Spring was slow in coming this year and while my roses are still a little behind, the pool has opened and we’re all wearing shorts and eating Popsicles. So it must nearly be summer.
I’ll be honest: this May has been an adventure in survival mode. Between being newly pregnant, chasing two littles, and Hubs starting summer school, life at my casa hasn’t been measuring up to anyone’s normal standards.
My laundry room is permanently home to a Mt. Vesuvius of laundry, our diet is dominated by frozen pizzas, my daughter has watched nearly every episode of Little Bear on Amazon Prime, and my son calls the television “Emma” (because after Little Bear, we keep watching the 2009 BBC version).
Reading makes me nauseous most of the time, so what I’ve learned this May has been gleaned from daily life–in my few coherent moments.
What I Learned This May
1.) Survival mode is just for a season.
At least that’s what I tell myself. The way I’ve been operating lately isn’t ideal, but it’s the best I can do given my present circumstances.
And these circumstances will change. Hopefully sooner rather than later. But until then, I’m trusting that the best I can do will be ok.
2.) Hiring help is sometimes the best thing.
This month, we tried out a monthly cleaning service. It was utterly magical. In a few hours, our house was pristine. And while it hasn’t stayed pristine, that deep cleaning should hold us over for a good while.
I don’t know if we’ll figure out a place in our monthly budget to keep doing it, but I’m grateful for the one-time experience.
3.) Accepting help from friends is always the best thing.
Some friends have taken pity on me in my first trimester woes and have watched my babies, brought me pregnancy survival kits, and offered other help. I’m so glad I learned to accept help back when I was pregnant with Bun, because it’s been such a blessing.
4.) Some pregnancy tests really are hard to read. Or they take a long time to show results. Or they’re not that sensitive.
Or: Don’t buy the Walgreen’s brand pregnancy tests.
6.) For me, planning vacations is basically planning where I want to eat.
With our two week trip to Canada quickly approaching, I’ve started to mine Trip Advisor and Canadian friends’ brains for good spots. And I get more excited with each menu I peruse.
Do you have any family-friendly recs in Montreal, Quebec City, Cape Breton Island, or Bar Harbor, Maine? 🙂
7.) Grace is always there, it just comes in different forms.
Honestly, the timing of this pregnancy initially freaked me out a little.
Yes, we were “trying,” but when I did the math and checked the calendar, I realized that: I’d be in my first trimester during a season of an unusual amount of solo parenting (Hubs working late + summer school), our Canada Extravaganza also falls within first trimester yuckiness, and Hubs has a (unchangeable) school trip scheduled near baby’s due date.
And yet, miraculously, I’ve not been worrying. I’ve seen God provide for us enough in the past to know that He’s fully able to do it again. That doesn’t mean it will all be cake, but I do think it means it will all somehow be ok.
Which in my experience generally means He’ll either give me grace in the form of help from others, the strength to do what I didn’t think I could, or a better/different perspective on the situation.
And thus concludes my pregnancy-dominated list of learnings. Let’s talk about something else now. What have you learned this month, be it deep, fluffy, or somewhere in between? 🙂
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