Today was actually a mix of ‘better’ and ‘nothing to brag about’. I’ve been staying up too late the past few nights and wasn’t feeling terribly patient anyway. Then my 10 and 12 year old ‘new’ girls seemed to take turns vying for ALL of my attention. They’ve only been home 8 months and are definitely still playing catch-up in the ‘attention-from-mom’ department, but today each little demand just made me more frustrated and cranky.
This evening my 3 year old was tired and I sat down intending to rock her–except the *12* year old heard me call the 3 year old and took the chance to plop onto my lap first. Most of the time I am overjoyed that my newly arrived preteen daughter WANTS to sit on my lap, but this evening I was ticked that she’d hijacked my tired toddler’s spot.
Fortunately the 3 year old tolerated a lap sharing deal and it was OK. In fact, in the resultant clamor from most of the younger ones for equal lap time, I ended up giving all 6 of the younger ones a cuddle in the rocking chair with me, one by one. So except for my initial surly feelings, it turned out to be a sweet time.
Another good thing that happened today was some one-on-one time with my 9 year old son when we went to get his prosthetic leg re-built this morning. I always enjoy the chance to take just one child someplace, even if it is just a medical appointment. On a whim I picked up some brainteaser cards as we were heading out the door, so we had something fun to do while we were waiting. Definitely quality time.
Then this evening we somehow managed to get the youngest 6 kids ALL to bed by 9. Sometimes it is closer to 10 before they are all settled. So tonight I used the extra hour to play a game of Acquire with my 13 and 16 year old sons. They whipped me soundly, but it was fun anyway. The younger ones make it challenging to find alone time with my independent teenaged boys, so it was great to spend a little time with them.
Now it is 11:30 and I really must wrap this up in hopes of being a kinder gentler momma tomorrow. But I am hanging on to the good moments that did fit into the day…and am hoping for more tomorrow.