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Challenge: Life Changes

Everything's Gonna Be Alright!

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No this is not a typo, nor is it one of my new graphic border designs for the blog. And perhaps unless you're ex-military like My Bobby, you probably won't recognize that it's the official morse code for SOS, the rescue call. No- I'm not expecting a full rescue from our freedom fighters I often hear in the sky's above, however I will take it if they can provide a wet-nurse, and a clone of myself with tickets to Disney for the family to happily escape with for the day along with a bottle of Calgon to "Take Me Away!!".

It's hard enough to write this. In fact you are directly witnessing a woman besieged by so much utter fatigue that the only thing I can do (besides rocking my baby non-stop throughout the night to soothe colic and an umbilical hernia) is to stay creative, whatever that may entail. I trudge on by writing, playing photographer, cooking, planning, sometimes bathing (not easy these days), mostly interacting with the family as a whole and praying, basically anything else, but sleeping! It's been seven weeks now. Seven weeks since my world has been rocked!

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Like basic good health, It's that thing you unwittingly take for granted until it's gone. Like when you catch a cold and suddenly forget what it's like not to breath with nasal irritation and congestion. When I do catch a brief wink, it's like my favorite comedian of the moment, Jim Gaffigan (5 children in tow) laments: "It's so sad leaving the bed in the morning. I'll miss you! You were great last night!" Or when he says, " If you want to know what its like to have five kids, imagine yourself drowning and someone hands you a baby."

However, my baby and I rarely know the difference still between day and night. Now please! Don't get me entirely wrong here! This is baby numero cuatro so yes I was fully aware that life would take this shape going into the deal- however, much like the book "What to Expect When You're Expecting" you really never know or feel how it's all gonna go down until....the stuff really goes down!!

There are a few items keeping me afloat at the moment. My coffee! I am drinking Laird Hamiltons coffee made with Super Hard Beans taking my coffee experience to the next level. I NEED that next level. And yes I am ok with a coffee infused day or is it night? Either way, I am digging his coffee and his creamer that is dairy free.

After my pot of coffee, I have been grabbing a Daily Greens Half Pint, which is packed with greens and fruits. I love when companies send me their products to try. This one is a winner for my family. As I have mentioned I am in the weeds, and being able to grab a nutritional, organic cold-pressed smoothie has been a dream knowing I am not cooking the most nutritional things rights now.JI6A0186

Another helpful thing is having my mom tribe. They have been a great exhale for me, reminding me that the world is normal outside of my home. Once a month we are now having a supper club where I meet my mom friends out at a new restaurant. Some do not like the name "supper club," but no one wants to argue with a sleep deprived mombie of four.

Anyway, I know the saying, "this too shall pass," But it doesn't feel like it when you are in the thick of it. I am trying so hard to divide myself amongst my children's needs while my baby is trying to thrive. Poor Roman seems a bit lost right now, and I am dong everything I can to let him know we love him and he too is important. Something hard to understand at the tender age of three.JI6A0192JI6A0193

I have appreciated all your comments on here over the past few months. I feel like I have a group of cheerleaders pushing me on. Your words, messages have helped me so much, in ways I couldn't imagine. Thank you, thank you for pushing me on in this sleep deprived world I am currently in. I know it's not perfect right now, but your support has been great for me.

I know there are a lot of you out there persevering the same plight. And yes we do have gratitude for a perfectly healthy baby. He's beautiful beyond words and I am so grateful. Feel free to send your own distress call; if no one understands or sees it, I am here to say I do! Focus on your gratitude for this perfect little blessing you received. This is what it means to live by Grace. It's a tough job, but God always seems to give you enough strength to get by (right ?:)).

My children mean everything to me, and I am lucky and honored to partake in their life and fulfill the role as their mother. Everything's gonna be alright! I am just hoping these foggy days pass and I remember what it is I want to share with you!

I didn't send an SOS call for nothing. I would love to hear from you NOW! All tips and suggestions are wanted here on this platform. Comment away!IMG_6945
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