Mickey's Girls

Random thoughts, hilarious moments and sweet sentiments... Our girls give us tons of these every day and this blog is our way of sharing the joy of raising two sweet little people with you. This is our life...to love Jesus, love each other, laugh a lot and enjoy the moments He's given us. Hope you enjoy!

Thursday, March 30, 2006

Alone - With 2 Kids!

My mom called today to see how we were doing - what she didn't know before she called was that I was home alone with 2 kids and have been since Tuesday around noon and will be until Saturday afternoon. Michael left Tuesday for the Thirsty Conference at North Point in GA and that left me home alone with the girls for the first time. (I tried hard to get a flight home to avoid the following by myself - but alas, at the last minute there are no flights from Austin that you wouldn't have to be a millionaire to afford )
Her first question dictated how the rest of the conversation went - she said "How are you doing?" Ha! That led me into the following explanation of my morning...while we were seranaded with screams from the littlest member of the family.
"Uhmmm...I'm good..sort of. I haven't had any sleep and she won't stop crying. She did good last night by falling asleep by 11:00 and I had planned her feedings so she would give me a huge chunk of uninterupted sleep...but then Emma Grace woke up screaming at 12:45 because she wanted her daddy and wouldn't be consoled until she could come sleep with me so I took her to my bed (despite the little voice in my head telling me that was a bad decision) and that just proceeded to wake up Sarah Beth who decided since she was awake, it was time to eat. So, at 1:15a.m. I fed Sarah Beth and then by 2:30, both of them were finally back asleep. At 5:00a.m., Sarah Beth woke up again - probably from the constant bouncing of the bed by the tossing and turning her sister was doing all night. I fed her hoping that would lull her back to sleep for a couple more hours but no way, she was awake and sleep wasn't interesting to her at all. She finally fell asleep at 7:00a.m. and Emma Grace woke up at 8:15a.m. around the same time Sarah Beth woke up hungry again. Neither went back to sleep after that. And Sarah Beth has been crying and screaming for an hour because she's so tired and she won't let me put her down without her screaming ramping up to decibal levels that are prohibited in our neighborhood. So, how are you doing, mom?"
Eventually, it all calmed down - but that has been my life for the past 5 1/2 weeks. I was spoiled rotten with Emma Grace who rarely cried unless there was a legitimate reason, ate at 4 hour intervals from the beginning (thank you, NICU!), and slept through the night almost immediately. I knew I was spoiled but prayed that it would continue through to all my children. It didn't. I love being their mommy but sleep deprivation and crying for no reason are both really bad to my sanity!!!!
So, the transition to two has been harder than I thought it would - mainly cuz I don't know what to do with a crying baby who has no reason to cry and because I like things to be fair and it doesn't seem fair to me that Emma Grace has to have less time with me because her sister won't stop crying! I stressed myself out about that one for a while - but I'm over it. Life isn't fair and the worrying about it was self-inflicted as Emma Grace hasn't shown one tiny little bit of jealousy and in fact, loves her sister more than anything and tries to help with everything. She is such an amazing little girl!
As I type this, Emma Grace is playing beautifully by herself (cooking me water on her stove) and Sarah Beth is blissfully sleeping in her swing looking like a little angel. It's a moment of quiet that I'm treasuring and praying lasts at least an hour!


At 9:37 AM, Blogger keadams8 said...

Hey Mandy! My mom sent me your blog! I am SO glad that I can read about ALL the wonderful things I have to look forward to as a mom. Maybe I'll wait a little bit longer... :) Your story was funny. I'm glad my old Mandy Ferguson hasn't changed at all!!

Kimberly A.


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