Thursday, July 26, 2012
My poor 6 year old son has been constipated for the last few days and it's really, really stressful for me. I'm going to have to start giving him Miralax again, which isn't a big deal, but I really thought we were past this. Potty training was a horrible experience with this child. He's in so much pain and just refuses to go poop because he's terrified that it's going to hurt. I feel so helpless.
I feel like such a terrible mother. My poor kid is clenching his cheeks together so hard and so often that he has headaches from the effort. He's always been a picky eater, but I think this time it's stress/anxiety that's causing it. He's worried about going on a plane for our vacation, worried about starting first grade, etc...
We don't have set routines for anything (eg. dinner on the table at 6:30), which might be causing him even more anxiety so I feel like if I would just get my s... together and make a balanced meal he (& the rest of the family) will eat every day at the same time, this wouldn't be happening. I know I really do need to develop more of a routine for meals and everything else in our lives, but it's not easy for me. It feels darn close to impossible for me - I didn't grow up that way and have no frame of reference. I'm overwhelmed.
I work full time, leave the house at 7:45 and don't get home until 5:30. The LAST thing I want to do is get right to the kitchen to figure out something to make for dinner. I'm not a good cook. I mean, sure I can follow a recipe, but I can't look at the crap in my fridge or cabinets and "see" all the ingredients for any particular meal and I don't have the energy to look through my cookbook collection for "inspiration" that isn't going to hit me anyway.
I need to find a meal planner that will actually work for my family. I know SP has one, but honestly, the meals it comes up with are not things I would even consider eating - EVER. I have found a few online, I just haven't found one that makes me feel like I can actually do it.