Routine, Scheduling, Self-Care

Recap: A Month of Self-Care May 1-7

This month is already off to a much better start than April. I actually had the first day’s “task” done before I even published the April Recap of Mama’s Mission of the Month. For the next several weeks, I will post little recaps for the week of tasks that happened prior.

I got this challenge from Brianna Fae Mental Health Blog and thought it was perfect. My original intent may have been to do this in April, a month with only 30 days, but I figure this way, I can do the recap on the 31st. Problem solved.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 Fill in your planner. Set days aside for yourself.

This was easy and fun. I actually forgot that it lead off the challenge for the month. I filled in my desk blotter calendar, in all it’s Crayola marker color glory. Then, I had at it in my Academia planner. (Speaking of which, I need to review this; I finally found planner peace!) The Academia is complete to date in the monthly spread, and I have the week ending on Sunday, May 6, 2018 complete, to the best of my knowledge. I’m also waiting on Connor and Lexi’s work schedules to really get it all together. As it stands, I have four big chunks of time set aside to just chill and do whatever.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 Take a relaxing bath or shower.  Due to errands and appointments, the day was a tad on the chaotic side. So, I opted to flip around day two and day three. So, as I paid bills, cleaned house, and everything else, I binged on “The Originals”. I’m half way through the third season at the time I typed this.

Thursday, May 3, 2018 Catch up on a show you enjoy. As previously mentioned, Tuesday was a tad on the busy side, so that relaxing bath was today, and it was glorious. Me along with my Brandless faves. It was awesome. I’m going to have at least one more while the kids are with their dad this weekend.

Friday, May 4, 2018 Clean out your social media feeds. Well, due to being at my appointment longer than anticipated, that will be delayed until the kids are at their dad’s and Connor is at work.

Saturday, May 5, 2018 Clean a room in your home. I settled for one of those “rooms within a room” and knocked off my bedroom. Out of frustration and for the safety of Ryli and Landry, I took my bed and set it up in the corner of the dining room. I’ve gotten more nights to sleep alone, and the kids no longer jump onto my bed from the top bunk. Win-win. I even took the Iowa State Football throw that was my grandpa’s and hung it up at the head of my bed.

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Sunday, May 6, 2018 Do your laundry. Fold and put it away. Laundry, laundry, how I simultaneously loathe and love thee. I love the fact that aside from changing loads over, you can get so many other things done while the washer and dryer does the dirty work. I like to fold and hang it. I just hate putting it away. Part of that is because I want everything to be perfect, and partly because the hoodlum roommates tend to demolish it when they get in a game of fashion show. This task will continue to run in the background for the foreseeable future. I confess, while funk bound, I did just enough laundry to get by. Summer break is fast approaching, so I really need to do a bit of taking inventory of the kids clothes. I am also fairly certain that I need to buy more socks and lock up all the scissors, as they have once again been chopping up socks to make clothes for their Baby Alive collection.

Monday, May 7, 2018 Eat something healthy. This was fun, even if my INR could suffer for it. I ate raw brocolli and carrots and cabbage all day long. I am, and will forever be, a veg head at heart. I love salads and veggies, the only healthy food that can compete is strawberries. I’ll find out Friday at my lab appointment, I’m sure.

I’ll be back next Tuesday with the next week worth of updates, and hopefully, a few more posts as well.

 

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.

*** INR 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.

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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, 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…