Skip to main content

Busy and Late Night Meetings


I am busy. As in, so busy I don't even know where to start, or continue, or finish, or what to just work on first. Because when I'm this busy, it all gets crazy and jumbled up in my head and I can't concentrate or focus. But my mom asked for a post, and even though she has probably already gone home for the day (I think my blog keeps her company at work), I will appease her.

Last night, Charlie called me upstairs for a late night meeting. It was about 2AM, and it went something like this.

Charlie: (sitting at the top of the stairs, in his sweetest, little voice) I need you mom. Mom, I neeeeeeeeed you.

Me: What do you need me for (as I walk him back to bed)?

Charlie: By me Mom. Lay by me.

Me: I will lay by you, but just for a minute, OK?

Charlie: OK

So we lay in his bed, snuggled up, while I scratch his little back. I notice after a couple of minutes that his eyes are closed, and his breathing is heavy. I quietly leave his room, check on the rest of the kids, and go back to bed.

Not even 2 minutes later...

Charlie: (from the top of the stairs, in his mad, grumpy voice) Upstairs NOW, Mom! Lay by me. Mean Mom. You are mean. Be nice.

And I could not stop laughing, even while I, AGAIN, laid next to him in his bed. After a few minutes more of back scratching, and admiring his long, long eyelashes, and his long, almost 3 year old body, and thinking- I'm so glad he missed me in the middle of the night so we could have this moment-, I went to my own bed.

And then woke up 6 hours later with him next to me. In my bed. With a mouth full of bubblegum.

The kid is nuts. And I love him!

Comments

Papa Randy said…
Ah yes the hidden treasures of life. Someday, they'll be all grown up and live in a galaxy far far away and you'll wish you could just hug them and hold them. Cherish each and every moment. I know you do. I think every parent would love to take a little one just for a moment and hold and rock there children. Even though now they are 30 something.
Anonymous said…
You truly are a dream mom - I wish I lived closer so I could see you in action everyday. You are so tender, thoughtful, & full of patience with your little men!
Mandee said…
No, I am not a dream mom. I have my good moments, amongst a LOT of frustrated moments... and I choose to post about my good mom moments. My mom would call and get mad at me if she knew about all of my bad mom moments.
Mandee said…
Papa Randy,

A week or so after I had Max, I was holding him in my arms while he was sleeping. Just staring at him, thinking about all of life's moments ahead of him... and I got to the part where he goes on his mission. And totally lost it. Bawled like a baby.

Sometimes I remember that they are already growing up too fast, and I need to appreciate ALL of the moments I have with them. Even the ones that happen in the middle of the night. And exercise more patience when the moments aren't so cute. Or so funny.
Deby said…
Ooooooh, what a sweet little story. I feel that way when Alexis is tired and decides to crawl up on my lap to be still for two minutes while I have Logan in my other arm. I wish I could capture those moments more often.
RACHIE said…
Charlie cracks me up...where does he come up with this stuff?
Laura said…
Wonder where did he get bubble gums?
Kim said…
That is the cutest story! Tonight when one of my children crawls in bed with me or wants me to lay with them I am going to do appease them happily!
NEVA said…
LOVE IT, LOVE IT, LOVE IT, cute story thanks for helping him through the night, I love that boy!
Thanks for the post too!
Laura said…
Fruit roll mashing on a carpet? I've been there with the play dough. Knowing your feelings in ups and downs, hang in there since you are also a good mom!

Someday you will look back and laugh once your kids aren;t in your way.. just grab and cherish the moments while you can.

Popular posts from this blog

Snowball Cookies

[image]
It snowed this week. And though we don't have many family traditions, one that we started when we became a family was to make Snowball Cookies on the first snowy day of the season. And since we like cookies so much, we usually make them on other random, snowy days, too. They help ease my pain and anxiety over winter. You know-- carbs. 
There is nothing better than Snowball Cookies and hot chocolate on a snowy day.
Snowball Cookies 1 c. butter 1/2 c. confectioners sugar 2 tsp. vanilla 2 c. sifted flour 1 c. chocolate chips 1 c. chopped pecans (an option I don't use) Additional confectioners sugar (for rolling)
Beat butter and sugar until creamy. Add remaining ingredients, mix. Use a teaspoonful (I use a small ice cream scoop) of dough and roll into small ball. Bake at 375 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes. Cool slightly and roll in confectioners sugar. (I roll them twice.)

Christmas 2010

Christmas 2010 (I am in an honest enough mood to admit that this is not my favorite picture of my kids. And it was $15.) 
I promised Aaron that I wouldn't write about how this was our worst Christmas ever, so I won't.  So let's remember these things:

1. The conversation I had with Charlie just days before Christmas ... said in the midst of grumpy, overly hyper kids throwing Legos at each other

Me: You know what I want for Christmas? I want kids that will get along! Charlie: Do you mean new kids, or us? 
2. Having my dad sleepover on Christmas Eve and spend all of Christmas day with us- something he never does.

3. Fun parties and dinners with friends, family, and neighbors. Including our very first non-kid New Year's Eve celebration. Sign me up for that next year!

4. Visiting the Santa at Gateway Mall that was  grumpy and missing most of his bottom teeth.  He went on to scold me about what my kids had told him they want for Christmas- all Nintendo Dsi's.  And whi…

Let Us Eat Cake

We have some important events to celebrate at our house this weekend!

Today is Aaron's 44th birthday. I honestly thank the heavens for that man every day of my life, so I'm especially looking forward to celebrating him today! Although, I still need to go buy the presents. (Busy week.)

Today, we are also celebrating Jack's Preschool Graduation. Since he has a late birthday, I have always planned on waiting until he was 6 to start kindergarten. But now that he is finished with preschool, it's obvious we are both ready for him to start kindergarten next year. He's all registered, and we have his 5 year old "shots" appointment next month. And while I'm a little bit sad that our baby is growing up (in just the blink of an eye he'll be graduating from high school) I'm also excited to move onto the next phase of life.

Of course, Monday we'll celebrate a rainy Memorial Day, and Tuesday will mark 10 years of marriage for us.  TEN years.  Someti…