This morning for the first time I thought, "I don't know how I'm going to do this".
It was in the middle of my attempt at helping Diego make a pricing sign for their farmers' market stand. (Diego and Truen are teaming up this year and have made $12 selling to household visitors, mostly their Gramma and Great-Aunts. The rural version of the proverbial neighborhood lemonade stand!)
Not surprisingly, Jamie tired of his coloring after a few minutes and was running amok. The baby, who had been asleep in the swing, woke up and started crabbing (very unusual). Truen was immersed in hole-punching a piece of paper but wasn't letting Jamie use the other two or three hole-punchers. Diego was getting frustrated over his mistake of using a blue crayon to color his scallion instead of the intended green.
And that is when I thought it. How am I going to do this, with this spread of ages? I was definitely thinking about homeschooling, yes -- but it was a more base thought than that. Even a smidgeon of directed focus towards the oldest child in this family seems to be impossible. It seems like I can't do anything that involves more attention than a passing conversation, inquiry, or direction. Unless Jamie is asleep.
And that is it. One of the major disruption forces working against household peace: the two year old. It is hard for me to do much of anything with the older two, again, unless he's asleep, because one of three things is happening: 1) everything is blissfully quiet, but he's off destroying something, 2) he's talking or hollering over whatever I'm trying to do or say, or 3) he's attempting to rip the game pieces or book right out of our hands.
Add a baby to the mix and it is a recipe for complete chaos. Of course, unless I am actively interacting and directing and attending to the littlest ones. But then I don't even feel like I'm able to pay attention to them either. It isn't just Jamie. Someone is always fighting or crying or hollering or asking a question or playing loudly or needing a snack.
I know I'll be fine and things will eventually iron out, but wow. How is it done?
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