Friday, January 16, 2009

Pushed to the Limit

Blogging has been a great source of release for me. Not only do I get to brag about my kiddos but I get to continue to utilize my writing skills. (For those unfamiliar with my background, I was a radio ad copy writer before and during my pregnancy.) Brace yourself now for a little venting from this tired mama.

Yesterday I reached my breaking point. In the early months of having three tiny babies in the house I reached that breaking point several times, but it's been quite a while since it happened. The last two days have been horrible. The boys somehow reached a state of being over-tired, were super crabby and driving each other and me crazy.

I expect Wednesdays to be bad; it's a long day here at the house. Nick leaves for work at his normal time but then doesn't get home until well after the boys are in bed for the night. Usually on Wednesdays I just tread water until bed time and then I collapse on the couch for a few minutes before cleaning up the house. This past Wednesday bed time couldn't come fast enough and I thought with relief "at least tomorrow will be better". Unfortunately I think it was worse....

It turns out the boys woke up quite early yesterday morning. I didn't know this until I spoke to Nick mid-day, but it sure explained a lot. Tyler and Jackson had been crying, whiny and clingy all morning and were driving me up the wall. Chase, thankfully, was in pretty decent spirits. I prayed for a nice long afternoon nap so that the boys would be in better moods in the afternoon. No such luck though! The boys were up and ready to go less than 90 minutes after I had put them down. I knew I was in trouble then.

The afternoon consisted of one precious moment - Chase was chasing (hehe, that sounds funny) his brothers around the house and when he would catch them he would hug them from behind. Awww! From there things went down hill.... Tyler thought the chase game was fun but decided to kick it up a notch. He thought it would be fun to chase Jackson, tackle him and then try to bite him if he tried to get away. This upset Jackson a great deal and then it upset Tyler when I pulled them apart. This "game" went on for a good 30 minutes. By the end of the 30 minutes Tyler and Jackson were wound tightly and rarely stopped crying and/or whining. It was then that I decided today was not the day to try to go without a Diet Coke.

By 5pm I was at my wits end. I called Nick at 5:10 to make sure he wasn't running any errands then I broke down crying. When Nick arrived home 10 minutes later I was kneeling on the living room floor crying, while the boys whined around me - until they saw Nick. Then all was well in the world.

I had a moment of irritation when I realized Nick never sees just how bad things get here because as soon as he comes home, all is forgotten and the boys are full of giggles! I then remembered I should just be thankful the crying and whining had stopped.

If you've made it through this whole post, than congrats. I promise to be in a better blogging mood on Monday, when I'll be handing out a couple of blog awards!

13 comments:

Jen said...

I hereby promise to never whine about my life again.......LOL.

Ethan, Zach, and Emma's Mom said...

Sorry you had such a hard day. We've all been there with one child, but it is 3x harder for you. Just know that you ARE a good mom. The boys WILL grow up to be nice, young men. Keep the faith, it WILL get easier!

brocks*mom said...

Girl, I am sitting around crying sometimes too and I have ONE CHILD.

You are going to be fine, you will make it thru this. Do you have any babysitters you trust so you can get a night out? If not, FIND ONE PRONTO!! Even if you just go grocery shopping. Ahhh, sweet solo grocery shopping. ((HUGS)) 3 Brocks...I cannot imagine.

mindy4295 said...

I am so sorry you had a rotten day- its got to be hard when you have triple the craziness of those of us with only one child. Crying is ok on days like that- I have done it many times. I usually feel better after anyway. Hope the weekend is smooth.

Mindy4295

Auntie Laura said...

i wish you had called me to come and help you... I don't teach on thursdays until 4, I would have been more than happy to make the drive for my wonderful sister. next time, PLEASE call.

Rachel B said...

I only have 2 kids, and I have those days. SO thankful my parents agreed to keep the kids overnight, I was in tears and a mess by the time I got home from work today.
I say if you have someone willing to help you out, take them up on it! You need to take care of yourself too!

Renee said...

I don't have kids and I have days like that. Maybe you need the mommy pit of despair or a really big box of Calgon!

breckholladay said...

Oh Helen I wish we lived closer. Mom and I are so proud of you. Especially on the tearful days.

Brenda said...

Oh Helen - I had no idea you were in tears!! I hope I was able to at least give you a little outlet the other day!! (((((HUGS)))))

Mom said...

Oh Helen, I wish I could be there to help. I so remember days like that - yes you three were not triplets, but close enough together to provide me with some days like that - they seem to go on forever. Praise God that the blessings that come over the years (especially when they are grown ;) far out way those days. And praise God for wonderful husbands like the two of us have. We'll be there soon to give you a couple days rest - plan to go out by yourself one of those days.

Kris said...

Helen,
(((HUGS)))I wish I could do more.
I totally understand what you mean! I can be having a really rough day here and the minute Dave gets home - the trio are magically fine! I hate it! I know that you and I are doing the best we can with 3 toddlers! You are an amazing mom and are allowed to have a bad day and vent away!

brossettelewis said...

Oh I wish I could take them for several hours and you just go to the store or whatever as just you. I am kinda happy to see a breaking point post. I feel like bailing somedays to get a Dew. Alone. I do think of you when I am trying to cook and keep my shorts (it's bad when they pull from both sides) how in the world do you have a clean house? Happy posts? Smiling babies? Especially those husbandless days, those stink.

You are doing an amazing job from what I see. Please vent when you are treading water. Please NEED a diet coke. I hope they have since returned to the sweet little men on the right.

Renee and Agua Family said...

OH Helen , I read this post and so relate. Though I don't have triplets, I have the three that are three and under and am prego with number 4 (which I am going to have to get advise from you as I will have 3 boys 3 and under) Your post made me not feel so bad, somedays I feel like I am a bad mom becasue I am at my wits end and I cant handle anymore but that is the life of a SAHM and I should be grateful! Thank you for posting candidly, I hold back on my blogs because my sisters tend to blast me in comments! :( *hugs* Renee (fromy the oct07 mommyboard on babyfit)

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