Monday, May 12, 2008

No title for this

I'm too tired to think of a creative or even non-creative title tonight. It's been one of those days. Sometimes I feel like I am not cut out for this mom thing. The transition from no kids to one kid was difficult, but difficult in a what-on-earth-do-I-do-with-this-squawking-little-creature way. For me, the transition from 1-2 kids was a breeze. There were, of course, moments when I felt completely overwhelmed, but mostly I felt like it was a pretty seamless time in our lives. The transition from 2-3 kids, however, has thrown me for a loop. I knew it would be tough. I prepared myself for tough. I didn't know it would last this long, though. I still don't feel like we've competely settled in. The sleeping thing is killing me softly. I have three kids who all have completely different sleep patterns and only two rooms to put them in and it just doesn't seem to be working. I am finally ready to try Tia and Sloan together. I have hesitated on this for a variety of reasons. First, they are sooooooooo different! Sloan wants the door open, Tia does better with it closed (an open door represents a lot more freedom than she can handle). Sloan wakes up screaming because his toe hurts, Tia vomits then goes right back to sleep in her vomit (not exaggerating). Sloan scares easily, Tia does not. Tia wakes up earlier than Sloan. Sloan goes to bed later than Tia. So, you can see that moving them in the same room has been hard for me to do. But, putting Landon in the room with Tia is just not working well. At least not right now. He won't sleep through the night. We need to let him cry it out a little, but then he wakes her up. He wakes up at a different time every night. She wakes him up when she gets up in the morning. Blah, blah, blah... So, I just don't know what to do. We tried putting Landon in a pack n play in our bathroom, but he doesn't sleep great in that thing and who can blame him? I don't sleep well on a board either! Plus, Lee has to get up and leave early a lot of mornings, so that makes things sticky. Anyway, these are my dilemmas, my stresses, these days. I'm really struggling with frustration and discouragement, a lot of which is compounded by my complete lack of sleep. But we will likely give Tia and Sloan a try together and see what happens. If it's awful, then I don't know what we do. Buy a bigger house? Hmmmm...tempting, but probably not wise. We'll see.
On a brighter note, happy mother's day a day late to all the mommies in my life. Since I never do anything on time, it seems fitting to post this now. Particularly to my own mother and mother-in-law. I love you both dearly and appreciate both of you so much. I'm one of those rare and blessed individuals who truly has a great relationship with both mom and MIL. Not many people can say that and I'm so grateful that I can.
Now it's off to bed. My mom actually has the two older kids tonight, so I may get a decent night's sleep!

5 comments:

blessedpath said...

I didn't realize you were soo frustrated earlier today. I am sorry. I hope you feel able to talk with me if you want. If not that's okay too. I'm glad it was so pretty out today to get out of the house! Hey.....what about closing in your dining rm for Sloans room?? Your kitchen is big enough for your table,isn't it? just an idea for a quick fix. see you tomorrow!

CB said...

Hey- I want to send you some information about what I am doing next year but didn't have your address...can you email it to me? cwatson888@aol.com

Tiffany said...

hey lady, i don't know if you want our help or suggestions or if this was just an impassioned plea of understanding...if so (impassioned plea of understanding-wise)then we'll be praying for you and for Lee as the two of you talk about what could be done as sleep and rest is incredibly important to us as moms. God holds rest in high regard and we should too! And if you do want suggestions...why not move the house around a bit? Put Lee's office in the front room and make the downstairs office somebody's bedroom? Just a thought. Regardless, you'll be prayed over lady! HUGS!

Stuart Fam said...

I am really sorry. You can call sometime and we can chat if that would make you feel better. :)

the broomes said...

Wow, I have a lot to look forward to, don't I...:) Sorry that nothing is seeming to work out in the sleep department. I will be praying as well for some good nights of rest for the entire Stuart fam!