Just musings series #3 – When the going gets tough, what do you do?

Last week was one of those difficult weeks as a new mom who has also started work and has been put in a big new project at work. Everything that could go wrong or make things tough happened- I had work related deliverables to finish by the end of the week, my baby fell ill and had diarrhea and got very clingy and cranky, my husband and I started getting on each other’s nerves, I hardly got any sleep, couldn’t wake up on time to exercise, had a lot of guests at home- you get the picture 😦

Cranky baby..lol!IMG_4141

And all the while, I kept telling myself, this is normal, every working mother goes through this and its just a phase..woman up! When the going gets tough, the tough gets going and all that! Well, that just added to my stress since I actually am no superwoman and I was done being tough. So, I did what came naturally to me- by mid week, I just let it go. I stopped trying to be in control of everything and trying to perform at everything, and just took a step back. Mid week, I took a day off, and did nothing but let my daughter cling to me and just waited for her to get slightly better. The guests started settling in, we went to the doctor for some medicines, spoke with my husband and managed to pull a late night to finish my work deliverable for the day. As for unwinding and me time- I had a long weekend (we had Holi here last Monday) to look forward to and it was an amazing weekend!

So although my daughter was slightly better but still quite clingy like a Koala (maybe this is a phase? who knows), I had lots of fun over the weekend- went to watch a movie with all the women in the family on Saturday, while my husband baby sat, ate yummy festival food that my mother in law cooked, played with my daughter and all the family members for extended periods of time, took a very long nap on Sunday afternoon, ordered in pizza saturday night, went for a wedding Sunday night, and caught up with a friend over late night drinks Monday night..it was all so good!

So, it all worked out by the time I was ready to go to work on Tuesday. I know, this isn’t the end of all the challenges or worries, but I also know, this isn’t the end of all the fun too! For me, taking a step back works, but what works for you? Would love to hear your stories from last week 🙂 By the way, I’m in love with Coldplay’s new single- Hypnotized..certainly helped me calm down a bit 😀 Also, I think braving it out with a kid helps, if you like having a social life. My daughter can be cranky but she can also be amazingly supporting at times- so why not go out and have that drink or go out and have that social gathering with friends and family? 🙂

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