WHEW! It’s almost Thursday–and I can’t wait…beeeeeeee-caaaaaaaaauuuusssseee…I’ve been solo since Monday night…really the wee hours of Tuesday morning…but in my book–really Monday night! Oh yes…just me and the kids…and no sleep! Which also means no relief with 4 kids all under 5. So, if you are wondering where I’ve been–I’ve been holding 2 babies on my hips, changing dirty diapers, trying to figure out when to shower (don’t come too close), singing lullabies…and trying my best to hold it together (tears have only come once at midnight last night when I realized I was out of Isaac’s diapers and there was no way we’d make it through the night…no midnight store runs when you are on your own! Thankfully, God sent a precious friend, Christy Elphick, to check in on me via email in the wee hours and I told her about my day and laughed about diapers…that’s all you can do…and about 5 minutes later size 3 Pampers landed on my front porch. AND–that is really when the tears came…I was just so thankful!). Honestly, this has been a really hard week—but this too shall pass:). Right?
So…as much as I’d like to call myself the “cocoon queen”…this week–I’m not that. And I think our little man is doing alright on our outings. Because with no breaks, this momma has had to get out of our cocoon! You might think I’m crazy, but I loaded all 4 up today and took the crew to Monkey Joes. Over-stimulating? Absolutely. BUT…was it easier to bounce just one baby because the other 3 where happy and getting energy out? Absolutely. So…that’s what we did. Isaac Temesgen didn’t jump–but I did capture with my iPhone his “first trip to Monkey Joes”…worth documenting in my book;).
And I’m a complete sucker when I’m low on fuel. Parker and Laney begged to sleep with me last night. I tried to warn them. It’s not an easy place to sleep these days. And I couldn’t help but crack up when Laney took “my place”. Some of you may have heard me say that Isaac Temesgen has to fall asleep with his hands on my face…and most times–and empty bottle in his mouth (he won’t take a paci…but he has to have this–so it’s his paci I guess!) This image is SO blurry b/c it was so dark and I had to bring my shutter speed WAY DOWN just to make the picture show up so you can see what my bedroom looked like last night before I crawled in…Parker is in Rich’s spot…Laney is in my spot…and Isaac Temesgen–is doing his thing. YES–this is how he sleeps EVERY night. I actually have some down time for a bit as she is taking my place! Because he can’t roll over or crawl—we’re all good for now. And I can’t believe this didn’t bother her! Hmmmm…I might be on to something;). [Side note: I’m crackin’ up because I just realized Laney has on turquoise tights UNDER a winter Ariel nightgown…seriously–I must be sleep deprived because I can’t believe I let her go to sleep in that in July in the South! Who wears turquoise TIGHTS under their nightgown anyway?!]
Frank is doing better each and every day—today he gave Isaac TWO hugs and kisses at Monkey Joe’s! I think he was thanking him for enduring the over-stimulation so he could get out of the house! He does have his moments though. And I couldn’t be more thankful right now for sweet friends who come by to bring us meals and encourage us. THANK YOU ROBIN!!! ONE DAY soon–I hope to figure out our “new normal” and be back in the swing of fun little crafts for my kiddos and outings…but without sleep and a traveling man…I’m just trying to hang in there and take one day at a time. Off to read until my littlest one stirs again…which I’m sure will be very soon:).
I think I hear a little man…hoping for a peaceful night–but hoping more in His strength through it. It will all be worth it:)