Gianna had a follow-up to her last doc appt + 12-month wellness visit this PM. The last time we were in, she had been crying and miserable everytime she had to make a bowel movement. We (experienced daycare caregivers and us) did not think it is constipation since the symptoms are not there so this has us all really puzzled. She's also been waking up at night either due to teething pain or this ailment so my sleep schedule has been all over the place. Add to it, it's been a really intense time period at work so I could not afford to take the time off this week to go see the doctor but yet I did not want to wait till next week. So I worked all last night and went into work for a couple hours and then took her to the doctor this PM.
What I thought would be brief trip, after which I could head home with Gianna and take a nap, resulted in my spending the rest of the afternoon at the children's hospital waiting for xrays to be taken. I was struggling to stay awake and had to make a Starbucks run to get some strong coffee to help me get through a couple more hours. Finally we made it home (thankfully Noah picked up Naia for me since he knew how insane my schedule was) and I just crashed for an hour on the floor while Gianna played beside me, and my mother-in-law (who lives with us) read the newspaper and kept an eye on her.
[We will know tomorrow about the diagnosis from the doctor viewing the xrays.]
Obviously, I was not the only one tired because Gianna fell asleep in her high chair during dinnertime (which she NEVER does) - maybe her vaccination shots kicked in as well. Which reminds me - can I just say how proud I am of both my girls when it comes to shots? One yelp and that's it. None of that prolonged wailing I hear in the other rooms. Muh Tough Cookies! (Disclaimer: Of course it is natural for young ones to cry when they are getting shots so I am not calling your child/ren a wuss or a weakling. See it as it being an exceptional oddity when a toddler/child does not and you can imagine why I am proud of them.) Er if you are still upset, life is too short, get over it. Figure out what the real issue is - why are you getting upset over a commentary made by someone who obviously does not know you or your child.
(Is there a freakin' side story dying to be told that is feeding this rah-rah-rant or what??? *hah hah*)
Well to make a point, what can help a busy mom transcend above the veriety of struggles and challenges, overlook the small and unnecessary distractions in life to really focus in on what matters, can be boiled down to the following:
Be factual and practical
At the same time, translate your life in a language you understand or are excited to become fluent in so you remain happy and challenged
(This includes knowing what you want out of life for your family and yourself)
Don't dwell in the things beyond your control
P/S I am noticing that in my case, with fatigue comes a more prose-like rambling blogging style. I will probably wake up tomorrow and feel compelled to re-write this. ;o)