Thursday, March 10, 2011

How Goes It?

So how is it going with Peter back at work?

Well for the most part I would say if an outsider were looking in, it would be comedic. The boys already know how to gang up on me it appears. I am completely frustrated at different points in the day and swear that I could never have another child and then at other times I am so in love with my boys that I want another one right now (hormones anyone?!?) It is a constant juggling act to meet everyone's needs and I consider the day a complete success if I am able to get a shower and get something to eat! Once this week I was even able to lay down for an hour while the boys napped - score! On top of caring for the boys I also try to fit in time to take care of the other household duties. Earlier this week everything was caught up, but today there are dishes in the sink and the laundry is piling up, bathrooms need cleaned - the list goes on but I know that there really is no possible way for me to have it all together right now so I just do the best I can.

Here is a small snapshot of how my day goes:

7:00 - Eli is awake and ready to eat NOW!!!
7:30 - Fed and changed and back to sleep we go
9:00 - Malachi is up, change him and play with him for awhile.

He seems ready to eat and I figure I better get it done before the baby wakes up. I put Mal in his highchair and make him some cream of wheat and get him a yogurt. Sit down and start feeding him. I hear the baby wailing from upstairs. Go upstairs and get Eli. I put him in his swing and go back to feeding Malachi. Eli doesn't like this idea and starts screaming again which makes Malachi freak out (he has a huge fear of the baby right now). Malachi starts reaching for me, so I guess mealtime is over.

I put Malachi in the living room to play and pick Eli up. He is still upset and wants to eat. So I start working on heating him up a bottle. From the living room I hear a boom and Malachi starts crying. So I set Eli down in the playpen (he is not happy about this) and go pick up Malachi and comfort him. After a few minutes he is better and off playing again.

I start to feed Eli his bottle. Malachi starts choking on something so I retrieve the item from his mouth - a piece of plastic. I have no idea where he found that. Back to feeding the very upset baby who keeps getting his mealtime interrupted. Eli gets done eating and I smell something nasty. I change Malachi and then change Eli. Eli pees on his clothes and I had to use the new diaper as a shield. I start to unfold a new diaper and Eli pees again but this time all over my clothes. I can't help but laugh.

I change Eli and we go upstairs and I get him dressed in clean clothes and then change my clothes. I go back downstairs where yet another piece of plastic is hanging out of Malachi's mouth. I swear our house is safer than it appears on this morning. Fortunately that was the end of plastic finds.

How do you mother's of big families (4 or more) do it?!?

This is just a small snip-it of the comedy of my day. There are diaper blow-outs, spit-up in my face, both babies crying at the same time, and lots of other fun things that happen. While I do get frustrated and feel overwhelmed at times, I really do truly love life these days! I mean what is not to love about this?

Eli Must be going through a growth spurt right now because he wants to eat all the time and is eating 5-6 ounces every feeding. His cheeks sure are filling out :)


Elle J said...

Eli looks great - his full cheeks are adorable!!! I like your positive attitude and laughter to get you through the really chaotic times. You are a great mom!!! =)

Kelli said...

Beautiful boys!!

Maria Delgado said...

wow. the boys have gotten so big! what cuties.