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Mama’s (tardy) Mission of the Month: May 2018

 

Hello May

Here it comes, May 2018’s Mama’s Mission of the Month. Sorry about the delay, but I may have fallen asleep before the prime time line up on the networks made it to their first commercial break. Then, I woke up soaked in sweat. Apparently, the kids felt the need to crawl in bed with mom, and each sleep on half of her. Last time I checked, they have each other in loose choke-holds; silly little cuddle monsters.

If this is your first time reading a Mama’s Mission, you can find out all the details about it here. Otherwise, without any further to do, here is May’s edition.

 

Self-Care (Physical)

  • Boho Berry Checklist *
  • 2,500 steps (minimum) a day
  • 64 ounces of water (minimum) a day

Self-Care (Mental/Emotional)

  • Boho Berry Checklist *
  • Minimum 7 hours of sleep a night
  • Read 30 minutes per day on average

Health

  • OB-GYN appointment to (hopefully) get scheduled for an ablation **
  • Keep INR *** appointments and keep my levels between 2.0-3.0
  • Schedule Landry’s 7 year well child check up (eeeeek)

Parenting

  • Get a routine going
  • Keep/get appointments and couseling as needed
  • Schedule for all the end of year events at school

Household

  • Continue streamlining storage and organization
  • Keep planners up to date
  • List of things to keep a look out for (make lists by room?)

Financial

  • Stick to budget
  • Meal plan
  • Keep registers up to date

Blog/Online

  • Self-Care Challenge
  • Schedule and stick to it
  • Clean up and keep up with social media sites

Miscellaneous

  • Tweak BASS
  • Take/give all medications daily and journal
  • Figure out what kids will need for school for 2018-2019

 

* I’m a member of Boho Berry, so I get free downloads of all manner of printables on the Boho Berry Tribe Free Resource Library. I printed out the May Monthly Tracker and use it in addition to the monthly tracker in my Academia. Feel free to check out Boho Berry here.

** An ablation is basically getting your uterus cauterized. I’m on blood thinners, and have yet to reach even a hint of menopause, so I have some monthly bleeding issues on a horror movie/crime scene level. I can’t do hormone replacement on account of the Factor V Leiden, so a hysterectomy is out, as is anything hormonal, leaving me this as my potential out.

***┬áINR stands for International Normalized Ratio, which is a measure of how a person’s blood clots. Being that I have Factor V Leiden that has reared its vile head twice, I should be on blood thinners for life. “Normal” is 1.1 or lower. For a person on thinners, its 2.0-3.0. I’m currently flirting with the high side… yikes.

Challenges, Home, Parenting, Routine, Scheduling

Slight change in plans (I want my bed back)

I have got to get the kids to sleep in their own beds. Ryli is pretty good about it, unless she’s ill or Landry is being obnoxious about it. Landry just climbs in my bed and passes out, and by the time I go to bed, I’m in no mood to transfer his butt to his own bed. I am sleeping horribly. The first thing I do when I get them off to school is take a nap. I use a sleep quality monitor on my phone. My sleep quality sucks with both of them in my bed, and improves a good deal if there is only one in bed with me. I can only imagine how much better it would be if they both were in their own beds!

So, that leaves me to come up with something to use as an incentive. I think I may try to see if I can use new bedding sets as the reward. I’m fairly confident that we could find something that both of them like that coordinates relatively well. We shall see.

The slight change in plans is that I will be putting the 30 Day Self-Care Challenge on the back-burner until next month. I am still making a conscious effort to practice better self-care, but there are a few tasks that are derailing me. I’m going to practice for now, and get those other things addressed. Then, I’ll just be in a better place overall. Things could actually go according to plan, however, and I could end up starting when I complete the few odd tasks. First on that list is kicking everyone but me out of my bed. Hell, once I get Landry out, Tiger will follow. He loves to sleep with his human.

I will give Landry some credit. Ever since the medication change, he has been a dream come bedtime. Now, I have to hound Ryli to go to sleep, because odds are good that come 8:00, Landry is already gently snoring his brains out in Dreamland. He’s even been known to wake up by himself in the morning, all bright-eyed and bushy-tailed.

Time to get ready to greet them when the bus finally drops them off. It was an end of six weeks testing day… yikes!

Challenges, Meals, Mental Health, Routine

Holy Bleepin’ Train-wreck!

WOW… this month hit the skids early this month. I picked the kids up from their visitation with their father, and they were both complaining about their stomachs. They went to bed without issue, but alas, I wasn’t feeling well, and the alarm at the ease of them going to bed didn’t register. I got sick that night. I was fairly well recovered come morning, but the kids were not. I kept them home, and was grateful for the decision before their school bus would have made it to school. Double win… two kids that got to keep their dignity intact.

