Friday, July 9, 2010

When Two Arms Just Aren't Enough

Last night I was woken up in the middle of the night by Philip searching around the room for the gripe water. Michaela was awake and she was screaming uncontrollably over some nightmare she had. Unintentionally, Philip's searching and Michaela's screams had woken Rafael up too so he was also crying. I started searching around for the gripe water also, but for the life of me could not find it anywhere. On one of my umpteenth trips around the house to search, Michaela saw or heard me and called out for me to hold her. I stood there in the hallway looking at my baby girl who was so upset, and even though Philip was hugging her and trying to comfort her, in that moment she wanted me. Across the hallway Rafael was screaming, angry that he had been woken up and just wanting some comfort to get back to sleep.

What do you do when you have two children that need you at the same time? It is probably one of the hardest things to deal with when you have two children. I can only imagine what a mom with 3 or more little ones feels like.

I realized that Michaela needed me just a little bit more at that moment so I picked her up and snuggled her until her sobbing became more even and she was able to calm down a little bit. Philip walked Rafael around and around the house until he calmed down and for a moment the house was quiet. After a while Michaela asked for "Daddy hold you" so I switched off with Philip and he was able to get her back to sleep while I got Rafael back to sleep.

I'm so thankful I have such a loving husband who knows how to be tender and comforting to his children, because right now my two arms just aren't enough, and probably never will be.


Tina said...

Awww, poor babies and parents! Sounds like it was a rough night. I'm glad Phillip was there for you!

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