A salute to mothers of more than one child!

@mamasan34 (6521)
United States
October 26, 2007 7:59am CST
I am a mother of one child. I am taking care of my friends three children aged 5, 8 and 11 and their dog this weekend. They have been here since yesterday after school. I don't know how you guys do it, but let me tell you, you have my utmost respect!!!! Yesterday went fairly smoothly, aside from the youngest getting very upset because I was making cornbread muffins instead of cornbread in a pan. Apparently she wanted square instead of round. This morning was just a nightmare. The oldest forgot her band instrument at her house, the youngest didn't like the tennis shoes her mom packed for her, and the only sandals she brought over were both left footed so those were out, the youngest went to the bathroom and kind of wet her undies, the middle one was just happy as a clam but had a big tangle of knots in her hair from sleep. My daughter was a crab apple this morning, didn't want to speak to anyone and when she spoke to me she was just full of attitude. Not to mention it is picture day for her. It's raining cats and dogs and my daughter had to walk to school so I could take the other kids to school on the other side of the post. I had to take them to their house get the band instrument, find another pair of shoes, get jackets because it was raining, write notes because the youngest had P.E. today and we couldn't find the right tennis shoe...apparently she had left it in her mom's truck hahahaha! So she started crying saying she didnt want to have to run in flip flops. So, I had to write her a note. The middle one needed a note because she totally forgot her assignment at school in all of the hullaballoo! So, I walked out of the house wearing house shoes and it's soaking wet outside and I had to go to the convenience store to get my cigarettes because after this morning I needed one! Sooooo, I salute you wonderful mothers with the patience of steel! Heres to you ladies!
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6 responses
@kareng (22502)
• United States
26 Oct 07
It sounds like you are having FUN!!! hahaha. I had three girls (grown now), twins and my other daughter was only 3 yrs. old. It was hard when they were all under age 5 and then again when they were all in teens. Never a dull moment at my house! And I managed to survive somehow. Hang in there, I'm sure your friend appreciates your help!
@mamasan34 (6521)
• United States
26 Oct 07
Yeah I know she appreciates the help! It's hard when your husband is deployed and your dealing with 3 children alone and not having a break. So, this retreat that she is on is a good thing for her! She can come back recharged and ready to take on the world. Wow, you really must of had a time with having those kids all under the age of 5! I can just imagine the teen years! I have one that's a teen now and I can't understand her to save my life lol! I couldn't imagine 3 or 4 more at the same time hehehe! Kudo's to you!
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@mamasan34 (6521)
• United States
28 Oct 07
dreambigg you are an amazing woman to do what you have done, taking in other children and so on. You sound like you have had a truly crazy few years there! I would hate having to send those children over there to see their mother especially with the problems she has and then they having to be exposed to it! I would worry too! But I would use that time with her as a lesson to them what to stay away from and to really do something with their life and not to end up like that. Turn it into a positive. That is a definite life lesson to be pointed out. Anyhow, kudo's to you and your husband!
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@paxmundi (80)
• Philippines
27 Oct 07
I agree mothers of more that one child should get a medal. I have a daughter and she's a handful to take care of. But it's my mom who I wanted to talk about here because for the life of me I can't figure out how she was able to raise 11 kids. I'm the youngest of the pack. I can't figure out how she was able to keep track of all our shoe sizes, and shirt sizes when I can't even buy my kid a pair of shoes right for her age without bringing her along. My mom used to surprise me with a new pair of shoes every time. She cooked for all of us and drove all of us to school. The miracle about that is how she stuffed all 11 of us into her VW Beetle. She's 85 now and still going strong enjoying all her 42 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.
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@mamasan34 (6521)
• United States
28 Oct 07
What a great woman! 11 kids and a VW Beetle! It must have looked like you guys were piling out of a clown car hahaha! Amazing. I couldn't imagine it either. I too cannot choose shoes that fit my daughter unless she is with me lol! But I salute your mother for being able to do all of that everyday and remembering all of those little things. I am glad she is still going strong!
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@suspenseful (40313)
• Canada
26 Oct 07
I lived with a family that had three girls. The house was smaller than necessary for the family and everything was topsy turvey. On top of that, the mother was also looking over a foster baby. You have to get organized, and you do need a drivers license for all that running around, taking the kids here and there. I think that is why I only had two adopted children, I did not have a drivers license and I did not have enough money to get one without giving up another necessity.
@mamasan34 (6521)
• United States
26 Oct 07
Yeah it is tough to get around with taht many kids especially without a drivers license. Thanks for responding!
@asgtswife04 (2482)
• United States
28 Oct 07
LOL! Thanks for the salute girl. It is extremely hard at times to raise more that one child....sucks at times really. but for the most part, i love being a mother of three. they are pretty good most of the time except for tonight of course and my daughter's whiney stage she's going through. Other than that though, once you've had two you might as well have as many more as you want because it doesn't get any easier. LOL! anyways, i'm actually talking to you on messenger so i'll stop this one now.
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@mamasan34 (6521)
• United States
28 Oct 07
Hey girl! Yeah, I can imagine after two, it doesn't get any easier hahaha! Well, they sure keep you busy and on your toes don't they! I am sure there are hard times but you wouldn't trade it in for the world! I know how that goes lol! I can imagine you were pulling your hair out last night with the kids spending the night hehehhe! Thanks for responding.
• United States
29 Oct 07
Girl, you have no idea. I'm suprised I have any hair left at all anymore after last night. LOL! But, no, I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world. I absolutely love being a mother and three only makes things more interesting to say the least. ha ha ha ha. talk at ya later.
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@mamasan34 (6521)
• United States
29 Oct 07
I am glad that they keep you on your toes! I am sure it's a very hectic and interesting life. I don't know how you guys do it though! LOL
• India
14 Nov 07
This problem my mom had, when we are going to school. We are three brothers and have a sister. Think of the scenes that will run in the morning time.., when my self and my sister are to go school and my brothers.. Just you could see, as if the Hell had Cut loose.. Take care and have a good day.
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@mamasan34 (6521)
• United States
15 Nov 07
Oh I can imagine it! I bet your mother was tired after sending you to school only! hahaha! Thanks for sharing your story with me!
@luzamper (1360)
• Philippines
29 Oct 07
LOL! I have only 2 kids, now they are big but the younger is a down syndrome. It's really hard to take care of children but it's enjoyable too at times. We can laugh with them, play with them. It's difficult to laugh and play if there are no children around ha ha!
@mamasan34 (6521)
• United States
31 Oct 07
Yes that is very true hahaha! We sure can't do much of that laughing and playing if there are no kids around, people would look at us like we are crazy!