Ugh, you guys! WE CAN DO IT!
As an always-overweight person, Krystal, there is a very special place to get to inside. Loving yourself no matter what, while also doing your best to eat/live/exercise well. I would at least give the older kids to a sitter for a few hours, heck, I would during the day to sleep with Claire or get some chores done or your hair conditioned while/if she naps or hangs out on the floor!! I would SO be unschooling right now too, but I unschool anyway so that makes sense.
You could also have a helper come in to your house and try it out with them having Claire for a while with you right there. Then if she does well, you'll feel great about getting out for a date.
OK, OK, I know everything is frustrating. I have half-done laundry and dishes all over the place. My old house has a several completely random things in every room so does anyone else have two houses that are a mess!? LOL Maybe that will make you feel better.
But really, we made these babies. We are feeding them! From ourselves! It's getting harder because they are sleeping less and needing more attention. It gets harder than this, too, if I remember correctly.
All we can do is our best, in all areas, and to enjoy these babies.
I have no sex drive. It's pretty normal for me, but I hope to get some back pretty soon. I need a day's notice, then I can be ready and plan for it so I don't plan other stuff for myself all evening, yk? Sounds stupid, but it works. Because I usually try to accomplish about 9 hours of stuff in the first 2-3 hours after the kids go to sleep, so fitting in an unexpected romp is hard to do!
I am lucky Henry sleeps big chunks at night. Like, 5-7 who knows really because I don't pay attention. I don't have a clock in the bedroom right now so I really don't know but he doesn't wake up very often at all. He's not sleeping much during the day, I think usually 2-3 45 minute naps. I do try to get him over that 45 minute hump most times, but there's always something (a dog, cat, or an older sister) to wake him all the way up. He will nap for almost 2 hours if I wear him though. My husband had him in the Babyhawk for 2 hours at Wal-Mart today. (Oh, Krystal, my husband likes the babyhawk better than I do too. I like the Kozy a little better. It's better for nursing because it has a bigger/more flexible panel. And there's more stiff padding on the Babyhawk that I don't think would be good on a smaller frame. The nice thing about the Babyhawk is that people can actually see the baby's face without me having to pull the panel way down and lean over and push the baby up!
It's great to hear from everyone and see the pictures!