Ok, this is the last stretch of this 8th pregnancy. This morning when I awoke, I felt so much pain getting up. It takes about 5 minutes to just sloooowwwwwllly position myself in just the right way to roll out of bed and walk slooowwwlllyy to the bathroom. Yes, it is really hurting. But....I think I can make it till birth time. Do I stay this way all day. NO!! Thank God. As soon as I am up and my joints and ligaments are warmed up, I can function and move fine. I am still waddling around the house and getting slower chasing my 15 month old around, running to the bathroom with my 3 yr old. He likes it when I stand and wait for him as he does his business. The rest of the children are self managed--thank God.
I am truly thankful for them during this time. I am a picky person when it comes to "how" chores are done and I have "let go" some and just let them do it. Yesterday, I was tending to one of my little guys who was in need of mommy all day. The house was a wreck. Every room in the house needed momma's touch. I just couldn't get to it. My 11 yr old Moriah (my very helpful daughter--naturally) says "Mommy, what do you want me to do for you." I said "Pick something to do. Every room in the house needs some tending." I left it at that and walked into my room to lay down due to a headache I've had for one week straight. I had my little boys jumping on my bed while I am resting a bit. Yes, I can "rest" while 3 littles boys are jumping around me--just don't jump on the belly :). I then heard the most beautiful sound....Children working together. Within a 45 minute time span, my children had cleaned up the whole house. Yep!!! The kitchen was clean along with the floors (thanks to Moriah). The family room, straightened, vacuumed, mopped--(Thanks Justin). Their bedrooms straight and vacuumed (thanks to all of them). Kitchen table cleaned and wiped (thanks Tsavah and Shiloh).
As I rose up from my short little rest, all I had to do was make my bed, start laundry and make the pizza dough. What a helpful crew I have. I didn't have to nag or yell (most days I have to, which I don't like to do and need help in this area of my life right now). I didn't even inspect. I just trusted and was thankful for their help.
P.S. (Before you think my children are like this all the time and you think I have these perfect children :) LOL.. They also had a little incentive to push them along--You don't get to play video games until the house is cleaned----these little rewards also help them push along)
Bless you babies.