Going into this week I knew it would be busy, but I didn’t realize how emotionally taxing everything would be. Don’t you guys find that everything usually happens all at once? Which is good in that we can get things over with in one fell swoop but bad in that it nearly pushes us over the edge.
Brought to you by Meghan of Clean Eats Fast Feets, here is this week’s week in review!
I have been trying to get Callum’s hair cut for months now but he freaks out each time I bring him into the salon. Once in a while I’ll get him into the chair but as soon as he figures out what’s about to go down, he comes unglued. Like, he’s terrified. So Andrew decided that he would try to take him this time and Callum didn’t cry once! We decided to just use clippers all over his head because if we started taking too long giving him a style, he could bolt and then we’d end up with half a hair cut. It’s a bit short, but I love how we can see his cute little face now!
I did a longer run while Andrew had Callum, which was so nice, and then I got a tonne of stuff done in preparation for the busy week. I pre-made dinners, cleaned the house, topped up all the laundry and generally just did as much as I could so that I wouldn’t be overwhelmed in the following days. HA. Right.
I woke up super early on Wednesday to get my run in before the day got cray. I went to the gym to use their treadmill otherwise I’d be having bathroom issues outside with nowhere to go. I have a treadmill in the garage but Callum would wake up and come into the garage and cry for me if he knew I was in there. After I was done on the gym treadmill I walked over and grabbed the cleaning spray and some paper towel and started to clean what I thought was the treadmill I had been using for the past hour and a half but the old guys on the bikes behind me told me I was cleaning the treadmill beside the one I had been using. I must have been really out of it!
After the gym, I showered, made cookies, made lunches for the next day, got Callum’s breakfast together, snacks arranged, and then my mom came over at 9:30 to watch him so I could take Jake to get his wisdom teeth out. It went well, but the days following have been pretty difficult for him! After the wisdom teeth stuff, Andrew, Callum and I went to my obstetrician appointment. The detailed scan came back great, and my doctor is happy with how the baby and I are doing! I picked up Katie and Freddy from Jason’s, fed everyone dinner, and then baked banana oatmeal muffins, boiled some cauliflower to put into the freezer for smoothies, baked bacon-wrapped medjool dates (super yummy!) and pretty much just kept moving until I crashed into bed at around 10:30.
Thursday wasn’t as hectic, but for what it was lacking in appointments, made up for with emotional kid drama. On Thursday night I slept from 10pm until midnight and then didn’t get back to sleep until 4am until Callum woke up at 6am. Friday was ugly from start to finish. The only reason I don’t have stress diarrhea is because of the iron in my prenatal vitamins. Seriously.
Callum’s been having some sympathy tooth pains for Jake. It’s pretty cute.
Saturday was kinda dumb. Jake’s mouth started to settle a bit and his anxiety with it. Kylah and Ethan went back to their mom’s on Friday night and Jason picked up Freddy and Katie on Saturday afternoon. Callum ran out to Jason’s van in his underwear and asked him for a high-five. It was pretty cute. The house got quiet, and although I had a lump in my throat, I kinda just felt dead and empty like I had just run a 50-miler without eating anything. Andrew came home from work and we took Callum to a restaraunt down the street for dinner except Callum didn’t want to sit still, so I had to stand outside with him while Andrew got our food packed up. We brought it home but kinda lost our appetites. After Callum went to bed, Andrew and I talked on the couch and made plans to make Sunday a day where we fill our tanks back up. We divided it up into sections: a) what we need, b) what we want, and c) what we wish for. It’s a pretty cool thing to practice doing each day, actually, and not just on those super stressful empty days/weeks.
I love this photo of Callum because it shows just how relaxed and content he is! And yes, duh, I am aware that he’s 3 and still drinks warm milk from a bottle. That and his stuffed doggy bring him so much comfort in a world filled with chaos and noise that I feel like choosing my battles and letting this one slide.
I had people criticizing me for breastfeeding Katie past 2, so, you can’t win.
Sunday was a bit better than Saturday. Andrew had another open house and my sister Tracey announced that she’s coming over to play with Callum and I was not to argue about it. I ran in the morning and then when she got here I started having cramps and Braxton Hicks, so I just sat still and iced my hamstring and did some writing. It was only an hour, but it felt really good. Tracey’s amazing. By the time Andrew got home, we were both just so worn out that we ended up picking up bacon cheeseburgers and chicken strips and eating that for dinner. Callum fought bedtime a bit, and then we had some more drama go down, so we spent yet another night dealing with all of it. Can we go back to Arizona now?
So much happened last week that I have to cut this short and carry over some things into another post for later on!
Have you ever accidentally cleaned the wrong machine at the gym?
Have you ever tried bacon-wrapped dates?
When is your next vacation?
How do you deal with stress?