A plugged duct or a sore spot on your breast may be the first sign that you are trying to do too much. You would be well-advised to heed this warning and get lots of extra rest for a few days after you’ve experienced a plugged duct.
-The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding
Last week I had my tenth plugged milk duct since Luke was born. This time, however, the painful red spot didn’t subside after a day. I felt flu-like symptoms coming on. I couldn’t ignore the clear warnings my body was sending anymore. The plugged duct progressed into mastitis (a breast infection).
I am on antibiotics and the infection cleared quickly. I know, however, that it won’t stay away unless something changes. On any given day, my list of things to do looks something like this:
- Read scripture/complete Bible Study
- Make breakfast
- Clean up after breakfast
- Get Meghan dressed, teeth brushed, etc.
- Drive Meghan to preschool
- One or more cleaning tasks (depending on the day: dust, vacuum, toilets, etc)
- One or more blogging tasks (answer emails, respond to comments, take and edit pictures, write and edit posts, etc.)
- One or more household management tasks (meal planning, grocery shopping, organizational tasks, etc.)
- Laundry, laundry, and more laundry
- Pick Meghan up from preschool
- Prepare lunch
- Clean up after lunch
- Prepare snacks
- Clean up after snack preparation
- Put Luke down for naps (X 3-4)
- Feed Luke (X 6)
- Play with Meghan
- Play with Luke
- Prepare dinner
- Help Tim clean up after dinner
- Bathe Luke
- Bathe Meghan
- Put Luke to bed
- Put Meghan to bed
- Spend quality time with Tim/focus on my marriage
Doing all of these things is so much more manageable when I’m well-rested, which I’m not right now. Luke is either going through the typical 4-month sleep regression I hear other moms talk about, or he is having difficulty sleeping because of his digestion issues. (And we didn’t get much insight at his GI appointment, unfortunately) Either way, he’s up every 2-3 hours at night, which of course means I’m up every 2-3 hours at night. I’m a sleeper. I love sleep. I need sleep. So my current sleep debt is taking its toll.
I tell you all of this not to complain or as an attempt to garner your sympathy. I know I’m not the first or only mom who has a lot to do and tries to do it on little sleep. I will survive. What I have figured out, however, is that
something’s gotta give.
I wish I could be Super Mom and do it all on a few hours of broken sleep, but I can’t. So this is my lengthy way of telling you that I’m stepping back from the blog for now. I just need a little time to get my head above water.
I’m not going to completely disappear and I promise you, I will be back. For now, however, I can’t put the time into posts that I would like, and the last thing I want is to provide watered-down, not-my-best work just for the sake of posting something.
I can’t say how long this break is going to last. It may be one week or it may be three weeks. I hope not longer, but maybe longer. In the meantime, I will be seeking out guest posters (please email me if you are interested!) with quality posts so there will be some new content when I’m not creating my regular posts.
I will be doing some blog work, but it will be mostly behind the scenes. I never have time to do behind-the-blog work when I’m trying to create new recipes and write posts, so during this break from that I will get some tasks done that have been on the back burner for ages. I have a fun blog makeover already in the works, so be ready for a new look coming soon!
My biggest fear is that I will lose you, my readers, by stepping back for a time. All I can do is hope that you’ll have confidence in me and know that when I come back, I will be able to provide better recipes and better posts. Thank you for your patience and understanding. I love blogging and adore my community of readers. I’ll be back soon!