Well, I did it! I’ve wondered for a long time if I could – if I would be sane afterwards. I did and I am! I was home by myself for two and a half days this week!!! I know, your first thought is probably, “is that it? Big deal!” Yeah, that’s my thinking, too. Sort of. See, the pre-Mommy me says “big deal.” The post-Mommy me says “BIG deal.”
The babies are seven months and 10 days old. In all that time I have never been home by myself for more than two days in a week. And those weeks that I’ve had two days by myself have been…well, let’s just say they’ve been the sitting-in-my-pjs-crying-with-screaming-babies-when-David-walks-in-the-door days. How on EARTH is that possible to have not had more than two days home alone in all that time? I’ll break it down for you.
- October 1-31 = NICU (That should be self-explanatory. MoMs, you know there isn’t a lack of people in this place!)
- November 1-February 17 = Volunteers from our church, Metro Life, and family. Yep, just about 24/7 I had somebody here helping in some way. It was amazing. Uh-mazing.
- February 18-Present Day = My incredible mom and my friend/part-time nanny, Brittany, have divied up the week. Each has come over about two days every week.
So there you have it. My mama is in California this week on a much-deserved vacay with my dad and Brittany will be getting married next weekend (the nerve! just kidding – congratulations! . Soooo, that meant I began psyching myself up for doing this “mama” thing all by myself a little more at a time. I ain’t gonna lie. It hasn’t been easy. And I haven’t really accomplished much. Yesterday’s task list looked like this:
- Wash dishes
- Get ready for bathtime
- Prep avocados for babies’ dinner (more on this soon!!!)
- Throw meatloaf together
- Wash diapers
That’s it. Remember the pre-Mommy reference? Yeah, that part of me is mortified I accomplished so little. I used to go all day long checking dozens of BIG things off my very long to-do list. At my job, I managed five calendars and coordinated BIG conferences. I did LOTS. Now, I don’t do lots. I consider it a good day if David doesn’t have to pick up dinner – even when my mom or Brittany are here!
On the flip side, the post-Mommy me is so happy that I could manage three babies alone during that time. Included in those hours were:
- 24 diaper changes
- 8 nap times (x 2 different schedules)
- 6 breastfeeding sessions (x 3 babies, tandem-ing two each session)
- 5 baby food preps
- 4 loads of laundry
- 3 homemade dinners
- 1 project for the church
I hope this doesn’t come across as bragging. I’m actually just really excited that we survived! ) There have been many, many, “Lord, help me!” moments and I am so aware that He has! My gracious and wonderful hubby has also made this easier by constantly encouraging me and eating my super simple dinners as if they were gourmet!
So, all that to say – we made it!!! )