Hey, there mom!
How are you today?
Did you get a fabulous, relaxing, amazing night of sleep?
No interruptions from little ones?
No sickness. no teething baby?
No snoring husband? Y
eah, neither did I. In fact, it has been a while since I had a night like that.
This night, in particular, my second born, T, kept me up for most of the night. He’s 4 years old and is a germ magnet. It seems that no matter what we do he always manages to get sick.
This time he has a horrible cough. This cough has been keeping him up for the last couple nights. He’s also my child that likes to sleep in “Mama and Papa” bed. So he climbed into our bed in the middle of the night and the coughing started. It was awful! It felt like it was nonstop for a few hours.
When you’re half asleep it’s hard to figure out what’s happening! I realized I was getting mad at my child for coughing! I was not sleeping. And I knew my husband wasn’t either.
He needed to get up to work at 4 am so sleeping must happen. I took my T out of bed, convinced him to take some cough medicine and took him back to his room.
That made a difference.
The coughing was no longer in my room and we were able to get a few more hours of sleep. And did I mention that the little one, M, who sleeps in our room in her crib woke up at the same time screaming?! Thankfully by the time I got back to my room she had calmed down and managed to fall asleep. My husband and I managed to get a little more sleep as well.
So how is this day going to go? How is YOUR day going to be today? I honestly don’t know. I’m praying that I can keep calm, show kindness and grace to my children, and get housework done.
Oh, that housework!
It has been 2 weeks since my oldest two have been home from school.
That’s 24 hours that the kids are with me ALL THE TIME!
Honestly, it has been exhausting.
I like to get the cleaning done when my kids are in school. That’s less human’s to entertain with something while I wash dishes or clean and mop the floor.
I have not had time to do that yet!
And let me tell you I’m running out of counter space because of all the dirty pot’s, pans and dishes.
The floor is covered in toys, and needs to be swept and mopped! I have 2 laundry baskets full of clothes that are clean but haven’t been put away…for weeks now!
Anyone else or is it just me? T
o top it all off I have had to cancel C’s ABA therapy a couple times and again this week. He’s been without any school or therapy or any structure for a while now. I’m feeling the mom guilt bad with this one. Will he regress? How hard will it be for him once everything starts up again next week? Am I damaging my child? Am I damaging my children with a messy home?
Do you ever have these thoughts?
Can we agree on something?
Can we make a decision together today?
Le’s show ourselves some grace today. You’re a mom! And sometimes there are long sleepless nights and exhausting days. There may be weeks where kids are at home from school and chores are piling up.
You got this mama!
I’m not saying just forget about everything and let everything go and just give up (although I feel like doing that sometimes). I’m saying let’s stop feeling guilty about these things. Your kids need you right now! If you absolutely have to get some things on your list is done, let’s make a plan.
First BREATH. Let’s take a deep breath together.
Next PRAY. When I get flustered and frustrated I say a quick prayer and ask God to help me make good decisions that day.
Make a LIST. What top 3 things are most important and NEED to happen that day.
Do what you need to do to finish those things off the list.
For me, that means kids may get to watch a movie in the middle of the day. Or I will send them out to play in the backyard if it’s not too cold. Or I will let them “help” me.
If you finish those 3 things, that is great!
If you have time and energy, finish a few more things on your list. And if not, let’s not feel guilty ok?
You’re taking care of humans!
You got this Mama!
“The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace.” Psalm 29:11