1. I carved away some time for an evening walk with a dear friend leaving the older girls behind. The baby slept the entire time, and I appreciated how easy having only a newborn is now (throw in toddler and preschooler and things can get a little crazy). The outdoor air, the adult conversation, the exercise, and spending time with a true friend really renewed this tired mom.
2. We attempted our first craft since Mary Elizabeth arrived, and it kept all four little hands busy long enough for me to nurse in peace, and the mess factor was low (using Q-tips to “paint” glue onto the pictures helped). I get bonus points for giving Madeline a way to use the pretty egg shell shards from her dyed Easter eggs since she really didn’t want me to destroy and discard her handiwork just to make egg salad.
3. Even though this is how I feel all of the time lately, somehow I’m able to muster up enough strength to play pretend, make muffins with my little chefs, and perform the Herculean task of just getting up in the morning (and to think I used to be an early bird!). Not that I always do everything well. Or even appear to be a human capable of intelligent thought.
Case in point: When my husband came home yesterday, I told him that our air condition upstairs might be broken.
“There’s this weird, cryptic message on the thermostat,” I explained.
We went upstairs together, and he took one look and said as kindly as possible, “I think it just needs a new battery.”
I looked at the screen again. It read: LOW BAT. Ohhhhhhhh..As in low battery. I swear, earlier in the day (before the cup of coffee) it was like I was looking at the Rosetta Stone.
Brain, please come back.
Note to self: Best not to expose mental gaffes when you’re supposed to be celebrating successes.
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