This week Theo and I are visiting my parents for some much needed respite. The last few weeks at home have felt really long and tiring so a change is as good as a break. I get to share Theo with my family, catch up with friends I haven’t seen for ages, enjoy the beach and have lots of home cooked food without lifting a finger to prepare it.
This is Jamie’s Veggie Chilli. Ah, how I wish we lived closer.
Meanwhile, Tom gets to do this after work:
Having a bit of space and time has helped me reestablish some healthy eating habits. Lunch time salads are back in the game, and I feel so much better for it.
This one had mixed greens, cucumber, tomato, pimento stuffed olives, avocado, balsamic vinegar and hummus. Since we’re away, our food budget doesn’t really apply so I’ve bought myself some healthy add-ins for my salads.
I’ve been having a bit of an identity crisis since finishing work to look after my family. I’d only been qualified as a registered nurse for a year before having Theo and now I’m taking another career break. No matter how many times people tell me that being a SAHM is a worthy job, I still feel a failure for not balancing the numerous balls in the air that today’s woman is meant to. I miss the mental stimulation that a working life can bring, and adult conversation that doesn’t revolve around babies and toddlers. I’m not close with the few SAHMs i know which adds to the breeze of isolation that drifts past me every now and again. However, I do not miss the stress that my returning to work placed on our family life. I want to be the main caregiver for Theo. He’s growing up so fast and I’m blessed that I get to witness it all. Also, something exciting has happened recently yet I still seem to have more questions go around my mind than answers. Lucky I love researching and reflecting to find solutions.
Onwards and upwards :) Hope you guys are having a good week. xxx