TWO WEEKS A MOMMA
As a twenty three year old, the thought of having kids has crossed my mind more times than I can count. The “IN THING” these days is to get married young, especially amongst the ladies. In 2018 alone, I can count seven or more of my classmates who tied the knot. Naturally, I’m thinking of my “D-Day” as I continue to stalk their “TL” and gush at their mushy-loved up pictures and videos.
Okay… enough of that #clears throat.
After the wedding blues comes the babies. I was given the chance to be a “stay-at-home mom” for two weeks. If I my say, “stay-at-home-moms” should really be given more credit than they are actually accorded.
IT IS NOT EASY!!!
I was mom to four amazing kids, two girls and two boys aged eight, five, two years and six months old respectively.
To say I was overwhelmed initially is an understatement. Bringing up kids is no joke. Below, I will outline lessons I learned in fourteen days.
- WAKE UP BEFORE YOUR KIDS:
I believe every mom knows what time her kids wake up. Although it varies, depending on what time they go to bed and what kind of sleeper – light or heavy – they are. As a mom, you will have to learn to wake before your kids do. WHY?!
- BEING WOKEN BY YOUR WAILING BABY (OR CRYING KIDS) AIN’T FUN:
AT ALL!!! When your wailing baby becomes your alarm clock, waking up groggy becomes the norm. Personally, I’m not a fan of alarm clocks. Hence, waking up to a wailing baby or crying kids isn’t exactly my cup of tea. So, this takes me back to lesson One … WAKE UP BEFORE THEM!!!… Kapiche?!
- ONCE YOU’RE UP, SHOWER:
FAST!!! You are not taking some luxury bath or poop, that you’ll spend thirty minutes taking a dump whilst going through the news feed on your phone. No honey! You’re going to take a dump as fast as you can possibly manage, brush and shower. Once your kids are up, every other thing takes a back bench until they are all settled in for the day. And I do mean EVERY OTHER THING!!! Even taking a dump…lol …
- MORNING ROUTINES:
Another lesson I learnt, when you’re dealing with more than one kid, it’s best to wake them up one at a time. This is ideal in situations where you will have to assist each of them through their morning routine. In my case, the girls, eight and five years respectively needed more supervision than assistance in getting ready for school. So, I woke them up together. Mind you, on some days, waking up is accompanied by crying, varying from soft sniffles to outright wailing. You have been warned!!! Once the girls are set for breakfast, I moved onto my two-year-old. With my little boy, I learnt directional “pee-ing” … lol …
- DIRECTIONAL “PEE-ING”:
In a movie, “Daddy Day Care”, I remember watching a scene where a toddler was sent into the rest room to “pee” and when he came out of the rest room, his Day Care instructor went in to check and was greeted with the “lovely” sight of urine everywhere … even the ceiling … my two-year-old and that kid did have something in common. He couldn’t keep “IT” straight and he too got urine everywhere. He also had this funny habit of jabbing his abdomen like he was trying to get as much urine out as possible. So, get ready to hold still for your toddler to “pee”, until he gets hang of it.
- BATHING YOUR BABY:
Usually, the mom sits with the baby on her legs and a bath beneath or in a bath tub. So, remember to change to your wrapper, so you don’t get your trousers (or skirt) wet. Be careful when handling your baby too. They hardly stay one place, they could slip from your hands. I’d suggest you start from the hair, the face then the body. If your baby gets fussy, at least you would have taken care of their face and hair already. Also, keep the towel nearby. Arrange your baby’s clothes, cream, pampers and other necessities before you even undress them for a bathe.
- TIME TO EAT:
To every kid, his own. Just because kid one eats a certain ration doesn’t mean that kid two and three would do same. Feed them according to their needs. They don’t all have the same stomach size nor appetite. From my two weeks, I noticed that the boys ate more than the girls. My two years old eats double of his sister’s ration and with less begging too. After giving the girls their food, I had to check in frequently to be sure that they were actually eating. Most times I had to beg them. “Eat now, just take three more spoons”. This boils down to …
When it comes to handling kids, patience is key. You’ll have to calm down even when they are wrong. Avoid lashing out, it’ll only distance them from you. In all things kids, you have to be patient. In waking them, bathing them, feeding them, dressing them up… everything!! …
To be continued…