• 01Feb

    Do you know how ridiculous it is to get seven young children ready to go anywhere and expect to be on time?  And I thought the problem was Dan!  =)  I started earlier than usual as well as doing several extra things last night, and still didn’t manage to make it to church on time this morning.  How does one convey the importance of punctuality that way? 

    The two oldest can get themselves dressed.  The next two can do most of it on their own, but they still need help with things like buttons, hair, stockings, etc.  Maranatha can do little things to help, but she is going through an unhelpful stage meaning it takes more time to fight with her to help than it takes for me to do it myself.  Payden and Caleb require, of course, pretty much everything.  And the older ones aren’t quite old enough to be helping the younger ones get dressed and the like.  Then to top it all off we aren’t exactly settled, things can be hard to find, the kids haven’t had to do regular chores lately and consequently have found other ways of entertaining themselves.  So, Mom gets stuck running up and down the stairs trying to find socks for this one, shoes for that one, changing a diaper here, pouring the milk for breakfast there, cleaning up the latest mess al a Payden, combing hair, directing coat retrieval, fastening buttons, looking for shoes AGAIN, etc. . etc.

    It really wasn’t too bad this morning.  The thing that threw me off was the fact that Caleb needed fed about half an hour before we needed to leave.  Well, that half hour was already booked with previously stated errands.  Thankfully I had planned on leaving 10-20 minutes before I really needed to leave and we only showed up 5-10 minutes late.  I have always had a hard time adjusting schedules when a new baby shows up. 

    I think the hardest part of this single parenting stuff is finding the time to shower.  Mornings–The kids have been waking up before I do . . which is fine if it’s just the older ones, but once Payden and Maranatha are up it isn’t safe to spend that much time in the bathroom.  Evenings–Caleb takes over.  He gets fussy about 7:30 and nothing but Mom will satisfy him till about 10 p.m.  By then I’m settled in and relaxed in bed if not already asleep.  Nap time might work, but it’s also the ideal time for school work and I don’t always get Maranatha and Payden (and now Caleb) to take naps all at the same time.  So if I smell, please forgive me I should be able to schedule in a shower somewhere in the year 2010.      =)

6 Comments to Shower? What’s that?

  • Well on the bright side, you don’t have your kids throwing YOUR Sunday dress in the shower either. At the age of 5 my mother’s middle child, who shall remain nameless, ::grin:: thought to help her out, he would give her her Sunday dress. Unfortunately she was in the shower at the time. Needless to say I… I mean he got in trouble. There is always a flipside, and we will pray that the Lord provides you with time to take a shower.

  • Liisa, you make me laugh. 🙂 I enjoy all of your writings. It’s wonderful to be able to hear how you are doing. Hope you get a shower soon! You are in our prayers always.

  • I will be praying for your fussy times with Caleb. My 3 mo. old was that way until about 2 weeks ago and now our evenings have calmed down. Praying for you as you figure out the best way to make it all fit.

  • Sounds like you would fit right in here. We have a newly turned young adult that has to remind himself to shower. You would think all the mommy effort of nagging for 18 years would have rubbed off. Well, at least so far the air is clean, and of course so are the towels. 🙂 But 2010 sounds like a great time to start the trend. I will pass along that you could have a contest to see who finds the shower the most. Him from necessity and you for sanity. I sure love my showers, but have to have them after midnight if I want to really relax and enjoy. Not to worry! We will love you anyway. Hope you can find a minute to refresh.:)

  • Hey Liisa! I know what you mean about the shower thing, only you have a lot more kids than I do! We just had to take Caleb to the hospital the other night. He ended up having croup. They had to give him breathing treatments and steroids. We were awake till four and had to get back up at seven. I was falling asleep in my recliner and the boys were in the other room , and I didn’t know it, but they had opened one of the bedroom windows and they had hooked their belts together and threw it out the window to the ground. I guess they thought they could climb down. I can’t leave them for a long time or they do crazy things like that!! How is your Caleb doing? I drive by your house every once and a while and just look at it? Have you sold it yet? I will be praying for you.