Responsibility and Relaxation in Staying Connected

  • Feb. 13, 2021, 10:32 a.m.
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My family is going through a “calm” period right now, which is pleasant.

My husband and I have both been joking and laughing more, and telling each other we love one another. We’ve even been snuggling a little extra.

My daughter has been in a mostly happy mood. She’s had minimal temper outbursts. She’s gotten really good about going to bed on time, sleeping through the night, and waking up consistently—early, but consistently. She’s relatively cooperative, and when she doesn’t want to do what we’re asking her, she’ll volunteer to do a time-out until she’s ready to listen.

Her speech is developing rapidly. She’s saying new words all the time. My husband and I both find her pronunciation of the word snuggle to be the cutest. She struggles to say words that start with “s.” She will say words that start with “s” and have a consonant as the second letter, but she’ll just skip the “s” sound. For example, she’ll say, “moke” for smoke, or “nake” for snake. As a result, sometimes we’ll just be sitting side by side on the couch, and she grab my arm and pull herself into me while saying with great passion, “nuggle!” Love it.

Since I’ve been officially out of my old job for the past couple of weeks, it’s freed up a lot of time for me. I often have an hour or more in the middle of work days to do with what I’d like. This past week, I was actually able to use some of my free time to do unpaid work-related things that just make me feel better about myself. I enjoy excelling at what I do, and in the past I haven’t often felt like I’ve had the opportunity to do so.

This morning my husband left with my daughter around 9:15am, and I don’t have to see my first client until 10:30. Once I’m done writing this, I’ll catch up on my paperwork for the week. This means that I’ll get to really enjoy my lunch hour, and then I’ll have another hour this afternoon as the result of a cancellation that I’ll be able to use to catch up on studying. I love when things just fall into place like that.

I’m feeling particularly grateful for having a husband whose values align so well with mine. I love that we both work 35-40 hours per week, prioritize family, and find a nice balance between responsibility and relaxation. While I’m lowkey terrified about the next year, I’m also very much looking forward to the rest of our lives.

Well, I think I’ll get started! Until next time <3

Last updated February 13, 2021

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