....homeschooling with morning sickness here. In fact, on top of that, I have to take progesterone shots because my progesterone is low. This has never happened to me before, and this is my sixth child. The shots seem to make me even more tired and sick the next day, as well as leaving a big bruise on my hips that various little hands always seem to jostle or hit somehow. I am mainly doing just second grade stuff right now (one entering second, one leaving second and going to third). Thankfully, I am not gagging, so reading to them isn't as hard. Staying awake while they practice their reading, however, is very tricky. And I have a one-minute-on-the-computer-for-every-minute-reading rule that I wish I didn't have sometimes, although I know I need to keep it because it really is highly motivating for them. It's just that it means I need to listen to more reading.
One thing that is helping the schooling is that the all-day sickness is actually worse in the afternoon and evening, although I am VERY slow in the morning. So I have decided that we start school by 9:30am no matter what (that means, even if the chores ---breakfast clean up, etc) aren't done yet. This insures that we use for school the time when I feel best and the kids are still fresh enough to concentrate. I start with something for everyone (some religion, stories, songs, etc) and then go to older kid stuff. Typically I'll have whomever is not being taught be the one to keep an eye on and be in charge of keeping entertained the little ones. Thankfully, their pretty easy to entertain. They love it when their older brothers play with them. I have my list of the bare basics that is all we are doing for the next month or so. I have also decided that the most important of those basics is reading and religion and if that is all we do in a day, I am happy. The rest can be added on later. The housework is, of course, suffering. I'm just trying to be happy that the kids are fed and that I made dinner. My wonderful husband is suffering from a sleep disorder and is doing his best to help me when he gets home from work. Mainly that means he washes the dishes now that my dishwasher broke, but I am very grateful for that help, truly.
Mostly, after having done this five times before, I just keep reminding myself that it is very temporary and I try to make sure I slow down more and smile at my kids. Just a smile does so much for them, even when it is really hard for me. That doesn't mean I go around with a smile painted on my face. They know I am suffering, but I mean that I make the effort to look them in the eyes and smile at them as often as I think about it. I want them to know that this hurts, but it sure is worth it, and I sure do love them, and I really appreciate how much they are helping.
Hopefully only 6 more weeks to go!!!