“Hungry!!!!! MOMMA! Hungry!!”
“Down!!! DOWN!!!! WAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!”
Since the departure of Blush, Rowan and Beaux, the house seemed slightly more hectic. Poor Granite was working almost all time, which left me in charge of four screaming toddlers. I would love to say that my little angels were easy going and easy to take care of, but regrettably I cannot. Terrible two’s and one three was an absolute nightmare, but I was Tranquil Truffle Chiffon and I was determined to do it all on my own. Of course my mother had her own ideas.
“You know four children is a lot!” She called over the screams of Midnight and Prelude.
“Have you ever thought about bringing in a little extra support?”
“Support.” I tried to lean in closer, I was only catching snippits of what she was saying. Frustrated I turned to Prelude. “Baby boy I am trying to get your food, please, it won’t be much longer.” That did nothing, it may have made things worse.
“Mom, I am fine. We are fine. He is just hungry. I can handle this by myself.” I countered turning to the fridge and fumbling through the bottom shelf for the tupper ware of the days dinner. With Lily still on my hip I tried to the best of my ability to prepare Preludes meal. I felt my mother lean over my shoulder. “Dear that’s left over tuna salad.”
“Ughhh!!” I slammed the lid back down and opened the fridge again. Now more than frustrated I slapped the food into the bowl and plopped it down in front of my obviously “OMB I am gonna die if I don’t eat” starving child.
That was just about the time Lily was getting sleepy. I could feel her squirming and wriggling on my hip. She tapped my shoulder a couple times which was her way of telling me she wanted to go to bed. “Ok. Lets get you ready for bed then.” I agreed as I took her upstairs. As we left the room, I could hear Midnight crying behind me.
“Yes love, I will be right back!”
Mom followed me upstairs still trying to convince me that her idea was a good one, but I was still not going for it. After tucking Lily in she started on me all over again. Always the persistent one she was.
“Couldn’t you at least think about it?”
“NO. MOM I am perfectly capable of doing this. I am a good Mom.”
“I know you are love. It has nothing to do with your capability. Its just-
*CRASH* *THUD* “WAHAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH”
Oh sweet berry what was that?!
Adrenalin pumped through my veins as I ran through downstairs, its a good thing I knew the house as well as I did, or may have just killed myself in the process. The screaming getting louder and louder as I neared the kitchen.
“No! Baby No!”
I could tell from the sound of her voice, she was no longer in her high chair. I kneeled down and scooped her into my arms. Pulling her to my chest I started to cry. “Oh baby girl. Mommy is sorry. Are you OK? I should have never left you.” The sounds of her painful crying was enough to make wanna throw up. I was so mortified, which was only amplified by the fact my mother was there to witness it all.
I think she could tell I was in no mood to discuss it further because she dropped it for the rest of the evening. She helped put Midnight and Prelude to bed and then made her way back home to BP. I followed her to the door and gave her a big goodbye hug. Once she had left, I sulked off to my room. I was exhausted.
That’s where I stayed until Granite returned home. The sound of that sickening thud replaying over and over again in my mind. My breath catching in my throat every time that it did.
“Oh ya. Wonderful! I just tried to kill our daughter tonight is all.”
“You did what now?”
I threw my legs over the side of the bed. I was so embarrassed I was trying to avoid eye contact. I dropped my chin into my chest. “I let our daughter fall out of her high chair today.”
“You let her? Like you did it on purpose?”
“So she accidentally fell out of the high chair?”
I let out an exasperated sigh. “Yes.”
“I have failed as a mother.”
“I think that is going a bit far. Is she OK?”
“Yes she is fine.”
“Then don’t worry. Accidents happen.”
“I know but.”
“My mom thinks I need help and that didn’t really help my argument that I don’t”
“Aww love. Maybe we do need some help. You know I would be home 24-7 to help if I could.”
“I know, but I thought I could do it.”
“Well you can, but there is no shame is asking for a little support now and again. No one is going to think any less of you. I certainly won’t.”
*sigh* “OK. Can you call Mom and tell her? I just can’t…”
“I can do that.”
“You really are the best.”
