31 Day Challenge, Factor 5 Leiden, Home, Mama's Mission of the Month, Meal Planning, Mental Health, Organization, Parenting, Routine, Scheduling, Self-Care

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, 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.

clockthewalk

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!

Mama's Mission of the Month, Meals, Organization, Reading, Routine, Scheduling, School

I’m BACK! Plus, Mama’s Mission of the Month May 2017

Okay, after over a month off, I’m back. This time, things are settling down to the point where I don’t think I’ll be disappearing like I did for quite some time. I just had a lot on my plate that I needed to do something about. Most of the crap has been dealt with at this time. The rest is in the final stages of being dealt with. I’m still hard at work at slaying my dragons, and the house is finally coming together how I want it to.

Since this is the first of the month, we’ll get back into it with the most regular item from the blog of the past: Mama’s Mission of the Month. I’ve gotten a slightly better grip on everything now, so it shouldn’t be too hard. The topics haven’t changed, but I am relaxing it a bit and not self-mandating that I have three goals per topic. Maybe this way, it’ll go a little smoother, and I’ll get more things done!

Without further ado, May’s Mama’s Mission of the Month.

mamas-mission-of-the-month

PERSONAL

  • Start tracking habits in my bujo
  • Make the most of my new health insurance
  • Read at least six books in May

PARENTING

  • Make habit trackers for all four kids
  • Hold family meeting about expectations
  • Help Connor get squared away with permit, school, job, etc.

FINANCES

  • Make budget without child support and STICK TO IT!
  • Work out allowances; budget for tooth loss

HEALTH

  • For me: doctor, dentist, vision, and OTC allowance
  • Kids to all appointments

FRIENDS & FAMILY

  • Catch up with the Harpies
  • Plan trip to Mom’s

HOMEMAKING

  • Meal plan and stick to it!
  • Purge everything, then inventory
  • Make lists of wants/needs by room or person

BLOGGING/ONLINE

  • Get these beauties (A.K.A. my blogs) up and running again.
  • Post a minimum of two times a week for both blogs
  • Take more pictures

MISCELLANEOUS

  • Practice handlettering
  • All journals (bujo, Passion Planner, Techo, and TN) up to date all month!

 

Hopefully, this time, everything works out and I do better than I have thus far!

Meal Planning, Meals, Parenting, Routine, Scheduling

If any time were perfect

This would be it. I’m still trying to nail down aspects of our routine around here. Days that I do the store runs, days that X gets to call Ryli and Landry, and/or days that they go for visitation are the worst. Yesterday was a combo day, as I absolutely had to get to the store, and X was calling. Added to that, Nicole was on the verge of being over-booked, so I wouldn’t be cooking for her in exchange for borrowing her car. I also left later than I really should have, so Landry insisted upon coming.

With Landry along, he pointed out things he thought that I’d forgotten. A few of them, he was quite adamant that I get on that particular store run, so I did. That ended up biting me. I’ll let you guess where. Landry did get a balloon from the gal at checkout. If it were not for that green balloon, I’d have had to carry everything back to the apartment. I tied his balloon to a bag that had hot dog buns and rice noodles. He carried it about half the time.

Once we had gotten checked out, I pulled the cart over to begin the transfer of my purchases into the bags I would be carrying them home in. I had more than I’d anticipated, but wasn’t too worried, as between the backpack and the IKEA bag, I had more than enough room. Then, I went to hoist up the IKEA bag once I had the back-breaker backpack on. We did not make it to the bus stop with any speed. I carried the IKEA bag, I dragged it, and eventually, we made it to the bus stop.

Needless to say, I called ahead to have Connor meet us at the bus stop, and also informed him that as soon as I put the groceries up, I was taking a nap. Connor’s punk ass sent me to my room while he unpacked groceries.

For dinner, Connor and Tucker made hot dogs with mac & cheese, because I was not wanting to get back up. When I did finally make it to the main area, I hopped on my laptop and started looking up Once A Month Meals. I’d already signed up to be an affiliate (the recipes are that good), but there is no time like the present. I’m going to talk it over with my mom, who used to do all the freeze ahead stuff when I was a kid, and I’m going to do it. Not for the entire month. Just so that on days that I already know are going to be busy and/or stressful, dinner is one thing that is already taken care of.

I have already decided that there will be pictures and fun when we have our cooking day. I think we will shoot for early March, with cook day hopefully being on a school day so at least two people aren’t here. I’ll keep you posted, but I promise, this should be good!