Saturday, October 18, 2014

Five


Not only is the baby now five weeks old, but I am fully feeling the force of having five children to care for. Those loving, caring, helpful, wonderful older siblings can also be seen as 8 germy hands, bringing home all the back to school illnesses.  The baby started with the sniffles Wednesday night, and it's been a bit of a disaster since.  I'm averaging about 3 hours of sleep a night, and about 5 hours of pacing the floors, rocking, and swaying in between nursing, steamy showers and worry, worry, worry.  They may say that having a child is like having your heart walk around outside of your body, but when your child is sick or hurt or suffering, it's more like having your heart ripped out of your body.  Ouch.

In addition there have been school conferences, eye doctor appointments, checkups at the pediatrician, soccer games, & birthdays--which means today I get to tackle mountains of dishes and laundry like I've never seen before while trying to wrap my head around the fact that this is the new normal.  I do know that it is totally worth it (really, it is), and that the baby may get some more coffee than usual in his milk today.



Practicing Simplicity

4 comments:

Maureen @ Josephina Ballerina said...

Babies and animals. They can't tell you Exactly Where It Hurts, and the whole "rips your heart out thing" is So much worse because you have to guess. Sigh...

Carie said...

Oh that's such a beautiful picture of the two of you. And if it helps we too are encountering the side effects of two preschoolers and the germ warfare that ensues - poor Pip is very sniffly and then very windy! Hopefully these boys of ours will be better soon and have an iron clad immune system to boot!

amanda | wildly simple said...

I empathize.
Well wishes to you and yours!

barbara said...

beautiful picture! even with "only" two children i know what you mean! take a deep breath and ask for a help...