At four a.m. on any given morning, you'll find me curled up in bed, snoring up a storm, blissfully asleep.
At six a.m.? Same.
Seven finds me marginally awake, taking my time to get up and get going. I'm usually out the door between 745-750, and make it to work shortly before 8.
Today I was up at 4. In the car at 625. Not my car, but a minivan. With two kids. After dropping them off at school, I made it to work by 815.
I'm so tired, I may cry.
Fortunately, I don't have to get up at 4 tomorrow; I can sleep until about 545. The parents left at 5 this morning to catch their plane so I had to be at their house with the girls when they left. Still, 545 is pretty early for me.
Tonight I've got another hour and a half/two hour run to pick them up when I get off work.
Do you get superpowers once you have kids? You must, because I have no idea how an average person does the driving, the disciplining, the cooking, the cleaning, the practicing spelling words, the bedtime stories, the "I'm just brushing your hair, not killing you, so stop crying," the feeding, the laundry (egads, the LAUNDRY!)...really. I think being a parent has to be the hardest job around. Add in an 8-5 gig, being part of a couple, hobbies and other interests and wow...how do you do it? How does a single parent juggle all of this? How do people with three or four or MORE kids do all of these things?
Parents, you amaze me. Truly. You are brave, strong, inspiring people. I've been a babysitter, an auntie, a big sister, a nanny and a kinda-sorta stepmom to various kids over the course of my life. I love kids. I'm good with kids. I've got those natural motherly instincts. Seriously though? I don't know if I have it in me to do this every day. Those of you who do are my heroes. I honestly mean that, I have so much respect for those of you who are raising kids. It's hard work.
Also? I'll totally pay big money for the scoop on where to get some of those superpowers right about now. I may need them to make it through the next few days with a 7 and a 3 year old.
Wish me luck.