Roller Coasters and Hiccups

Hey guys, Jess here!

I apologize for the shut down earlier this week, there was a huge mix up that had to be sorted. Now if only I could nail down a true habit of writing, so that you knew when to expect an update. Sadly, I don’t think that will ever happen – so I appreciate you guys checking in once in a while!

This last few weeks have  been a roller coaster for me. There’s a lot going on work wise that led to a few minor (I can say minor now, but at the time it was devastating) hiccups, and Thomas threw me for a loop when he decided that going to bed at 7:30, and getting up at 5:30 was a really good idea.

Thomas is a pretty good sleeper! He always has been. Aside from the newborn cluster feeding mayhem, we were blessed with a pretty easy kid – from what I’ve heard that means the next one is going to be a nightmare. We did however end up in the one-year-old sleep regression. That means that for some unknown reason, he just didn’t need a lot of sleep for a few days. Random internet research concluded that it can last any where from three days, up to six weeks. Thank every God that we only had any real trouble for about four days.

Naps were a nightmare, bedtime was a hair pulling experience and 5:30 wake up calls, when you’ve been working for six straight days? Not a good time. Matt, Thomas and I were all exhausted and on edge.

Once we got through that? He’s been great! Going to bed between 6:15-6:45 depending on how well he napped that day. Today? One nap, and he was ready for bed at 6:15. Yesterday? Two naps, down at 6:45. It’s a roller coaster.

Thankfully, we also managed to get all the work hiccups worked out as well. It’s tough enough going from being home all day, and not really good at people anymore, to being peopled all day long, AND having financial struggles.

We all struggle financially; whether it’s you don’t know what to do with your money, or you don’t know where you’re going to find more money. We all have one struggle or another, at any given time! For me? I didn’t know where I was going to find more money. There was a big hiccup with the pay schedules, and me landing the job right in the middle of a change of pay arrangements. This led to not being paid for almost five weeks. Once I was paid, I was paid twice for the same shifts, which led to a huge deduction on the next pay cycle. Confused? I sure was! Confused, emotional, stressed, scared – that was (is) me for the entire month of January, and most of February.

The good news? It’s all sorted now, and things “should” level out and we can finally settle in a new routine and pace for our little family.

As of February first, Thomas is now ONE. Wait, what?! Where is my baby? How did I wake up one day and have a toddler?! I wasn’t ready, and he really couldn’t have cared less about the cupcake we bought him to celebrate. He cried when I squished it. We gave him a fork, and he just chewed on it.  Does that mean that we’re doing way better at feeding him good foods than I thought? Maybe. All I know is, he’s really not that interested in cake of any kind. Now give him a bowl of blueberries and watch him go. It feels good to know that so far, he’ll throw away the “junk” food in favor of fruit. I sleep a little better knowing that. I wish I could do that! But, the sour cream and onion chips need me to eat them, and lets not talk about how much ice cream I’ve eaten this week.

I’m a stress eater. I have no issue admitting it, I stress eat, and I do not drink enough water. I’m trying! But being in and out of the car, and homes all day? I don’t exactly have time to pee 800 times a day. Sure people are okay with you using their bathrooms, but I’m usually on a time crunch with barely enough time to eat while I’m driving to the next home. I love what I do, but it does not love my body or habits!

I’m working on getting better, better at taking care of me. If I can’t take care of me, how do I take care of anyone else?

Eh? Eh? I hate it when I make sense sometimes.

I hope you guys are enjoying what is hopefully the last of the bad winter storms and cold! If you’re on a hot sandy beach, I hope you’re enjoying yourself!

Don’t forget your mittens, or your sunscreen!

Stay possible,

  • Jess



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