I realised the other day that I haven’t written a new post for ages and so much has been going on! To be honest, too much has been going on and that is more than likely why I haven’t updated this blog since October. Since the Horrendous Half Marathon as I call it. Well, I’m going to try and get back on track, my running now takes place most lunch times at work (really need to get them showers) and I can see that I will have some spare time once the toddler is in bed – if he decides to stay in bed and stay asleep.
I’ll write a longer blog on Wednesday – Tuesday is running club night – but just wanted to give those loyal followers a quick update and get everything out of my head where it’s taking up space.
So what’s been going on? Well, I ran another 10k in November – the Wilmslow 10k, another hard slog of a race but another PB, ran with some of the wonderful ladies from running club and I can tell I’ve really made some friends for life at that club and that makes me so happy! There’s a busy race list this year; already got 26 planned (about 8 booked) so there’ll be loads more posts about running! Yay!
I did some charity work for The Toy Appeal, an absolutely fantastic charity who help disadvantaged children all over the North West have a happy Christmas, by providing a sack of toys to those children who so need and deserve them. It was utterly heartbreaking to realise how many sacks were made up (over 3000) but such an emotional moment when they were completed! I’ll be doing a full post on it in the next few days but please go and check out this wonderful charity and keep them in mind if you’re buying any toys over the year to maybe get one extra and put it aside for the donation!
My little boy is going through a bit of a no-sleeping stage – there are monsters in his room and we need to get them out. We used Monster Spray tonight (Febreze air freshener) and that seemed to get rid of the nasty little blighters and made his room smell lovely and fresh! I’m a bit of a walking zombie and surviving on a well tuned diet of porridge, chocolate and full fat coke. Good job I’m running!
We had a lovely family Christmas and New Year, although I was driving up and down the M62 quite a lot as I didn’t book time off and so was between here and my mother-in-laws in Lincs. It was a bit manic but the toddler loved every minute and I’m sure his Nana, Grandad and all the family miss him when he’s not there!
Whilst the little one has not been sleeping and we’ve had temper tantrums, I can feel the familiar feelings of self-doubt and anxiousness setting in. I hate feeling like I’m not doing anything to help him, or what I am doing is just not good enough. I love him to bits but sometimes this parenting lark is so hard, on Friday we had a really bad day. Really bad. I haven’t felt like that in nearly a year and I don’t want to feel like that again. I’m sure I will and I’ll get better at coping but it’s so hard when he’s young and can’t really communicate and tell me what’s going on inside that little head of his. We’ll get there though and we’re very lucky to have such a supportive network around us. I know some people don’t have that all the time and I hope that with this blog, I can bring more people together and create a few more parenting networks (as it’s not just mums who feel like this) for both working and stay at home parents.
I am writing this after finishing off a uni assignment that was due….today! Hooray for being organised! It’s all fun and games being a multi-tasker but really, I need to get better organised and actually use the diary and calendar my mum and sister got me for Christmas! The assignment wasn’t too difficult, just a pain in the backside when you’ve done no prep for it.
I’m currently catching up on Luther – meaning that I can never go on a bus alone, sell diamonds on the black market, wear LED lights for ANY reason, go to a doctor, go in my loft or trust a woman in a dodgy blonde wig and a fur coat. It also means that I probably won’t sleep for a week so that’ll help with the mum-zombie look!