My #4 was born 10 weeks ago.
All 4 kids are home for the summer.
I now have a newborn, 2 year old, 5 year old and 7 year old.
The older two want something to do almost every moment of every day. The baby wants to be held 24 hours a day. And the toddler MUST be watched every waking hour. To sum it up, life is CRAZY!!! And I feel like I may be going crazy too!!
Lots of people ask me “how do you do it?”
The truth is, I have no F-ing clue how I do it. I just DO. I don’t have a choice. I can’t quit. I can’t sit in a corner and rock back and forth and hope for the chaos to stop. It isn’t going to stop. It is only going to get more crazy. So my job as their mom is pull it all together, shower them each with love and care, and provide them with opportunities for an amazing childhood.
Sometimes (a lot of times) it is a HOT MESS
A lot of mornings I give them a granola bar and gold fish for breakfast. Sometimes I make them eggs.
Most meals consist of chicken nuggets, mac and cheese, and PP&J with a side of fruit. Occasionally I make them a nice meal.
I am lucky to wash my hair every 3 days. If you see me in a hat you know I didn’t get around to it on day 3 (and maybe even day 4). My make up is put on at a stop light and that is minimal. My outfits are rotated every 3-4 days because I have 4 tops that currently fit. I have 1 pair of shorts (and they are maternity) and 2 dresses. So, if you see me in the same outfit you saw me in last time we passed on the street–don’t judge. Just trying my best!
You will rarely catch a moment where all 4 kids are happy and content. Most likely at least one of them is crying or whining. This will more than likely be my 2 year old enjoying his terrible-twos. Just ignore.
With all of this being said….having four kids has actually made me a better mom. (At least I tell myself this.)
I am more relaxed. I have learned to laugh at moments that would have upset me a year ago. My heart has grown. I am more forgiving, more relaxed, and I am enjoying moments so much more because I have realized how fleeting they can be. I let my older kids make their room “their room”, full of “collections” and colored pictures on their doors.
Our life is loud. Messy. Busy. And SO fun. I was made to be a mom. I know this. I love this busy, wild, crazy life.