He is gone this week. I always hate when he travels. Dishes, laundry, discipline, bedtime, school drop off, dinner, clean up, baths, trash...every thing falls on me.
He does so much. I know and appreciate it when he is here. When he is gone it is just so much more.
Bedtime was a battle last night. It always seems to be when I am doing it solo. The balancing act of getting the baby and the 3 year old to bed at the same time. I brush her teeth and read her stories while he gnaws at my shoulder and screams in my ear.
I tuck her in and assure her she doesn't have to sleep yet, just read some books in bed and I will come sing to you in a bit. He is still screaming in my ear.
The big ones know what to do. Read some books, brush your teeth and Mama will tuck you in in a bit.
He fights going to sleep tonight. It is as if he has had just too much and his brain won't stop, he can't settle down. I know that feeling all too well.
We rock and sing. I hear the children playing and laughing. This irritates me because it means they are not settling down for the night and I have so much to do. Cookies to make, dishes to wash, laundry to fold, and I still haven't showered for the day yet.
He finally succumbs to sleep and with the help of the heating pad warming his bed, I lay him down to slumber. I pray it is for more than 3 hours. Please give me 3 hours. Please.
The other 3 children are giggling and laughing and jumping on the bed. I break. I yell. They cry. I feel awful. But I am so tired. Can't they see that? Why can't they see how tired I am? Oh yes, it is because they are 7, 5 and 3. They can't see past the end of their noses. I understand. I remember.
We snuggle, I sing. They snack, and finally sleep.
I go to make the cookies and I am out of sugar. The baby wakes up. It has been an hour and a half. I sigh, pick him up, slip into bed and nurse him back to sleep. I can make cookies tomorrow. I can clean the kitchen tomorrow.
It is as if he knows I am in for a long night and need to rest now. Maybe he knew his sister would be up all night with a tummy ache. Maybe he knew I would sleep on pins and needles all night just waiting for the vomit to cover my bed. Maybe he knew that, or maybe he just wanted to nurse.
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