Last week was like we turned corner. I don’t know if it was just in contrast to the insanity of the week before, or if Ben and I were more on the same page after spending some time talking about our family values, or if some weeks are just going to suck and some are going to go well. Probably that last one, which is comforting and terrifying at the same time. We watched less TV, ate more family dinners, played with bubbles, met with friends, got really into Toy Story, exercised a ton, and had the most mundane week possible. Perfect. Here are some good things that happened and good things to look forward to:
-I’ve been tracking my Weight Watchers points carefully, using Couch 2 5K to learn how to run again, and playing Wii Fit on my running rest days. I spent the entire week staying right on plan, and it felt really great. I’ve been going to meetings for about a month or so, but being fairly lazy and shifting up and down without really losing any weight, so last week reminded me that nothing is going to change until I get my ass in gear. It might be corny, but when I run I think about Milo and Elliott, I think about running after them on the playground, I think about running a race and having them jumping up and down at the finish line, saying, ” My mom is strong.”
-Milo is really into his toys lately. I’ve always been an “outing” mama, planning walks and park trips and library stops, but twice this week, Milo would wake up from his nap or get home from daycare, run excitedly to his Toy Story collection, and start building Mr. Potato Head or piling all the action figures into the Fisher Price dollhouse. I would say, “Get your shoes, we’re going for a walk” and he would wrinkle his eyebrows and sit down hard. “Do you want to stay here and play?” would be answered with “Yesh! Yesh!” I’m so proud that he can express himself to me and that I can squash my gogogo attitude and sit with him. We’ve had the best slow afternoons.
-Milo is getting some help with his speech delay. At his 18-month appointment, we expressed some concerns about how many words Milo would regularly use, and we got a referral for Early Intervention services. He was assessed and qualified, and last week we wrote up a plan for getting him therapy to help him better communicate. There were definitely times over the last two weeks where I felt overwhelmed- the process is very proactive, simple, and accommodating, but the idea of Milo being “behind” in any way was stressful. I was scared that he was be frustrated by the testing (he was) or that people might treat him differently once they understood that he was getting extra help (they haven’t), but now I’ve just reached a point of excitement. Tomorrow is our first in-home visit, and I can’t wait to see how it rolls out.
-Yesterday Ben spent a lot of time with the kids so I could have some time for myself. Elliott came with me to a brunch with friends (he’s the price of admission to most places) while Milo and Ben went to the park, and then I slipped off completely kid-less for a pedicure and a run! We also fit in family dinner and a family walk. We have a busy week coming up, so it was a lovely, restful Sunday.
-We’re headed to Florida! My youngest sister is graduating college, and we’re spending the weekend helping her celebrate. My twin sisters and dear cousin will get to meet Elliott for the first time, and we’ll all be together, which happens so rarely. I’m anxious and excited to fly with both kiddos- Ben is staying behind for work but LAurel will be there to help me. I have plans to pack a special backpack of treats for Milo, and Ben surprised me with an early Mother’s Day gift of a Kindle Fire! This will probably be the final factor that makes for a smooth ride.
This week coming up is packing, making birthday/graduation/mother’s day cards, hanging with Ben before we’re separated for a long weekend, and travel! What made you happy last week? What are you looking forward to?