First of a little update on my weird symptoms. I am feeling progressively better all the time. I still have times when I have symptoms with intensity behind them but it is less intense and lasts a couple hours instead of a couple days. I feel stronger but my left arm, which had the worst symptoms, seems the least back to normal. It moves in slow motion when I type. Even though I am feeling better I must admit I feel suspicious and fearful, looking over my shoulder for its return. One weird thing though, since I have been feeling better I have developed a persistent dizzy feeling when I move my head. I don’t know if it’s connected or not. Since I am feeling better my goal is to build on that with better habits. At my worst it really zapped me of my motivation and I want to eat better and start getting more exercise.
My freelance work has slowed this past month which has been great timing for our little visitor. She is a super easy baby. She eats well and sleeps great but like most 18 month olds she gets into everything! She can pull apart an entire room in moments! In some ways I feel like I am playing defense all day grabbing drinks just in time or tablets or quickly saving a pile of laundry or closing the bathroom door. My daughter is so good with her. She will sit with her in the pack-n-play and they play blocks together. She reads to her. Sometimes she will just,out of the blue, look over at me and say, isn’t she so cute? My five year old son however is finding it challenging. I think with a new siblings there is more time to get used to the idea and form a bond before the baby is grabbing and licking your toys! He has been getting really upset and so we have been spending a lot of time helping him come up with solutions like putting toys away or up high and giving her another toy as you take away yours and encouraging him to build towers he doesn’t mind if she knocks down. I think it is also helpful to explain that she is not able to build towers but she is great at knocking them down! And of course we try and praise him for every little nice thing he does for or with her and we encourage him to express his feelings about the situation. By bedtime I am pretty pooped these days!
I am really enjoying seeing my neighborhood explode with color this spring and I’m sharing lots of photos on Instagram. My one complain is how muggy it has been. I really don’t mind the heat but humidity I don’t like. Still I am trying to make an effort to go for walks. I feel sticky, our wood floors feel sticky. It makes me want to do nothing. Are you noticing a theme here? I am a little tired these days. Another thing contributing to this is that my husband and I have been binge watching miniseries on Netflix. It started with The Killing, then House of Cards which were both great, then Top of the Lake, then The Silence, and now we are watching The Fall. We really like the British ones. For one thing you hardly ever see a gun in these crime dramas.
Lastly I wanted to tell you that I am more seriously working on the idea of writing and illustrating a children’s book. I have dusted off my copy of Writing and Illustrating Children’s Books for Publication. I joined the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. I submitted a piece to Babybug. I am participating in Illustration Fridays and I made a new page in my OneNote journal for ideas. I am still a scaredy-cat but this blog and my readers encouraging comments has given me the confidence to at least try. The worst that can happen is they can say no. No big deal. You guys will still like me!
- My daughter just read and loved the book Mystic Phyles: Beasts and the book Write Your Own Fantasy Story
- My son loved the book Jump, Frog, Jump
- My step granddaughter likes Peek-A Who, but really who doesn’t!
- I liked this one and am planning to add it as further reading on my Baobab post.
- I just watch this very inspirational Ted Talk about Jarrett Krosoczka author/illustrator of the The Lunch Lady series
Off to Staples, my daughter wants a new journal…