It has been a very, very, very long week. Finn is on spring break and Miles is on a reverse cycle that puts him home somewhere between 1-5 AM giving him anywhere from very little to not so many hours of sleep before going back to work. While he's sleeping I rush to get up with the kids and get them downstairs so they don't wake Daddy. We eat, get dressed, and hustle out the door and if we are lucky get back home for maybe twenty minutes before Miles has to leave again. However most days he is already gone and the kids don't see him at all and the only times I see him are in the middle of the night when I'm half asleep or quickly in the morning when I'm turning off the baby monitors and tip toeing out of the room.
Finn has been a real pill this week and there have been lots of tantrums, lots of crying, lots of screaming (mostly on my behalf), and not nearly enough listening, good behavior, and patience (also on my behalf). He is currently watching digger videos on You Tube while Mary entertains herself in the water bottle and coffee cup cabinet because I just. need. a minute. Or, ya know like twenty.
I suspect Finn has been difficult in part because of the change in his schedule, and in part because of the change in Miles' schedule. And I'm sure there's a vicious cycle of tantrums and time outs we are both failing at ending, but most nights I go to bed angry with myself for how impatient I was with him and angry at him for testing the boundaries and then angry at myself for being angry at my three year old.
I've tried to fill the week with things to do and it shouldn't be that challenging because Finn is only in school three days a week, but Lord have mercy I cannot wait for him to go back to school and I just am so thankful for teachers and will be even more grateful for the beauty that is summer camp. Typing all that makes me think I'm not really acing this whole stay-at-home mom gig, but whatever! At least I'm not day drinking. Though maybe that's not a bad option . . .
Anyway, so what have we done this week aside from some mother-son fits? We went to the beach one day which was fun, but exhausting.
It also meant Finn didn't nap so was a bit crabby that night. Mary peed through her swim diaper on the way home, and combined with all the sand in the car, I had good reason to wash the car seats, only I didn't remember until we were leaving the following morning when I had to put Mary in said car seat where she sat on soggy (from urine) cereal that got smushed on her butt and went UNDER my fingernails and on my hands as I got her out of the car. Gag.
|Eating sand. Maybe I should have prevented that?|
Prior to coming home and actually washing the car seats, Finn had his first swim lesson of the season which went fairly well all things considered. He complained a little about being cold (in the 84 degree indoor pool), but eventually he warmed up and did a good job listening to his instructor. So at least he's listening to someone this week!
While I washed the kids' seats (I'm really stuck on this topic it seems), I also took the shop vac to the car, my single and double stroller, and cleaned out my car. It was so nice to have a clean car and clean seats so it would only be fitting that both kids got mud on them today at the park. Super.
Also accomplished this week was the killing of our lawn mower which thankfully kicked the bucket just as I was finishing up the back yard. Miles birthday is next week and I'm thinking a good gift for him will be a yard service. Did I say gift for him? I meant for me. While mowing the yard Finn was playing with kinetic sand he decided to mix with silly puddy (didn't end well for the puddy) and Mary was babysat by a bag of veggie straws.
|Because leaving her unattended with food is always such a good idea.|
Anyway, it's encroaching on dinner time and while I've been fairly decent at extra healthy eating the last few weeks (since my skin looks like that of a teenager in the thick of puberty), tonight I really just want to feed the kids quesadillas and binge eat the Milano cookies I got on sale.
Miles has another week of this crappy schedule but at least come Monday Finn will be someone else's problem for a few hours so here's hoping next week is better.
|Books passed down from my mom. Kids be crazy no matter the decade.|