So, today is the celebration of my daughter’s birth, even though her birthday was Tuesday and the stars aligned to drag out her birthday for a couple of days anyway. That, of course, means it’s going to be a busy day. Writing this before we get underway, this is what I have planned:
- Yard Sales
- Breakfast donuts
- Car ride to a city an hour away.
- Hay ride, pumpkin patch, apple picking and treats (apple pie or caramel apples.)
- International Festival, an event that the city throws to showcase the diverse population. Hope there’s a Russia booth so we can hit it up. (Baby Girl’s name is Russian.)
- Dinner, if we haven’t eaten enough at the International Festival
- Car ride back home.
Even with my husband, it’s going to be a long day. Baby Girl is bound to get fussy for some of it. I’m probably going to get stressed about something (her fussing, or money, or parking…). So I am devising some strategies for self-care on a really stressful, busy day.
- Celebrate mistakes and roll with the punches. Oh? They’re out of caramel apples? Let’s have pie. Or ice cream. No Russia booth? Well, there’s always the British Isles (for her middle name.) Flat tire? At least no one’s injured and Daddy is handy with tools. I think you get my point.
- Ask for help. Directions, information, or just asking my husband to do something. There will also be one other adult with us for the orchard part of the day, so I can rely on her, too!
- Focus on the basics. Try to get plenty of sleep the night before and make sure we aren’t so caught up that we don’t eat well. Yes, treats are nice, but we need real food, too.
- Take deep breaths. Just a moment or two to step out of the hectic-ness of the day. It doesn’t have to be a full-on meditation.
- Minimize technology. Yes, I will need my cell phone for coordination with the other people who are coming and for navigation, and I will use it to take pictures. But I will be mindful of how many pictures I take, I will ask others to take pictures (see the asking for help) and I will put my phone away when it is not doing one of these useful tasks. No Facebook, no Twitter, no random information searches and no games.