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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

In the interest of keepin' it real...

Sooo...my last post was about how we are doing...and the verdict is that we're doing pretty well. Before I dive into this next post, let me reassure you that we still are - overall - doing well. However, I feel like it would be a disservice to 'dress it up' and not also share some of the hard things. Today was a day, and so some of the hard things are fresh in my mind.

  • Appointments. I'm sick of them. I don't want to take another kid to the doctor - like ever. Bringing home three new ones at a time = much time at the clinic. (We'll be there the next two days, though, so my wish is not to be granted).
  • Collecting poop. That's probably all I really need to say about that.
  • Learning to manage the day to day life with 3 new ones (and 1 'old' young one) who need a lot of you.
  • Feeling torn - torn between my daily life, meeting the needs of little ones, running a household, my hubby, and 3 big kids who I still want to spend time with. Sometimes feeling like I'm not doing any of it well.
  • Four children in carseats....time consuming and tedious.
  • Forgetfulness - I'm not sure I'll ever remember anything again - my memory wasn't good to start with!
  • Time outs, spills, kids not sharing, and all other, umm....'joys'...that come from having little ones.
It may sound as though I'm whining...and well, maybe I am a little bit. I'm allowed every now and then...right?? (OK, so I'm really not, but sometimes I do it anyway.) In all honesty, we are doing well - some days are just hard with four little ones. Doesn't seem like it's fair to portray it any other way. Tomorrow is a new day - and I'm actually looking forward to it. Better get to bed and rest up though - it promises not to be boring with this crew!


7 comments:

Kim said...

Thanks for being real, This week I have been feeling like I am not doing a good job at life and I don't have 7 - I was happy to see that all this stuff is normal, not sharing, needing your attention etc. You are doing an amazing job!

sarah t said...

I absolutely think you are allowed to "whine" just a bit. And really, your whining is pretty minimal. I am so blown away at how well every seems to be adjusting. We've been praying for your whole family during this time. I'm so continually amazed at what God can do.
Miss you! I was thinking of giving you a call during nap time...would that be okay? I know how much I treasure those 2 quiet hours :)

sarah t said...

I absolutely think you are allowed to "whine" just a bit. And really, your whining is pretty minimal. I am so blown away at how well every seems to be adjusting. We've been praying for your whole family during this time. I'm so continually amazed at what God can do.
Miss you! I was thinking of giving you a call during nap time...would that be okay? I know how much I treasure those 2 quiet hours :)

Melissa said...

You know I'm all for keeping it real, sister! Aaron and I have a couple free mornings a week...we could come and play with the crew while you do whatever you need to do to protect your sanity. I know when I went through my depression (still healing from that), sometimes I just wanted someone at home with me during the day. Please, anything I can do to help...I'm totally serious. I sooooo know how you feel.

Melissa

Debb said...

I appreciate your realness! No family adjustment can go without struggles or "need" to whine once in a while. Praying that God blesses you with a day of smooth transitions, HIs love and light.......

kim said...

You're doing a great job. It's okay to be real - it's definately not all roses :) Dr Visits can be tiring and well collecting poop - oh how I had tried to put that memory out of my mind. Hoping soon the dr visits slow down for you. Hang in there!!!

Debbie said...

Can totally relate! Good to have company on both sides of the coin! Blessings and Happy Birthday to Hayden and Happy Easter to all! He has Risen! Deb Shotton