Personally I think once you’ve reached having three children, the rest are icing! Having three is already extremely busy, so what’s another? Life with four is incredibly challenging but the reward is well worth the effort! I recently read a post that stated,
“You want to know what it’s like having five kids? Imagine you’re drowning. And someone hands you a baby.” Jim Gaffigan
I can attest to this! Picture yourself running. Running as fast as you can. Faster. Faster! Envision yourself as a hamster on a wheel…Okay, that’s the speed you need to move all day, every day. Life with four children and two dogs is not for the faint of heart. You need to discover how to carry out tasks in your sleep while sleeping with one eye open to catch the dog that’s waiting to leave a midnight treat on the carpet for you to clean in the morning!
The days are full of praying, crying, laughing, barking, whining, shouting, disciplining, fighting, refereeing, demanding, helping, cooking, washing and cleaning. We are wiping tears, noses, bottoms, spills, counters, dishes and floors. Always moving and constantly putting out fires. That’s what it’s like to be a mom – times that by four and that’s our life with four kids and two furry friends.
Four children is eight annual dentist visits, three weekly speech sessions, two annual asthma clinic appointments, six pediatric consults and a growing number of trips to the doctor. It’s plenty of groceries, a minimum of eight loads of laundry per week, a dishwasher that fills up as quick as it’s emptied, eight shoes to put on and four seatbelts to buckle and unbuckle with each outing.
Children under the age of four have a lot of needs. They know exactly what they want but need help attaining it. I often find myself meeting needs and striving to interact, teach and enjoy my children in the process.
An allergy suffering child is bound to burst into a sneezing fit just when you’re changing another kid’s diaper and the baby is splashing around in the dog water and ready to stick his finger in a socket that you swore had a plug protector on. Wait, that’s what kid number one is doing! She has the plug protector in her mouth. Meanwhile, one dog is eating a roll of toilet paper while the other dog is ready to snap because a diaper-free kid is pulling her tail and hitting her on the back with a toy microphone. Diaper free? How did…? Oh, right…the escapee mid-change while I went to rescue the infant drowning in the dog water and zapping himself in the process.
So just how do we do it? What is a typical day in our home like? What kind of schedule are we on? I’m excited to share that post!