A Week In My Life: October 2017

a week in my life october 2017

Another month, another week in my life! I fear I may have gone on about being tired just a little bit too much in this one, if the comments on Youtube are anything to go by. The thing is, moaning about how tired you are is addictive, especially when you’re…really really tired. You just want everyone to know all about it – not for the sympathy, because I’m actually not great with being on the receiving end of sympathy – but to explain why you’re a bit off your game. Not firing on all cylinders.

I like to think that talking about your tiredness acts as a sort of disclaimer – “this is why I’m not my usual sharp(ish), productive self – but when I really analyse it, it probably has the opposite effect. I can imagine that people are eye-rolling themselves into backwards somersaults every time I mention it. So I’ll stop – I’m going to be perky as a kids’ TV presenter from now on.

Here’s a little glimpse into my world for a week – a tree house trip (lucky me!), a hair cut, lots of work and very little sleep. (Sorry, just had to slip that complaint in one last time. Ha.)

You can watch A Week In My Life for past months here.


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  1. Anna
    November 6, 2017 / 11:41 am

    I don’t think you should keep anything bottled inside. If you’re tired say you’re tired. If you’re moody as hell, say you’re moody as hell. If you’re so stressed you think of pulling out those gorgeous strands, say you’re stressed! Keeping things bottled inside is not healthy. Pretending everything is going smoothly is not healthy either. Keep being honest with your readers and more importantly with yourself. I pound a few pillows a day to keep from going crazy in this messed up Trump world.

    Anyways, yes, get that shit out lol.

    • Erna
      November 7, 2017 / 8:12 am

      Couldn’t agree more!!!! XXX

    • November 7, 2017 / 9:28 pm

      Thanks Anna. I like the pounding pillows imagery! x

  2. Missmouse
    November 6, 2017 / 1:20 pm

    Wise words Anna. Ruth, just a tiny nugget – try Epsom salt baths 3/4 times a week, a good 15min soak. Just Epsom salts. I’m putting my granny hat on here and quoting From a book …” exess adrenaline and stress are believed to drain magnesium, a natural stress reliever, from the body. Magnesium is necessary for the body to bind adequate amounts of serotonin, a mood-elevating chemical within the brain that creates a feeling of well being and relaxation.”. Personally, having exhaustion Wobblies, I find it works a treat at lightening the mood and bringing renewed vigour and joy. And Who doesn’t need that..? X

    • November 7, 2017 / 9:28 pm

      Do you know I used to do the Epsom salts! I shall start again. Thanks so much for the reminder. x

  3. Mariaan
    November 6, 2017 / 1:30 pm

    From a fellow sleep obsessive, please complain away! I still think and talk about decent sleep constantly, and my little one is almost 18 months… Thanks for making me a feel normal, or at least like I’m not going crazy alone. Do look after yourself where you can, Ruth – little people are wonderful but they are 24/7/365 even before we try and add on the rest of real life (or do anything for ourselves!).

  4. Abbey
    November 6, 2017 / 4:21 pm

    To add on to what the lovely person above me said, magnesium is so essential to your overal health, and especially to sleep! I take a supplement called “natural Calm” that is a powdered magnesium supplement you mix with water or juice, and it has helped so much with the quality of my sleep. I am not getting any extra hours (still have a three year old and full time school), but feel so much more rested. Anyway, hope you find a help for the tiredness soon!

    • November 7, 2017 / 9:27 pm

      Thanks Abbey, I’ll take a look!

  5. Annie
    November 6, 2017 / 9:10 pm

    My 2 year old is going through a hard sleep regression and will scream for 30 minutes at least before falling asleep when she just used to drift off. (I hadn’t planned on typing the last half of that sentence then decided you needed details.). Talking about it helps and seems irresistible. I’ve just put out a blanket apology to a few friends for complaining all the time about it. They get it.

    • November 7, 2017 / 9:26 pm

      Oh my God, that’s awful if you’re used to her sleeping through! I feel for you. x

  6. Sandie
    November 6, 2017 / 10:38 pm

    Yes, I did enjoy A Week In Your Life! Thank you for finding the time to share your week with us. Everyone I know seems to be going through a permanently exhausted, sleep deprived, not enough hours in one day phase… !! Hope you catch up on some sleep soon. PS Ted is adorable and Angelica catching bubbles made me smile :)

    • November 7, 2017 / 9:26 pm

      Thank you, she loves the bubbles! x

  7. Sarah
    November 6, 2017 / 11:33 pm

    Sleep deprivation from motherhood is no joke. I tried to explain to a childless friend why I usually preface how I’m doing with how much sleep I’m (not) getting. I think she was tired of hearing about it unil we went shopping together. In one trip I:
    1. Left the car running and walked away. It wasn’t until I looked for my keys when we realized what I did.
    2. Accidentally walked off with another woman’s cart that had absolutely nothing similar to the contents of mine.
    3. Kept hitting the button to the floor we were already on in the elevator and was confused when the door kept opening.
    4. Couldn’t remember the PIN number on my bank card when it’s the year I was born.
    And lastly 5. Was convinced my phone was broken when I realized I was dialing my own number instead of calling husband.

    After that, she became wildly curious about my antics after sleepless nights.

    • November 7, 2017 / 9:26 pm

      Done a few of those myself! : )

  8. Sarah
    November 7, 2017 / 3:53 pm

    “This too shall pass.” is what my grandma always told me when I had a little one sucking the living life out of me. It’s true though. In the moment, it feels like things will never change. But before you know it, you’ll be looking back thinking “Where did time go?”. Hang in there and know things will get better. Enjoy every snuggle while you can and know that work will be there when you get to it.

    • November 7, 2017 / 9:25 pm

      Thank you! I do try to enjoy every little moment, it’s just bloody knackering isn’t it?! x

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