Sunday, May 25, 2008

Cabin Fever times Five


It has been several days since the kids and I all went out of the house together (without Dad). They haven't seemed bothered yet. Except today Seth said, "I wanna go somewhere." I distracted this thought with buttered toast enticements. He loves buttered toast. I'm still in my jammies. Well, so is Hazel. And Avery, actually. I'm starting to need distractions. For one, I've GOT to get my mind off my double-cracked left nipple! And the sleepy smell in my bedroom--well, maybe a candle will help that. And the floor, why does the crumb/dust/dried-cricket body part-laden floor bother me so? Then there's just the clutter that comes with a household about to be moved. Boxes, homeless random items, tape, newspapers, Lucy's swimsuit bottoms, two elmer's glue bottles, etc. Also, I'd like not to think about the pile of casserole dishes and pans from compassionate women who have served us since Avery came. First, I think I've lost track of whose is who's--or is it who's is whose--or is it whom's is whom's (is whose even a word?) You can see that a diversion would do me good. One problem is I think I've packed away all my diversion supplies. The only solution is to start leaving the house. One question, then: how do you leave the house alone with four kids four and under? Katy? Mom? Anyone? Really, I don't see how it can be done within the realm of sanity.

13 comments:

Kristen said...

well, hello there. I've been stalking for some time now and have decided to go ahead and comment, since I have 4 of my own (except my baby is now 2). And I just have to say that I would often load them in the car and just drive around. Then they were all contained and buckled and not fighting or making messes, for just a little while. And it helps just to see the world outside of your house. Even if you don't get out of the car. :)
And I can't imagine moving and doing all that you're doing with a new baby. wow. best wishes

misadventuresofkellyandkelly said...

No advice about the 4 under four. I have 2 under two and it's not too hard most days.

The nipple though! Please go here:

http://www.kellymom.com/newman/03b-treatments_sore_nipples_breasts.html#apno

And look for the "all purpose nipple ointment". It's a Dr. Jack Newman recipe. Get some immediately. You will be better in no time. It's the only thing that got me through, literally.

And continued thoughts/prayers with your family as you go through this transition period.

michelle said...

Wow. I've got nothin' here -- it seems totally out of the realm of sanity to me! Good vibes coming your way, Jordan.

Tasha said...

The Sonic Drive Inn. Do you have one there? It doesn't matter what you or anyone else is wearing.

Do you have a swiffer sweeper that just sucks, not just mops, and not the 50.00 one that sucks and mops? I use mine 5 times a day, you charge it at the wall and then it works, no changing batteries, it will suck up cheerios, anything. way faster than broom, instant update to any room.

Babysitter? high school or middle schooler that can come get the oldest two or come with you and the kids to the park, etc. ESPECIALLY while your body is mending itself inside and out, nipples too. Now is the time in your life to spend money you don't have on babysitters. Seriously. Seriously.

You are doing it Jordan. You are doing it well. This has to be like a marathon, its endurance, right?

Tasha said...

OH YEAH! Have craig stop by the lactation dept at the hospital, ours started using these gel pads they used on burn victims on cracked nipples. I used on and it workd wonders. I am in Bryce Canyon on a family reunion, but I get home tomorrow evening. My neighbor is a LC and I will find out what you need and send it.

It hurts awfully bad, doesn't it?

Jordan said...

Tasha, my sister told me about those gel pads. I've gotta get me some of them!!!

Carol said...

Hang in there Jordan!

Jill said...

Cracked nipple, that's the worst. I remember the pain involved with that, it was horrendous. I bought plastic shields to wear in my bra that let the air circulate and helped heal them--they also gave me a real foxy turbo-boob look.

It sounds like you need assistance. Venturing out with 4 little kids sounds daunting for sure. Can you ask a friend or maybe young woman from church to come help?

S. Schuller said...

I feel like I'm living three years in the future vicariously through you. I know you have it under control, please say it's worth it! :) No, I love how you're so honest and that you are willing to brave the unknown. You are a champ among women! Keep it up. I know you'll find a solution to the getting out problem.

Crystalyn said...

oh jordan, wish i could be there to take them for a bit so you could get to packing. it feels so overwhelming and out of sorts to have things everywhere while trying to get moved. and to have everything else you have going on, on top of that...well, it makes perfect sense that you are having these feelings. you are amazing.

Tracy said...

It sounds to me like you need co-op. We have a great system in our ward where we watch eachother's kids for tickets. Everyone is already scheduled for shifts ahead of time, and wants their shift to fill up so they can earn tickets, so thus nobody feels as though they're imposing on anybody else when they drop their kids off. I have one three hour shift every two to three weeks, and have the option of using it whenever I need it, 9 AM to 3 PM, Monday through Friday. It is a marvelous system! My sister, in North Carolina, started one up there, but I don't think you're moving to her area. Anyone could get one started though; I'd be happy to give you all the info you need to start one up if you're interested.

Tracy said...

I refer to my co-op tickets as my "sanity insurance".

Shannon said...

I had 5 four and half and under and I feel your pain (with the sore nipple as well)! It is nearly impossible to get out of the house alone with the kids and when you do pull it off and feel proud of yourself, you nearly always wish you hadn't attempted it as everyone is screaming and running in different directions. You are an inspiration! I love hearing how well you deal with everything and it reminds me to keep on keeping on. I hope you'll have help with the move. A move is a big undertaking with a new baby.