MicroBlog Monday: Reading

I grew up with books all around me. My mom is a teacher and my dad worked for a bookstore for most of my childhood. We went to libraries, book stores, and wrote our own little books. I worked for a bookstore for three years and was a performance poet for a few years too. Clearly, I grew up with a passion for words.

Since pregnancy, and the inability to read or write hit me hard, I have struggled to get back into reading books. The sheer exhaustion and constant job of parenting made reading during the first year almost impossible. I went through a few audio books in the car and slowly got my brain to shift gears. In Chicago, my apartment was so small that I couldn’t do anything while Wallace slept. I started reading and crocheting in my quiet moments.

With school approaching, I’m feeling nervous about my attention span and time for reading. Keeping up with my blog has helped a ton with my writing and getting my thoughts in order. I have an English composition class I have to take before moving and I need to get reading as many breastfeeding books as I can. I get distracted so easily still and don’t have hours of downtime to devote to books like I used to. When I do get a chance to sit and read, I get tired and would rather nap this rainy day away.

I’m currently working on Eldest and Mothering Your Nursing Toddler and I just checked out All About Love and Yoga for the Special Child from the library. Maybe this good sleep trend will continue and I will have lots if quiet moments to devour these books.

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15 Responses to MicroBlog Monday: Reading

  1. Traci York says:

    I went through a similar phase when the kidlets were young – I read books in fits and starts, unlike the years BC (Before Children) when I had a book surgically attached to my nose at all times. Take heart – I’m sure that when you *need* to read, you’ll be able to focus, and the ability to read when you *want* to won’t be too far behind. Sending good concentration vibes your way!

  2. Lindsay says:

    Shhhhh – do not speak of the good times, lest you jinx yourself! Just yesterday i was thinking about how EASY Evelyn has been going to bed. Literally we lay down and she’s out w/in 10 minutes. And then? She took 2.5 hours to fall asleep. That’ll teach me!

    I grew up with my nose in a book from age 4 and up. It was very hard for me to carve out time to read as a new mom, and I’m honestly really only getting back into it over the past few months. I missed it so, so much.

  3. Thank you and I sure hope so! He is almost 2 1/2 and pregnancy brain hit me in the first trimester. I did an online preparedness class thing that took all my brain power to get done fast.

  4. I haven’t written about these sleep improvements because I am waiting for a craptastic night first. He just took a two hour nap! Falling asleep at night has been takibn long right now but he is sleeping better, so I will take it.

    I don’t know where you would find minutes to read with work and bike commute. I am trying to prioritize some me time while I have the chance. Reading is how I recharge and wind down so not having a Tv that really works (or a computer that can run netflix) really helps.

  5. Mel says:

    It’s sometimes hard to find the reading time because it’s not something you can pop in and out of quickly. At least, I can’t. I need to be able to settle myself and know I have fifteen minutes or so before I’m going to be interrupted.

  6. 15 minutes is my minimum too. I got over an hour of reading done during nap today.

  7. bumbismom says:

    Oh I’m going to have to check out Yoga for the Special Child. Thanks for sharing those titles.

  8. I haven’t started it yet but I’m hopeful we can get something out if it. He likes trying to do yoga with me. He needs physical therapy but doesn’t qualify in this state.

  9. bumbismom says:

    Physical therapy is tough to qualify for. Bumbi gets occupational therapy, speech, and sensory integration/ behavior therapy. We just had another PT consult and I think she is finally recommending due to her body awareness issues but I think Yoga would really help. The PT did give me some strategies to help improve balance and some were yoga poses. I’m going to investigate this book too and hope I can get some ideas too.

  10. Here they have to have a 50% delay in any area to get that therapy. In Chicago it was 30% so he could get PT and feeding therapy. If he can get a diagnosis of what is causing his delays and low tone, then he can get therapies. Reminds me I need to call the doctor’s office and find out where that neurologist referral is…

    Massage helped Wallace quite a bit with body awareness. His PT had wanted him to wear a compression vest to try but it was too hot in our 3rd floor apartment with no AC. He does have better balance with his orthotics on.

  11. bumbismom says:

    It’s hard because they don’t like to diagnose here until a certain age (4yrs) but you can’t get services without a diagnosis or low scores on their development tests. Ugh. Constant battle of calling Drs and coordinators to get it all figured out. It’s good to keep finding things to try at home like yoga. It’s so frustrating sometimes. Bumbi’s OT is going to try the vest again this week per the PT consult but we are in South Florida which is basically a sweatshop 24/7 but maybe it would help indoors for a bit. Good luck with the neurologist appointment!

  12. What do you think it is?

  13. bumbismom says:

    Well she def has sensory processing disorder and is testing high risk for autism. I adopted. She was unfortunately exposed to alcohol and drugs in utero so we have no idea how that will affect her. Her neurologist said it’s not a matter of if it will but how it will. Right now we are focused on her sensory issues and getting her caught up on areas she was delayed. She started therapies at 12months and by 18 months she was back in normal range for cognitive ability so we just keep pushing onward.

  14. That’s great she responded so well to therapies! Last year I worked for a family with 4 kids – 2 bio on the autism spectrum and 2 adopted with FAS and other possible issues. Have you heard of cranial sacral therapy? That is supposed to be great for SPD issues, I have some training in it though not enough to treat that.

  15. bumbismom says:

    No I haven’t heard of it but I will be researching it today! Thank you!

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