Last night was SO much better. I was exhausted. Ms. 6 was here over the weekend, so I took her out yesterday to get her hair cut, and to buy a pair of jeans and a Christmas dress to keep at our house. The clothes she has are pretty ratty, and we aren’t getting any sort of payment at this point (her visits here don’t fall into the “respite” category). The state won’t pay for clothes for her at the place she’s staying either. They claim it’s in the monthly fee they are paying. Whatever, man. The kid needs some clothes. She’s had her hair cut twice in two years, which wouldn’t be awful, but it’s pretty damaged by near daily swimming. I bought her expensive shampoo that should help with that too. We’ll see.
We are doing the kids Christmas pictures in November. I asked her if she wanted to participate. She said yes. I wanted to try to find clothes for her now because the next time she’ll be here will be the weekend we do the photos. I bought her and E matching sweater dresses from Target. Cute, and functional, and hopefully they can wear them a few different times because they’re warm and really just red (not Christmas plaid). I still need to figure out shoes for both of them.
After our Target run, I picked DD up for work, and then my parents came over and brought E’s bday gift for her. It was a new swing for the backyard. Super fun. I’ll post some video later. DS scaled our tree and got it all hung up for them. Kids all came in after dark last night.
Last night we had some serious talks with E and H about staying in their beds. E is under the weather again. Low grade fever and a small rash right on her hip (hand, foot, and mouth returns?), so I wasn’t sure how she would do. She did great! She got up once around 9:30. DH tucked her back into bed and she stayed there until 6:10! Woot!
H took a two hour nap yesterday so he had a hard time falling asleep. However, once he was out, he mostly stayed in bed. He got up once and DH put him back to bed and he stayed there! I feel more rested than I have in a very long time. It was wonderful! Let’s hope we can have a repeat of that every night moving forward.
DS got up around 9 or 10 too. He attempted a conversation with us at which point we figured out that he was sleep walking/talking. However, you can see how if each kid wakes up even once, it’s sort of a lot of interruptions with this many of them. I need some downtime at night. Hoping to make it happen this week.