okay- worst thing and really hard for me to deal with is at 5pm every night i am too tired to do what i need to do. i cannot handle the screaming, the chaos, and my husband has been out the last few nights and i'm just fried. today i baked a turkey, brownies, had a tea party/playdate for the kids, then dinner, then bathtime while trying to put away much of the kitchen chaos. but at 5pm, i was dropping plates, getting BH, and just emotionally couldn't get it together to just take care of things. the last 3 nights have been really rough sleepwise, 4 1/2 year old and 3 year old up a lot, and i just couldn't handle doing anymore. last night when loading dishwasher around the same time, i broke my plate. it's definitely a pattern of 5-6pm, i just cannot handle DOING anything.
so while i was finally off my feet, my 20 month old baby girl picked up all the clothes from the bathroom floor (3 girls worth) and dropped them in the bathwater. then went over and played happily in the toilet (which of course was NOT flushed, but not poop) until the floor and her pj's were soaked.
then sent everyone to bed. held and rocked baby (who's actually never pushed me to the point of yelling at her before. she's been a little mouthy, but i'm pretty good at the boundaries and patient discipline thing) who was very happy to snuggle. but feeling like an absolute flop as a mother these days!
how do you other mama's deal with the 4-5pm kid meltdown (followed by the 5-6pm mama breakdown) without becoming a weepy mess?
i've cried more the last 3 days than in a long time! and i know i'm going to be tired for a while. husband is traveling next week.
we have had houseguests for the last month, which is hard on me as i like my private space. but i need some coping mechanisms for the next few months!!!