Pandemic Parenting Continues

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Hello!!! I’ve missed you all. It’s been a little over a month since my last blog. Even though I’ve taken a break, you all are still liking and following my posts so I just want to start by saying thank you for continuing to support (virtual hugs). 

During these last few weeks, I’ve been juggling parenting, working out, my full-time job, my side hustles, keeping the house in order, and trying to look good while doing it.  By the way, guess who is an adjunct :). I love a new opportunity and could not turn down a chance to teach a fun public health course.

Overall, life has been nothing less than chaotic. I hit a point where I needed a change of scenery and my family and I hopped in the car to Michigan for a few days. I’m so glad we made the decision to do so because it was refreshing and so heartwarming to see Avianna walk the beach. Plus, the food was DELICIOUS. 

As an update with parenting, we’ve been trying to develop some type of routine. I am home with her a lot so it’s easy to let her do whatever, whenever. In the past, I’ve talked about my sleep training fails. I talked to her pediatrician and she gave me some awesome advice to transition Avianna into sleeping in her own room. I realize everyone’s idea of sleep training is different so for us, our ideal situation would be for her to be heading to bed at a certain time and sleeping mostly through the night in her bed. For starters, we are trying to develop a nighttime routine and have her fall asleep on her own for naps. We’ve done great with those tactics but it’s only been a few days since we started so, after a couple more weeks, we’ll try easing her into her crib. Wish us luck 🙂

Outside of parenting (if that’s a thing), I’ve been spending time with friends as much as I can and prioritizing my mental health by learning how to say no, not check emails after 5p, and getting outside. I just watched a Youtube video on mental health, marriage, and motherhood. Check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mX7ckqRW6vs. As harsh as it sounds, as a mom, you have to be selfish sometimes. It’s nothing negative against the child(ren), it’s advocating for your mental health. Diego does bath time with Avi and it’s so refreshing to have that break of constantly going all day. Another little method I’m trying includes meal prepping so I am cooking 2-3 times per week instead of every day. The time I get back from preparing dinner I use for myself 🙂 I love it! I enjoy figuring out how to better organize time for myself. This is your message that you should too! Try planning a couple of large meals to refrain from cooking or divide and delegate tasks around the home that you don’t have to do. You cannot take care of everyone and everything else if you aren’t taking care of yourself. Parent or not, prioritize all areas of your well-being. 

Leave a comment to share what you are doing for YOU! Thanks for reading.

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