My Brain is Waking Up
Even though I’m still nursing through the night, I am getting more and much better sleep than I have for the past year. Which I think is funny. Everyone always talks about the sleep deprivation that a new born brings, but to me, not being pregnant means I’m actually going to sleep.
I can tell I’m sleeping a lot better because my brain is actually working. I can remember details and when events are coming up and the names of my children. It’s amazing!
I write posts in my head all day long. I have so many ideas, unfortunately I only have 2 hours a day to put them into practice. If only the words in my head could automatically be downloaded onto the computer. That would save so much time.
What’s Been Happening on the Blog
I have written a surprising amount considering we got the stomach flu and I didn’t write for 2 weeks.
Do you have a toddler that’s hard to keep track of? I can sympathize.
The only organization post I wrote was on how to organize books.
I also added buttons to the side bar of the blog and am going through my posts and updating them.
Struggles for May
We had the stomach flu for 2 weeks. I was down for 4 days of it. Which means a lot of productivity not happening. Thankfully, it hit after I had cooked for the month so I fed the children with minimal effort. Unfortunately, it meant not following the routine and my one child that needs routine is now acting out.
The last few days of May (after everyone was all better and back to normal) I noticed a mood change in myself. I was suddenly feeling so sad. So sad it felt heavy. Friday, I was fine, and Saturday I was struggling. Sunday, I cried several times and tried not to several more. By Monday, it wasn’t any lighter, if anything it was worse. Finally, Tuesday I talked to my husband about it. Through talking I realized the reason I was so sad. The baby we miscarried was due at the end of May. I was subconsciously grieving for my missing baby.
I miscarried 2 years ago. 2! Is the pain ever going to go away? It’s a lot better than it was and talking about it really helped. It’s now Friday and I feel much more normal. Less heavy.
Normally getting kids to do chores is really easy but in April I gotten nothing but opposition. I made sure to start doing one-on-one time with the kids and it really helped. Except with Ben. I don’t know what’s going on. He never went through the “terrible twos” so maybe this is the “sucky sevens”.
I feel like everything in May kinda fell apart, except homeschooling. Because of my new interest in Leadership Education, my view of what school is has greatly expanded. Which means I was able to keep up with their school even when recovering from the stomach flu.
In my goal of inspiring my children to work on their handwriting I found a new hobby. I bought a dip calligraphy pen and have been having lots of fun figuring out how to use it.
Of course, the first time I used it I got ink all over my pen and blotted several letters. I’m having fun 🙂
I’ve decided to hand write all of my recipes because I can only copy the alphabet for so long before I need to be doing something productive.
Speaking of food, my cook one week a month has been really successful. In fact, I am currently typing this during my dinner prep time because I already cooked the meal last week and all I have to do this week is reheat it. As easy as frozen meals but healthy and cheap.
Goals from April
Continue working on my goals for Leadership Education
- Make a compass for each child and gather resources (books) on their interests Done
- Work out the blocked times I want in my schedule and where I want them Done, but then summer came and it needs to change again.
- Be consistent with Morning Time (the book calls it kidschool) always going to work on this!
- Make an action plan for the FEC meeting and meet weekly I think we met once…maybe?
- Meet with each child weekly discussing their compass In my dreams!
Be consistent with my schedule so that everyone knows what they are supposed to be doing without me having to tell them and so there is less complaining Except during sick times, pretty consistent.
Try and find times for the other children to have one-on-one time with me that work out as well as it does for Grace. Maybe during nap time? Done!
Make a list of projects to do around the house to help make planning easier. Also, making lists is fun! Started
Read one religious book to deepen my understanding about my faith and bring me closer to God. I’m starting with this one (aff. link). Didn’t happen.
Goals for June
I want to keep working on morning time with them and at least a little bit of independent time during June.
Bike ride every morning I can.
Continue working on cook book.
Continue updating blog.
I think June is going to be our lazy month. I will probably do a lot of thinking this month and be productive later.
By the way, if I mentioned anything in this post you want more information on, do not hesitate to ask! You can put it in the comments or contact me directly.