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I’m pretty sure I wished for health and happiness in 2015. Or did I just ask for happiness? 

In any event, 2015 hasn’t gotten off to quite the start that I had hoped for.

No, I haven’t already broken my New Year’s resolution to not yell. In fact, I made it past Day 1 with flying colors.

A stomach bug has invaded my house.

The only patient so far is my three-year-old, but truth be told, I felt nauseous all day, too.

She woke up from her nap and was acting strange and somehow (mother’s intuition?) I just knew she was going to be vomiting soon. Maybe it’s because she acts just like I do when I’m nauseous?

And unfortunately, being nauseous is one of those ailments that isn’t easy to soothe. (I’m kind of a hangover expert, if you must know.)

All you can do is lay on the couch with them, watch a million episodes of Sofia the First and Mia and Me and hope that it passes before claiming another victim.

So there was that. 

As I mentioned, I made it through my first day of no yelling. Certain things helped me achieve that goal:

    • The momentum that comes with Day 1 of a New Year’s resolution. I mean, I’d feel pretty silly if I couldn’t even make it through the first day. 
    • My daughter randomly commented, “When you yell, it hurts my feelings.” I responded, “But I haven’t yelled today, right?” She agreed that I hadn’t. She just wanted to remind me. Point taken and I hope she continues to make little comments like this. They are really good motivators.
    • My husband entertained the kids for an hour after breakfast while I sat and read a book about how to stop yelling at my kids (Yell Less, Love More: How the Orange Rhino Mom Stopped Yelling at Her Kids–And You Can Too!). That hour of no yelling was a piece of cake!
    • Yell Less, Love More inspired me and gave me some good tips for starting out this challenge.
    • Can’t yell at a sick kid!


Yell Less, Love More

I did get frustrated several times during the day, but resisted the urge to yell. And I had a minor crying meltdown during dinner, but tears are better than yelling, right?

The meltdown was basically: I don’t need a sick kid right now. Nor do I need us all getting a stomach bug. I’m 35 weeks pregnant and have my OB appointment tomorrow. Which I now have to cancel. I’m tired. I need to go food-shopping. I’m going to be up all night with her. Wah wah wah. Woe is me.

But I worked through it. I told myself this is just one of those Mom Moments when you just have to accept it’s going to be a rough day. (And probably a rough night, too.)

And it was. 

As I write, it is 3:24 AM and we are downstairs watching Peppa Pig. We did get several hours of sleep before this, but now I guess we are up for the day?

So that was my New Year’s Day. I stuck to my resolution in the midst of a minor crisis and I SURVIVED.

I realize it could have been worse. It’s just a stomach bug and if it happened a month from now, I would have had a newborn, PLUS all this. So thank goodness for small favors.

Also, it’s Friday…I can do this! One day alone with the monsters until the weekend. 

Happy New Year!

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