Linda G. Hill

Life in progress

The Young and the Rested

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I was inspired by the Daily Prompt here: https://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_prompt/the-young-and-the-rested/ not as much by the actual prompt —

“When was the last time you felt truly rejuvenated and energized? What made you feel that way?”

–but by the title of it. The Young and the Rested.

The fact is, I’ve been at home with the young’uns for the last two weeks of the summer without much of a break. Consider my challenges: Sunday dawned bright and early and Alex, my youngest, wanted to go on a bus ride with his brother. First he had to feed, a process which takes about two hours via feeding pump. So we were sitting around the table, Alex and I and my BFF John, playing a rousing game of Life (the board game) while he fed, when Alex decided it was time for his brother to wake up. I said no, they couldn’t leave for another hour, let him sleep a bit more. Unplug me from my pump, Alex demanded. I don’t want to eat anymore, I want to go now. This was not an option; he turned the pump off anyway. I told him that if he wanted to continue to play his game he had to feed. No way, he said. So I walked away.

He proceeded to follow me around the house, digging his fingers into me to get my attention whilst screaming. Fine, I said, stop screaming and poking me or go to your room.

Okay, I’ll go to my room, he said. With the pump off (still) he went to his room. After a while I told him he could come out if he would turn on his pump. No way, he said. I want to go on the bus, to which I replied, You’re not going on the bus until your feed is finished.

The argument began at 9:30 am. It finished when I finally force-fed him by syringe at 1pm. The consequence, no bus.

This is a typical day for me at home with Alex. He gets something into his head that he wants to do and he will absolutely not consider the consequences of his actions. He’s an adolescent still going through his terrible twos. It takes him hours to give in – and I’m consistent! And as patient as anyone I have ever met. Of course there is the language barrier – he is Deaf and I am hearing. Although my sign language is limited, I still have to believe that after almost 15 years of living together I can at least get my point across on the most basic level.

He’s also sick with that awful summer cold that’s going around, which is really where all this ties in with the prompt. Last night he woke up coughing at 1:40 am. I gave him something that I thought might help (doctor prescribed codeine) but it didn’t. At 4 am I finally gave in and let him watch a movie in bed. So neither of us are rested… and I’m old.

When was the last time I felt truly rejuvenated and energized? The early nineties. Before I started having kids. Parenting is such fun, isn’t it?

Author: LindaGHill

There's a writer in here, clawing her way out.

17 thoughts on “The Young and the Rested

  1. I love how you say you’re consistent. I’m not sure people are aware that certain children are more willful and tenacious than others. You ever notice that? Like, somehow this makes you a weak parent, lol. I don’t have any like that, although Sissy is stubborn, she’s not that bad — but I know kids like your Alex and I tell you woman, you’re a saint!
    I am not sure I have particularly well-rested in years. Sometimes I fall into bed early and wake with energy, and that’s as good as it gets. I have fantasies about having no schedule and sleeping when I please. I suppose by the time I can do that, I’ll be rather aged and unable to do anything but catnap in a recliner…
    I hope today finds you and Alex feeling better.

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    • Oh I don’t know about a saint – if you were here you’d often hear me say, “I kill you!” to him in the voice of Achmed, the Dead Terrorist… but always with a smile on my face, so that makes it okay. Right?
      As for having no schedule, I’m already there with the sleeplessness when I do have time off and the kids are with their dad. There’s really no winning. 😛
      We did sleep better last night – only one short 4am coughing fit. Hoping for an even better night tonight. 🙂
      Thanks very much for your kind words, my dear. They mean a lot to me.

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  2. Patenting never stops but it is hard even when it is straight forward. I take my hat off to you again. You manage so well adolescence and terrible twos combined you are a marvel. Xxxx

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  3. Parenting is hard work no matter their age, even as adults they worry you from time to time. But I do remember the sleepless nights. Good luck I hope you get some decent rest soon.

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    • Yep, my eldest just turned 21. They’re a handful of concern all their lives, I’m sure of it.
      Thanks very much, Michael. I actually did get a much better night’s sleep last night. 🙂

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  4. Mothers deserve a medal of valor–every day of their lives. I don’t know how you do it!! Hope the writing about it furnishes some small reward for you. And some relief. Your sincere and realistic post makes me somewhat embarrassed of my tongue-in-cheek response–a complete contrast to yours. But, perhaps it will give you a promise of some reward in the future??? http://judydykstrabrown.com/2015/09/08/the-old-and-unrested/

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  5. Hope you manage to get some sleep tonight. You are an amazing mother, kiddo! And what a gal!! you keep up your sense of humour and you write non-stop whenever you get some free time…yep, pat yourself on the back…you’re great and surely your kids feel it…know it. xx

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  6. Life is a challenge with kids and with kids with special needs even more Linda. Wish all of you the best.

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  7. I hope he gets well soon Linda. 😀

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