Monday, October 18, 2010

A Lot of Time to Think

Taking it easy is easier said than done when living with a three year old. Maximo loves to be outside and the weather this weekend was gorgeous, but I couldn't enjoy any of it. John has been fantastic about getting Max outside and letting him romp around, which is what he needs, daily... or we have a monster on our hands. For me, I have to get a little more creative with my activities with Maximo. In lieu of watching tv all day, which neither of us wants to do, I'm trying to think of good "sit down" activities for Max and I to do. We spent a half hour on the floor bowling balls into each other to make them crash, which was fun for about the first five minutes.

Then I went to some of my trusty craft/motherhood blogs and found this craft for us to do. Max LOVES marshmallows, so I had to convince him that he had to put down ten marshmallows before he could eat 2 (which usually turned into about 4 he stuffed into his mouth before I could count). He is also recognizing his name and the sounds letters make, which has been fun. Lately, he'll say, "Look, Mommy, M for Max" whenever he sees an 'M' out and about. This is what we created.
And we stuck it on the refrigerator.

Then the next morning when I was distracted and talking to my brother on the phone, I found him licking it and taking little nibbles of the marshmallows (and probably Elmer's glue):

(but of course, I took a picture, before I wrestled it out of his hands)

Today, Max and John went off to school and I stayed home to "take it easy". I feel fine sitting down, although I'm still having an occasional contraction when walking around. I keep changing my mind by the minute as to what I should do about work.

Should I go back? Should I stay home and not risk it? It just feels weird to be at home and feel fairly normal and I am feeling guilty about my students and my obligations as a teacher. Some minutes I've convinced myself that I just need to stay home regardless of how I feel and the next, I'm thinking, I feel fine and probably feel more pregnancy symptoms - my lovely heartburn, the aches in my pelvis, etc. because I'm just sitting around doing nothing.

I'm going to wrestle around with it for a few more days. I don't know what I'll do.


Celia said...

My vote? Start your leave early and take care of yourself and little Lolita. Nothing else matters...

Judy said...

I'm totally with Celia! Look after yourself and Lola!!

Judy said...

I'm totally with Celia! Look after yourself and little Lola.

Terie and K-Dog said...

Yep, stay home. Find some new hobbies, make halloween costumes, sitting activities but keep you mind busy. Good luck!