Wednesday, December 5, 2007

"I want to lick it"

This is what Addison said the minute she and Caden looked out the window and saw a dusting of snow. They were very concerned that it was on our van too. They wanted to go out so bad but that's probably not going to happen today. They will have to wish for snow when both Daddy and I are home or if Papa Ronn volunteers to come over and play with them in it.

I don't know if I will ever get sleep again! Really it's not the baby's fault but a combo of all the kids. First I "tried" to go to bed early last night. After the baby ate at 8 I thought we would go to bed when the older kids did. I got one set of PJs on and Aaron just had to dress the other 2 kids well by 9 they were ready. Bedtime consists of a bunch of stall tactics such as going to the bathroom, needing books and toys, asking for socks and slippers to be put on (which they are pulled off 3 seconds later), crying, asking Daddy to do the "banks" (we have 3 money banks with push buttons that make animal sounds -- Daddy is sorry he ever started this). After this 15 minute ritual then we manage to get out of the room. Our bedroom is next door to the triplets' room. I think Addison went potty about 3 more times in 15 minutes and there was a lot of laughing, jumping, and running around. They yell and scream at each other, then someone is crying. Aaron and I both went in there at least 2 times each. At 10, Caden must have conked out but the other two were still going strong. I think I fell asleep at least 3 times by 10:30 only to be awakened by them again. I was losing my temper. Next thing I know Addison is in the bathtub talking about a spider or something. That's when she went to bed for the last time but not happily. Addison got up once and had a potty accident -- sometimes she remembers to potty on her own, sometimes she gets out of bed goes on the floor, and sometimes she doesn't wake up. Whenever this happens, this is Aaron's department since he was the one who decided without consulting me into switching her into a toddler bed 3 days before Reese was born. Let's just say he's not so happy to get up and deal with Addison in the middle of the night but he has no one to blame but himself on that one. So Reese sleeps well but by 12:30 she ate again then at 4. Now I can handle the feeding part especially if it only takes a half hour but the problem arises when the older kids get up super early. I wish they would sleep in until 7 or 7:30. The last 2 days they have been up around 5 or 5:30. So you would think by 1pm they would be exhausted and they are until they get into the party room upstairs then I experience the whole fiasco again only I have to do it by myself instead of tag teaming with Aaron. Everyone says "sleep when the baby sleeps" well that wouldn't be a problem if the older 3 would just sleep a little without a 90 minute transition period!

My friend, Alyce, came today. It was nice to talk to an adult for a while. She vacuumed and went and got some groceries for me. She played with the kids and made them lunch. She didn't even care that I was still in my PJs when she got here. I tried to be dressed about half of us were dressed and half weren't. That was a major accomplishment. I got some laundry done and made a few phone calls while she was here. My dad drove me to the doctor yesterday, then bought us McDonald's, and played with the kids some. My MIL, Patti, came over to watch the older kids while we took Reese to the doctor. They love playing with Grammy. It's so nice to have some help!

Check out my sister's, Keely, blog. After about a 2 month hiatus she updated it. She is pretty funny and takes really great photos -- my kids are on their a lot since she been here so much lately. I don't know how she gets good shots of 4 kids when it seems I can't get 3 of mine to be in the photo let alone smiling or being cute!

Now Reese and I are going to nap!


Laura said...

You are doing a great job and you sound tired, but happy. I am glad you have so much family and friends as support, what great people they seem to be!

~Sarah said...

Hi. I know you don't know me, but I found your blog on here randomly and want to comment. I just want to say that I hope you get some good sleep tonight. You can comment on my blog too, if you want. It's mostly my thoughts about what I read in my bible. But, my husband and I are thinking more about kids (we're going to try next year) and so I'm sure some things about my baby fever will be in there too.