|This was yesterday...|
shortly before one of the longest nights ever.
1 am: Patch is still awake and still tossing and turning next to me, which means I'm still awake too. I go downstairs and ask Paul to go in and make up Patch's bed (he loves to pull all the sheets off of it when he's on strike about going to sleep) and switch with me. He brings James up from his bassinet in the kitchen, where he's been sleeping like the most laid back baby in the world and goes to lay on the floor next to the pirate bed in hopes that Patch will go back to sleep with someone else in the room.
2:10 am: I've dozed, off and on, but in between the "off" part managed to pray almost an entire rosary as I nurse James and hear Patch continue to fuss. After about an hour he starts to scream because Paul doesn't fit in the pirate ship bed and Patch's blanket can't cover Patch in the pirate bed and Paul on the floor.... and apparently Paul being covered by this particular blanket is suddenly very, very important to Patch. The screaming wakes up everyone in the house except James. I hear Maggie start to make her little chirping "is it morning?" sound in her room. I assure her that it's not.
2:35 am: Paul tries to sneak out of Patch's room. Screaming commences. We hope that it will stop after a few minutes but when it doesn't he grabs a pillow and goes back in to lay on the floor and try to calm Patch down.
|James, demonstrating how we all|
felt last night.
Except him, since he slept through
3:25 am: Patch starts to scream. Paul emerges from the room for a second time. Paul pokes his head in the bedroom and tells me that the sippie cup is empty and Patch is freaking out about it. He's going downstairs to get more cashew milk. Before he starts back up the stairs (approximately a minute and a half later) Patch falls asleep.
3:28 am: I mentally kick myself for forgetting to pick up his medicine as we all finally get back to sleep (in case you're wondering Patch is usually a champion sleeper who sleeps a solid 13 hours a night).
7:08 am: Sadie and Maggie announce that it's morning. I grab my phone and look at the time. It's after seven o'clock and that is "sleeping in." Paul takes the girls and James, who's already nursed, downstairs for breakfast. I stay upstairs and try to grab few more minutes sleep before I have to get up.
7:44 am: Olaf the Snowman (or Maggie dressed as Olaf the Snowman) climbs a baby gate, sprints up the stairs and climbs in bed with me. She tells me she's "happy, happy, happy" and smiles when I say that I'm happy too. After snuggling for a few minutes I ask her is she wants to take a mermaid bath and she springs out of the bed and sprints to the bathroom.
8:25 am: I get Maggie out of the bath, get her dry and apply Patch's allergist ordered Crisco/Vaseline mixture since her skin has gotten super dry this winter. Then I help her into her Elsa dress. We go downstairs.
8:31 am: Paul vacuums the crumbs from breakfast up before the therapists arrive and I run downstairs and change out of my pajamas. I grab an outfit for Patch and Sadie, since I know Mae will insist on wearing her Elsa dress and James already has a spare outfit upstairs. Paul goes upstairs to try to sleep a little.
8:36 am: Mae realizes that Sadie's dress is black and green and looks strikingly like Anna's and she starts holding it up to Sadie and trying to convince her to change into it immediately. Sadie gets dressed and asks me to give her her veil so that she can wear it while we do school.
8:42 am: I slip into the kitchen and quickly eat breakfast while the kids clamor at the baby gate.
9:00am: One of Mae's favorite therapists arrives. All three kids rush to the door to welcome her. Upon seeing the snacks Patch runs to his high chair and I pick him up and help him into his seat. He starts to eat crackers and color in a coloring book while. Maggie goes into the play room and starts her therapy session. Sadie sits down with her school books and starts working on spelling and reading.
9:25am: Sadie moves on to her grammar book. She answers a question in French. We aren't even studying French as a subject.
9:38am: Patch starts to get wild, but his eyes look incredibly tired. I take him upstairs for a nap and he flops on the bed.
9:41am: James wakes up and shouts to let me know that he's hungry. I feed James while Sadie works on her Copy Work and Memory Work.
10:24am: Mae wanders over to give James kisses and practice saying his name. She's been talking up a storm and has been saying (her version) of "wonderful" and "great." When I help her with something she spontaneously says "thank you Mama" for the first time in her life.
11:30 am: We're done with class for the day and I suddenly realize that I need to get the kids fed fast if we're going to make it to the noon Mass.
11:45am: I'm working as fast as I can but I kind of feel like I'm moving in slow motion. I get Mae a piece of toast with peanut butter in bananas on it, make Sadie a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and give Patch the banana that he's repeatedly requested. I cook up a few eggs for Paul and I and while I'm focused on the pan I don't realize that a nearby pot holder has caught on fire until I smell it. I put out the fire and change James into clean clothes, tell Sadie to put her boots on and hand Paul the clothes I got out for Patch and ask him to get him dressed. Mae is still working on therapy, but that's for the best since she needs to be the last one dressed or there's a good chance she'll change her mind and get undressed before we make it to the door.
12:08pm: Mae is finally in warm clothes. We're late. But the kids are all in the car and strapped into their car seats and the church is only a few blocks away.
12:15 pm: We arrive at Mass and there's no parking. We have to drive quite a ways away before we find a spot. We step out of the car and find that the windchill has dropped temperatures dramatically. While it wasn't bad when we left the house a few minutes earlier we're now facing a freezing wind and "blowing snow." As I get Patch into the Ergo on my back and James into the Moby and wrap a blanket around him I guess that it's below -20. The muscles in my face start to feel like they're freezing. It's very, very cold.
