It really feels like I should have started some sort of regular weekly wins/ gratitude post at the beginning of the year, but in all honesty the first few weeks have been a blur or new routines and getting organised with a new work pattern. I’m finally in a position where I can stop and smell the metaphorical roses.
2017 was a crazy busy year with some real low points for us a family. We attempted to sell our house for the second time since Small Boy was born. This time we had no issues selling it but had two buyers drop out and lost two houses, the last time days before we expected to complete. Small Boy had illness after illness for a two month run. His sleep routine went out of the window and hasn’t returned. We had to take stock. We decided to put off moving for the foreseeable future and reduce my working hours so I didn’t have to juggle quite so much. Also, trying to work five days when you’re only getting three hours sleep a night isn’t ideal.
But we’re in 2018 now and I want to focus on the positive, because weirdly as soon as we’ve let the big things go, lots of small lovely things are happening. It’s easy as a parent to get consumed by the stuff of parenting and the stresses that being responsible for a small person can bring – the sleep deprivation, their development, keeping your job, feeding your family, making ends meet, the cost of childcare, still trying to be a couple. the list could go on. So this year, I’m challenging myself to remember all the little wins we have.
So I’m kicking off today, with my first weekly wins post.
This week, my wins were:
1. Small Boy and I went to an organised play group and although he was clingy and agitated, within 15 minutes he was joining in. My heart melted when he picked up a ball and threw it to another child. I cannot tell you how big a deal that was for me. Four months ago he would have been banging his head on the floor if he was overwhelmed.
2. We’re on a roll here. We went to a birthday party which was very busy and noisy, and Small Boy walked into the room and immediately started playing. He didn’t even mind other children getting in the ball park with him. My husband and I drove home afterwards, just saying “I’m so proud of him, he did so well today”, on repeat. It’s so amazing that he is getting more confident in busy social settings. You’d never know it around adults but he’s not so keen on others his age so this is HUGE!
3. I found an amazing insulated flask in ASDA that you can drink from without a cup as the lip stays cool. I’ve been unable to find it online anywhere so can’t share a buy link, but it’s amazing. I’ve been taking flasks of coffee with me ever since just in case Small Boy naps in the car. I pull up, pop on a podcast, kick back with some caffiene.
4. I was made Featured Blogger in the excellent Triumphant Tales linky for my post on 15 ways to start saving money a little but often. There were so many fabulous bloggers posting this week that I feel very lucky!
What were your wins this week? Leave them in the comments or tweet me with the #weeklywins hashtag. Let’s share them!