Posted by : Sherri Cornelius Saturday, March 3, 2012

So tired, body and soul. I watched two of my little grandboys yesterday while their mother (my step daughter) was at work, and we had a wondermous bonding day.

I am ever so grateful my kids are older. A bit bewildered, also, to realize that I used to do that baby stuff with its constant attention every day for, like, 8 years or so. Obviously it's different with someone else’s children, who are missing their mother and in a strange place with strange toys and strange napping places. And also there’s a rhythm to taking care of babies, a pattern of attention that a mom’s brain attains over time, which I have since lost.

But dang, no wonder I felt so frazzled all the time back then. And at the time, I didn’t appreciate just how much work it was. I should have made the husband do more. Oh, but I’m remembering now I tried and it didn’t work.

So anyway, take the constant need for attention of a 2-year-old and an almost-one-year-old, multiply that by 9 hours, add in the smelly detergent on their clothes, and that’s a recipe for a hangover.

But the bonus daughter agreed to start using the free and clear detergent again, so I’ll be able to have them to visit again, hopefully on a more regular basis. My kids love having their nephews around, and so do I.

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  1. I'm glad it went so well! I agree that raising kids must be one of the hardest things we ever do- there must be some kind of drug that flows through our veins long after we give birth that grants us the strength to get through it all with good grace. Oh, yeah, I guess "love is the drug".

  2. Yeah, I guess every stage has its challenges, and love gets us through them. Hm, same thing that got me through yesterday! lol Seriously, though, it did go very smoothly. I enjoyed having them.

  3. Oh my goodness, just thinking about that exhausts me! LOL And it's not like it's THAT far behind me, my baby is just 6, but still, you have my total sympathy. It's one thing when you're in a groove, like you said, and if you did it on a regular basis you'd probably find that groove again, but to dive in for a full day like that, yeah, I'd need a nap in a major way!

    Glad you had a nice time with them and that the bonus daughter seems to be doing well. :)

  4. Thanks, we did have fun. I finally started feeling like myself yesterday. And yep, Z seems to be doing all right, too.


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