So here I am, sitting (laying actually) on my couch, not at church on this fine Sunday morning. Why is that you ask? Well, John is at work and as much fun as taking all the kids by myself is, I just couldn't do it on two hours of sleep. Nope. Little Sis did not have a great night last night. She woke up at about midnight, before I ever went to sleep, and decided it was not necessary to go back to sleep. I brought her down stairs and we crashed on the couch. Well, we laid on the couch so Daddy could get some sleep, because the girl was up until after 4. What the heck?!
We have a problem in this house....little princess is spoiled. I know, I know, people will tell you that you can't spoil an infant...I beg to differ. The girl is ALWAYS being held or talked to or sung to or played with. If it's not me, it's John, or A, or J, or Ike or even little E-man....you get the point right? Because now she INSISTS on being held, or sung to, or played with all the time. She has also decided that sleeping through the night (something she has done since 5 weeks) is not something she is interested in either. Oh and this same baby refuses to eat rice cereal, or formula for that matter. Napping is also something of the past...20 minutes is about as long as I can get her to go and that is only if I hold her and 'rock' her to sleep. What happened?!
Baby S is a funny baby...but she is my last baby. So, even though my nights are not always spent sleeping like I would like, or I get a little frustrated that she cries EVERY time I put her down, or that I will be nursing her until she's three (not really), or my house is even more of a disaster all the time because I spend my days holding a baby.....that's all ok. I am so grateful that she is part of our family and that the older kids all just adore her and help so much. I am actually grateful I have gotten to a point that I will let myself put aside other things and just hold the baby (we are working on a better balance) because she won't always be a baby. She rolled over yesterday and while I was pretty excited about it, I was a little sad too. She's getting bigger. They all are.
I have a confession...
I think E-man's screaming kicking tantrums are hilarious. They are not encouraged but I definitely have to make a concerted effort not to laugh out loud at him.
A's drama over EVERYTHING drives me crazy but I love her for it. She knows what she wants and she is a seven year old girl...what else would I expect?
I LOVE LOVE LOVE how protective J is of me. He is always getting after John or the other kids when they even tease me. My little boy that is just in love with me right now won't always be.
Ike is insane. I don't know what we are going to do with this child but he reminds me so much of his dad that I just can't help giggling at him sometimes.
And baby S stresses me out!! But I am so glad I have the opportunity to stay at home and kind of glad that she loves to be held, I only wish that holding included cuddling. Nope the girl with have none of it...she just wants to be in your lap so she can see what's going on. Oh, and that she thinks I am pretty much the only funny person on the planet.
So, in conclusion, I am losing it I'm sure, but baby S is not really the most convenient of babies, especially for baby #5, but I made it through another night and I am secretly grateful to have a day to just hang out with the kids, Sabbath or not.
This year we had the opportunity to stay in our own home for the blessed holiday. The kids made cookies, "gingerbread" houses and chose appetizers for dinner on Christmas Eve. They opened their new jammies and headed to bed. I actually had everything wrapped and ready to go so Santa just need to get everything out and stockings stuffed. I made it to bed fairly early.
A was the first one up...at 5 am I think it was. We told her to go back to sleep so she did....NOT. She proceeded to wake up every other child in the house. We all made it downstairs, read the Christmas story from the Bible, and A was pretty excited to pass out the gifts (J got to help). Some of the big winners this year were the bouncer for S. She was REALLY psyched about it.
E and Ike got a power wheel!! They were so excited when they finally figured what was in the big box. It wasn't wrapped but they totally didn't notice til Daddy started putting it together.
These two were also pretty excited about the Thomas, Lightning, and Mater playhuts that they got. J liked the remote control car and super hero stuff he got. And was thrilled with the MP3 player and sing along speaker she got. They are all spoiled!
We cleaned up a bit, I made (gasp!!) french toast and bacon, and we got ready for church. It was a lovely sacrament to remind us why we celebrate this season. Then we were able to host John's side of the family for an afternoon of eating and visiting and Christmas dinner. The only thing that would have made the day better was if we were able to see my side of the family too.
Well, early last month I had a birthday and my eldest has given me her express opinion that I should just be 29 again. It really was a WONDERFUL day. John had the day off and he and the kids treated me to breakfast in bed. Then older kids were off to school. The younger two came with us to the gym and later to do a bit of shopping. Then that night, John took me to a nice restaurant here in town. It was so delicious!! I had a great day and I was so thankful to have been able to spend it with my man! Thanks Babe for such a perfect day!