I really need to knock off. I am wiped out lately, and it’s because I’m still taking on a non-pregnant lady work-load on as I approach my 7 month mark. My noted lack of ab muscles make getting off the couch a chore and frankly, sitting in a normal chair for more than 10 minutes absolutely throws my back out. But I kept booking myself out a month ago because I was feeling “pretty good.” I’m shocked at how much I’ve slowed down in the past week. What exactly have we been up to?
Moving is almost done (we’ve started hanging up pictures, and that’s a good sign, right?!), I have a show at school in tech rehearsal, attending the UGA Spring Game, finishing up sponsored work as well as having two costume projects in the work for clients. That’s just this WEEK! Add a bigger house to care for and a wild monkey toddler, and you have one really wiped pregnant lady.
Fortunately, my husband is a CHAMP. The man is continuing to work his 50 hour a week job, pitch in majorly with new housework as well as Daddy duties and he’s picking up groceries when I’m stuck at work (and forget to put an entire meal on the grocery list…. oops!). He gives my aching back a massage and continues to tell me that he loves me, even though my crazy hormones and pregnancy complications are throwing me for a loop. He’s amazing, and I want everyone to know it. For reals.
At my last OB appointment, my doctor asked me if I was still working, and asked me to remind her what I did for a living (Um, all of the things. ALL of them). She actually put restrictions on me for the month of May and June, which meant I had to cancel my Mom2.0 ticket and decline an invite to #DisneySMMoms (which pained me, because I puffy heart Walt Disney World!). This weekend, while scrambling to turn over an #AvengersUnite party in less than 36 hours, I finally gave in. I have to start telling people no more often and booking out some naps, or I’m not going to make it. My body is giving me clues, and I’m not listening to how tired I get at the end of the day!
It’s hard for me to take less work because I like working, and it makes me feel accomplished. Kicking my feet up and letting someone else take charge is something I’m not very good at, but if I end up being more wiped out or even house-bound, I won’t be a good patient. So maybe, after these next few projects are completed, I should take a break. Or at least take less work.
…. we’ll see if I can manage to say “no” enough to balance out. How do you give yourself a break? Do you schedule days of nothing? Give me your tips… goodness knows I need them!