A few weeks ago, in response to my traditional "sorry I've sucked at blogging but first trimester" post, a reader asked me to talk about how I manage to homeschool with all that ridiculousness going on. So let's talk.
First I have to say that I was not someone-hospitalize-me-quick sick. I also wasn't mild-stomach-irritation-but-could-still-go-on-10k-daily-runs sick. There's a middle ground in there where I found myself and where I think many of you might find yourselves someday, and that's where I'm coming from here: a fairly standardly incapacitated first trimester
3. Plan, plan, plan, plan, plan.
You know how we know not the day nor the hour that Jesus will arrive so we should probably not be stealing something or reaming out the poor dude at Quiznos because that would just be embarrassing? That's how I feel about pregnancy during this season of life. Once I'm not postpartum anymore, I pretty much kick my butt into outrunning-a-train mode and try to do as many pregnancy unfriendly house projects and as much homeschool planning as I can.
2. Let go of your vision.
In my perfect, imaginary life that doesn't exist, my house is always clean and beautifully seasonally decorated, I get ample exercise, three healthy, homemade meals are on the table at the same time every day, my kids' schooling is taken care of at the "right" time on the normal days and everyone is happy as a lark. The unfortunate truth is that a life like this requires six perfectly functioning brain lanes and the first trimester of pregnancy takes up a solid three lanes, minimum. Each toddler you have takes up an entire lane. So. I had only one functional brain lane for several weeks, so I had to pick ONE thing to focus on. But I couldn't just pick one, because life. So I picked two and did them each imperfectly: feeding people and schooling people.
1. Pray. Praaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay. I honestly don't know how people survive pregnancy and newborns and toddlers. I mean I've DONE it and I still don't really understand it. It. Is. Crazy. And all I can think is that it really must be God's will that these things happen so He fills in all the thousands of gaps that make us certain that we are going to fail. So that is my prayer. "Lord, if it is your will that these things continue, that I have more babies, that I homeschool the already-born ones, that we proceed with life the way we are right now, then you gotta get in here and make it happen. I'm trusting in you because I don't know how I'm even going to get through the next hour, okay? Okay. Thanks. Love you." So I pray and it works out and I'm not really sure how it works out except that God must think it's a pretty good idea, so here we are.
Got any sweet first trimester homeschooling tips? Toss 'em in the comments if you do. I'm sure many mamas will thank you.
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