Wednesday, December 15, 2010

"I remember when, I remember, I remember when I lost my mind"

-"Crazy" by Gnarls Barkley

A few months ago, at the end of September, I was going a little crazy. Not enough sleep, too much responsibility. My mom and dad offered to take Whitney & Grayson for a few days and it made a world of difference. I don't want to sound too cheesy but I feel like I was able find my balance again.

One of the biggest factors of my exhaustion was the physical fatigue. I hadn't had a decent night's sleep in months! Either Gray or Whitney, or both, were getting up at least once a night. I really needed to get some rest.

And because of the mental fog sleep deprivation causes I was forgetting things all. day. long. I felt like a stress-ball because I HATE to forget things. A perfect example of this is when I was dropping off the kids I realized I had forgotten to put the bag with Whitney's clothes into the van!! My parents survived the whole time with two outfits for her haha.

I guess it was kinda weird for a mom to want their 1 & 3 year-olds to stay somewhere without them, but I just felt I had no choice. I NEEDED it. It was hard though. When I buckled Whitney into her seat in my mom's car she reached for me and kept saying "mama". I got a little chocked up and my mom said, "Bryan, it's time to go." My dad shut Whitney's door, gave me a hug and said, "we'll call you when they're crying and you won't miss them as much." haha.

Having a little space was great. The big kids and I did our normal routine we just did it with less stress. And we slept all night. Davis did surprise me and was extra whiny at first. I had to explain that the babies were at Meema's and he needed to act like a big kid. He got the message :)

We painted a TON of Halloween decorations. The kids painted every single day. And I went to yoga at the gym every day. It was wonderful. Very balancing, and I may or may not have cried at yoga. Stressed much!?

Here are two of the Halloween paintings:

So cute!

My mom posted these pictures of Whitney and Gray on her Facebook:

The babies were enjoying their break too :)

When my parents brought the kids back we treated them to Phantom of the Opera tickets that included a backstage tour.

Saturday morning they were able to see Davis play in his soccer game too! It was really special for him to have them there.


Jana said...

NICE! Your mom is the best to offer to take your kids, and good for you for taking her up on it! Gotta recharge your batteries sometimes.

Jocie said...

That is so great! We all need a good break sometime. And some sleep doesn't hurt either.