Monday, March 06, 2006

One more thought...

I know I said I'd shut up, but I just had two more thoughts I had to throw out there...

As I mentioned in one of my comments... I am totally SHOCKED to see that some of you are up so late at night commenting on my blog (as in 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, etc.). I can barely keep my eyes open past 9:00 or 9:30! And to top it off... some of you have three and four kids. Does that mean when I have more kids, I'll end up being awake late, too? Cause Mamma needs her sleep! That's just not gonna fly! And if everyone's gonna be happy, Mamma needs to be happy, and when Mamma doesn't sleep, Mamma is NOT happy. So, what are you doing so late at night, and why????? Do you get to sleep in the next day? Take naps?

Also, I have a wee problem, and I need the help of you ... my very dear friend. See, I go to a small church. About 80 or 90. We have Bible Study on Wednesday evenings, which I love, but we have no programs for children, because we only have like 1 or 2 kids that come out on Wednesday, and they are like in 4th grade, and even then, it's hit or miss with them. And then we have one infant. My son. And while I think he's the bomb, and a total angel, because ... well ... he is ... (go with me on that), I find that I end up not getting a single solitary thing out of Wed nights, because I have to hold him, rock him, feed him, make google faces at him, entertain him, walk around with him. He gets fussy, then he laughs and blows raspberries, then he squeals and chatters, then gets fussy again, because his bed time is 8:00, and Mamma is NOT following the routine he has self-imposed. I'm scared I'm distracting folks, even thought they insist I'm not (okay ... I KNOW I'm distracting myself, at least). And the stinky lady in charge of Christian Education is supposed to solve this problem... but since that stinky lady happens to be ME, I have to say that I don't have any solutions right now. Can't use the youth for a nursery, because they have youth group. Don't really have the budget to hire a baby sitter. Can't even do rotational sitting in the nursery, because I'd be rotating with me, myself and I.

So ... what would you do if you were in my shoes? Or, what did you do if you were in my shoes at one time? Please... any advice would be appreciated. Should I continue going and getting what I can? Because I see this becoming a real problem as he gets older!

Signed,
The Stinky Christian Education Ministry Director Lady that HAS NO CLUE.

11 comments:

Jeana said...

Okay, don't think I"m much help here. I just ended up not going to that type of thing when I was where you are.

I did train my son to sit quietly in my lap, because we were visiting churches when he was little and I didn't want to park him in a strange nursery several weeks in a row. It can be done with practice at home, but I realize not everyone thinks you should train a baby to sit quietly. (Please don't send me hate-mail if you are one of said people.)

One other thing--go evangelize some people with babies, so you'll have someone to trade with!

Perri said...

I would probably continue go go, but sit in the very back and then as he gets older, take a blanket and let him play with a quiet toy - foam blocks, etc. In a few months, he would be happy to snack then too. But if you aren't there,then if anyone else has a problem and needs the stinky education lady, they would have to wait till Sunday.

Rachelle said...

Wiggly babies are hard at church! I am trying to help my son be quiet (with quiet toys and reminders), but it is hard. He just wants to get down and crawl and I feel like a constant distraction. I try to remember that most people have tolerance for babies. and if they don't, they need to develop some!

Kim from Hiraeth said...

How about family? Is your mom or mother-in-law near by? How about sisters or sisters-in-law? Is there anyone that could come by and stay with him for a couple of hours so you could attend Bible study?

RANDI said...

I will admit to blogging late at night when sleep is hard to come by. Unfortunately the computer screen just keeps me awake rather than making me drowsy.

I think it is fine to keep the little one with you because it doesn't sound like he is very noisy. If everyone says they are not bugged by him, don't worry about it! Anyway, I think that babies are a great distraction!

sarahgrace said...

Okay- I'm up late at night because it is my only ME time and my only time ALONE with my hubby, but of course, here I am blogging, so yo know I'm not hangin' with the hubs right now...ha ha I just try to at least get eight hours of sleep and I'm good.

And I really wish I could help you out with your Wens night problem, but I seem to have very similar problems and have been looking for a solution myself, so if you read anything good, please share!

GiBee said...

Jeana - I hope I'm able to train my son to be quiet in church. We do practice at home, but... it doesn't always work out like that when we go out. I totally agree with you, though, you CAN train them to sit quietly.

Perri - foam blocks/toys are a great idea. I have been giving him a rattle, or toys with crinkle sounds on them... why didn't I think of the foam toys? Thanks!

Rachelle - I guess what is stuck in my mind is ... that there ARE people that lack some tolerance for babies, and I worry about it... There I go, holding on to stinky, yucky worry -- MUST LET GO!

Kim - Great thought. Unfortunately, my family lives 5 hours away, and my inlaws, while they live within 20 or 30 mins of me, all go to the same church. And grandma and grandpa, unfortunately, encourage the giggles and raspberries. Gotta work on that!

Randi - I used to have nights like that -- then I had a baby! LOL! Now, I can barely keep my eyes open past 9 or 9:30. Maybe it will get better as he gets older? Maybe? Please say "yes, it will!"

Sara Grace - Me Time? You get Me Time? Bwaaahhhaaahhhaahhhaaaaa. Um, sorry about that. I've forgotten what Me Time is. Oh, yeah ... Me Time is Sleep Time. Yup. I got it now. hehehehe!

Okay -- I'm going to put this in our ever so capable Pastor's plate. He can help me come up with an idea. After all... he's had FOUR KIDS -- that counts for some experience, right?!

Carol said...

I blog at night after I tuck everyone into bed. Also during the day when I have 10 or 15 minutes to check out one or two blogs here and there. It's sort of catch as catch can sometimes.

Can't help you with the baby issue. We always had several babies and a sitter that was paid by the church to watch them. Color me spoiled.

Lauren said...

Did my husband pay you to tell me that I'm up too late?

GiBee said...

Hmmmmm ... a paid babysitter.... by the church ... now, THAT'S a good idea ... thanks Carol!!! I like the color 'spoiled' very, VERY much!

owlhaven said...

We've always kept our kids with us in church, even when there was a nursery. Good training, we think. Yes, I've missed out on a fair bit of church pacing in the back. But I also have found that even when I only hear a bit of the service, God still often graces me with a few words or thoughts that are encouraging.
Mary