Just Keep Swimming

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Hello! It’s been a minute. Let’s catch up!

Mother’s Day didn’t quite go to plan. We had a big brunch (biscuits with maple bacon jam, bacon and sausage, fresh fruit, and my favorite sausage gravy tater tot breakfast casserole) with my Mother-in-Law and my brother-in-law’s family but Rooney was fussy the whole time and I ended up taking her home for a nap instead of going to church with everyone else. It was disappointing and frustrating, to say the least.

Alex redeemed a little bit of our afternoon by distracting us both from all the tears with Rooney’s first swim in her wading pool that was a gift from her great grandmother for Easter. Those two really are my sunshine, even on a rainy day and these photos came out just darling. After their swim, Alex took Rooney for a while so I could run to get some allergy meds and ice cream from Publix and work on a few chores with my headphones tuned into Michelle Obama’s Becoming on audiobook. I cooked up a big batch of Jambalaya for dinner (with leftovers for lunches during the week) and we got to watch an episode of the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina together before it was time for Alex to tune into Game of Thrones.

I was gifted the first year version of the Blink Box and can’t wait to pull together some of the photos I had printed of Rooney that are still in the Walgreen’s sleeve in my purse for a little memory box. I didn’t bother to write down some of the specific dates for things so I’m hoping the photos will help jog my memory.

Despite feeling extremely overwhelmed by Rooney’s relentless crying, I appreciate everything my family did to try to make my first Mother’s Day special. We had a really good day together on Saturday so I’m choosing to focus on that instead of feeling guilty.

If you didn’t know, May is Mental Health Awareness Month. I’ve been doing my best to take charge of my own mental health as a new mother and seeking help when I need it. I’ve never been one to shy away from talking about my issues and Instagram has really been a sweet spot for connecting with other moms navigating this journey too.

My specific goals for this week are to try to develop more of a mind-body balance. Last week I started on a new weight-loss program offered by my insurance called Naturally Slim. It’s not a diet-based program and so far the lessons have been unlike anything else I’ve been presented before. I’m hoping to find something that resonates with me and gets me back on track. The weight has started to pile back on since returning to work from my maternity leave. The second part of that is going to be getting outside with the stroller and moving around more when the weather is nice. Due to generally not feeling well, I haven’t been walking as much as I’d like but I know that if I can get out there consistently I’ll feel a little better.

I mentioned it earlier in this post I’m trying to finish up Becoming by Michelle Obama soon. I’m a little over half way through but I still have over 8 hours of listening time to go. I find it really hard to carve out time to listen to things that require my attention. I don’t have a commute to work and I prefer not to have my headphones in when I’m walking with Rooney. That leaves 30 minutes or so here and there when I remember to open up my audiobooks or podcasts while I’m cooking. I’m so behind on my reading challenge (no surprise there) but I’m determined to finish this one book before the beginning of summer and then listen to a couple more I bought with points before cancelling my Audible subscription.

Those are just a couple of self-care goals I’m hoping to make progress towards this week to redeem all the bad vibes from Sunday. It’s a new week and a fresh start, my friends! Let’s do this together.

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