Three Kids = Lost Mind

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I must admit, I feel like I’ve lost my mind most days.  Maybe it’s that we are still getting used to all being home.  Or maybe it’s because we don’t have a set routine each day.  Or maybe it’s because I don’t have my computer calendar to keep me organized like I normally do.  Don’t get me wrong, I do put everything into my phone/computer calendar, but the problem is that I’m not looking at it all the time like I normally am at work and therefore when my reminders pop up, I typically don’t see them for several hours past the time we’re supposed to do the task (like library story time).

With all that being said, I am enjoying {almost} every minute of our summer and being on maternity leave.  I would not change that.

Here’s where my mind is getting lost though….

Example One:  Emma has reflux (more details on this later) and takes her medicine twice a day.  For the first week I used the same medicine dispenser.  Then a couple days ago all of a sudden a new dispenser appeared and the old one was nowhere to be found.  I’m not kidding either.  I looked everywhere…. under couches; in cabinets; in bathrooms and bedrooms; in the diaper bag; in the swim bag; in the fridge.  Nope.  Nowhere.  Gone.  Honestly I like the new dispenser better, but it doesn’t change the fact that it’s been an unsolved mystery.  Until today that is.  I caught Owen playing with the new dispenser and casually asked him what he did with the old one.  He ran into the toy room and reappeared with the old dispenser proclaiming “It’s right here momma.”.  Thanks bud.  You’ve made me feel insane for 3 days now searching for this darn thing.

Example Two:  I bravely decided to go grocery shopping with three kids today.  Insane, I know.  We were completely out of groceries though and when we used the last drop of milk that was my clue that I couldn’t put it off any longer.  I decided to actually use some coupons I had been saving and plan out a week (or more!) of lunches and dinners.  I spent an hour this morning compiling the recipes and organizing the coupons and making the list.  We were set.  I loaded three kids up in the car with one screaming (have I mentioned that Emma is not fond of the car?!) and off we went.  I get to the grocery store and I’m armed with my coupons and the kids.  Then I realize I forgot the list.  I wanted to cry.  I grabbed the stuff I knew we needed for meatloaf tonight (upon request from Ryan) and made a mad dash up and down aisles with a screaming baby and two boys who were arguing with each other and asking for every.single.item they found on the shelf.  Several hundred dollars later we left and I still have no idea if we have what we need to make dinner tonight and I never did find my list when we got home.

Example Three:  I decided to take the boys to the pool the other day.  They were running around screaming they were so excited to swim.  I decided I wasn’t going to go in the pool this particular day though because Emma was going to need to be nursed and I didn’t want to deal with being in my bathing suit and being wet.  So after about an hour we find all of our swim stuff and get the boys ready to go and load up the car to drive 7 houses down to the clubhouse (yes – we drove and didn’t walk).  We get there and make two trips from the car to the pool with towels, toys, kids and snacks.  We get sunscreen on everywhere and the boys are ready to jump in.  Except that I forgot their life jackets.  There was no way I was going to load everyone back up to go home for them so instead the boys had to stay on the stairs and ledge and play rather than swim.  I have a huge fear of them drowning and with me not being in my suit and in the water there was no way they were going to be the pool with no floatation devices this day.

I hear people comment all the time about pregnancy brain and I feel like I have a delayed case of it.  I know it’s partially exhaustion from my lack of sleep and not getting more than 3 or 3.5 hours of sleep in a row.  I’m tired folks.  I know it’s also partially due to our lack of routine and schedule and no organization to our time and lives right now, but I have to get it together so I can salvage what is left of my poor mind.

Regardless though, I am loving being at home.  I am loving our days spent at the pool and thankfully I have Ryan with me to now constantly remind me about the lifejackets.  He won’t let me forget them again.  Thankfully.

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  1. Goodness sakes! How I wish I was there to offer some kind of help!
    Actually–are you traveling up north? I’ll help with the drive–!

  2. Ashley C says:

    I remember those months, when you aren’t sleeping and trying to organize is just not possible. You’re doing the right thing though, just roll with it and eventually things will start to make their own “normal” for you.

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