Today, Anna learned finger knitting. After watching a video about it, she finger knitted on her own for 2 hours while I slept. The end product is a long scarf/ rope/ belt thing that she is very proud of. Next, she will create a beanie cap, also with finger knitting. Anna seems to be good with her hands and seems to learn detailed processes quickly. She is a joy to be with–a sweet and sensitive soul.
Another week of homeschool is under our belts. This week was less productive than previous weeks. Mia did not finish her work, but that is ok. She can catch up next week. Our rhythm seems to be moving toward child-led and very relaxed. I’m remembering how much there is to learn in normal life activities and that we learn best when we are interested and curious.
We are a month into the school year, and no one in the house has been sick! This is practically a miracle. The lowered stress level, increased sleep and decreased exposure to germs at school undoubtedly have kept us healthy so far.
This weekend, Mia starts her acting class and then has a sleepover birthday party with her best friends from her old school. The rest of us will be homebodies as we usually are.
I am struggling a bit with my mental health today. Seasonal changes are always difficult for me. I go through periods of depression at various times in the year, often aligning with changes in season. I’m also dealing with breast pain and PMS this week, which have worsened this month (probably due to my poor diet). My grandmother’s funeral is tomorrow in Finland. She was the last grandparent between Alan and me. I am thinking a lot about my family overseas and wishing I could be there with them.
Once again, I’m reminded that I need to take a step back and care for myself a little better. Things are best when I take time away from the work of motherhood and the work of being a therapist.