Thursday, February 28, 2013
Not only is Mother Nature in the middle of one of her mood swings but apparently so am I. Today can't feel more different than yesterday if it tried. It's like my brain is magically tuned into the fact that the end of February is here and it can go back to being a normal functioning organ (well maybe not so normal but at least functioning). I wish the weather would get the memo too.
It was not only a productive day but it was really good for the psyche. I had a lovely time going for a walk with one of the moms who also brings her daughter to the same preschool as my daughter. I then managed to clean my house, prep supper for tomorrow and speak with one of my very close friends from BC who just had a beautiful baby boy. To top it off this evening I had a great conversation, albeit a texting style conversation, with a really cool person I met a couple days ago. I really feel after the few chats that we’ve had that this is someone that I feel might just pan out into a really great friendship. To top it all off I also am 2 ½ weeks into not yelling at my children, not even once.
I spent some serious time this evening going through some of the posts in the Orange Rhino blog (http://theorangerhino.com/) from the other parents. I signed up for a 30 day challenge that the inventor of this site has created. It has been amazing so far. I won’t go into much detail because the “challenge site” is in a secure setting and I don’t want to infringe on anyone’s privacy. Recently we’ve been asked to identify triggers (of why a person would yell at their children) and I have been literally overwhelmed. It’s incredibly enlightening reading other people’s stories and listening to their deep insights into why exactly this is a trigger for them. This has done two really important things for me. One it makes me feel that we are not alone in this parenthood endeavor. Everyone in this challenge, save the person who introduced me to the site, is a complete stranger to me. These strangers seem to be able to read my mind. It's so amazing that people who don't know anything about each other can feel exactly the same way. Two is the solutions people have offered to help with the issues that have been plaguing me since the moment my pee stick showed a positive symbol in the window. It’s like someone has thrown me a life line and is teaching me how to tread water.
Today has been a great day. I’m however looking at my clock and thinking that I’m WAY past my bed time. I had planned to go to bed about 2 hours ago and instead I got sucked into computer land. I know that one of my triggers (and 90% of the people who posted) is lack of sleep so I better get my butt into bed before my mood swings south tomorrow!