It was a long weekend, but very nice. Sometimes I wish we didn’t have to travel so much to see family, but that’s just the way it is right now. When we lived closer, we had the ability to visit family and friends, now we seem to only get through all the family, leaving very little time to see any of our old friends from the area.
I will say this week made me appreciate fair weather. I don’t handle heat well when I’m pregnant, so as soon as it gets hot, I no longer want to be out and about. However, this week, we have some beautiful days! In fact, a couple of nights we left the windows opened and got the house nice and cold!
While I was sick, I neglected to cut the boys’ hair. I slowly worked my way through all of them, leaving wiggle worm Creed for the very end. As you can see, he had quite a mop on his head…
To some people, long-haired boys aren’t any big deal, but with Daddy being military and a former police officer, buzz cuts are a way of life. In fact, even though Ty has a civilian job, he still keeps his hair cut very short. Honestly, I like it that way. Reminds me of a shar pei puppy!
Even without morning sickness, I don’t do well cutting all 5 boys’ hair the same night. I have Sacrioilic Joint Dysfunction to varying degrees when I’m pregnant. I have learned what aggravates it and try to avoid those things. One thing that really bothers it is standing in one place and bending from side to side like you would when cutting hair or doing laundry. So, I give a couple of haircuts at a time and have someone else help with giving the showers afterward to avoid getting “stuck”.
A little bit about SI Joint issues…
I originally thought it was sciatica. It wasn’t until a few years ago, I realized it was actually my SI joint. There isn’t any real treatment for it, and as soon as I’m no longer pregnant, the pains goes away. It makes you feel like you are “stuck” and could not possibly move without breaking your hip. While that is not truly the case, the pain is seriously intense. Sometimes I need help to get unstuck and move my legs enough to get headed in the right direction. Even sitting down once I’m in that kind of pain is difficult. It’s like your hips simply do not work. But you learn to cope. I have not met anyone else who has had this issue in pregnancy, so please speak up if you’ve lived with this!
One final thing about this week – I am starting to see all the things I haven’t gotten done and all the bad behaviors that have crept in over the last few weeks. As I say in my ebook, Large Family Homeschooling, I have to give myself some grace. We have been working on weaning from the screen (the 5 year old is really having a rough time), and this coming week, I will start decluttering. It all takes time to get back to “normal.”