I'm usually rather anxious at the beginning of the school year. This year has gone more smoothly than others (today will only be day two), but my own anxiety is killing me. My stomach is upset, I can't eat, my chest is tight. I tell myself this, too, will pass. I've been this stressed before and made it through. daughter 1 has pneumonia. She's getting better, I think, but slowly and not clearly. I worry about all that coughing. Doesn't help that she has a bit of a coughing tic normally, which now turns into huge coughing spasms. She wants me to tell her exactly when she'll be better. daughter 2 is having an awful time with sleeping. she takes forever to settle down to bed. She wants to nap in the afternoon, but that just makes night worse. I hate trying to keep tired kids awake or get wide awake kids to sleep, it's so hard. daughter 3 started kindergarten yesterday. She came home and took a nap then couldn't fall asleep last night. She woke up this morning in a horrible mood, like she's not quite all the way awake. Threw a fit about clothes, threw a fit about breakfast. daughter 1 has an upset stomach, too, and wants me to tell her why. but I dont' know, stress? antibiotics? I'm lonely and stuck. My husband works from 3am to 9am, so I have no help with the morning stress. We've set out the next day's clothes last night. daughter 3 did eventually let me get her dressed in those. Everyone has a standard breakfast, but daughter 3 said she doesn't want to eat hers, but can't think of anything else she wants (well, except ice cream). daughter 2 also doesn't want her breakfast, and daughter 1's stomach is too upset to eat. As is mine. This too will pass. I will get through this. It's actually not nearly as bad as it used to be. I need to touch base with friends or something, someone to chat with and put it all into perspective. In reality, I'd like to go hide under the blankets (ironic, as i woke at 445 and had an awful time going back to sleep).