Monday was the start of the constant running of the laundry. All week-long, it seemed I’d fall asleep to their song; just before dawn, I’d cut them on again. They were both sleeping with me… turning me into what resembled an extra from The Walking Dead. By Tuesday night, I had a backlog of laundry, when Landry got sick in my bed. It was surreal. He’s not that big of a kid, and I’m still wrapping my mind around the fact that THAT much came out of him. It definitely make me rethink my grandpa’s proposition that some people just have hollow legs. Ryli luckily had dozed off in her bed, but I still had two king comforters on the bed, plus pillow cases and pillows. It was bad.

Wednesday morning, I scheduled them an appointment with their pediatrician. They fought like cats and dogs in the waiting room and in triage. They finally started cooperating when the doctor came in, trailed by a duo of nurses. One was in to give her a hand; the other, to read with the kid who wasn’t getting an exam. It went well from there. They ended up being diagnosed with a hell of a stomach bug, and being given excuses for the whole week. Two more days with my little rays of sunshine. They were already getting sick of each other on top of the bug.

Friday, I got my friend to watch them so I could escort Connor to the ER about his never-ending cough. That was an eight-hour exercise in futility… we headed home after 4:00 a.m. after never seeing a doctor. I also found out about the urgent care clinic just next door, so we planned on hitting that in the morning. Ryli and Landry had a sleepover with their friends’. They came home and we got them ready. Between my craptastic sleep Friday night, and the bits and pieces I’d collected during the week, I was so spacey, I folded up a pile of clothes for the kids, and then forgot to pack it.

After I got the kids and their not quite packed backpack off, Connor and I jumped on the bus and headed to the urgent care clinic. We were in and out in four hours. The chairs there sucked as bad as they did in the regular ER, but it was a lot calmer and quieter. We made it out of there with a diagnosis of bronchitis, prescriptions, and the doctor’s amazement that it wasn’t pneumonia. We headed home, ordered DoorDash, delivered the work note, and crashed out.

Sunday was a wash… I was still so tired from my whirlwind, laundry filled week. Yesterday, Ryli was sick yet again. Turns out the Zofran she got for her incessant nausea stopped her up, so yet another trip to the pediatrician and she is right as rain. Landry was up bright-eyed and bushy-tailed at 5:00 a.m. and couldn’t wait to go back to school. He was excited to turn the notes in to the office, and we had a nice chat while we waited for the bus to show up.

Today, I got them off to school, then after sunning myself on the balcony, I walked down to my doctor’s office to see the nurse for my scheduled INR check. I know that I missed at least one dose of my medications last week in all the blur. It looks like it was probably two, because I slid down to a 1.7, but I will take it. I did remember to use the stopwatch on my phone for the trek home. I pulled it off in under 20 minutes.

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So, now that I have brought you all up to speed, I’m going to belatedly start my 30 day self-care challenge, get some stuff done around the house, and get ready to get my new toys out so I can make my first frittata tonight. I will be back!

Challenges, Factor 5 Leiden, Mama's Mission of the Month

Mama’s Mission of the Month April 2018

What can I say, other than it’s been awhile since I’ve posted much, and I think February was the last time I posted a Mama’s Mission. Like I said in last night’s post, I got into quite the rut without really noticing. It took Nicole to make me open up my eyes. Par for the course, I found my boot straps, but nearly got bowled over soon after. Oh well; I’m still standing.

The dragon has officially been slayed. A plea was entered this week, which has been a weight off my shoulders. The little ones are getting better and better the further January and February fade into the past.

If this is your first time reading a Mama’s Mission, you can find out all the details about it here. Otherwise, without any further to do, here is April’s edition.

AprilMMotM

Self-Care (Physical)

  • AM/PM routines
  • Walk a minimum of 2,500 steps a day
  • Minimum of 7 hours of sleep a night (partially dependant on Ryli and Landry)

Self-Care (Mental/Emotional)

  • Journal at least every other day
  • Weekly therapy
  • Read 30 minutes minimum a day, and take a half hour all to myself.

Health

  • Keep up with everyone’s medications
  • INR* appointments as scheduled
  • Schedule with dentist

Parenting

  • Nail down routines
  • Address need for counseling
  • Finalize things for “House Cup” (trust me, that will get an entire post to itself)

Household

  • Streamline storage and organization
  • Meal plan
  • Set chores

Financial

  • Budget
  • Keep registers up to date
  • NO extra purchases

Blog/Online

  • Make and follow blog calendars
  • Facebook and Twitter regularly
  • Reorganize my Pinterest

Miscellaneous

  • Planners up to date (final set on Sundays)
  • Minimum of 64 ounces of water per day
  • 30 Day Self-Care Challenge (that would be on top of what I have previously listed here)

 

* INR stands for International Normalised Ratio, which is a measure of how a person’s blood clots. Being that I have Factor Five Leiden that has reared its vile head twice, I should be on blood thinners for life. “Normal” is 1.1 or lower. For a person on thinners, its 2.0-3.0, and as of my last check, I’ m a 2.8. Go, Me!

