I have come to the conclusion that I am just a very high-strung, high-stress kind of person. I’ve noticed that recently, I’ve been getting very overwhelmed with everything and something has got to change. Meditation hasn’t seemed to be working. Exercise has been very helpful and I love it. It’s just that when I get back from dance/pilates and Zumba classes, I get home and the feeling of being overwhelmed is back…almost immediately.
I figured I may need better organizational skills. For example: Make batches upon batches of meals on Sunday so that we have all our lunches and suppers ready for the entire week. Ummm…No. Can’t seem to get all of that done on Sundays since weekends are always so busy and I can’t really seem to get a lot accomplished when the toddler wants to undo everything I do.
The cattle have been very bad and continue to “jump fence” even when the “juice” is on. Apparently, they don’t mind the electric fence so much. Of course, they have to plot their escape when Hubby is off the farm and I am on my way to work! Ack!
We had a cold spell and our water pipes were frozen. That meant no water for us. No water means no working toilet, no shower, no water for cooking. I know a few generations ago, this was the norm and people made due by collecting water so they’d have it on hand. For me, it’s just one more stress right now. Thank goodness Hubby got the pipes unfrozen last night! I almost told him that he’d have to take us out for supper so that we could use the toilet at the restaurant!
Little One continues to be her adorable, busy self. She has taken to playing dress-up lately and has been wanting to wear costumes every day! We’re on Day 2 right now of her wearing her lion costume all day. She refuses to take it off. Yes, she ended up going to our friend’s house for a play date and dinner in her lion costume. She’s in the barn with Hubby at the moment…in her lion costume and snowsuit. *sigh*
She’s been showing signs of wanting to potty train. She keeps taking off her diaper and telling us when it’s time to go. She climbs onto her potty and tries to go. She isn’t always successful. Oftentimes, she’ll get there a moment too late. She is starting to grasp the concept though. I still think she’s not ready for it yet, but she thinks she is.
She’s also been doing this extremely whiny routine lately. It’s just been this past week that she has started doing her “fake cry”. It’s really quite stressful and annoying. I ask her what she wants or try to direct her attention to something else. Sometimes distraction works. Sometimes nothing works.
Hubby is thinking we should consider Baby #2 soon. I would love another baby, but I can’t seem to get my act together with just the ONE! Juggling toddler, husband, family, household chores, helping with farm, meetings, committees, ESL student, teaching, and everything else…I’m so overwhelmed. Plus, now my once mild-mannered, extremely well-behaved toddler is now exceedingly whiny and clingy. I know she wants my full attention. She tells me! She grabs me by the hand and says, “Come now, Mama!” When I take her little hand and spend time with her and cuddle, read a book, or play a game with her, she is happy for the moment. Then she gets whiny again.
Though I never experienced postpartum depression, I am wondering why I’m feeling so overwhelmed now…when it’s 2 years after I’ve had my daughter.
I must be the worst mother in the world, because the whining absolutely drives me bonkers! Then I think of how fortunate we are to have her with us, despite the whiny bouts. After all, we went through so much to bring her into this world. I feel guilty for even being overwhelmed. Ack!
Working moms out there: How do you manage to go to work, take care of your children, do everything at home and out of the home, and keep your sanity intact? Any helpful tips? What works for you?