As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you;
My head is pounding at the end of this incredibly crazy day! Bethany and Jenna had their 4 year and 4 month well visits with the pediatrician. It all started this morning when I had to get up and take Joe to work.
No, it really starts before 7:00 am. I have to go back to the horrible night of sleep I had-or didn't have! The past 2 nights have been hectic! As with every other time we have a change or transition in our house, it affects all of us! The whole putting Bethany and Jenna in the same room has upset the apple cart, so to speak. The first night started out great, until I had to get Jenna at 2:30 am to feed her. Bethany was hysterical that I wouldn't bring Jenna back to her room and cried for 30 minutes! The reason Jenna stayed with me, was because she wouldn't go back to sleep. Joseph had a rough night too. I was up 4 or 5 times that night. Last night was kinda the same. It felt like every time I drifted off to sleep someone was up again!
So anyway, back to today. It started early! Joe loaded all three of the itty bittys in the car, three trips down the steps, three car seats fastened. We started pulling out of the garage and there was a thud, thud aka-a FLAT tire!
My strong, 200 lbs of lean, mass muscle, husband had the the tire changed in less than 15 minutes! And he says he isn't mechanical?!
So not such a bad start to the day, right? Oh, you just wait!!
We drove him to school, came home, I fed and bathed all three munchkins, then myself and we rushed out the door. Our first stop was to get our tire fixed. The kids and I sat in the lobby for an hour. They were all really good and waited patiently. I loaded them up and we stopped, at Arby's drive thru, for lunch.
I thought they deserved to have some fun time. We unloaded at the mall's play area. I nursed Jenna while Bethany and Joseph played. My mom had given them some gift certificates to the Candy Store in the mall. We walked there, now when I say walk, I mean, I walk and call back to Bethany and Joseph to follow. It is a speed up, slow down and wait, kinda thing! SO, we finally made it, yada, yada, yada... I must of said, "Don't touch the candy... don't touch anything..." over and over!
Still a great day right? Oh, you just keep on reading!!
I was proud of myself, feeling really great about all that I had accomplished with the three of them. I arrived at the doctors office 15 minutes early like a good patient! By this time, I was starting to feel like a great mom, a good juggler of my many duties! I had made it though the hoops, I might just have it all together today! Yeah, right!!
I filled out the stack of developmental charts and the insurance updates. Bethany passed her hearing and vision test. The nurse weighed and measured the girls. Then, she informed me that Bethany would be getting her finger pricked, not too bad....AND FOUR SHOTS!! Some one help me! I had no idea that Bethany would be getting a shot, let alone FOUR shots!! I would have never brought all three kids with me BY MYSELF! I thought she didn't get shots until 5 or 6.
I told myself what any mother would tell herself, "It will be fine. I will get through this! Trudge ahead!"
Bethany had to pee in a cup. She thought that was very silly. She said, "You don't drink pee!" I herded Bethany and Joseph to the bathroom, Jenna was in the sling. As I was helping Bethany pee in the cup, the tail of the sling fell into the toilet! Gross!!
A nurse held Jenna, while another nurse and I held Bethany to get her finger pricked. It wasn't an easy task. Bethany was screaming and kicking. Certainly a glimpse of what was to come!!
After all that Joseph piped up and said he had to go potty. So, we all set off to the bathroom again. This time, Jenna's paci fell in the floor behind the toilet! I washed all the hands that so innocently touch everything, no matter how many times I said, "Don't touch anything...don't touch the trash can...Do you want to get sick?"
Believe it or not, after we saw the doctor, Bethany said she had to go potty again! Not just potty, POTTY. Joseph too! Out the door we went for a third time, into the little bathroom, back on the potty to poop. Both of them! We were in there for 15 minutes!
At this point, yeah, I was starting to maybe feel a little, just a bit, frazzled!
I think I was SWEATING, my head was POUNDING and my patience was GONE! I was tired of telling Joseph not to touch ANYTHING!!!!!
Finally, we had to face the inevitable and get the shots. Jenna was given three. I hate it every time my kids get shots. Babies are so much easier though! She didn't cry long and was so exhausted she went to sleep.
Bethany, broke my heart! It was awful! She knew they were coming was screaming and kicking. It was terrible having to restrain her and not being able to take it away. I felt like I was causing her the pain by not saying, "Oh, you don't have to get them." or "I won't let these mean people hurt you!"
After it was over she just cried and cried. The more I comforted her, the more she just sobbed. Her little heart was broken. I get a lump in throat just thinking about it. We left with all three of them crying. Even Joseph, he was so grouchy and ready for a nap. I think my eyes were a little teary too.
Bethany's legs are very sore. Everytime she moves, she says, "Oh!" I gave her cold washcloths to put on them. She is laying in the living room floor with Joe watching TV. He is such a good daddy!
I was able to blog and get all this out of my head! When I started typing I had a splitting headache, now it is completely gone! This is just one of those days you have to go through as a mom. I couldn't be happier that it is over!! Tonight, I am ready for my pillow!!