Sunday, November 07, 2010
Shamelessly stealing. . .
Well here I am. . .two months down the road finally writing another blog post. . . Thankfully I am not as sleep deprived as I could be with a four month old baby in the house. He is the best baby I have ever had and is a great sleeper. But he is a baby and needs lots of feedings and diaper changes. I never realized how busy I would be when the fourth little prince landed in the castle. So, in honor of one of Silas' favorite book series (If You Give A Pig A Pancake) I'd like to create my very own version using the idea that I shamelessly stole from a fellow blogger.
If You Give A Mom A Fourth Baby

If you give a Mom a fourth baby,
she'll be a lot busier and won't have much time to blog,
for she will have four boys to keep happy and busy.
As she creates a new post in her mind,
she'll suddenly remember that she has loads of laundry to fold.
And while she is getting ready to put the clean laundry away,
there'll be a little boy with an attitude.
The Mom has learned that attitudes need guidance,
or they keep getting nastier.
While walking back into the house after the attitude session,
she'll pass by the "basket" and remember there are bills to sort and pay.
While sitting at the computer desk dealing with bills,
she will decide to start a new post
suddenly remembers she was going to teach son #2
how to make peanut butter cookies.
The Mom will want them for dessert after church.
And since the Mom has two middle boys who are lively,
she will be worn out on Monday
due to Sunday church going.
Since worn out Moms do not make good home educators,
Monday becomes a work day for her
while the boys play in the woods and learn about nature.
While they are busy getting dirty and the Mom is vigorously cleaning,
she will remember that the baby needs to be fed and bathed.
The mom and her family will be going to meet some friends,
and good smelling babies are the best!
Even though there is much work to do,
the Mom and her husband occasionally take the four boys on outings.
The Mom decides she needs to blog about it,
but chances are that when she sits down to blog,
the baby will need to be fed and changed again.
And while she's feeding the baby,
she'll remember that the bathrooms need to be cleaned.
And while she's getting the cleaning supplies,
the two oldest sons will want her to find something in the I Spy book
because they think the Mom has "the best eyes for finding hidden things."
The Mom will often take the time to teach the boys to interact with nature
by reading books, studying animals, spending time in the woods
and even hanging bird feeders.
But in the midst of her work,
she will have to stop many times to correct attitudes,
work on potty training,
feed the baby,
change a diaper,
and teach other lessons such as:
"The lid to the turtle sandbox is not a Frisbee -
regardless of how beautifully it sails through the air!"
After the sandbox talk,
she will return to the kitchen to find a sink full of dirty dishes
and begin preparing for the next meal.
While cutting veggies,
she will dash to the boys' room to get dirty sheets to wash,
but as she passes the hall closet she remembers -
a certain little boy toppled most of the games onto the floor,
and now the Mom will need to reorganize the closet.
Once the sheets are swishing in the washer,
the Mom will begin to make birthday cupcakes and frosting
for a certain three year old.
After the cupcakes,
the Mom will sit on the back porch to have her devotions,
enjoy the beautiful woods,
and watch a certain little boy
(who believes there is a monkey living in the woods
and often disappears to find it)
as the older boys bury their brains in studies.
Chances are that while she is sitting there,
she will realize that -
the leaves need to be cleaned out of the gutters.
Since they are outside and getting dirty,
the Mom will go ahead and get the shed swept and ready for winter,
the flower beds cleaned out,
the grass mowed, etc. . .
Meanwhile the Mom will frequently stop to
answer the phone,
check on the laundry,
feed and change the baby,
teach a boy a character lesson,
deal with the two middle boys who tend to
mix like oil and water.
The Mom likes to make fun desserts with the boys,
but she is usually too busy to get it on the blog.
The Mom will also teach the boys to
read recipes,
help with meals,
do dishes,
fold and put away laundry,
watch little brothers
all the while she is continually stopping to - - -
feed and change the baby.
The Mom will need to prepare lessons,
crafts, and home studies for the two older boys,
and since all school and no play is -
rather dull,
they will hop in the van and -
head to PA for a few days to visit grandparents.
Sometimes the Mom and her family will take longer trips to
Ohio to see family and friends.
To Lynchburg to visit friends.
And each trip will result in more laundry
which is accomplished between
the feedings and diapers.
Sometimes when the Mom will notice how beautiful it is outdoors
she will decide to take the boys on a walk.
Later that evening the Mom will try to sit down and blog,
but the baby will need to be fed and changed.
After that is done,
the other boys will need to be showered and put to bed.
The Mom will clean up the supper meal
and plan for the next day of studying.
She'll get the baby to bed at a late hour so he'll sleep through the night.
The Mom will then spend some time with her husband who is studying
(or writing looong emails to Andrew Graham via Facebook :-).
The Mom will then sit down at the computer to blog about adventures,
but. . .
chances are she'll be too tired to type.
'Cause if you give a Mom a fourth baby,
she might not have much time to blog.

