I must ask the question "Why are the children crying?"
My 28 years experience in the baby business tells me that something is wrong with a crying baby.
Is the baby cold, hot, hungry, tired, sick ? Babies just should not be crying so much that it is irritating to you. Where are those other kids who are so good at helping out and cheering up the baby until Mum can get to him?
I was expecting our sixth son when we began homeschool and I have very fond memories of the kids sitting up at the table burping the baby or playing with the baby on the floor while I taught a lesson to one of the others.
The babies were incorporated into the homeschool lessons and their happiness was given priority. Our motto then was "If the baby is happy, we'll all be happy" It worked. It did not hurt the other children trying to study, in fact it did them a lot of good. It taught them tolerance and selflessness. It taught them that there WILL be someone in their lives who WILL be more important then them.
Successful homeschooling of a large famiy is all about priority. Ask yourself,
"What is my first priority today" and then act accordingly.
Babies cry because it is the only way they can let you know that some vital need of theirs is not being met.
You said that you were a 'grumpy ma', maybe that is why your babies are crying !!!
Being grumpy uses up a lot of energy you know.
I do not want to seem picky here dear, but I have to say to you, "This is your job, this is the duty that our Blessed Lord is calling you to carry out today. No one is going to come in your door and do it for you"
I sure learned that lesson the hard way but when I finally faced it, I prayed for the grace for the job, got stuck into the Iron and vitamin supplements and embraced each day as if it were my last. I never looked back.
Rejoice in the Lord, and again I say Rejoice ! Rejoice... because you are doing the most important job in the world.
A house full of happy children is a very real blessing but it is in your hands alone. Have a laugh, clown around, enjoy!
P.S. Here is a joke to tell the kids, "What is brown and sticky?" (their imaginations go wild) answer - "A stick!" (We all think it is clever anyway)