Friday, December 27, 2013
It takes a while to get back to normal when something sudden happens. I wasn't expecting to have such a sick kid, nor was I expecting it to take so long to get him well again.
I've fallen out of the habits I had that brought me so far along.
I stopped daily blogging, which kept me real.
I stopped my daily walks because I couldn't leave the house without him and he still can't go too far without wearing out.
I haven't really grocery shopped in the last month. Only recently I got a bunch of veggies to fill my drawer again and that's because I gave my husband a list.
I haven't been planning meals like I should and that causes eating out too much. We had Chinese food twice this week alone.
The holidays hit all at once as soon as we were out of the hospital ($40,000 for that week long stay just for one bill that I saw go through. I'm really thankful for insurance!), Thanksgiving, my Daughter's Birthday and Christmas (which we're still not done with because we caught a cold and haven't been to my mom's house to finish so they don't get sick).
What I have started doing again:
Snacks. Instead of all that chocolate I've gorged myself on, I'm going back to nuts and fruits and veggies.
Meal planning. I have made dinners the last two days. The last of the leftovers will be gone in the next day or so, we'll be eating real lunches again instead of leftover Chinese food.
Cleaning. Fortunately the dishes have been getting done by the proper people and I've convinced my husband to make my daughter do her job instead of letting her slack and him do them. I got the rearranging bug yesterday and did over 5000 steps while not leaving the house because I wanted to rearrange my bedroom and make things orderly again. I even got the vacuum in there too. I'm working my way from the back corner to the doorway, so my home will be clean again. I had it there once and felt calm about it, I will get there again.
Fun time. I have played games with the kids and we're working on our third puzzle together. I had been the cranky no fun mom for a while, now I feel like I'm getting back into the fun groove with them. My husband took them out sledding on Christmas day and I think he wore them out. At least it was fun while they were doing it, but it reminded us that our son just can't handle as much as he'd like still.
Me time. It sometimes is as simple as a long hot shower (love apartment living for extra long showers!) to reading a good book to wind down (I'm working on book two of the second series in a grouping of two sets of stories that relate to each other) to doing a bit of art (see my last blog for my latest).
Husband time. We were having ignoring issues before everything hit, but now we're on our way back to having snuggle time and laughing with each other again. We're working like greased cogs again and remembering to have us time when we can get it.
When the kids go back to school, I'll be able to make more time to do some of these things. My daughter goes back on the 2nd and I'm sending my son back again on the following Monday so he's not overwhelmed by all the kids being crazy after the holiday. I like to get certain things done when no one's home and since someone's been home for the last month, I've not gotten certain things done. I'll have the floors clean again and all the corners will be clutter free again.
Little by little, I'll be back where I belong and the weight will be back down too. Not paying attention to me caused the holiday weight gain and I can physically see it again. I don't want to be uncomfortable with my body again, so the normality I had will get it gone again too.