Chris and I are in a constant competition of who works harder. Not in a mean or malicious way, just in the sense that we both work really hard and always want the other one to not only understand, but also appreciate what we’re doing for this family.
With him in school all day this week and camp or tournaments every night, I’m here being mom 14 hours a day. From the time they wake up, until the time they go to bed. So today, they were up at 5am (not normal and not welcome!) and went to bed at 7pm (we’re starting to try to push bedtime an hour). That’s 14 long hours of constant care.
It’s days like this that I have to work really REALLY hard to appreciate all the little things. And what I love, is that I am able to. As a mom, who is constantly exhausted and who also does a lot of work outside the home, I am always moving at warp speed. This week Chris is gone, like I said, I have my first book party, I have KCCI work to get done, my house is a mess from a busy weekend, I have the scrapbook from the Kemper Party to finish, my sister gets in town, Bailey has a doctors appt, and the list goes on. So when I am home there are so many other things on my mind than just my kids, as much as I hate to admit that.
Today Parker decided to skip her morning nap and cry instead, I hadn’t showered in two days, Bailey was tired and crabby from being up so early and so rather than lose my patience and temper and mind, I loaded them in the car at 10am and we just drove around. I got a few errands done, but it was really just to get out of the house and give us a change of scenery. That simple move changed the tune for the rest of the day. This afternoon I was able to appreciate Bailey singing the same made-up song over and over instead of it grating on my nerves, I was able to lay on the floor with her and just color, and I was able to overlook the fact that in the 3 minutes Parker was naked and NOT in the tub she managed to poop on the floor!
I think as a mom I have to make the decision every day whether it’s going to be a good day that I look back on with a smile, or one I just have to endure. Today started out with pure endurance, and ended in true and simply wonderful smiles.
And just in case you are dying to hear Bailey’s song she sang all day, here you go!
AND, just b/c I need NEED people to understand why I am preoccupied at times with “potty” talk… listen as I tried to get Bailey to sing her ABC’s… it’s not too long but you have to listen until the very end to catch what I’m talking about!
Did you hear it? I mean seriously!
And in case you aren’t a parent, or you are a better parent than me and don’t ever have days that you just endure… here is a moment my mom caught while we were in Kansas City and Bailey was sick, Parker wasn’t sleeping and I just was done. So tired and done. (My poor Aunt Ouisie had a million fun things planned and we came in with the stomach flu! Sorry again A. O.!!!)