Well, that was a week.
It was one of those weeks that by today, my nerves are fried. It wasn’t all bad. I had a great work and social week, but when it comes to parenting, I felt like I could barely keep my head above water. The waves kept crashing.
As you may know, if you have been following our story, we moved our twin toddlers from cribs to beds last weekend. I am officially referring to this transition as toddler bed gate. It deserves its own name.
Nights haven’t been too bad, but the absence of naps has been a nightmare. Before switching our twins, they were napping every second or third day. So, I thought that if naps went out the window with their cribs, that we’d all be okay.
I was so wrong.
The most over-used word in our house right now is “basket cases.” Here’s the kicker, not only are Mia and Everly in fragile mental states at the moment, but we also celebrated Beau’s sixth birthday on Tuesday which has sent her through loop.
The build up and excitement of big events has a big impact on our Beau. I get it. I was that kid too.
But let’s get back to toddler bed gate. Although I have put our twins in quiet time in their room, and an occasional nodding off has happened in their stollers, the result of this big change and sleep deprivation has impacted their behaviour… big time.
So, here I am, on a sunny cold Friday morning, trying to navigate these waters as I balance motherhood and work, while switching our girls from Play Doh, to Mega Blocks, to snacks, in hopes that maybe, just maybe naps will miraculously happen today. All plans of running errands with them have disappeared.
I had a good cry to Mike on the phone after dropping the big kids off at school this morning. That was therapeutic.
Thankfully it is Friday and I get to co-parent this weekend.
Want to watch our week unfold? Here are this week’s vlogs…
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Joanna, I have such admiration for you and your family. My son had some challenges when he was between 4 and 6 years old, so I sometimes felt completely overwhelmed even though I have only one! Two things that help my son, are physical activity and calming music. I’ve got a ‘pact’ with neighbours that we chase the kids outside to play as much as we can. And then, when it’s time to wind down a bit, music of all kinds just places us in a different space! 🙂
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