10 September 2012

Verbal Snapshot: Francesca

I've done verbal snapshots for all the kids, but what about me? I might be interested in looking back in years to come to see how I was doing in September 2012...

The short answer is that I'm well. I'm in a great place in my life right now. Specifically:
  • I sleep through the night most nights now and have done so for a while, so I'm functioning much better on decent sleep;
  • Having decent sleeps also means I can stay up a bit later at night, so I have more time to spend with Hubby, doing housework or interneting;
  • Every day, whether I'm at home or at work, is super busy. On home days I barely sit down as I try to get as much done around the house as I can, as well as spend time with the MissyMoos. I try to make time for an afternoon coffee before school pick-up;
  • I've learned that regardless of what I thought as a child, the school day is short;
  • I'm getting better at flicking between work mindset and home mindset, but it's something I definitely always need to be conscious of to keep on top of things;
  • My heart skips a beat when I hear one of the MissyMoos coughing at night;
  • I still have my "linea negra" even though MissyMoo3 is 11 months old. It's faint, but it's there;
  • My moods are definitely more stable now. It's probably a function both of my pregnancy/new-baby-stage hormones settling down and getting more sleep. I still have ups and downs, of course, but it's not a crazy roller-coaster any more as it was in the first few months after MissyMoo3 came along;
  • I'm learning to rest when I'm tired ... a bit. I'm not very good at it yet, but I'm trying ;-)
  • I like where we live and I feel settled;
  • I'm starting to socialise more now that I'm no longer breastfeeding and can leave MissyMoo3 more - dinner out with friends every few weeks, book club once a month;
  • Sometimes I struggle with having so little time to myself, but I just take what I can get.

12 comments:

  1. Wow - you do so much balancing work with three kids and managing to blog on top of that! I must admit that I am very good at resting when I get tired. If only that were a viable career option.
    Love Mumabulous

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    1. Oh thanks! Yes, well the blogging has taken a bit of a back seat lately as the reality of how busy things are has set in. Ooh, yes, resting as a career option - if only!

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  2. Isn't it amazing how sleep can change your life!
    I too feel so much more balanced and settled since Toddler C learned to sleep through the night!

    I really love these posts...I do a similar sort of thing for Toddler C but I hadn't ever thought to do one for me...great idea!

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    1. Thanks. Yes, I often wonder if I'll look back and forget how ridiculous life is with all these little ones. This is my little reminder of life right now for posterity!

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  3. I can relate to a lot of these things. The bad part for me though is that even though the last month Mia has been sleeping well I've been staying up later than ever either working, exercising or blogging so I feel more tired than before!

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    1. Oh no! Take some time for you too :-) (Easier said than done, I know).

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  4. Great idea to have a snapshot for yourself! You sound very busy juggling everything. I was counting on things getting easier when the babies got older, but you've reminded me of new tasks to incorporate such as the school run!

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    1. I'm told it gets easier as they get older by people who've been there. But yes, the school run does bring a whole new element into the day.

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  5. This is a great idea. In my case I'm likely to just remember 5-10 years of 'frazzled' if I don't make a few extra notes. I like what you said about school days :)

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    1. Thanks. Oh yes, if I had to use one word to describe myself these days, "frazzled" would come to mind. "Frazzled Francesca" - it has a ring to it ... unfortunately...

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  6. Love this! I know I barely remember what I was going through last year let alone last month. So important to do this and look back. Sounds like it's slowly coming together for you...yay on the sleep!

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    1. Thanks Grace. It has been a huge year but things keep getting easier, bit by bit :-)

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