If you’re lucky enough to be able to map out your period over the summer calendar, pencil in your predictions using our Lady’s Diary app. Use it as a guide to plan your movie night at home, picnic in the front yard, fort-building, game night, etc. around your least productive and least mobile days. You know which ones they are, right? If you’re up to being mobile, yet sedentary, get those dentist, hygienist, doctor and therapist appointments all booked into less productive times. That’s where they belong.
Fibroids can be unpredictable, which can make life — certainly life with kids at home — somewhat more of a challenge. If unpredictability characterizes these months, keep a jar with alternative activities listed on individual notes. This will make it more fun for the kids and you won’t feel like things are falling apart. Not up to basketball in the park today? That’s okay, pick a note out of the jar that you’ve prepared with options like create a family newspaper, learn origami from YouTube, kids-make-dinner night, or any of 100 other home-based ideas.
If you haven’t yet mastered the art of delegation, now’s the time to do it. No one, even the most reality-defying Supermom, can do everything. Your partner, parents, siblings, neighbors and community are all part of the village helping to raise your child(ren). Let other people know how you’re doing, and be specific as to what help it is that you need. Susan, down the street, can help coordinate a few meals. Little Billy’s classmates’ parents would likely be just fine with pitching in a few more hours driving to swimming lessons until you get back on your feet. And your partner? Let him know that you need some time off and that it is his responsibility to make that happen.
Be it getting ready for a family vacation or going to visit the grandparents, life with fibroids necessitates planning ahead. Packing painkillers, extra sanitary supplies and spare clothing is a non-negotiable “must”. Are you planning on hiking? Research the routes available in the area you’re visiting, just in case you suddenly need to downgrade to something easier. Any chance you’ll need medical attention? Get some recommendations before you go. In short, go through every step of every plan and prepare for the potential worst case scenarios. This mode of thinking will eventually become one of your built-in survival skills and will happen more or less automatically. Until it does, make this a formal part of your planning.
And repeat after us, “I am a fantastic, first rate, amazing mother. I love my kids, I’m doing my best and that is jolly good enough.” Keep that smile handy and you’ll all have your very best summer possible. Enjoy!