Good morning! I know it's not Tuesday yet, but I figured it was time to share a blessing that has been on our minds for the past few months. To give you a clue, here's a Math question for you (it has to do with birthdays, but no, there are no Cheryl's in it, and it is a lot easier to solve):
Got the answer yet?
It's the reason why I've been rather quiet on the blog and FB for the past two months, the reason why I've been finding it hard to find time to reply comments/messages/emails, the reason why I've not been doing much crafting or interesting projects with the kids. I think this round has been the hardest one of all, probably due to me being older, as well as the tiredness of having to care for three little boys. The nausea was a lot worse this round, and each day I was either feeling sick or hungry, or sick again. The exhaustion meant I was sleeping with the kids at nine plus, and yet I had difficulty crawling out of bed before the kids woke up. I walked around in a daze most days, and I had to ask hubby to buy dinner many times, as I just didn't feel up to cooking and could only summon enough energy to cook the toddler's meals. I had dizzy spells and headaches, and homeschool slowed to a crawl, as I only could manage to sit with the oldest as he read to me and practiced his math. The laundry piled up like crazy, and the boys even got used to heading to the dryer to rummage for clothes since I couldn't keep up with the folding.
It was the toughest when the kids fell sick. All I could do was to focus on getting everyone alive through each day, never mind that the house was a terrible mess, or that my to-do list was getting longer and yet nothing was getting done.
But now, at almost 16 weeks, I must say things are looking up. The older two and I have caught the mycoplasma bug from Baby J, but my energy levels seem to be higher, so I'm back to cooking dinner (Junior J was starting to complain about why we kept eating the same things over and over again!). I'm still struggling with keeping on top of the chores and sorting out our exemption forms, but I'm so glad the nausea seems to be slowly going away.
There is so much to be thankful for: The hubby who chipped in more during this period when I couldn't cope, and made honey lemon drinks for me everyday so that my dinner wouldn't end up in the toilet. The boys, who tried to help out at home with the chores and cleaning up. Our part-time cleaner, who quietly helped to tidy up the huge messes. My parents, who helped to babysit the kids on certain days, especially when I was sick and couldn't get out of bed. Our friends, who kept us in prayer, and helped in the little ways they could.
And of course, we are so thankful for this little one, whom we'll be seeing in early Feb next year:
PS: One more thing to be thankful for: the policy changes announced yesterday during the National Day Rally. I'm so glad for the increased paternity leave!