Today I scrubbed down the vinyl seats in my Suburban with a toothbrush. Not all of them, and no, not extreme nesting. Just the parts of seat and floor that Kbug hit with her vomit.
It was just one of those days!
One of my boys woke up with pee-soaked sheets, which isn’t really a big deal, but sometimes things like that set the tone for the day. It shouldn’t, I know.
Our library had a kids program at 10:00am, so things were rushed getting everyone out the door. (We go every Tuesday, and we have yet to make it on time!) I don’t like rushing. And I was tired from waking up at 4:00am with CJ, who was coughing and crying about his sore throat. He only wants Daddy when he’s sick, so I moved to the couch and let him take my spot in bed.
Since I was already out in the kitchen/living room, I got up at 6:00am to pack Dee’s lunch. I never do this anymore, except on rare occasions, so I got extra kisses from Dee! That’s always nice. Not that he’s sparing with his kisses, ever…
The library program on Tuesdays is for 6-8 year olds, so Moosies and CJ always get bored. Then I have to entertain them for 45 minutes upstairs while we wait for Kbug and Cboy to finish up with the big kids. All of my kids love books, but 45 minutes in the library is a LONG time for my little guys. Then when we were ready to check out books and leave, the computers were extremely sluggish. Apparently, because all the libraries were closed July 4th, the whole integrated library system got whammed July 5th! Happens after every holiday. I’m going to remember that! But the 15 people stacked up in line behind us were very pleasant, and my kids stuck with me (instead of running the book isles) and acted very well-mannered. I think they were hoping for candy.
On the way home from the library is when Kbug threw up. I’m hoping it was just from the sweltering heat, and trying to read in the car. I really don’t want to deal with a family-wide stomach bug right now!
I had told the kids we’d try to go swimming after lunch, before naps, but by the time I got the throw-up mess cleaned up and fed the kids lunch, it was time for naps. Because Mommy said so, that’s why.
My lunch, while I banished the kids upstairs for 20 minutes, was a package of pizza Combos and a push-up popsicle. I even got to read 2 pages of a new book I snagged at the library. (If you’ve never thought this through, let me just explain that it is really, really hard to browse for “Mommy books” while keeping track of a 3-year-old and a 2-year-old at the library. Make that impossible. So I just grabbed five books off the shelf closest to me, and hoped they were good ones.)
Everyone but Kbug took naps after lunch. (And everyone but me had a healthy lunch of french toast, made with whole wheat bread and our farm-fresh eggs!) I stuck her out on the couch with a book on tape, and told her she could turn a movie on when “Pinocchio” was done. Besides the physical disasters of pee and throw-up, I was tired from all the fighting and whining and lying that happened today. (And, I’m 32 weeks pregnant and it’s HOT and my hormones haven’t gone anywhere!) The pee and stuff I can handle, it’s the soul issues that wear me out. I’m not sure what happened to my normally a-lot-sweeter children! I felt like asking Dee to watch the kids when he got home from work, so I could escape for a little while. BUT, I knew the kids and I needed to do something fun together, so we drove to the creek after naps and played in the water. Built rocks dams, pretended we were beavers, found “dragon eggs” and then slayed the dragons that hatched, watched fishermen… and then CJ had to go poop. No way was I dragging all four kids into the gas station rest room, so we went home. Where CJ couldn’t get any poop out, but oh well! Dee brought Sam’s Club pizza home, bounced with the kids on the trampoline, and helped me tuck all the kiddos in bed. Mmmmhmmm! My hero.