I over heard a lady at church, who delivered her baby in the same hospital while we were there having our fifth child, tell someone that her baby is twelve weeks old. In surprise I looked up at my husband. “Bobby is twelve weeks old?” I asked. Wow!
For a while it seemed that one day would just kind of disappear into another. I went from one needed task to another in a deliriously tired state. I felt needed and pulled in so many directions at once it was impossible to think past the immediate need. I tried to answer an email one morning and was interrupted five times before I gave up.
Thankfully things are beginning to get a little bit easier. Now that Bobby is getting close to the three month mark, his sleep, eat, and awake times are longer and more predictable. He is now interested in the world and will sit happily for stretches of time looking and batting at toys hanging within his reach.
I am still searching daily for the balance, trying to determine what is priority and what can wait. I have shortened our school days for a time and that has helped a lot toward keeping a happy home! My relationship with my children has to be more important than how many math problems we cover in a day.
I am working on saying, “Yes.” I noticed my girls had gotten so discouraged with me that they would begin a sentence, stop and say, “Oh never mind. You’ll just say ‘no.'” So when ever possible this last week I’ve said, “Yes.” We’ve made extra trips to the library, sipped hot chocolate, played games, read books, and so much more that I would have missed out on.
So that’s my update for ya of how I’m doing with five little blessings. Now, if I could just quit getting these horrid colds…
Isn’t it nice to pass that 3 month mark?
Finally you can start enjoying your baby and your family at the same time!
Karen Dawkins says
One of my closest friends has five kids, the youngest now five! I remember the first few months after he was born, and her fog. She’s way beyond it now. Just in case you ever wonder!
Enjoy your blessings, sweet lady.
All Good in Mommyhood says
I give you such credit for having a 5th…I think four is tough at times. I think it’s the time issue for me…every child takes time…and giving them all the time they need is hard to find with other daily tasks. You’re doing amazing!
Glad you guys are doing well!
WOW!!! Five little blessings! And I have 2 girls (5 & 6) and think my life is hectic. I to learn to balance the kids, my hubby, life, and myself. I am sure you are doing fine and try some Emergen-C every morning. It might help with preventing colds.
Imelda @ Cum Auxilio Ab Alto says
God bless you and your family. 🙂 I have four children, the fourth being 6 months old and am just finding some balance and normalcy. I like your attitude about the math thing and priorities though. I should learn from it. 🙂
Sounds good! I think of you often, so “Hi” from me, several states away with 5 kids too. =)
My husband would LOVE to have 5 kiddies. So far we’ve got a 5 month-old and are trying for a second (but don’t tell. It’s still a secret 🙂 Thanks for a little perspective on what your life is like.