Friday night we were testing out the waters of empty nesting. Saturday we revisited the world of 2 kiddos (oddly quiet) and last night, blessedly we had the whole family back under one roof. Just the way I like it.
With the return of the girls also came the return of the sun after many days of rain and gloom. It was awesome. Low humidity, sunshine, family home, my productivity was through the roof and there was pep in my step.
Somehow we managed to keep the girls occupied and kind until exhaustion took over and one fell dead asleep with the light on at 8 p.m. The other, had some math homework to finish up in preparation for a test today. Now, I ask you….”who gives homework on a FRIDAY and a test on MONDAY?!?!?!??!” Basically, it was a recipe for a meltdown which absolutely occurred. The child is more afraid of her teacher than her parents. It was pitiful, heartbreaking and brought out the Mama (and Papa) bear in us…shoot, even biggest brother joined in on the calming. Finally, we convinced her to go to sleep and we would tackle it in the morning when her brain was rested, recharged and ready for learning.
Somewhere around midnight I was awakened, did a house check, realized the oldest was up to use the restroom, had a brief chat and then back to bed. And sleep. Elusive. Toss. Turn. What the???? I didn’t even have coffee yesterday!!!!
Finally settle in and drifting back off to sleep and our younger son started a coughing jag. Now 1: 30 a.m. Up with him….water, cough medicine, hug. Back to bed.
Cough. Cough. Cough. Remove the kid from the room to the couch to keep the other kid from waking.
2 a.m. I feel like the commercial…”how many more hours until I have to wake up?”
It’s like having a newborn.
From empty nesting to newborn. OY. World of difference, folks. World. Of. Difference.
Happy Monday, peeps!!