Warning: This post was written by a sleep deprived mother of 5. Proceed at your own risk of encountering incoherent thoughts and run-on sentences.
Day one of being home alone with all five precious kiddos brought this…
- Our oldest got all of her work with mom and independent schoolwork completed. (amidst cries from her youngest sibling)
- Our preschooler didn’t argue about going to his room for ‘rest’ time. (It was amazing!) He played contentedly for a long time – building with blocks, constructing with Super Structs, and playing with his cars and trains.
- I think I experienced a couple of 5 minute naps in the late afternoon, in between each time the newborn’s pacifier came out.
- I was able to sneak a leftover chocolate frosted cupcake without any of the kids noticing. (Any mother can see the importance of this, right?)
- I left the school/playroom to attend to our newest little one. I returned 5-10 minutes later only to find toys strewn all over the floor –See Exhibit A, below. (At least they were educational games and they were learning – Yes? No? Okay, this may just be wishful thinking. It is more likely that the toddler just dumped them out.)
- While I was reading aloud to the older children and holding our newborn (who was refusing to nap anywhere other than in Mommy’s arms), our toddler got into the pantry, took out some cereal, and was proceeding to locate a bowl for it. I told her no and I removed the cereal box from her hand. She then threw the bowl and began to run away from me, throwing toys, a book, anything she could get her little hands on. (Ahh, the joy of having a dearly loved, spunky, red headed two year old…)
and the just plain ugly.
Through groggy eyes and an unguarded tongue, mommy’s impatience made appearances off and on throughout the day.
Be completely humble and gentle.
Be patient, bearing with one another in love. (Ephesians 4:2)
(Yes, even when I’m tired… Ouch.)
In addition, we are also seeing much more of this
(Yes, that says AM. It could start with a 1,2, or 3. We’ve seen them all!)
which, of course, means a lot less sleep!
(In a blink of an eye, this stage will pass quickly.)
So, guard your heart and mind, mama. Stay in the Word. Pray for daily, hourly, and minute by minute doses of wisdom, grace, and strength. Consider His faithfulness.
I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you.
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand. (Isaiah 41:10)