Tuesday, July 19, 2011

all in a day's work

People ask what life is like with four kids. First of all, I LOVE being a mother and I LOVE my kids. But, to answer their question, I tell them that it's manageable, but that us + anything else is hard. Here's a debrief of the last 24 hours:

1. Drywall went up in the family room. Thanks, Dan! (He doesn't read this blog. Just thought I'd give a subtle clue that we didn't do it. very subtle.)
2. The house still stunk yesterday. Thanks, Dead Animal! You smell bigger than you probably are!
3. Took the kids to Dick's sporting goods and was tempted to buy catcher's equipment to protect my kids from further injury...read on...
4. Called Miles' pediatrician because he took a baseball to the face three weeks ago (freak accident) and now that the swelling and discoloration are gone, it appears his nose is crooked. Was referred to ENT. (BTW, I had taken him to the ER when he was injured and they thought everything was absolutely fine. bastards.)
5. ENT wanted to see Miles yesterday, so we went.
6. Within 20 minutes of the appointment, we were scheduling Miles for surgery for tomorrow to correct broken nose. (No, they are not going to re-break it.) None of us have ever been put under anesthesia. Pray for Miles.
7. Avery's team played in ridiculously uncomfortable heat. And there were biting bugs. They lost in extra innings.
8. After the game, I hung out with good buddies Kari and Megan and had much needed laughs and heart-to-hearts.
9. Got a text while there from Brent that read verbatim: "Does Phoebe have any diapers? She's wearing a a hybrid cloth duct tape concoction right now!" I thought he was serious. Laughed so hard I couldn't breathe. He had actually put her in a rarely used cloth diaper.
10. Came home and talked until midnight-ish.
11. Woke up at 5am with killer low back pain. Fell back asleep at 6am.
12. Woke up again at 8, needing to get a shower, get everyone fed, dressed and out the door by 8:45. (I seriously hadn't brushed my hair since Saturday. I had taken a shower, but we've been going at such a frenetic pace that I'm pretty sure there was no time for a luxury such as brushing ones hair.)
13. Upon waking up, Jillian said she needed to throw up. She didn't. She was just tired, I think.
14. Phoebe pooped in that cloth diaper. I was going to try to clean it, but I tossed that Bum Genius away after gagging at the smell.
15. My low back was throbbing with pain. I got a deep tissue massage. psych.
16. Avery took antibiotics, because, of course he was diagnosed with Strep a few days ago.
17. Somehow we all got on the road by 9:03am. Only 18 minutes behind schedule...
18. Jillian went to camp.
19. Miles went to his pre-op appointment. Cleared.
20. Cold press coffee at Caribou. finally.
21. Costco trip. Bought a month's supply of diapers, bread and frozen pizza.
22. DQ drive-thru for the boys' lunch.
23. Picked up Jillian from camp while ominous clouds formed overhead.
24. McD's drive-thru for Jillian's and Phoebe's lunch. Torrential downpour ensued during this time.
25. Got to garage, but stayed there to watch golf-ball sized hail crashing down. Very cool.
26. Our house still stinks.
27. Gotta figure out dinner, clean up, do laundry, put stuff away and get Avery back to the fields by 4:30.


Becky said...

um, holy crap. i don't even know what to say. for real though? surgery??? Tell me what you need me to do for you. Seriously.

Kathy Sturm said...

Yep, that is what I was trying to say at Mike's house. This season of life is really hard. It doesn't last forever. I love you, and wish I lived closer to you.

Kelly @ Love Well said...

Oh friend. I KNOW! It's crazy, isn't it? A lot of my friends are slightly bruised that I never answer my phone anymore. But hello? Four kids at home for the summer? I wouldn't even hear them.

You don't live near family either, right? I think that makes this many kids + this stage of life that much harder. It's GOOD but it requires everything when you don't have much outside help.

Sarah said...

Posts like this remind me (as always) how much I'd love to live closer. so sorry about Miles. The ER is no small visit so you expect to receive solid attention & care. We will be praying for all of you!! in the midst of sharing your 24 hrs, you still make me laugh so hard.(#2&#9) love u so much!!

Jenny said...

1. I love you so stinkin much!
2. I wish I was close right now to lighten your insane (INSANE!) load.
3. Did the hail damage my roof? I hope the hail damaged my roof. I hope it caused a leak that came through the roof of the kitchen and ruined my kitchen cabinets.
4. I'm praying for Miles.
5. I'm praying for you.
6. Swell Omen.

Greta said...

Well don't you worry...I took a nap for you directly after reading all of this. (psych)

Glad to hear we aren't the only ones who don't always (can't) get out the door on time. And I am extremely impressed that you had everyone out, with all that needed to get done, done, in 68 minutes. Sheesh.

Also, why do I (we?) feel so much better when we realize that we aren't the only ones who don't have it all together, all the time. I mean I have it all together 98% of the time....riiiiiight.


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