Some of you may follow Alissa’s Coffee Date Friday series over on Rags to Stitches. I think this is such a great idea to get a glimpse of the person behind the blog. Particularly on sewing and crafting blogs, it’s easy to create an image of a perfect person with perfect children leading a perfect life in a perfect house. After all, we only show you pretty pictures with great creations and cooperative kids. But of course that’s not always the case. (If anyone is interested in more on our family and parenting successes and challenges, I blog about those over here). I plan to participate in Coffee Date Friday this year and give you all a glimpse of me — what motivates, inspires, worries, and annoys me. If you’re not interested, of course just feel free to skip these posts 🙂
So here goes:
If we were having coffee today, I would tell how very, VERY happy I am that Baby J started sleeping well at night! He had been waking up multiple times and keeping me up for hours at a time at night. I was a zombie during the day. But once I decided to start “sleep training” him and left him alone to put himself to sleep, he breathed a big sigh of relief and started sleeping great. We’re both much happier now.
If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you about how I started a new workout group this week. Now Monday, Wednesday and Friday, I’ll be starting off my day with an hour-long workout in a concerted effort to get my pre-baby body back. If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I don’t feel good about my body right now. I feel out of shape. I feel soft and flabby and fat. My abs are buried under mounds of belly fat and stretched out, flabby skin, and four months later I still look pregnant. It’s hard to talk about that because so many people have real problems and my body image issues pale in comparison. And people get tired of hearing a mother of three whine about her postpartum body, but it’s how I feel. I know my body will never look like it did before I ever had kids, and I wear my battle scars with pride, but I would like to feel good about my body again. And I just don’t.
If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you about how I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed by what will be required of me this year. I had a really terrible 2013 from an hours-at-work standpoint. I had surgery back in March, which required me to be off for about 6 weeks, and then a baby in September, and I spent 12 weeks on maternity leave. My billable hours for 2013 were by far the worst of my career. I have to seriously kick it up in 2014, and it’s going to be challenging for me do everything I need to do.
If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I’m really looking forward to J and N going back to school on Monday, and I think they are too. When kids are 2 and 4, breaks are hard. They love the routine of school and they have fun when they go. Being at home for two weeks gets boring for them and challenging for us. I’m very happy that their school decided to extend the school year next year and will now be starting 3 weeks earlier than they used to. Our August will be so much more pleasant now!
If we were having coffee, what would you tell me?
Linking up with Rags to Stitches for Coffee Date Friday.