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This week was SO. HARD.
I started the week like this: And I ended the week like this:
I’m not even kidding y’all. Here’s what happened, and how I survived it:
Beckett was in the middle of a developmental leap, teething, and just had his 6 month shots. To say he’s been fussy is an understatement. On top of that, my crazy, adorable, beloved cat Piper got very sick and had to be taken back and forth to the vet 3 out of 5 days this week. If you aren’t a cat person, pretend I’m talking about a dog. If you aren’t a cat or dog person, well I don’t know,
we can’t be friends think of something or someone you love being sick. That’s how I felt. Long story short, I was an emotional wreck and was fighting tears most of the week. By the end of the day on Friday, I was exhausted, hadn’t showered in days, and smelled like a mixture of baby vomit and cat butt (literally).
Ok, so now that you have a pretty graphic picture of what I was dealing with, I’ll tell you how I survived:
1) I asked for help.
This is something that is so hard to do, especially for a Stay at Home Mom (SAHM). If you are like me, you worry that people think you are just sitting around, cuddling your precious, happy baby all day. Maybe most of the time it is like that, but there are times that it isn’t. In those times, we need a little help.
I am so very lucky to have an amazing family and support system close by. I had so many people pitch in to watch Becks at the drop of a hat (thanks, Dad and Lukas!), while I ran back and forth to the vet. I even had a friend come over just for emotional comfort and a distraction (thank you, Kristina!), while I waited to hear if Piper was going to be okay. And of course, my amazing husband was a huge support. I couldn’t do any of this without him.
2) Amber necklace.
So, there are a lot of people with varying opinions about whether or not Baltic Amber necklaces actually do anything. Well let me tell you something. I have no idea. All I know is that Beckett was screaming one day, and he wasn’t the next, and the only thing that changed was his
jewelry teething necklace. Since I put that necklace on Beckett, his cheeks have been less red, he has cried less, and he is chomping on all of his toys with a little less fervor. Now, maybe it’s just a coincidence. Maybe his teething died down right around the same time I put the necklace on him. I don’t care. The necklace stays.
3) Essential Oils
Using essential oils has been a saving grace for me this week in so many ways. Let’s start with Piper dragging her butt across my carpets in multiple rooms of the house. Thieves and Purification to the rescue! I made my own cleaner (I’ll share the recipe in my next oils post) that not only cleaned the spots out of the carpet, but neutralized the odors too! (Ok cat people, y’all know that is not an easy job.)
One oil that I really fell in love with this week is Stress Away. Partially because it is calming, and partially because it just smells so dang good! It is the perfect mix of Copaiba, Lime, Cedarwood, Vanilla, Ocotea, and Lavender. Honestly, I just want to start wearing it as perfume!
By Friday afternoon, I was so emotionally and physically exhausted, that I couldn’t imagine making it through the rest of the day. In a moment of desperation, I texted a fellow oil lover (thanks, Christian!) to ask what oils could help me make it until Beckett’s bedtime. Y’all, homegirl came through for Mama. This was her advice:
“Peppermint on your thumb and then press to the roof of your mouth – it’s COLD, but effective as a wake up and head clearing energy boost (If you’re really struggling – wipe the extra under your nose). Frankincense down your spine and forearms. Diffuse Peppermint and Lemon.”
Because Beckett was awake and in the room with me, I couldn’t diffuse the Peppermint and Lemon, but I did everything else. SO GOOD. Next time you feel like you might just die if you have to stay awake for one more second, try this. You’ll thank me later.
After Becks went to sleep, and I could tell Piper was feeling better, it was time to unwind. I took a shower, put Frankincense, Copaiba, and Lavender in the diffuser, Lemon in my water, got on the couch with my blanket (that feels like a hug from a polar bear), and binged some Netflix. Glorious.
How do y’all survive rough weeks? Let me know if you have any tips. I’m sure this won’t be the last one for us!