Last week was hard. I have no problem admitting that I struggled in numerous ways, there were many tears and much chocolate consumed! I can’t even really pin point what made it so hard. Caleb worked a lot, and although he does only a few days, they are long days which seem like forever to me! I felt the distance this week of good friends being so far away and not just around the corner, and I think I craved my work interactions and the stimulation it gives.
I guess the hardest thing at the moment is that Lachie is pushing all boundaries and seems determined to make every little thing a huge challenge. I don’t think I handled him well at all last week and felt I lost the battles on numerous occasions. I looked at him a couple of times and wandered if I had done something to allow him to be so head strong, and then on the flip side so loving and caring as well! We have been using time out as a part of our discipline, but even this didn’t seem to work last week! (Any other tips welcome!) He is 2 and I know he is testing us out, but last week it just felt draining! To those women who do this alone, I am in awe of you!
But there was some relief…sigh…on Saturday I left him with Caleb and they created a box car and played brilliantly all day together. For me, it just meant a day out (with Hamish in tow!) I went to a ‘Quilt in a day’ workshop with the craft ladies at church. I made a lovely little quilt for Hamish which I am really proud of. I am about to get it quilted, so will post pics when it is complete!
On Sunday Nat took Lachie for a couple of hours and I did some more sewing – p.j’s for my other nephew and niece. It was again, really lovely just to have some ‘me’ time and to do something I enjoy. I never had a ‘hobby’ that I loved before. Sure, I love reading and t.v, friends and coffee, but I really enjoy sewing, quilting and all that involves. I love being creative in this way, and also making things for other people and myself! In the craziness of being a mum, it is nice to have something that I do; when the boys are asleep, it is my ‘time out!’