Thursday, April 18, 2013

A Post in 20 Minutes or Less

I have 20 minutes to write this before William gets home from school or Bobby wakes up.  Whichever comes first.

I did end up catching Katherine's stomach bug on Monday night but as far as The Throwups go, this one wasn't too bad.

You know it's been a bad season when I refer to any type of throwing up as "not too bad."

I'm convinced I got over it quickly because Brian stayed home and let me sleep as long as I needed.  I was back in the game the next day without issue.

Oh hey, there's Bobby waking up from his nap.  So let's see if I can nurse and type at the same time.

This morning I decided I would tackle the grocery store.  If this were last year, this day would be known just as Thursday.  But bringing two babies out into public by myself requires a great deal of strength.  And also humility.

I always plan on going to the grocery store on Thursday mornings while Lucy is at preschool but it never works out.  I can never get it together in the two and half hours I have before pickup.  I'd like to tell you that it's because of the babies and their needs but the truth is, I am my own worst enemy.  I have a certain routine in the morning I like to abide by which includes things like eating breakfast, doing the breakfast dishes, putting away folded laundry, making the bed(s), getting myself and the kids dressed, etc.

This morning I told myself that if I could look beyond all that was "undone" I could probably make it to the store no problem and have plenty of time to do all that other stuff after lunch.

Not sticking to a morning routine is one thing but leaving the house in such a chaotic mess?  Well, this is where I might qualify for some sort of OCD therapy.  It truly made my skin crawl to leave the house in that state.  I even kept Bobby in his pajamas.  Oh the horror!

But I got all my shopping done and even had time for a coffee stop.  When I got home I was surprised to find out that the world did not, in fact, end because my bed didn't get made until the ridiculous afternoon hours.  All that and I have a plan for dinner tonight.

Right now I'm in the process of completing the Couch to 5K program.  I've hit a couple of roadblocks with illnesses and iced up sidewalks and upsettingly I'm not as far along in the program as I'd like to be.  And while it's easy for me to get down on myself for not completing all that I want to do I have had to consciously have a talk with myself and remind me that I have four children under the age of six and husband who is crazy busy at work right now.

I'm not going to throw in the towel.  I'm just going to keep my head down and get everything done that I can get done.  Right now.  Today.  And tomorrow I'll start up again.

Next week Brian will be traveling for work and his mom has offered to take Katherine for me.  I am already dreaming about all that I will be able to do with only three kids.

And that's the best way I can describe what's it's like to have any number of kids.  Whatever you had before what you have now is always going to seem easier.

So if you're reading this and you have three kids, or two kids or even just one know that you are not wrong to think this is hard because you have less kids..  It is hard.  You just learn to adapt in any way you know how, put your nose to the grindstone, and carry on.
Random Pic of the Day: A homemade pirate ship.

7 comments:

  1. You and I are so much alike. If my kitchen is a mess the entire world IS falling apart. If the kitchen is clean then I can breathe and know that I will get everything in order, eventually. So sorry you guys have had a bad case of the flu this year. I can not even imagine. You Minnesotans need some warm weather to get rid of the snow so the windows can be thrown open and houses aired out.

    I agree that sometimes life seems so much easier with just one or two less kids. I LOVE the afternoons when the girls go to school. Only five kids at home is amazing and I get so much more done. I am excited for next year when I have to at afternoon kinder and one in morning preschool. It will be so nice. No tears for this momma as her kids start school everyday!

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  2. I only have one baby, and it is hard to imagine how you (and others with more) do it! I love your realistic posts.

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  3. Go, girl!! I hate a messy kitchen, too. I just got really mad at Casey the other day when he was cleaning up dinner dishes, I told him he wasn't thorough enough cleaning all counter tops and removing the metal things on the gas stove and wiping up. I get all crazy about it. But he sees doing the dishes exactly as it is, doing only the dishes. :P
    Anywho, love the C25K idea! You can do it! Also, I have a new obsession if you want to add it into your little routine. Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred. I normally HATE work out DVDs, they are so annoying and I turn them off after 15-20 minutes because I'm at home and I can think of a million other things I'd rather be getting accomplished. This one is only 20 minutes, I usually don't even wear shoes, you get an awesome butt-kicking workout, and then you are done for the day. That's it. I do level three and die every time, then I feel amazing and skinny again--key word is "feel," not that I am by any means. It's my favorite go-betweener when I can't get to the gym or have no desire to look semi-presentable and get in my car to exercise elsewhere. XOXO

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