It’s been a weird week… again. I took a few days off from my day job, which basically means with my working pattern a whole ten days off work in a row. I had so much planned, especially as Small Boy was still going to be in nursery for the three days I usually go into the office. I’ve recently bought a new camera so I was going to have a day out taking lots of lovely shots and familiarising myself with it. That didn’t happen. I also had a spa experience booked, and while that did happen I did end up running back and forth to hospital to visit my mum and feed her cats, check in on my Nan in her care home, so that took some of the shine off that. Still, it can’t all be bad….right?
In the spirit of finding the small things in life to rejoice, I’m back again for my regular Sunday Weekly Wins slot. This is the time of the week where I share my little wins, in the hope that you might reflect on some of yours too. I’ve been doing this for six weeks now which is crazy as it only seems like yesterday. Life is really that busy I guess!
Small Boy slept till 7am
In the way of background, let me remind you that Small Boy has been waking up at around 4am and refusing to go back to sleep for just over two months now. There doesn’t seem to have been any reason for the shift from his established 5am wake, which I know many of you will already think is crazy early but we have got used to it. Anything before that is a killer though and both Hubs and I have been at our wits end since Christmas. Both of us have separately almost fallen asleep in work or been close to tears. Having a child that doesn’t go to sleep is tough, but having to get up and 4am and function every day for 10 weeks is a whole new level of torture for us. We have tried everything. Then, Friday night, he went to sleep a little later, at 8pm and slept right through. Once we’d got over our initial panic that maybe he was dead (yes, it did cross my mind that something must be wrong), we were delighted to see a well rested, happy little boy spring from his room. The only thing we that could have made the difference is he had some of our dinner just before he went to bed. He usually has three meals and a snack, but eating right before bed may have done the trick. We’re now on a small bowl of porridge before bed now and hope that the trend continues.
I’m in love with a dude called Henry
I don’t have much time for housework, so I rely on a lot of gadgets and hacks to keep things clean and tidy. For many reasons – I won’t go into here – I decided to buy a Henry Xtra vacumn cleaner. My Mum has two cats and with her being in hospital I wanted one that could really tackle the hair on her long haired Abyssinian that sheds quite heavily. I also wanted one that would be lighter than either of our Dyson Animal. Oh the joy of it! Not only was it half the price of big brand bagless cleaners, the suction on this thing is amazing. It deals with dirt, dust, pet hair, carpets, tiles, laminate – and oh so much more. It’s super light and there’s no loss of suction as it’s bagless. Small Boy loves it too – in fact he thinks its the NooNoo from Teletubbies. You may think it’s bonkers to think a new vacuum cleaner is a win, but if you can find gadgets that saves you time and effort you will be less stressed. Less time cleaning = more time for fun.
Nan loves her nursing home
Mum was discharged from hospital, and that’s a natural win. She’s be in for a few weeks but feeling much better now. My grandmother is happy too too. As I mentioned in last week’s weekly win that she’d secured a place in a nursing home so she could be kept safe and well cared for. It’s so much better than her living on her own with carers visiting. I’m impressed by the staff, her room, the surroundings – everything. It can be a huge decision to leave your home, or to help a family member make that decision. It’s even tougher to have to make that decision for a loved one who isn’t able to make that decision for themselves. It made me so happy to visit her and hear her talk about how she is settling in and for her to show me the “Memory Lane” they have there – the hallways are decorated like street scenes so there is a sense of history and freedom. It’s such a relief.
Time for Self Care
As I’ve said, I had the opportunity to mix business and pleasure with a three hour day at a Spa. The review for that will go out shortly, but it was fantastic to just have a bit of time to myself, albeit relatively short lived. I am desperately trying to build in time for myself, or at the very least to be more present. I’ve also begun to see some beauty products I’ve been trying starting to pay off. I’m feeling a lot more together physically. Previously, under the amount of stress I’ve had in the past couple of weeks, my IBS and hypertonic pelvic floor would have kicked into overdrive. Instead, I think I’ve just felt as decrepit as a regular person!
If you follow my Weekly Wins you will know I regularly participate in blog linkys – a way of bloggers sharing and promoting content with each other and out to a broader following. There’s around half a dozen I do each week, but I’ve barely had time to breath this week and felt a bit down for missing my window to join many of them. I was in one of my castigating myself moments, when my phone bleeped and a Twitter notification came up to tell me that the wonderful The Dad Effect had named my post on being asked about having more kids as his Blog Crush for the week. I replied with a feeble thank you, but in all honestly that was the best blogging thing that happened to me all week. Like many bloggers, I’m an introvert at heart and the first to get down on myself for being lazy or not doing stuff. This was the perfect antidote.