Though it's not often that I leave my boys, I've grown to really love date nights. It gives me time to feel less mom-like and connect with my hubby on a more personal level. Time that doesn't include battling for each others attention between the tugs and pleas of little ones. Don't get me wrong, I love my boys. But, between homeschooling, refereeing fights and getting snuggled and touched on basically 24/7, it's nice to be alone every now and then. I love being able to spend a couple of hours chatting about life, our family, future plans and things of no critical importance. Just being able to get away and "check out" for awhile can be so refreshing. Though we haven't stolen away since baby number four arrived, I am a bit anxious to get out into the world again. We've taken very few trips away from home in the last two weeks and, though I know rest is necessary to help recovery go more quickly, I'll be glad when we can venture out without any major stresses.
Life as a momma of four, 7 and under, is a little tougher than I had anticipated. There's the usual whining and fighting but, with a little guy to protect and nurture while trying to combat the terrible twos, know it all sevens and emotional fours (those last two are real things right??) it can be a little hard to stay on top of housework, school lessons and feeling connected to other adults. That'r right, I love playtime and listening to my sweet kiddos voices, but I do need adult conversation sometimes. If anything, just to make me feel a little more in the know. I do feel like we've improved drastically these last two weeks. The first two are mostly a blur as we were battling to keep the two middles in their beds at night (the newborn was sleeping better than they were!), trying to give the littles (and better half) the attention they needed while adjusting to another very needy person joining our house, hosting incredibly helpful family and keeping an open door for visitors and well wishers to come meet our little guy. We were busy every second and, all the while, trying to adjust to being a family of six. It was a little difficult to say the least. Well, in some ways, it still is.
But, things are definitely improving. I'm seeing the light in the tunnel and it is oh so warm. We are able to attend Bible Study again, Shared Learning, play dates, Sunday morning and Wednesday evening church, be a part of our church's Christmas program (JD has his first real part!!), BUY GROCERIES! With five boys in the house, that last one is a real help! Yes, I know that the fifth boy is pretty tiny but he has made his momma's appetite grow, that's for sure. Life is moving along and we are slowly finding our normal. It's been tough and stressful and tiring but, in all seriousness, I am loving every minute of it. Okay, well, maybe not the minutes where the youngest middle is screaming inconsolably for no reason at all, but, when I get him calm and he lets me snuggle him close. Yes, most of the minutes are pretty great. As hard and as busy as they are. I am so blessed.
Dress : Old Navy (thrifted) // Jacket : Twenty One (thrifted) // Booties : Tommy Hilfiger //
Clutch : made by me (tutorial by Merrick's Art) // Earrings : Walmart brand
Total Cost : $12
P.S. I did this braid from a tutorial found on Pinterest. Follow me to see all the hairstyles I pin!