This week has been an interesting one to say the least.
Buddy got sick on Sunday afternoon so Joel planned to keep him home on Monday, and EK too.
We found out that our sitter was sick Monday evening so on Tuesday I took EK to preschool, kept Buddy at home, and had a friend from church babysit while I ran to a Board of Directors meeting for a local non-profit.
Wednesday was a repeat, except EK doesn’t go to preschool so I had her as well. There is something about girls and their moms (or at least this girl and her mom). She hates to take naps when she’s home with me alone. That is frustrating in and of itself (she needs them and I am trying to do some work from home), but then the downward spiral of an overtired three year old continues. Wednesday was not my finest hour.
Thursday Joel tagged in again to keep the kids. Of course EK napped no problem for Daddy.
And yesterday I took EK to preschool, kept Buddy, and did work from home while he napped.
Trust and Obey
I am amazed at how parenting isn’t just about influencing my children. I am constantly seeing my own struggles with authority and my own selfishness as I walk through life with the littles. As a working mom it is fairly rare that I have long stretches of solo parenting- on most weekends both Joel and I are with the kids.
When I do have time one-on-two, I cherish the memories we make. And I tire more easily and lack consistency in discipline. We can swing from giggles and fun to meltdowns and defiance in no time. It feels like we battle over the most insignificant things, but the end goal is obedience.
Perhaps more surprising on the pendulum swing, EK can recover from a meltdown and get back to playing as though it never happened. The sweet, fun times return.
Ever since EK was a little girl, I sang her my Grandma’s favorite hymn “Trust and Obey”. To remind myself that I need a higher power to make it through the long sleepless nights in her infancy. Just recently we’ve taken to singing it again, together now, and it reminds me to power on through this crazy calling called parenthood, trusting Jesus each step.