Last night, I had a moment I hadn’t had in months.
I rocked baby Brooks, snuggling close to his soft, warm body melted against mine. So many thoughts were running through my head!
My first thought was to take a deep breath and thank Jesus. Somehow, we had survived back-to-school prep and pushed all six school kids out the door with their lunches and backpacks. I’m pretty sure no one had their pants on backwards or mismatched socks. At least not yet.
My kids are growing up before my very eyes—a sophomore, 8th grader, 6th grader, 4th grader, 3rd grader, and kindergartener. I am so proud of them! I pray that they have a wonderful year at school, becoming the unique people who God wants them to be.
It’s so busy around our house! Before bed, I got out everyone’s school uniforms for the next day, down to the socks and shoes. Our house is gluten-free now, so I packed all six lunches before bedtime, too! Throw in tired little ones and nine kids trying to brush their teeth at once, and the noise is deafening!
Since Mike was enjoying a well-deserved night playing sand volleyball, the big kids had to help get the littles to bed. Drake snuggled by Joel, Britta snuggled by Maren, and Blaise played with Brooks while I got Heath to sleep. Blaise went off to bed by himself while I nursed and rocked Brooks. Erica and Kelsey were exhausted and slept through the whole thing!
Did they go to sleep lonely? Wishing their mommy had more time to spend with each of them?
Did they have fun playing kinetic sand and eating rice crispy treats before homework? Or do they mainly remember me freaking out over the mess while I made dinner?
I pushed the doubts out of my mind, focusing on Brooks’ soft cheek snuggled against mine. I wish there was a magical button I could push, whenever I wanted, that would let me experience this exact moment with each of my babies again.
I am often asked how I do it (have nine kids) or what parenting advice I can give. Truth is, I make it up as I go, just like every parent does. My only advice would be to rock your babies. Let them sleep with you when they have a nightmare. Encourage them, let them know you love them. Pray for the magical button that brings back the baby snuggles!
Today I am joining in at CatholicMom.com for Small Success Thursdays because, let’s face it, getting six kids out the door for school is a success. No ifs, ands, or buts! I am also joining Charity at Wounded Dove for Confessions of a #GoodEnoughMom Tuesdays. I may not be perfect, but I am good enough!
God bless all the children getting back into the groove of school, especially the children whose homes aren’t full of love. May parents be blessed with a nice glass of wine once the kids are asleep and silence. Blissful silence!