You had just fallen asleep when you hear, "Mom? Mom!" You jerk awake and look around the room. Your son is standing beside you, obviously upset. You jump out of bed again and quickly lead him out of the room so he doesn't wake his father. Once you're out of the room you ask him what is wrong. "I had a bad dream," he says as he cries. You go to the living room, sit on the couch, you hold him and say, "Okay, tell me about it." He tells you every little detail. When he is finished you explain that it was only a dream and a cow walking around on two feet, breaking into children's rooms, and stealing their piggy banks will never happen. Once he is calmed down and smiling you walk him back to his room, tuck him in, kiss his forehead and say, "I love you," He says, "I love you, too, mom," and rolls over to go to sleep. You walk down the hall to your room, and climb back into your bed again.
Not long after you drift off the alarm goes off. You sigh and slowly crawl out of bed, like a sloth trying to get out of a tub of peanut butter. You stumble down the hall, past the living room to the coffee bar where you pour yourself a cup of coffee. The first cup is always the best. You hold your warm mug in both hands and breathe it in, feeling the steam hit your face. You take a sip and savor it. The house is quiet.
The moment doesn't last. In the distance is a rumbling sound. You freeze, listening. There it is again. Is that thunder? Suddenly a loud boom echoes through the sky (and through the house). All three children are now awake nearly 2 hours before they are supposed to be. The toddler is crying, obviously frightened, and keeps saying, "It's raining!" The middle child asks if he can get in bed with his brother because he's scared. The oldest child says, "No, let's not do that. I'm up. Mom, can we just watch TV in our room?" You shrug your shoulders. "Sure," The boys run back to their room and you put a movie in for you toddler. She then requests chocolate milk and a Pop Tart and her blankie, of course. Finally, she is happy. You hurry back to your coffee and take another sip. Yup, it's going to be another long day.
I plan to embrace every minute of it (even the earthquakes)! Here's to all the awesome super moms out there! Have a SUPER weekend! (Come on! You KNOW you've earned it!)