I got so much sleep last night that my back hurt this morning. Good pain. Rest has been a huge priority this week. Water. Rest. Exercise. Remember that triumvirate? I am here to remind you that parents need it as much as the kids do.
The boys have been asleep by 8:15 every night this week. That is about a one hour and fifteen minute per night shift in the earlier direction. Over one week, that is almost a seven hour increase for the kids. Think about that. Seven hours equals an entire night’s sleep for many of us. Huh.
This week I have been contacted by several individuals with talking about adoption related questions. This is new. Clearly a sign of the blog’s readership reaching new readers (mostly a result of the AFM recognition I imagine) and I would like to think that the blog is simply reaching out in new ways. I have enjoyed the one on one opportunities, and gladly given over my morning blog writing routine for the emails. In most cases I sent people to other resources, as I am no expert. I can suggest the title of a book, or flush out some questions, but it is also a sign of my own maturation perhaps to realize how personal each journey is. How I am here to share one approach, both flawed and successful. Of course, the crazy thing with parenting is that I’ll have a much better idea how I am doing in say- twenty years?
Last night I pretended I was stinking rich. I have been in penny pinching mode for so many weeks, it was time to loosen up the reins for the night. I went to this fancy shmancy store that calls itself a purveyor of fine provisions and bought the fruits of another mama’s labors: sweet potato soup, garlic and lemon green beans, cheese quiche (Ever notice how the ette ending adds a good $3.00 a pound? The cheese tartelette was no longer just a mini quiche, or cheese pie as we call it here…) and rice crispy things with a chocolate ganache layer to boot. (Oh and a ten dollar jar of Maine raspberry jam for Sam. The generic wasn’t cutting it he said.) Along with rest, water, and exercise a quality pre-made meal in front of a family film on the couch with the kids for two hours followed by bath and everyone right to bed was a little bit of alright over here.
We’re gaining light this weekend, and losing an hour of sleep. Maybe a great time to remember to tuck in and get cozy a few more minutes each day? What’s your self care tip for the day? Lay it on us.