“Raising a kid is part joy and part guerilla warfare.” -Ed Asner
“Did you know, when kids go to bed, you can hear yourself think again? I sound fabulous.” -Paige Kellerman
“Having kids makes you look stable to the people who thought you were crazy and crazy to the people who thought you were stable.” -Kelly Oxford
“Dance like only your kid is watching. Cook like no one will scream they hate it. And sneeze like you won’t pee your pants.” -Kristin (@shriekhouse)
The last three weeks have been crazy! My house has slowly come to resemble a circus. My oldest started pre-k close to four weeks ago and ever since I feel like I have been non-stop. I have been blessed to be able to stay at home with my boys, so he hasn’t had to go to daycare or anything like that before. The germs of so many children and adults have really taken a toll on him. During the first week of school, he got diagnosed with scarlet fever/strep. Two weeks ago, we had to take him to the ER because he couldn’t catch his breath, even after I gave him a breathing treatment. They gave him a powerful steroid to fight off the swelling and wheezing. Last Friday night, he started running fever and vomiting. On top of all of that, he has just seemed so sleepy. Yesterday, the school nurse called and said that I needed to pick him up because he was falling asleep at his desk and running back and forth to the bathroom because he felt like he needed to vomit. So yesterday I was able to get both boys into the doctor. Sagan, my two-year-old, was running 103.2 and has the stomach bug and an ear infection. They gave him antibiotics and nausea medicine. Nikola, my four-year-old, wasn’t running a fever, but they checked him for Mono. Luckily he tested negative for Mono. They think it is a stomach bug and severe, severe allergies (hay fever) but they want to see him again in a week. If he isn’t better they will put him on a daily prescription allergy medicine and do more blood work.
My dishes are beginning to pile up in my sink, crumbs are visible on my floor, trash is piling up in the garage, I am not sure I have made an actual meal in almost a week, laundry is backing up, and toys are everywhere. All my energy is going towards taking care of my boys. Remembering their meds. Checking for temperatures. Washing blankets when they just can’t make it to the trashcan in time. (Yuck, I know!) Running them to doctors appointments. Picking up prescriptions at HEB. (Thank the Lord for their drive-through!) Wiping runny noses. Getting the heating pad down for upset tummies. Getting extra blankets out for shivering little boys with fevers. Making sure they drink enough…..just to name a few.
I am one tired mommy. I definitely feel like a zombie today. I am not feeling very sexy in my pajamas with stains (no idea?) and mom bun hair. 🙁 I am being fueled by love, vitamins, and coffee. However, even with all the chaos going on I want to stop a moment and count my many blessings.
- We have insurance to help us with doctor visits and prescriptions.
- My husband took off yesterday to help me with the doctor.
- I am getting lots and lots of cuddles.
- I am getting lots and lots of good (snotty) kisses.
- I am making memories with my boys.
- I love that I am able to stay at home with them and give them extra loving when they are sick.
They won’t always need me like they do now. They won’t always search for my hand to hold or find solace in my lap. So until that sad, sad day comes, the laundry and dishes can wait and the chores can continue to take a backseat. I’ll continue to pop some vitamins (in hopes they keep me well) and drink an extra cup of coffee because my boys need their mama, not a clean house.
“Motherhood is an early retirement position. Your children do grow up.” -Colleen Parro