These questions are getting tougher by the ‘day’. I’m not even a quarter of the way through and I’ve hit a tough one:
6. Something you’re proud of in the past few days
I’ve been considering lots of different things in my head and I keep coming back to feeling proud because “H did x” or “H said y”. But they aren’t things I’ve done that I’m proud of, which is what I think the question really means. But sitting down now to write this post, I’ve realised what I’m really proud of sitting here on the sofa, right here, right now. I’m proud of getting through this week!
There are more than enough blog posts around (some of my own) which talk about the hard work involved in being a parent. This isn’t another one of those. But this week was much harder than I thought it would be. We were back at work after our 2 week break. After such a nice time off, returning to the grind was always going to be a bit difficult. But then the weather got hot and muggy. There were train issues which meant my work journeys were not as straight-forward. H kept waking in the night. Sam and I were struggling to sort out our diaries to include some of his work commitments. Every evening from Sunday I felt exhausted with a headache verging on a migraine.
By Wednesday night, I couldn’t summon the energy to do anything other than put H to bed, change into my PJs and watch Bake Off on the sofa. But at the forefront of my mind was the list of chores that I wasn’t getting done; The changes I wanted to make on my blog; The exercise I needed to do. I had planned to mop and became fixated on it until Sam managed to ‘talk me down’ and I just accepted I needed a sofa evening. I was fortunate enough to then get an uninterrupted night and Thursday was a little better.
Come the weekend, I have shaken-off the bizarre lethargy and ‘headache’ that hit me throughout the week. I have caught up with some chores and – because we are now back in a cleaning routine – the rest of the house was still in a reasonable order. On reflection, I managed to have a very productive first week back at work. And most importantly, H has been extremely happy and entertained on her days at home with me.
So that’s what I’m proud of right now.
How do you cope with weeks like this?
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