Monday, March 22, 2010

Managing 4

Berean is now 2 weeks old and so I now feel like an expert on having 4 children. (that is, of course, a joke).

Here is a little secret: taking care of 4 kids isn't actually that difficult.

The problems start when you throw laundry, cooking, homeschooling, cleaning, carpooling, volunteering, projects and yardwork into the mix. Oh, and sleep. Can't forget sleep.

So, yes, I acknowledge that things would be going more smoothly if I employed a laundress, a cook, a tutor, a housecleaner, a chauffer and a full time handiman. Oh, and if I eliminated all other responsibilites from my life. And maybe a nanny for the the nighttime so I could get some sleep.

Obviously, since I don't have all those things, everything is a little bit...less smooth...than optimal.

However, I do believe that things could be worse.

*I have been keeping up with the laundry.

*The main floor is usually at least somewhat tidy.

*The 2 year old is throwing fits and hitting his brother for only 40% of the day.

*I have been sleeping enough to be functional during the day and I have only been napping on the weekends

*the baby is a quick nurser so when I get up at night to nurse I am usually only up 20 minutes, tops.

*I am blogging during the day on a Monday.

*My sister and my mom have been around a lot to help me out, especially in the afternoons

And the biggest blessing?! I have a sweet little girl to gaze at all day long if I want to. So I have been.

My mom used to have this saying in our kitchen "Cleaning and Scrubbing can wait for tomorrow, for babies grow up we've learned to our sorrow. So quiet down cobwebs, dust go to sleep. I am rocking my baby. And babies don't keep."

I have a bunch of other things I have been wanting to blog about, but Berean is up for her nap and everyone else is clamoring for lunch.

Time to be Chef Julie!


Well said...

At least your part time handiman is kinda cute.

Rachel said...

I can so relate! Let's do get together soon - your place or mine, you let me know what works better for you, we're flexible.

Lesley said...

It sounds like things are going really well! Berean is adorable! It's nice to hear how things are with four kids and that people do, in fact, survive it. :)

AllyJoy said...

It is fun to read about how you are adjusting to 4. I'm impressed!!!