Clay is in Lafayette painting our house to get it ready to list, so the kiddos and I are alone for 2 1/2 days. Here’s a taste of how our day today went.
6:30 am: I am awakened by my phone beeping out a text message alert–Clay forgot the time difference and wanted to say good morning.
6:55: I am awakened again by Elisabeth yelling–the day has begun.
The rest of the day until 1:00 consisted of moments like these:
“Elisabeth, get down off the table!” “Mom, she’s got your toothbrush again!” “No, no, Elisabeth! That’s baby’s seat!” “Elisabeth pulled my hair!” “She scratched Samuel’s eye!” “No, Elisabeth, you can’t have more cereal because you dumped all yours in the floor again.” “Girls, you have to remember to close the bathroom door because she’ll get in there and _____ (squirt the shampoo out, get the water bottle, tear up the toilet paper, fill in the blank)” “She’s eating Elliot’s food!” “Elisabeth!! Get down off the table!!!”
1:00-3:00: Blessed relief in the form of Elisabeth’s naptime
2:30: Proof that there is grace in the form of a phone call inviting us to supper
4:00-6:00: Chaos in the form of clean-up time and getting ready to go
6:30-8:00: Blessed relief in the form of socialization
8:30-9:30: Chaos in the form of bedtime hassles, Elisabeth dumping round one of baby’s cereal in the diaper bag, hungry baby, dog needing out, girls who can’t settle down, dog eating round two of baby’s cereal while mommy threatens girls with loss of life or limb, baby getting extremely upset while mommy fixes round three of baby’s cereal, finally giving up on cereal because now baby is too enraged with hunger to eat it, nursing baby who immediately falls asleep.
9:30: Blessed relief in the form of all children plus dog being asleep.
May tomorrow be a better day. By the way, to those of you who are dying to proclaim that curse-disguised-as-encouragement of “Enjoy these days while they last because you’ll miss them when they’re gone” or better yet, “Enjoy them now because they get worse when they’re older,” let me warn you that if you tell me that right now, you’ll be moved to the bottom of my favorite people list, and I might even sic Elisabeth on you.