Welcome to Motherhood Monday. I hope you enjoy these weekly REAL stories of my motherhood journey.
This story starts with a simple load of laundry.
I threw a load of towels into the wash machine Sunday afternoon. That night, I did NOT fold the dreaded white load of socks, etc. that was in the dryer, so the wash load sat in the dark machine.
Then in the middle of the night, Adeline woke up with a fever of 102.
She had it on and off all day, and a trip to the doctor’s office ruled it a virus and the she definitely couldn’t go to school Tuesday.
The wash continued to sit in the wash machine.
I had a work meeting that I couldn’t miss Tuesday morning, so Matthew took the morning shift and I took the afternoon. When I got home, I nursed Adeline, gave her some Tylenol and soothed her back to sleep.
Then I ran the wash machine again, with hot water and lots of soap because those towels were a bit smelly. Gross.
However, I still didn’t fold those socks.
Tuesday night she was up every 2 hours.
Wednesday I stayed home with her, bleary eyed, wearing the same white shirt I wore Tuesday and pajama pants.
I took those socks out and plopped them on my bed, thinking I could fold them and get those towels in the dryer. As soon as I emptied the dryer, she started to cry and the wash still sat.
Finally, she fell asleep for 45 minutes in her swing, but then woke up crying and gassy.
I changed her and cuddled her and she fell right back to sleep.
Fearing that she would wake up again and hardly being able to stay awake myself, I took her to our bed.
I crawled into bed with her, on Matthew’s side though since my side had that pile of socks on it.
After about an hour and 15 minutes, I woke up to her babbling, smiling and looking right at me.
We got up, I changed her diaper and then nursed her.
Then, while she played on the floor, I started that load of towels again – for the third time. This time, they went right in the dryer when the machine stopped.
I still need to fold the socks.
(Written last week Thursday. I have since folded the socks.)