. Our 4 year old caught strep in the midst of this and 2 others had to be taken on different occasions due to sore throats which were due to drainage b/c of our great Ohio weather.
It was Christ who helped me keep and maintain sanity having a 2,3,4,5,and 6 yr old at a 2.5 hour urology appt, while I had a 3,4,5,6,8,9,12,and 14 yr old at home. I even had a sweet older gentleman give me a kiss on the cheek and a hug and thank me for my service at my appt.
I went back again to the same office 2 days later for an ultrasound with a 2, 3, 4, 4, 4, and 5 yr old of my bladder and thankfully it went well, although I didn’t realize I hadn’t done my hair that day til after I had left the doctors appt. No wonder people were so kind to me. I must have looked frazzled. We then went to Kroger to get some milk and a few other things and we all came out alive! This was the same day that I looked at my Vectren bill and realized that it was in disconnect if I didn’t pay it in the next 8 days – seems like I was living on the edge.
One of the bright things in all of this is caring for my friends newborn as she started back to school. The baby was only 2 weeks old when I started watching her. I have her just 2.5 hours 2 times a week. LOVE this age!! She is now 4 weeks old.
As I write this, I have the stench of a dead goldfish that just died behind me. I am in debate as to whether to flush it or leave it and let the children see that it was actually dead, as I am sure that I will be accused of killing it – since I am the “animal hater”. Silas was given it at a birthday party on Saturday that he went to. Sarah was elated that we finally had a pet. For some reason, I am pretty confident, I will somehow be blamed for this. The scars of motherhood that we bare for our children.
This past Saturday we were invited to a skating party for the little girl that I babysit for. She turned 7 – today actually. So our whole family was invited. It ended up being me and 9 children as Nathaniel had a friend with him. Thankfully I had Marlee’s family who helped out with the littles because I was truly outnumbered. It was the first time the 3 extras had ever been skating and I am sure they had a great time. They want to go back even though they spent more time on their bottom than their feet.
Well, its time for that prescribed nap – maybe there will be more later……