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You got to know when to hold 'em; know when to fold 'em (and go to bed).

Amanda Jo Greep

I came home from work tonight, used my last spurt of energy to play choo-choo’s with my toddler for a bit, ate a little dinner with the family, then settled in on the couch to get some writing done. The problem was that by the time I got the laptop open, I was spent. Mentally, physically, and emotionally spent. I sense this may be a running theme in all upcoming posts. I apologize in advance.

On Monday, we returned from a Thanksgiving road trip to Ohio and back. I started to question the wiseness of the trip in the days leading up to it, but we committed and so off we went. We woke up at the ungodly hour of 4 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day, got the kid into the car jammies and all, and hit the empty highway. This turned out to be a wise decision in the end because although we were pretty wiped out by that evening, it took us all of 20 minutes to get out of the city and into New Jersey, a trip that likely would’ve taken three and a half hours in traffic just the evening before.

We then spent the next three days buried under our 9 crazy, awesome, extremely energetic nieces and nephews while simultaneously trying to catch-up with the other 8 adults in attendance, and still somehow maintain some semblance of a routine for our little one -- and my own sanity. On Monday morning, we got up at 4 a.m. again and started the trip back to NYC. I then spent all of Tuesday recovering at home with Poppy and went back to work today wishing I could sleep for four more days instead.

Tonight, when it came time to crack open the laptop again, I almost couldn’t bear it. So I did what any procrastinating blogger does – headed to Facebook to screw around for a while. In the guise of still “working,” however, I tried to be good and posted a status begging for help:

Have any good ideas for pregnancy-related blog posts you'd like to read? I need some brainstorming assistance as pregnancy has officially fried mine.

And, because I have awesome friends, I now have a whole list of things I can write about when I’m staring at a blank screen in frustration and desperation. Sometimes, I wonder how people survived before online social networking.

So now I’m heading to bed to get some very needed rest, feeling better about the writing days ahead. I will be inspired! I will not find this all such a struggle! I will not let this baby suck my will to live!

See y'all tomorrow.

Is there anything you'd love to hear about from a second time mama, repeat homebirther, and doula? If you'd like to add some topics to my blogging brainstorming list, feel free to spew them out in the comments below and I'll do my best to address them in coming weeks.

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Follow Jo on Twitter at @outtajo or visit her personal blog, Outta Jo, Onto You.

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