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If you want to sit down and enjoy a leisurely meal of delicious Shrimp Etouffee –  then don’t have four kids.  My sister and brother-in-law were sweet enough to make dinner for us.  So last night I sat down to eat some of the leftovers and within 3 minutes, all four kids were crying.

It kind of sounded like a “Glee” performance but less harmony and choreography.

Summer was crying because she didn’t want to go to bed “alone” despite the fact that she shares a room with Dylan. Dylan was crying because Summer was crying. And the twins were crying because they were hungry and wanted milk. Or Shrimp Etouffee. They didn’t specify.

But frankly, what newborn doesn’t enjoy a nice creole dish.

Not only did my sister help cook for us, but she did just about everything else too.

I told her to just hold those babies for one minute while I ran upstairs to get new Diaper Dekor bags and then I promptly got on a Greyhound bus, hightailed it to the Foxwoods Casino and played craps for the rest of the day while drinking free gin and tonics.

Well, I wanted to.

I wish I could think of new fresh, clever, hilarious ways to tell you how exhausted I am. This morning, I did start desperately googling “overnight doulas,” “night baby nurses” and “please save from the deep, dark pit of fatigue.”  I’m still not convinced that overnight help is worth the money since I’m breastfeeding and no one can do the feedings for me. But we’ll see how desperate I get.

Meanwhile, to help me get through the days and nights, I’m focusing on little moments of joy…

Like when I dropped off both girls at camp today and there were no tears.

That my twins are so soft and buttery scrumptious.

That Mel Gibson is not my baby daddy.

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22 Responses to i have no title because the only one i can think of is… i’m still tired.

  • Jen says:

    oh man. I feel your pain, and I had mine one at a time. But our second one was up every hour every night for like a year. And I cried A LOT. I may just have to stop reading your blog because it reminds me too much of that period of hell 🙂
    Overnight Help? Bet it’s TOTALLY worth it 🙂

  • Nicole says:

    I’ve put a reminder on my calendar to RSVP…one of the main reason I’m going is the Mouthy Housewives and all you funny, funny bloggers. My question – are you bringing the bebes? I promise not to knock them over in my quest for swag 🙂

  • Shana says:

    Kind of like a Glee performance without AutoTune, bwahaha. If it is any consolation, I am having sleepless nights as well, with a freaking 11-year-old who watched too much Celebrity Ghost Story and is now having panic attacks at bedtime. I’m not sure if she’s worried about ghosts or if she was traumatized by Lisa Rinna.

  • and I though three children crying at the same time was bad…

    I used to read sleep books and fantasize about the Baby Whisperer coming to stay with us and explain why Oliver wouldn’t stay asleep for more than two hours at a time (like until he was ONE!) By the time he started sleeping well, the twins came along and the cycle started again (double time). So I think I just gave up. Or lost my mind. Or maybe I could just handle it better knowing it would end… Either way, the cuteness helped their cause.

    Hope your twins start sleeping through the night soon!

  • Kathy says:

    So sorry I remember that tired feeling only yours is 4times more! Hang in there sleep is over rated… Okay it’s like gold baby! I hope you get some soon!

  • Wendi says:

    I’m glad Mel isn’t your baby daddy, too. Then you’d be even more tired from staying up all night making secret audio recordings.

  • red pen mama says:

    My girls, who share a room, also do the “I don’t want to sleep alone” routine. Especially when their daddy is there (and no, it’s not Mel, thank goodness!). He’s a sucker. I’m like, “go to bed I have a book to read I mean laundry to fold!”

    Good luck and God bless. I’m waiting for my third go-round to start in November, and I wonder what possessed me in March! Except I wanted a buttery bebe, too.

  • Diane says:

    The truth is – with 4 kids, someone is always crying. Usually it’s me. Hang in there – used so often it means nothing – but those of us in the club of 4 are rooting for you all the way. I think it gets better as they get older – mostly too tired to appreciate!

  • Oh, this honestly broke my heart (and made me laugh at the same time, of course). So looking forward to meeting you at BlogHer. I’ll know who you are by the toothpicks holding up your eyelids.

  • Rebecca S. says:

    I am getting really annoyed with the bedtime routine of not wanting to be alone, just when I am settling in with the latest episode of the Bachelorette, so I’d be very upset if someone interrupted my Cajun dinnertime. BTW, whatever is in that breast milk is working- Chase is looking burly!

  • francine Kasen says:

    My experience with a night nurse was that she heard the baby wake up before we did, she changed, soothed, and combed their hair and then brought them in to me (still sleeping!) and gently shook my shoulder, when I semi consciously bared a breast, latched “something” on to it and dozed. A little while later the nurse (or tooth fairy, I’m not sure which) came to retrieve whatever it was that had fallen asleep next to me all warm and soft. A few hours later this repeated and I used the other breast. Not only do I recommend a night nurse, I even recommend an alchoholic night nurse (from experience!)

  • Aunt Marcia (Guess Whose?) says:

    Hang in there Kelcey, you can do it…and when they’re off to their 1st day of school, re-read all these blogs and shed tears of joy that you have them.

  • Heidi Malott says:

    Oh my goodness! I haven’t been blogging lately or blog surfing in a while. Congratulations on your BEAUTIFUL babies! Hang in there on the sleep deprivation. I experienced it recently at 40, (a decade after having my other 3) oy! You have a great sense of humor!

    Regarding the coyotes: We have had coyotes wandering through our neighborhood since spring. Very unsettling since we have a 2 year old.

  • Robin says:

    You are doing so great managaing it all. 🙂 Congrats on your family, I just started looking at your blog and I love reading about your life. I totally agree with your last comment about Mel Gibson! Thankful indeed! 🙂

  • Aimee says:

    Wet nurse overnight! Just kidding. Sadly on a bus in NYC a few years back I over heard a women talking about how she hired a women way under the table that didnt have a greencard for $2.50 to be her overnight WET NURSE>ewwwwwwwwww. I nearly gagged on my coffee and was moments away from saying something, but alas–I just kept my mouth shut!

    Man oh man…that party sold out QUICK! Apparently my trip to Target took away my A game to get in! I guess the clearance deals was worth sitting on a waiting list but damn…that party looks fun.

  • Lisa says:

    Amen that Mel Gibson is not the baby daddy – what a nightmare he turned out to be! 🙂 Glad to see your sleep deprivation hasn’t caused you to lose your sense of humor – you’re doing great!!

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