June 9, 2010 7:36 am

Jamie is in VA all week for work and I’m playing the part of the single mom.  So far, I’ve only come close to murdering the kids a couple of times but man, these kids are tough. They’ve been attacking each other constantly and I can’t even prepare a meal without having to stop and separate them several times. The source of Graham’s behavior finally revealed itself in the wee hours last night; another ear infection. This will be the fourth in the past two months and I’m pretty sure a set of shiny new ear tubes will be in our future. Elliot is hopped up on dye from chewing on a marker so she’s been biting and hitting and generally unpleasant to be around. When they’re not fighting, they’re teaming up on me so at least there’s some togetherness going on.

Having to do it all with Jamie gone has made me realize how bogged down and tethered I really am. Not just with the daily grind, to technology as well. Before I went to bed last night, I plugged in the baby monitor, dog’s shock collar, set the alarm, put the home phone on it’s docking station, plugged in the laptop, put the ceiling fan and TV remote out of reach for the morning and unplugged my cell phone to take with me before I went to sleep on the mat on the floor in the kid’s room. Yes, one of us is still crashing in their room every night to minimize the wake ups. And it’s getting old. While I was laying there waiting for the back pain to set in, I wondered when I became so damn dependent on things? It’s a bit ridiculous.

The hustle and bustle of daily life have also kept me away from the blogosphere. It happens, but I find myself walking around with Google Reader guilt, sad to be so far behind and melancholy because I haven’t posted in weeks. But life is busy, kids are hard and that’s the way it goes. I blog when I have time and I will catch up someday. The kids need to be fed, there’s swimming to do (that part, I love), the dishes aren’t going to do themselves. I plan on unplugging myself from the world for a little bit, at least as much as I can. To let go of the guilt for not being 100% all of the time and kick back and enjoy things. To survive the rest of the week until Jamie gets home to back me up.  In the meantime, wish me luck with these hooligans.

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  1. Sprite's Keeper

    Good luck, Casey! Still with you…

  2. Andrea

    Good luck. Kids are awesome…until they gang up on you.

    Good luck on unplugging. It does feel good.

  3. Jenni

    Hey, Nelson’s in VA this week too. My kids have been surprisingly good. Probably because my mom comes by every night for dinner and to help me get them to bed.

    Hang in there.

  4. Cara

    Argh…good luck with the rest of the week, Casey. I think we’ve all been there before.

  5. Kendra

    Good luck!

  6. Stacy (the Random Cool Chick)

    Awwww! You poor thing! You know we’ll be here whenever you find the time – and yes, unplugging sometimes is the best way to go to recharge! 😉 Good luck holding down the fort! ((HUGZ!!))

  7. Mrsbear

    Unplug, as needed, my friend.

    You’ll get through it. Hopefully you won’t need your spine realigned at the end of it all.

    Luck and sleep wishes for you. 🙂

  8. If I Could Escape

    Aww, lots of luck my lovely bloggy friend.

    My boys’ last day of school is tomorrow so I’ll be free any time, any place, anywhere. Just let me know what works for you!

  9. Monica

    For your back’s sake I sure hope you guys can figure out a good transition to getting off the floor and into your own bed. Maybe you can get life sized cut outs of you and Jamie and lay them there. Kids wake up, “see” you there and go back to sleep. Pillows under a blanket might do the trick too. Although both of your kids seem very very smart so maybe this trickery won’t work. Hope your hubby gets back soon. -M

  10. becky

    Please release yourself from blogosphere guilt! I’ll write you a note if you need one.

    Sleeping in the kids’ room is rough! Good luck honey.

  11. Keely

    Ugh, X is doing the “need someone there” thing too, but at least once he’s asleep he’ll mostly STAY asleep and we can sneak out. All night on the floor? Hang in there, baby. We’ll all be here when you get back.

    (Well, maybe not, but you can EMAIL the important ones!)

  12. Captain Dumbass

    Want to trade hooligans for a week? At least it would change things up a bit.

  13. Michele

    Good Luck!

    It was probably easier when I was a stay at home mom because we didn’t have all the stuff that you have to deal with. You’ll do great. You’re smart and resourceful.

  14. Ginny Marie

    I miss you, Casey, but don’t feel guilty! I was going to comment earlier, but Emmy had a hold of my hand and was pulling me away from the computer yelling “Play with me!” There are more important things to life than blogging. And if I could help you get off the floor at night, I would! That sounds rough.

  15. Beth

    You’re doing just fine. I thought at first doing “the single Mom” routine was going to include the story of clubbing with 20-year olds and I got a little worried….

  16. robin

    Good luck! Sending good (calming) vibes your way.

  17. ck

    Oh man, sorry to hear that you’re flying solo. My girls are fighting and ganging up too, so I can only imagine what it’s like to deal with it alone. Especially when you’re stuck sleeping on the floor in your room. I hope Jamie’s home soon!

    (And you’re still going to BlogHer, right?)

  18. Maureen@IslandRoar

    Hey, it’s tough being the only one, especially when you’re not used to it. Interesting what you said about all those things we plug in on a daily basis and have grown so accustomed to.
    Yes, it’s summer and you’ve got those little ones; unplug and enjoy life!

  19. cyndi

    Hope you survived the week – it was SO good to ‘see’ you, and I will try to be less selfish and more understanding about your need to unplug – support it, but miss you :hug:

  20. Lin

    Crap, you sound down in the dumps, pally. Wish I was there to down a couple of lemon drop martinis with you by the pool after the kids pass out.

    It’s tough when they are young and I don’t know where you find the time to blog on the best of days. Hang in there, it does get better/easier as they get older. So you don’t get around the blogs–we’ll be here when you get a minute to yourself.

    In the meantime, enjoy them. Time really does go fast with the kids. Well, when they aren’t beating each other up. 😉

  21. SuziCate

    What part of VA? I live in Va. You’ll make it through…I hope the kids are good for you. Lots of swimming and their little behinds will be worn out which means lots of sleep!

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