So many hats

Time has really given me a good whack in the pants lately. My last post was on 6 September!

This not writing has been killing me, absolutely. So good to be back.

I have been utterly here and there. All over the place.

Roo will soon be 11 months old. (Oh my sweetheart but I keep missing my newborn!)

The past two months have been dotted with milestones. Cruising on furniture. Climbing up the staircase over and over and over again. A lot more self-feeding. Joking and laughing out loud with her siblings. Telling me “diaper” when she wants a nappy change. Calling “Mama”, “Papa” and beginning to learn Puppy’s and Lamb’s names.

Waking up at 5.00am to nurse, crawling around for ages then nursing again until it’s time for me to get up for the day. It’s been getting better this week since I cut drinking tea at night and I do hope it stays that way!

See, the thing about four kids and homeschooling and then working after normal office hours when the kids are down for the night is that I need some kind of substance to help me stay awake. For SURE. That means tea.

So waking up at 5.00am with a previous nursing at around 3.00am and knocking off work at 1.30am or thereabouts, how much sleep is that? Oh breathe deep ….. and those precious afternoon naps.

It’s nice that Puppy and Lamb have been busy with quiet time activities and choosing kiwi fruit, cheese and crackers for their tea time while I doze away with Piglet and Roo but horror of horrors! I’ve also discovered occasional forays into my secret stash of chocolate.

Breathe deep again and it’s alright, I tell myself. Success is built on both prayer and dark chocolate. No wonder Puppy’s been hitting some power tennis balls lately.

Also, creative quiet time activities and just living in a household of six makes for a whole lot of mess to clean up every.single.day but how could I trade this life with anything else?

This week I had a bit of a breather from work. So I replenished our dwindling craft supplies and found a lot of joy in catching up with mundane stuff after the kids got to bed. Like photocopying, sorting out crayons and pencils, making more yogurt, bread and kefir.

Tomorrow we’ll have to be up early for Dignity’s ARISE Graduation. What a blessing to be able to celebrate with all the children and teachers.

Anticipating another possible 5.00am wake up, it’s time to sleep. And I haven’t even told you yet about how homeschooling a lot more freely these days has refreshed everyone for the better. With better results.

Later. I promise.

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