12:20 pm: We're finally in the church. We stay in the narthex and I immediately fall into the familiar pattern of hushing Mae every few seconds and swaying slightly in an attempt to get the boys to stay silent and maybe take a nap. Except Patch just took a nap and he's feeling whiny.
1:00 pm: Victory! We've all made it through Mass. Admittedly we were late, but with the vocal stims we've faced in Mass lately, having everyone there for the final blessing feels like a major victory.
1:14 pm: We stop by Paul's work on the way home so that he can pick up his tips. The nearby parish's Mass ends and dozens of college students walk by with ashes on their foreheads.
1:15pm: While we wait in the car I realize that Sadie is very, very excited that she's the only one of her siblings that the priest gave ashes too. James is a close second, since some of my ashes smeared on his forehead when I cuddled him, but Sadie is feeling pretty grown up since her other brother and sister have clean brows.
1:30pm: Paul gets back to the car and we swing by the store to pick up an on sale gluten free pizza crust.
2:00pm: We get home and Paul agrees to let the kids watch Song of Bernadette since it's a special day. While they watch the movie for the second time this week I make mushroom, onion, olive pizzas.
2:30pm: The kids eat. The grown up pizza takes a little longer to cook... I feed James while it bakes.
3:00pm: Everyone has been fed. I take James out of his bassinet and we say a family rosary. It's chaotic. Maggie needs quiet time and ends up going upstairs to her room. Patch runs around yelling and pretending everything is a sword. I get hit in the eye with one of his "swords" (a long piece of plastic that's part of something else). Thankfully James, who's sitting on my lap, is unscathed. Sadie sits next to me and says every prayer along with me.
3:17 pm: I realize that Sadie has a "make up ballet class" since her class on president's day was canceled and tell Paul that I'll need to take her at 5.
3:25 pm: Everyone is remarkable calm while I pray the Divine Mercy chaplet (for the first time ever, I just happened across a prayer card). They must be exhausted from all the wildness during the rosary.
|Also, apparently Patch stacked the rocking|
fire truck on the driving fire truck.
4:18 pm: With Sadie dressed I transfer all my gear from my old purse to my new one.
4:40 pm: We wish Paul good luck with the feeding and changing into pajamas of the babies and head out the door and into the cold. It's a good thing we left five minutes early, because we hit traffic and get their just in time.
5:00 pm: It's that awkward moment when you're sitting outside a ballet class and the topic of the highly controversial movie of the moment comes up and every other person there has read the books and starts discussing the "hot sex" in them. Half of the women are grandmothers and another is a nanny who seems to be right around college age and I think I'm the only one there who feels at all awkward at the direction the conversation has taken.
5:14 pm: I text back and forth with two of Mae's therapists as we figure out who can make what appointment in the coming weeks. One will help me help her through her hearing test and the other is coming with us to her intake appointment with her new doctor. Since she tends to panic in doctor's office their help is hugely appreciated.
5:45pm: Class let's out. A little girl says something mean to Sadie about the way she pronounces the "th" sound and her mom stands there and says nothing at all. I bite my tongue to keep from saying something mean to an eight year old. Thankfully Sadie, who sees so much good in people that she often doesn't realize when someone has said something mean, doesn't seem to notice.
6:00 pm: We're in out of the cold. Patch and Maggie, have both crashed. I ask Paul to start bath water for Sadie... unfortunately Mae has a sixth sense when it comes to bath water and this rouses her... and she starts to kick the door because she wants that bath to be for her.
6:14 pm: I go into the girls room and discover that Mae has finally completely destroyed her bed tent. She's also flipped her sister's mattress off the bed and pushed the bed frame apart (one of her favorite proprioceptive activities). I put the bed back together and she hops into it and giggles. She says "ashes, ashes" twice and touches my ashes, gives me many kisses, says a new word that I can just not figure out, and goes to sleep in her sister's bed.
6:27 pm: I give up on putting the tent together and go in and help calm Patch. I give him a drink of milk and put on his light up elephant and say his prayers with him. When I leave he cries but stops almost immediately, which is a good thing, because I hear James start to cry downstairs.
6:28 pm: I arrive downstairs to find James crying. I give him his binkie and put the tent together. Then I go back downstairs to check on James. After that it's back upstairs to tell Sadie that bath time is over and to bring her a towel and pjs.
7:00 pm: Sadie's in her pjs and asks if she can watch Top Chef Junior and write in her journal (her two favorite things to do at night). I take the tent upstairs and set it up on Mae's bed.
7:30 pm: Sadie, who was also awake for a good portion of last night, goes upstairs to get ready for bed. When I tell her that I need to move her sister she assures me that that's okay, and I tuck her in next to Maggie in the same bed.
I am also still using Instagram to upload pictures throughout the day however, and those do post to my personal facebook page too (you're welcome Mom!).
8:11 pm: I muster up all my energy and clean the bottom of the stairs, a place where tons of "stuff" accumulates. I finish about 3/4 of the job and then go downstairs and bring up two boxes of clothes. I sort it and decide about 1/2 (or one garbage bag full) will be donated. I have my bag for the day for 40 bags in 40 days.
9:30 pm: I decide to write this post. And then enter my calories in for the day at My Fitness Pal and have the app tell me I haven't been eating enough. Despite my resolution not to fast, the day has been so busy that I haven't had much time to eat. So I have cereal and pretzels and write this post and nurse James again when he wakes up and wait for Paul to get home.
11:28 pm: It's just about time for bed... before someone wakes up again!