Welcome to day 25 of this year’s A to Z Challenge! I wrote about why I chose ‘Self Care’ as my theme for the challenge and I’m really enjoying writing about it during April. Today’s letter is ‘Y’ so my self care word is ‘Yes’.
Well obviously I fully expected to be writing at least the final few #AtoZChallenge posts during night feeds, in a sleep deprived newborn haze with our beautiful daughter nuzzled in my arms. Instead I’m currently 10 days overdue, struggling to breathe with the lack of space left in my body and waddling like John Wayne on a bad day!
However, I’m still saying yes to things, because I am not going to sit around inside a just wait. Well, at least not all the time. I’ve still been taking Toby to toddler groups, meeting up with friends, having lunch with my mum, going for walks and trying to live life as normal.
Outside of being so ridiculously pregnant I don’t think I can grow much more, I try to take opportunities that come my way when I can. I think that stems from being very meek and timid when I was younger, so now I try to embrace life and see yes more often. Not to everything because I need some element of routine, but if I can go on a trip, to an event, out with Phil, friends or family then I will! Phil and I are very fortunate in that my parents live close by and are more than happy to babysit whenever they can. This has meant that we’ve been able to maintain date nights, go to the odd gig and just spend time together.
We’ve said yes to going to a weekend festival with a 13 month old and me being 7 weeks pregnant, to a holiday in Tenerife when Toby was a very challenging baby and to buying and selling houses right over my due date.
I guess my point is that whilst it’s very important to know when to say a firm “No!”, it’s also important not to rule out opportunities that may not seem ideal, when they could turn out to be brilliant! We had the best time at Carfest, a brilliant holiday in Tenerife, ticked the Foo Fighters off of our ‘To See’ list and, well okay the house thing has been the thing of nightmares but it will still be worth it!