Do you ever wonder how you’re not insane with everything that the kids throw at you?
Especially with the non-stop questions and repetitive requests.
I was thinking about this early as my two-year-old said, probably 40 times in a row, “Want APPLE! Want APPLE! Want Apple!”
Or yesterday as I was getting the kids ready to take Nathan to karate practice and they were all following me around with one request or whine or another.
Nathan was rushing around trying to get his karate uniform on and his gear together and then running smack into the wall. Joshua was asking for the bag of Cheerios which he had seen me sneak into the diaper bag for later and it was the same non-stop request over and over like the apple today. Emily had woken Luke up from his nap early and he was very grumpy. He followed me around crawling and whining very loudly. Luke is a VERY loud baby, probably out of necessity with being the youngest of four. And all over this din, Emily starts announcing to me as she also trails after me “Mom, Lukey is whining! Lukey wants you! Lukey is not happy!”
All that while I’m trying to write the check for karate tuition (which I left at home) gather up snacks, make sure everyone a sweatshirt or sweater on and for heaven’s sakes socks and shoes! (It is not uncommon for my children to try to sneak out barefoot or in sandals this time of year!) Nathan was running around with one barefoot and one very old & holey sock on the other foot. I reminded him to get new socks and yet later at karate practice, I look out and he was running around with one holey sock on and one barefoot! Yes, that’s my boy!
Once we were just about heading to the car, I realized that Joshua had an armful of stuffed animals – his two favorite stuffed puppies, his Angry Bird, and his Scentsy Buddy. I told him he could only bring two and of course being two years old, he didn’t understand that and melted down.
Then, once we reached karate practice, he had another meltdown because I let go of his hand (I was trying to carry Luke and he was sliding down so I needed both hands.)
Whew, no wonder I was exhausted by last night.
Then again, maybe I am a little crazy by this point and it’s just happening slowly like the frog in the boiling water!
But it’s all worth it…