What I Learnt, It Shocked Me

photo credit: Jim Bauer via photopin

photo credit: Jim Bauer via photopin

Well I sure learnt a lot while my husband was away, and I mean a lot.

I learnt quiet a bit about myself and what I am capable of. I learnt how to roll with the punches, while a toddler is attached to your leg. I learnt that I am able to function on little to no sleep and make it through the day. I even learnt how to use this thing in my kitchen, it has knobs and when you turn them it get’s hot and cooks things, I believe it’s called a stove. And I learnt just how much caffeine I can consume before I vibrate right out of my own mind.

I discovered what really matters in terms of priority. Scarlett comes first (obviously), then myself and everything else can take a number. I don’t have a clean house, ok! I forgot to put recycling out – I’ll get it next week or.. maybe the week after. Does it really matter if I don’t get the laundry done on Saturday, there is still Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, etc…. I don’t have to be perfect or get it right the first time. I am a work in progress.

I grew up with a single Mum and I don’t think I ever really appreciated everything she went through and gave up for us girls. Being a temporary single Mum for only 8 weeks, my goodness. How…How do you ladies (& gentlemen) do this day in and day out. I had an end date. Well good on you! Be proud. I’m proud of myself that I  made it 8 weeks.

photo credit: Stéfan via photopin

photo credit: Stéfan via photopin

It’s amazing that when you have no choice to get through something, you make it through. I feel like I’m about to give an Oscar speech.

I’d like to thank my family, friend and co-workers for helping me through!

OK just kidding, I won’t give my thank you speech. I have given it a thousand times to everyone. I will never be able to express just how grateful I truly am for your love, encouragement and support.

In a way I am glad that Drew went away. Scarlett and I had some major bonding time. We went through some tough sleepless nights, but we had a lot of fun. Scarlett learnt not to eat crayons (the really funny part is that she was eating scarlet red – ha! on more than one occasion. I think the third time was the final time -knock on wood). We found out what we are capable of when Drew’s away. That is important because of his job description – sailor.

One major thing that I discovered was about myself, I am capable of doing it all. Working. Raising an amazing little girl. Cooking. Cleaning. Fitting in some me time in there. It is by no means easy, but at the end of the day, it is worth it every time. And now I know that

I am beyond happy that Drew’s home (for now) and he gets to see Scarlett and how she has changed. He get’s to learn who she is all over again. That she loves yogurt and cheese. She hates wearing her right sock.  She can put her own boots on (not always on the right feet but they are on). She is working really hard on trying to put her own pants on. Drew gets to learn it all.

We made it ! or as Dora the Explore would sing, “We did it! We did it! YAY!


xoxo Ashley


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