Monday, July 18, 2011

Kids are Adaptable

Mothers, not so much.  In fact I think the say, "Old dogs can't learn new tricks." came from some mom trying to explain why she can not possibly do another shift change.  The dh started a new job, which involves a very dramatic shift change.  He went from sleeping 10 pm to 4 am to sleeping 10 am to 4 pm.  Meanwhile I am supposed to keep my schedule and keep the kids quiet while he sleeps.  Someone should probably have told him we have 9 kids.  Actually, they have been incredibly good.  I will tell you, you have no idea how good your kids truly are till you need them to be.  Unfortunately, I don't sleep so well when hes not here.  Apparently even *I* can't live on as little sleep as I am getting. 

Its going something like this:
1-2am - Tries to sleep, takes about 30-45 min before I am out

2-3 am - Baby wants to nurse

3:30-4 am - 2 year old wakes up wanting a drink and needing a diaper change

4:30 am - Baby wants to nurse

5 am - 2 year old wants a drink and needs ANOTHER diaper change

5:15 -  5 year old starts yelling at his 4 year old brother in his sleep. 

6 am - baby wants to nurse again

6:30 am the garbage truck rolls around

7 am I am finally bad to sleep, but I know I have to be up at 8 so I can shower and get done before the dh gets home to crash. 

Then as I walk around all zombie like during the day while the kids have all this energy and get to take naps. We shifted their schedule over the last 2 weeks so they are staying up later so they can see daddy more when he is home.  They have not noticed anything, no one has complained.  But me, I am falling up the stairs, not down but up, because I am so tired I can't make my legs work the way they are supposed to. 

Once we are on this schedule and back to "normal", what ever that is, we better never ever change again. 

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