Thursday, June 26, 2008

Rough Week

Yes, I realize I haven't posted in awhile.  It's been a tough week.  Tough.  Week. 



See, the Japanese are in town.  That means Shane's got budget meetings at work and two nights of dinners.  Plus, this week was Kid's Crusade at church.  Basically, VBS...at night...from 6p to 8p.  Put those two things together, and you get one wiped out Mommy.



We moved up the afternoon schedule each day so that everyone was fed by the time we started loading up the car at 5:30.  Program started at 6 and we usually pulled up around 5:58.  There was nursery help, so I left the babies there and went with the big kids.  I'd check in on the triplet and made sure to give them their bottles and diapers changed at the usual time...7:30...then we'd load up the car so when Zoe & Ty were done, we could head straight home.  The babies basically fell asleep on the way home.  I made deals GALORE with the big kids in the car.  I wheeled and dealed with them.  "When we get home...if you QUIETLY go upstairs and put on your PJs...then QUIETLY go potty...and QUIETLY brush your teeth...and are in your beds QUIET by the time I get the babies in their beds, you can play your DS's in bed (not the norm)."  I also promised a trip to the candy store, a pack of gum, Chocolate Chip Cookie baking (they like to bake...just like Mommy), an extra morning TV show, you name it...I promised it!  ANYTHING to speed up the bedtime routine!  Tonight was the last night, so I'm excited to have a regular nighttime routine tomorrow night.



Tomorrow, though, our week gets harder.  There is going to be quite a few tears shed and I'm guessing 99% of them will be from me.  Not a fun day.  Tomorrow is Lindsay's last day.  Sigh.  Tear.  She's leaving us to go on an 11-month mission trip (basically) around the world.  11 months, 11 countries.  You can read all about her trip here.  We're very excited for her, but very sad for us.  God really brought us together.  Friends of mine were in a bible study with her mom.  She mentioned that her daughter was graduating college and looking to maybe nanny for a year so was asking for prayer for direction for Lindsay.  My friends stopped Lindsay's mom and said, "We've got a friend having triplets...here's her number!  Can we have Lindsay's?" 



She's been with us since the babies were born.  Literally, she was here when Cole was home and Eli & Ava were still in the NICU.  She'd stay with him, Zoe & Ty so that my Mom could drive me to the hospital to visit the others.  And now, she's going to miss their first birthday.  Again...sigh.  Tear.



Lindsay has been a TRUE blessing.  There aren't many 24 year-olds that can handle 5 kids five years-old and under.  Not many that can handle triplets.  Not many that can handle me!  She does.  And not only does she manage...she excels!  She smiles.  She has energy.  She genuinely loves my kids. We are truly going to miss her.






Not much more I can say...cuz...well...I'm crying.  Already.  Ugh.  I'm dreading tomorrow.  And come to think of it, the next 11 months.

12 comments:

the schirano triplets said...

i am so sorry this has been such a rough week for you, i hope that things get easier as they get back to normal. and i know how hard it is to lose your nanny, so hang in there. sending you lots of hugs tonight!

Alida said...

I know it's a very difficult day for you....Lindsay has been a real blessing BUT remember, God doesn't dish out to you more than you can handle amd you are such a strong person. You will truly miss her but you WILL have the strength to do all that needs to be done with 5 kids 5 and under. I'll be praying for you each and everyday that God will give you all the strength you need to keep up with everything. Lots of Hugs and remember, YOU ARE IN MY PRAYERS!

Dorinda said...

Wow! I know that will be hard. I hope your day is going okay today. My mom only stayed for 2 months after the babies were born but it was still hard to go on without her. She was in our routine and knew everything, it was great to have her. But, somehow we did survive, one day at a time and now I'm by myself most of the time. You can do it too! Zoe and Ty will be bigger helps then you know :)

Alexa said...

That is a really good picture! They are all smiling and looking at the camera. I heart them.

Mom/Grammy said...

OK Aym...now I am crying after reading your blog. I think what people need to know is that Lindsay was more than a nanny...she is a friend. You two enjoyed each other like college buddies. That friendship is not going to end. You will be supporting each other through prayer and blogging.
To quote YOU, "God provided Lindsay and he will take care of the next year." Amen to that. One day at a time.

Proud Momma X 3 said...

I'm sorry you've had a bad week and that your dreading to loose Lindsey. :0( I hope things start to brighten up on your end.

Barclay 5 said...

Amy,

God knows the details, your heart is His concern. I will pray that you land softly into this new season.

Would love to set up a date to play, me included. Let me know how next week looks.

Love to the whole Higby Gang!
Tracy XO

Superhero Mom said...

I too am sorry to hear about the change in your lives. I know how important routine is when you have multiples in the home. We will pray for your transition. You are an amazing woman Mrs. Higby and I know that if anyone can do this YOU can! (Didn't I read that you just finished a marathon?!) You've been training to go solo for even longer! I love ya! Wish I was closer! Hang in there!

Tara said...

Lindsay sounds really and truly special. I'll be thinking of you in your adjustment to days without her around....

Sullins' Spot said...

Girl, I can identify with losing someone's help that way! It is so heartbreaking but God truly supplies for that need! I know He has for us! I will be praying for you!
Amy

The Kelseys said...

Weeks like this make us stronger! I'm sorry you are having such a tough week, but my hope is that you will find strength in those beautiful children!

Nicole O'Dell said...

Wow, I'm sure you're glad the week is over for the scheduling reasons. We have VBS next week, but our church is two doors down from our house so I just send the kids. For me it's a nice break.

As for Lindsay...I can only imagine how gut-wrenching that must be. What a huge blessing to have had her for the time you did. She'll always be a part of your hearts, I'm sure. And, what a wonderful experience she's about to have!