This week was one of the longest weeks ever, primarily because Jody has been out of town the. entire. week. Once again, I have a restored appreciation for all that he does to help out around here and a slight understanding of how challenging it is to be a single parent.
Of course, both of the kids had a cold this week – well, it’s mostly just a cough. A really nasty, barky, lingering cough. Ava has it much worse than Julian and she hasn’t been sleeping very well, which means mommy hasn’t been sleeping very well either. And with all of the teething and new milestone (walking) business, Julian has decided to up the amount of nursing he does at night (which was already a lot), and choose an hour around 4 a.m. last night to just be awake and chatter. Pardon me if I nod off in the middle of this post. I got a caffe mocha from Starbucks yesterday, but am doing today sans caffeine.
Ava only had school yesterday since Thanksgiving vacation began today and I admit I was bummed to miss out on a day of downtime, but c’est la vie. She had a potluck (just for the kids) there yesterday, so the day before she and I made pizzas using a dough recipe from The Vegetarian Mother’s Cookbook (which I recently dusted off and have been thoroughly enjoying). We made one pizza for dinner that night with kale, spinach, zucchini and corn on it and another cheese pizza for her to take to school the next day. Apparently it was a hit. Ava said, “Everyone said, ‘We want more pizza.'” :)
While this week without Jody has honestly not been as bad as it could’ve been (we’re all still alive and relatively happy), I do feel like my patience was worn very thin on more than one occasion. It didn’t help that Ava was/is sick and not feeling up to snuff and that Julian has a tooth breaking through. There were times I really felt like I needed a break and I had to work hard at calming myself down. Hell, there were times I lost my temper and yelled and then had to calm myself back down. It’s hard doing it all alone. Very hard. But I did the best that I could.
The only thing left to say is thank God it’s Friday! Jody gets home late tonight, after the kids will be asleep, but the important part is that he will be here in the morning and I already have plans to secure the bed to myself to catch up on a little shuteye. Wish me luck. Then it’s a weekend full of cleaning in preparation for my parents arriving from MI on Monday to celebrate Thanksgiving, my Dad’s birthday and Julian’s first birthday all next week.
One more note: I’m still working on my version of a holiday gift guide too and there will be more giveaways coming up as well! If you haven’t yet entered my latest giveaways, please check the right sidebar for links. :)