I am exhausted yet I keep on going… somehow. Ivy has been having trouble sleeping at night and last night was a bad one. All four of us were up by 5:00 this morning. Ivy tosses and turns all night, then she wakes, sits up in the bed and cries and/or babbles. I wake up feeling like I’ve been in a tag team wrestling match and my hopes of quitting coffee in the near future have changed to sometime in the future.
I have also been informed by some bloodwork we had done that Ivy is slightly anemic. So, I’ve been reading up on that at Nourished Kitchen and Cheeseslave. Then, comes the decision of whether to use the supplemental drops along with the multivitamin with iron she already eats everyday. I don’t want to overdo it. The optimal choice would be to try to get her to eat more iron rich foods, but see… her appetite is hit or miss. Not sure. You gotta love those difficult mothering decisions.
The other excitement keeping both John and I busy is the preparation for a duo presentation to a group in Louisville on Appalachian culture. John is presenting art and music of the mountains. I will be presenting Appalachian literature, and I am so excited to get to share information about authors from the Kentucky mountains. I love talking culture and I can’t wait to give my take on the literature of our area in terms of where it has been and where it is headed. I’m also going to share the URLs to some Appalachian themed or written blogs.
I’m even more thrilled that I get a day with my husband that is just the two of us. A long car ride, we’ll stop at Whole Foods to stock up on those grocery items we can’t find here, and then home again. Time to be a couple with John is something I’d like to experience a little more often than we do.
I have to admit that there is great satisfaction in having this opportunity to work a little and help John provide for us. I believe I have accepted that right now isn’t going to be the time that I will have regular pay coming in. Being an at-home mother is a choice I will never regret. My job as a mother is the one that needs my full attention at this stage of our lives. However, though my progress may be slow and staggered out, I am not hindered from working toward my goal of eventually working as a part of Haywood Art – the writer part. 🙂 Things will fall into place when the time is appropriate.
I sit here writing with heavy eyes and so many thoughts of things I need to do, should do, and would like to do. I’m thinking of family I haven’t gotten to email or talk with in awhile, books I want to read, research on homeschooling and yoga I’d like to do, and stories, essays, and novels I want to write. I’d never in a million years have thought, when I sat bored in my room wishing for a way out of the holler and to the movie theater with my friends as a teen, that a person could be this busy here. I love it that we live and learn.