“No. That’s you.”
So while we were preparing for bed (thank goodness the kids at least slept well) Granite made the call to my mother.
“Hey Mom…Mhmmm….Ya. I think she has decided to go ahead…Ya. Oh she is here, but her mouth is full of toothpaste. Uh huh…OK. See you tomorrow then. Bye.”
The very next afternoon, our new nanny was making her way up the steps and to the front door. It seems my mom had gone home that night and had placed the call. She had a feeling I was going to be calling to approve the go ahead. It really annoyed me she me knew me so well.
Petite Orchid Mauve. Fresh from the graduating class of 2011. Finished with college and ready to start her career in the childcare profession. Live in nanny had always been her life long dream and when my mother called the agency she was the first one on the list. Apparently another secret my mother had been keeping, she had already interviewed 10 different prospective nannies and she was the best.
She seemed nice enough. Soft spoken and friendly. I was still lightly unnerved by the fact I was openly asking for help, but she seemed to understand that and let me have quite a bit of space.
“Its so wonderful to finally meet you.”
“Yes and you as well. Please come in.” I smiled shaking her hand.
We continued our introductions until we were interrupted by Prelude alerting us he was up from his nap. I turned to head up the stairs when Orchid placed her hand on my shoulder. “May I?”
Before I had a chance to answer my mother chimed in. “Yes dear that would be wonderful.”
“Hey little guy. Is that you in here making all that fuss?”
“I thought so. You have some pretty poweful lungs. That is pretty impressive.”
“Hey Tranquil are you in-
“You must be the new nanny. Hi. I’m Granite. Nice to meet you.”
“Nice to meet you too.”
“Do you have a name? Or should I just call you Nanny?”
“Oh! Right! Haha um its Orchid. My name is Orchid.”
“Well its nice to meet you Orchid. Poor Tranquil has been running herself ragged. I think a little extra help around here is just what we need.”
“Yes…I uh better get back downstairs.”
Having the extra help was really like a dream come true. She was amazing with the children. They all adored her and I had to admit it made life so much easier not having to worry about all four at the same time.
It actually gave me a chance to spend quality time with all of them. It was amazing how different all three of the girls were from each other.
Midnight Mousse. I think it should have been Mischief Mousse thinking back. She was our little trickster. Most definitely the biggest handful for a blind momma.
If she wasn’t getting into shenanigans inside the house…
Then it was outside the house.
This wouldn’t have been nearly as bad except, poor little Lily was always crying. It was hard to keep track of Midna over Lily’s wailing. Either she was unhappy or she just tripped over something or hit a wall, coffee table, toilet, bathtub you name it that poor girl had smacked up against it. The doctors were always concerned when I brought her in. Covered in bruises. Ya that did not sit well.
The poor girl also had the oddest aversion to shoes. I could never keep them on her feet. First it would take me entirely too long to get them on and then once I did, I would hear *flop flop* and I would be feeling bare feet again. Finally I just gave up.
Big boy Prelude did his best to help. He would try to console little Lily to the best of his ability. I am not sure if it worked, but it was sure darn adorable to hear.
“Its ok Baby. Don’t cry.”
Ah but he was a resourceful one. When consoling didn’t work, he did not give up. He would try other tactics like reading to her. Of course he didn’t really know how to read, but she didn’t care. She would sit and listen to him prattle on and it usually was just thing to settle her out. My big boy helper to the rescue.
Awww little Sapphire. She was my angel in comparison to the other two. (Though I would vehemently denied it if ever confronted about it) She was my breath of fresh air. The most compliant and most observant, she could always tell when I was having a bad day and did her best to make it just a little bit easier on me. Something I was always truly grateful for.
“Love you too sweet pea.”
So I guess all in all having a little help wasn’t too far out. They were certainly a handful and after the arrival of Orchid we got to do so many new things. Like family outings. Something that was much to difficult for just the two of us.
It took me a while to admit it, but bringing Orchid in may have been one of the best decisions my mother ever made on my behalf.
Yup. She was a welcome addition to our little family.
Didn’t know where to split it…so I didn’t. Sorry >_<