Thankful Day 3: I really ought to say candy again

I am currently trapped in single parent limbo. E is at another training school, learning how to be boss/manager/den mother to his new division which means I’m at home being boss/manager/actual mother to two extremely demanding babies. Caroline is teething and Little Evan is two-and-a-half, which means they both need me 24/7. In case you need help with that math (maybe you too have only gotten three hours of sleep each night this week!) that’s TWO kids who need me constantly and only ONE of me. I either need another set of hands or a maid, because with no back up parent to take over at 5 pm I’ve given up even PRETENDING to care about the state of my floors (disgusting) or if my candy wrappers are overflowing the trash can (they are). If we’re all still alive on Friday afternoon I’m calling this week a win…although now there’s a chance E won’t be coming home on the weekends and I’m freaking out just a little bit so let’s just pretend that’s NOT a possibility and I will DEFINITELY get to sleep in on Sunday and someone else can unload the dishwasher for the love of God why are there so many dishes when we’ve eaten nothing but Nutella on toast for three days?

I was one screaming fit away from my own screaming fit when I achieved Nirvana: dual naps with maximum overlap. You better believe I took a nap of my own and woke up feeling so much better I managed to prep and freeze three different (healthy!) meals for the coming week. The kitchen looks like a bomb went off and the dog refuses to eat the rest of the puffs Caroline threw off the high chair while I was cooking and my throat is sore from singing the Bubble Guppies song at the top of my lungs to keep Evan entertained but WE WILL NOT STARVE. Or even die of a hazelnut and cocoa sugar coma.

So when I say I am thankful for naps, I really really mean it.

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10 Responses to “Thankful Day 3: I really ought to say candy again”

  1. Robyn says:

    I hear ya! i’ve only got one, so my situtation is WAY easier, but Dustin started working nights last week, so we’re now both doing the single parent thing during the week. Plus, Rory and Daddy now get to sleep in everyday, so her bedtime is getting later and later, leaving Mommy absolutely no time by herself to get anything done before bed. We’re having #2 in May, and i’m getting more and more nervous about having this schedule when i have a newborn and a toddler to take care of. Somehow i’ll do it i guess, but i really feel you pain right now. the floors be damned! as long as everyone is alive and relatively happy and healthy when Daddy comes back, it’s totally a success!

    • bebehblog says:

      Robyn, congrats! I’m so happy for your guys. It’s not ALWAYS like this – for a while I was getting 8 hours of sleep AND both kids were napping and I felt like Supermom. This is just one of those weeks where everything seems to be working against me. Including all that Halloween candy.

      • Robyn says:

        Thanks! Having a baby again sounds really scary right now, but I’m sure it will be fine in reality…people wouldn’t keep having more if it was that bad, right??? And damn that Halloween candy!

  2. Joanna says:

    Oh my… I’m tired just reading that.

  3. Audrey says:

    I told Chris I was taking personal time tomorrow. He has a thing at 2 but I’m going to get up and leave the house and not come back until like 1:15 or something. Because it is exhausting to be on-call 24/7. And yet… I CAN’T WAIT TO BE PREGNANT WITH #3 NEXT YEAR!!!!

  4. Brigid Keely says:

    I seriously have no idea who single parents/people married to military persons handle being on call 24-7 like that. Mad props to you folks. I would fall out a window or something.

    Don’t feel too bad about your floors. I took Niko’s socks off the other day and saw he’d grown talons. How long has it been since I clipped his toenails? He’s fed, healthy, and learning his ABCs and numbers. Who cares about our floors or his clawlike appendages. The important things are covered.

  5. Erin says:

    Hang in there!!!! Doesn’t E get some extra pay from all this? Why not use some of that to get so poor unsuspecting teenager to come over and help you for a few hours in the afternoon? It would be really worth it and you SO deserve it!

  6. Sarah-Anne says:

    wow. you are supermom!

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