Thursday, October 13, 2011

A Week in My Life: Thursday

DOCTOR VISITS, INSPIRING BLOG POSTS, AND GIVING THANKS

Wow, has this Week in My Life idea spiraled in a different direction than I originally intended. I was really hoping to show what fun it can be to get out and do things with your kids all week. And here I sit, at the end of another day at home with a sick kid. This was my view for 90% of the day:

Then we turned the camera back on us:

Our only outing was to the pediatrician, where we scheduled a chest x-ray for tomorrow morning for The Arrow, unless he feels miraculously better and fever-free by then. It's hard to watch him so miserable, so lacking energy. (Although perhaps I should remind myself of this in the moments when I think, "can't you just SIT STILL!?")

On days like today, I'm reminded that this motherhood gig isn't for the faint of heart. I ran across this post today from The Gypsy Mama and it was exactly what I needed to hear, when I needed to hear it. (Thanks, Internet.) I put myself in a Mommy Timeout this afternoon, as the author suggested, and took a nap while The Arrow napped. I woke up refreshed and ready to dig back into the role of nurse. Seriously, if you're a mom and find yourself tired and stressed out, read that post. It's full of words and wisdom you need to hear.

The Arrow did find enough energy to drag himself off the couch and color with Dad this evening.

I wish I was telling you about The Arrow's day at preschool, the nature walk I had planned for the evening, and other fun tidbits from today. But I'm counting my many blessings tonight: a typically healthy kid, good medical care at my disposal, a caring and involved husband, and so much more.

Every night before we put The Arrow to bed, after his story but before his goodnight kiss, we take turns saying what we're thankful for today (I actually keep a list of what The Arrow says he's thankful for--perfect baby book filler). While I'm hoping for more fun days ahead than those we've had this week, my heart is still very full.

What do you read or do when you need a boost on a long day? How do you recharge your batteries?

**So many great and fun bloggers are participating in Adventuroo's Week in My Life. Be sure to head to her linkup and check some out:
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