There are many things that can challenge a mom of three. Just having three kiddos says it all. I have had a nice time in Florida with my kids. We have been visiting Grammy and Poppa. But...I am very exhausted without my husband to help. We took one of our annual trips where the kids and I go because without Daddy, we are able to stay longer. I'm happy to see my parents, but it has been very challenging to take care of the kids. They help as much as they can, but it just isn't the same as having Daddy around.
I feel like I'm constantly on call. When there is a need or a desire to whine, the kids automatically come to me. My headaches haven't been as bad as usually. I've had to take strong Advil and Benadryl. I also laid down for about 30 minutes the other day, but haven't had a full blown migraine. This is good progress. It has still been more of a challenge than I think I can handle.
Not only have I taken care of food and juice needs, I'm also the social adviser. As soon as boredom kicks in, they come to me. So, it has been a trip, but not a vacation. I think these trips will need to be restructured from now on.
I spoke with a friend tonight. She was just diagnosed with a serious condition. She doesn't have any children. She said that with having kids, I didn't have to just think about myself all the time. That was a new thought for me. I have been just focused on how to take care of myself and them at the the same time. I didn't realize that having them to focus on also, keeps me from dwelling on my physical challenges.