Thursday, May 22

Redeeming the Day...




Whenever one of my children keeps me up at night I always say, "I am just someone who needs their sleep.  It is so hard for me to parent at night."  Really?  Does anyone not need their sleep?  Does anyone want to be up with a kid all night?  I am a whiner.

Little Man has been coughing a lot for the past couple of nights and not much has helped.  I've done Vicks on the soles of his feet, given him a steamy bath before bed, spooned honey in his mouth, and helped him blow his nose as much as possible.  It's just going around, I guess.

This morning, I determined not to let my lack of sleep ruin our day.  We had a hearty breakfast (eggs, bacon, and toast) and then I took my little ones to a small farm a few minutes away and we picked a few pounds of strawberries.  Once home, we did our usual:  school, outside time, a little television, some drawing, playing with frogs, and splashing in puddles after a rainstorm roared through.  I made a Strawberry Summer Cake and just chilled out.  It was a good day...  And I only lost it after bath-time when I stepped on a sopping wet rug that my dear children sprayed with water.  It's not a day in the parenting trenches if you aren't humbled by the end of it!

Now, I am off to bed!  Hopefully I will sleep until morning because, as you know, I am just someone who needs their sleep...

P.S.  We found a few Lady Slipper plants in our woods today!






4 comments:

kyrie said...

I'm laughing with you! I'm so glad you redeemed your day. I have learned to take my time on those days...and try to think about preserving the relationships above everything else. I hope you're sleeping sweetly! xo

Angela K said...

Don't come to our house then. Ben rarely sleeps more than 2 hours at a time. It is awful. Luckily he is not awake long. The cake looks yummy. Guess I'll be making that too. The pound cake went over well.

Angela K said...

Don't come to our house then. Ben rarely sleeps more than 2 hours at a time. It is awful. Luckily he is not awake long. The cake looks yummy. Guess I'll be making that too. The pound cake went over well.

Katya said...

This is my favorite post of yours, ever, I am pretty sure! I love the honesty and the truth to the post, especially the part about humility. So true! Argh! You're the most amazing mama!! So inspired by you every day :)

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