Not everything is working well this week, BUT somethings are working really well.
Here are the good things, and as I take time to recount them, I am saying a prayer of thankfulness.
Cute Babies and Pumpkins
Of course those work out for us. So here's a lot of photos of cute pumpkin kids.
I am learning so much about self-sacrifice and how innately selfish I just am.
I have been super honest with myself and my kids about when I feel frustrated or irritable or borderline explosive. I have been really chatty about forgiveness and helping as a way to show love.
Half the time I am rockin it and feel like super mom and the other half of the time I feel like I need five minutes of silence and a margarita and back massage and a big hug. Or maybe sixty minutes of those things, minus whining and shrill singing and stickiness and crumbs.
Abandoned Bed Time Routine.
They are still getting PJs, but not always stories. If we read earlier in the day, maybe we are just getting some high-low conversations and a make up a song together.
Tonight, the kids helped clean the bathrooms and vacuum. Lysol wipes are our new BFFs around here. I didn't intend for two bathrooms and three rooms vacuumed, but the kids were EAGER (?) so we ran with it. The kitchen is in shambles, but they aren't really tall enough to clean counters, so I'll dor it tomorrow.
So far, my home brew of some premium coffee with chocolate flavor in it and vanilla soy milk is cutting it. Its not as delicious as a cafe mocha, but I don't always have an extra $4 in the cupholder of my van! Diet Mountain Dew is another source of wake up! stuff to do!!
Abandoning Hope for Lovely Sleep.
BDH has been up every 2-3 hours and napping only half an hour at a time. He's either pukey or spitty, and it might be drainage from his nose or the new foods he is tasting, or he might just love to cuddle. Who knows. I am just trucking through it. I will also likely have to change a wet bed and wet child who refused to pee before bed, so that eats up half an hour or so of sleep. I also might have a child who is afraid of tigers or her doll kicking her (?) and needs to sleep in my bed and I am just letting that happen. I can't sleep well with her in my bed, but she usually is quiet and hasn't ever wet my bed or fallen out.
Abandoning Culinary/Nutrition Standard
For now, Lunchables are once a day. They mean there are no fights about the menu. I am having those prepared (and delicious) chopped salad mixes and various ravioli. Benny is having half homemade (frozen) baby foods and half squeezy fancy foods because they are so easy. We're all content.
Oh, and dinner was at SAMs club tonight, so there's that void of vegetables that happened due to pizza and froyo.
Abandoning Hope of Seeing Laundry Room Floor
I can keep cycling the dirty-clean clothes, but sorting and putting away isn't happening with any efficiancy. But there's no dirty cloth diaper stink around, so that's fantastic.
Car Seat Time
We are doing some Car Seat Time, which might just mean a longer route home, and its really saving sanity for me since it means less squabbles over toy possession or who's turn it is to be the lead dancer for What Does the Fox Say dance. We have downright delightful conversations while we are driving in the van, so I've been known to detour a few miles just to savor the calm and sweet. (Unless its the baby losing his mind in agony and demanding to be let out at once, and then we high tail it home. That was the case today.)