ex.haus.tion - noun
1. the act or process of exhausting
2. the state of being exhausted
3. extreme weakness or fatigue
4. the total consumption of something
It's reasonable to say that this is a house of complete exhaustion. After many weeks of 5 am wakings, the children are so exhausted that being with them is exhausting and all reserves of patience have now been exhausted. I am fatigued, they are tetchy and D is working long hours. It's a potentially explosive mix and when I could most use the meditative benefits of knitting, I am just too tired to concentrate. It might be time to start 'hexipuffing' again. And I need a workable plan for the kids.
I think I'll try an alarm clock for My Boy - a digital one - not to wake him (I wish!) but so he can tell the time more easily - he currently has a gro-clock which changes from moon to sun, which was good when he was younger, but is becoming frustrating as he can't work out how much longer he should sleep - the dark mornings give no indication, so he gets up to ask. I'm not sure what will help Little Miss but I do need to get D on side with any plans for her as she makes a huge fuss (aka tantrum) until he succumbs to her charms and does whatever she wants. The kids agree to one thing when he's not here, and then they persuade him to do something different when he's getting up for work and I'm desperately trying to get more sleep - 5:30 is not a reasonable time for everyone to be up! I have to keep reminding myself that this too will pass.
This parenting lark really isn't easy.