This week had been my opportunity to really appreciate how fortunate I am.
Since R was born, this is my first extended period of solo parenting. The most I’ve done over the past 17 months is a weekend (which struck at the height of tantrums and wanting to walk everywhere), but this is pretty much a week. Dada was out Friday with work then went away on Sunday and won’t be back until Friday.
So far we’ve coped ok. Largely helped by the fact that I can work from home so have a bit of time bookending the day before the childcare run where I can get *stuff* done. It helps that we are mostly all feeling ok and healthy too. I’ve also resigned to the fact that stuff needs to be done and I need to be prepared at all times so pack lunches have been put together the night before, all clearing up and chores done as soon as possible and dinners have slow cooked whilst I pick R up from the childminders.
And it’s easy there’s an end in sight. Ok Dada will come home exhausted and jet lagged and possibly a little useless for a few days but we got back to being 2 on 1 which is a ratio that works for us.
I don’t mean this to be a patronising post that makes any assumptions about other people’s situation. However I have got to say yet again how I admire single parents. No matter what the circumstances, let alone those fraught with grief or arguments and stress, parenting by yourself is hard work. Expecially if you’re lacking in family to support you; financially, emotionally or just by being able to help or and Hove you some time off.
I really am fortunate and I’ll work on appreciating that a little more in the future.
I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned but being ill when you are a mummy is rubbish. Especially if you are a breastfeeding mummy and your baby doesn’t take a bottle-you become very relied on.
Luckily this time is just a stinky had cold (so far) with a throat like razor blades and drooping eye lids, headache, earache, gland ache and body ache!
Luckily small stuff has been pretty laid back today and he’s decided for the first time this week to have a decent afternoon nap. Hurrah! Sadly the foot stool is too far away! Send help!
We do have medicinal wine and peanut butter cup Ben and Jerry’s!
I’ve had a lot that I’ve wanted say recently but not had the energy to be very eloquent so there are lots of drafts sitting about.
So in less in depth news, baby has his first cold. Which he has kindly given to me. Today he has been in an hourly cycle of feeding, sleeping, smiling, playing then crying. This cycle usually takes more like three hours! I think I’d cope quite well if I wasn’t feeling so rotten. Turns out that mummies and daddies don’t get a break and it’s exhausting.
I felt I was officially a mummy when I realised at ten am that baby had had:
-one lot of calpol
-2 lots of Nasal nose spray
I had had:
Rectified quickly with a cuppa and a snickers!
May this be short lived! Worst of all I haven’t left the house today and I may go mad.
A very busy three weeks are just about over (and sadly so is this nice chunk of annual leave).
We’ve enjoyed all kinds of things- weddings, family visits, baby hugs, cooking for many, more wedding, hen party…. Been very busy.
Mr Wifealicious enjoyed cuddles with his niece 🙂
As did I!