I have a good feeling about this month. Money may be tight this month, but we will get by. I hope to announce “Mission Accomplished ” on May 1st, when I unleash the new Mama’s Mission and recap this one.

Challenges, Mental Health, Self-Care

No more neglect…

I have fallen deep into a rut. I don’t think I realized how far down I was until I did the bare minimum to start the climb back out. I was trying to take care of everything and everyone else, completely neglecting to think of myself. That ends here and now. I can’t properly take care of everyone and everything else if I feel as if I am falling apart at the seams.

Actually, it ended about a week and a half ago; tomorrow, it starts in earnest. The first day of spring found me at my doctor’s office, getting refills. Since then, I have been spot on taking my medication. I’ve been doing everything in my power to get more sleep. The rest, I’ll start tomorrow.

I’m not procrastinating. Tonight, I put everything together to roll this all out tomorrow. Much of it, I will outline tomorrow in Mama’s Mission of the Month. Things are finally turning around, and I don’t want to look back. What better time to make changes than the beginning of the month? There’s also the added bonus of starting something so deliberate on April Fool’s Day. I am a smart ass, after all.

For starters, I found a post on Pinterest that was basically a challenge of a month of self-care, from Brianna Fae’s Mental Health Blog, which you can find here. Here’s what the graphic looks like:

AMonthofSelfCare

Starting on the 8th, I’ll post updates about how well I’m doing on the challenge, and continue doing that throughout the month. The only time I won’t post the weekly recap on Sunday will be the 30th, which is a Monday.

The format that I’m using on Mama’s Mission is also going to get an update. I am incorporating two self-care related categories until I get the hang of life with it regularly incorporated into my routine.

Until tomorrow…

31 Day Challenge, Challenges, Goodreads, Uncategorized

Goodreads Reading Challenge 2018

Happy New Year’s! I went ahead and signed up this morning. After some consideration of having to read a partial number a month, I threw caution to the wind and changed my pledge from 75 books to 84. Now, I only have to read seven books cover to cover a month. Considering I read the bulk of my 50 for 2017 in the last two and a half months of the year, I think I have this one well in the bag.

I’ve also decided to do the Read-Aloud Revival with the kids this month. They each have to read to someone or something for ten minutes 25 out of the 31 days of the month. Ryli will be all over that, as we got the illustrated Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. She reads to me for ten minutes, then I’ll read to her until she’s ready for bed. Landry may be a bit more of a challenge, as he’s still figuring out the ropes at reading. Nothing a bit of Pete the Cat won’t fix, with a side of Dr. Seuss.

So, now we have a few reading goals to start the year off right. Landry is going to be like Ryli; slow to get started, but once he gets started, I suspect I’ll have another bookworm on my hands.

a-book-a-week-image

31 Day Challenge, Uncategorized

Just for fun blog challenge… Day One

Okay… so here is the fluff portion of my two challenges. I figure one to amuse, and one with a point, and come November, posting normally should be pretty damn easy.

Today, I get to give an intro and a recent picture. Being that I’m not a big selfie-taker, I’ll make do with a decent one from our mini-vacation to Georgetown in August for tax-free weekend.

I am Lisa, relatively new forty-two year old. I have a total of five kids; three of them live with me. My oldest is twenty-one and relatively newly engaged; the youngest is six, and passed out on my lap. Between them, the remainder are seven, sixteen, and nineteen. I am a survivor of domestic violence. I have also survived a stroke at age nineteen, and a pulmonary embolism at twenty-nine (thank you, Leiden Factor V). I’m originally from Iowa, but shortly after my mom relocated to Texas, I came down myself.

Right now, I spend my time trying to find a way to get this place organized to my liking on a shoestring budget. I’m on a few committees at the elementary school that the littles attend, plus PTO, and trying to get a Girl Scout troop going there. Thankfully, Dallas has a fairly good public transit system, or else I’d be in a pickle.

If you’d like to know anything else, just ask. You may spawn an entire post out of it!

 

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There I am, hamming it up with the littles taking the TRE to Ft. Worth to hop an Amtrak down to see G’ma-Mom, G’pa Alan, Dacey, and Uncle Chad mid-August.