  posted at 9:16 AM  

At 5:16 PM, Blogger Jana said...

I loved this very creative post!!!! I'll have to agree, having 4 children has made me feel like I am never caught up!! But.... oh the joy!!! :-)

At 6:16 PM, Blogger Brenda said...

OK - just like my sister, I LOVE this blog post!! :-) I only have 2 children, but I can totally relate (although I probably have no idea how busy I would be with 4)! I remind myself often that they will soon be grown up and gone (way too soon).
P.S. It was good to see you at GBS - even though it was brief! :-)

At 6:46 PM, Blogger Angie Davis said...

I love it, Martha! I was tempted to whine about having TWO until I read this. Much love!

At 4:04 PM, Blogger The Dickinsons said...

Very cute post, Martha! Trust me, I can relate! =)

It was fun to see you at GBS homecoming!!

At 10:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lovely. Just lovely. :)

At 12:50 AM, Blogger Sherry L Dickinson said...

Martha, I can't stand many more posts like this one! I got exhausted watching you as you looked around and found yet another project that needed taken care of!!!
Your Silas is the spiting image of his father, Troy. Troy couldn't deny that child, even if he wanted to! And, your new little Elliot has the sweetest and most pleasant-looking face.
It's so nice that you are teaching your older boys how to help in their home. That takes the patience of Job but it will produce some real helpers in your home one of these days. (Or at least we hope it will! Ha!)

At 3:23 PM, Anonymous Connie H. said...

I smiled...and remembered the day. Great blog, Martha!!

At 12:56 AM, Blogger Mom C said...

As always -- another creative and entertaining post. What an amazing young lady you are, Martha. Your husband and sons are so blessed to have you in their lives; I hope the ones who are old enough to appreciate all you do for them -- DO! Hugs to all of you! Mom & Grandma C

At 12:14 PM, Blogger Janette said...

My thoughts exactly!!! I feel the same way! How do I get done with everything when a 5 minute job takes 20 minutes because of so many interruptions by 5 other people as well as other little jobs?! :-)

At 6:01 PM, Blogger Janella Thompson said...

Love this! So cute Martha!!! And yet, So YOU! Glad Mothering 4 is treating you well and keeping you busy! And wow, what was life when you were at good ol' UBC and pregnant with 1!???!!!

At 4:43 PM, Blogger Rowana said...

Wow! I feel like I'm with you and my 4th is still on the way!!! Happy mothering!

At 1:01 PM, Blogger Martha C said...

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At 1:21 AM, Blogger Carrie said...

Congratulations! I haven't been by your blog in a while, but just thought about you the other day. . . so glad you left a comment on my blog! Our babies are about the same age--Philip is easy too. So thankful! You sound busier than I am--in Alaska there is very little possiblity of taking trips to see family. We miss them a lot! Keep it up! It sounds like you're doing a great job.

At 12:21 PM, Blogger Senkyoushi said...

Hi! Thanks for the comment on my blog. I got your comment before I got the package, but it was still a wonderful surprise. We just got back into town and picked up our mail. I sent you an email. Hope I sent it to the right place.

At 5:54 PM, Blogger Martha C said...

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At 3:34 PM, Blogger Liz said...

Um...yeah. I relate. And I'm considering folding up the blog for a while too, but then there's the slurp possibility that Sarah F. mentioned, which might make blogging even more plausible. Decisions, decisions... loved the long and creative post :>)


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