No Sick Days for Mama

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

I've been fighting a cold since Saturday and woke up today feeling pretty crappy. It's the end of September, it's still 89 degrees in Virginia, and I really think my body is just so confused as to what is happening outside. Come on Mother Nature, make up your damn mind. 
I felt this coming- the instant my voice started to sound like a husky man is when I knew it could only go downhill from there. But, I'm a pretty firm believer in the "it's just a cold and there's nothing you can do about it" (as opposed to my husband who has a complete arsenal of medicine for every single cold symptom) so I'm toughing it out. Bring. On. The. Tea.
It's hard to tough it out with kids when you feel like shit. It's hard to wake up in the morning, know that you have a good 12+ hours ahead of you before you have some kind of help. It's hard because they don't understand, and quite frankly they could care less how you feel. And look, I have a head like a balloon, I'm sneezy and snotty, but that's the brunt of it. When you really, really are ill, that's a whole other story. 
Because we're an on-the-go kind of family, days like today just remind me to just lay low and take it slow. Most days I lose my damn mind if we are in the house for more than a few hours at a time- so we're always going somewhere. But today, even though I want to throw every single talking/singing/beeping toy against the wall, we will chill and hang and veg out in front of a TV. That's okay. Without rushing to be somewhere or plans to follow through with, we'll be in our pajamas for a little longer, eat way too many snacks, and see what the day brings.

For the most part, the boys have been pretty tame (with the exception of Leo knocking down bar stools and climbing on top of the kitchen table twice). I've caught him being sweet and funny and coming up with things to play with on his own. Lucca also begged to play in his room upstairs with Leo so while I'm finishing up this post I'm watching them play (nicely) together from the monitor.

I know it won't last long, but for now I'll enjoy the peacefulness that strangely has ascended over my household this morning even though my head feels like a hot air balloon.

*editing note: It WAS short lived. They are already downstairs a whole 11 minutes later with their 3rd snack of the day. 


Goodbye, Summer.

Monday, September 4, 2017

It's Labor Day, summer is officially over, and though I'm excited for all things Fall (I'm 100% basic) I have to admit that I'm a bit sad that this summer has come and gone. It's honestly been the best one (with kids) so far because 100% of my time has been dedicated to our family--and that has been the most fulfilling and rewarding thing I've ever experienced.

We've traveled near and far. We've had thousands of pool days. Lucca learned how to swim under water. Leo learned to walk. And run. And talk.

I've snuggled close with my babes. We've made impromptu road trips to visit family in the middle of the week. We've had the best playdates with friends and neighbors. We've had lazy days with nothing to do and nowhere to go. We've walked for miles on cool mornings. We've spent rainy days at the library wandering the aisles, building with blocks and checking out books. We've gone to get ice cream in the middle of the day.

This. All of this. I needed this so much in my life. I knew I was missing it. I knew I was unhappy before in my previous working situation but I didn't realize how unhappy I was until now. This is what life is supposed to be like. Not missing moments- no matter how big or small. Not wishing for better days with your kids and family...

I already feel like time is passing so quickly- when Fall is looming that means birthdays are around the corner, holidays, then another new year. At least now I can hold on to these moments just a bit longer- even though they are still fleeting. I can hold on to them for just a second longer and be thankful for every single bit of it.

Goodbye summer. You were great to us.