These days I have been found to be quite a bit snappy, I get this attitude about me when overwhelmed that I just can not get rid of. For starters the end of year into new year was insanely slow with work, while it has picked up tremendously now, I was having a difficult time. Of course once I went back to my reminder to think positive and that everything will work out attitude, work started piling in for me. I keep neglecting to follow my own darn advice at times, suppose I am human after all.
I have spent more time these past two weeks apologizing for being snappy to those I love and adore. Thankfully I fill my life with those who truly love me, know my heart and forgive easily or explain that I am human after all so no need to apologize. We all have our days and we all have a limit when reached that we can snap.
To boot with the snappy-ness my period is coming and there is a reason I nicknamed my monthly menstrual cycle as my “nonfriend”, it plays horrible tricks on my hormones for 1-2 weeks prior to me even having this three day cycle every month. To boot, my oldest is having her hormonal changes in her body which is messing with my “normal cycle”.
Overall life has been a challenge lately but I have such great people in my life right now that I feel truly blessed and thankful for that I am trying like hell to focus on being less snappy, less overwhelmed and appreciate the love I have in my life. The things I do have in my life, not materialistic items, human beings – are so important, amazing and I feel so special to have every person in my life that is part of it now. I can admit that I am human after all, but I wish I worked more like some robot with emotions sometimes….
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I have read all sorts of parenting books, mostly ones about raising girls, after all my first born is a girl and with that first born came this “by the book” mentality. Of course that “by the book” mentality has gone out the window since having two more children, both boys, but I still recall some things I read about raising girls. No book ever forewarned me of the hormonal changes that my daughter is experiencing would mess with my hormones. Not my mother, not my father, not a book, nothing.
And so I get welcomed into the ripe old stage of adolescence with having my menstrual cycle all messed up. The hormonal emotional roller coaster ride is nothing compared to having a period every two damn weeks. I would much prefer to be called mean every couple of days than to have to grit my teeth through cramping and my own mood swings every two weeks. This explains why I felt as if my hormones were off.
Not only is it the season of less sunlight here in NH but in my household it is the season of the daughter’s body changes and with that comes my menstrual cycle and hers trying to ‘sync up’, a poor joke played on females who reside together by Mother Nature. So after a week or two of feeling so completely off balance with my moods, I woke up to have my menstrual cycle aka nonfriend. My nonfriend arrived two weeks early and I am not impressed.
I kindly reminded my daughter that she is grounded, her hormones have wreaked havoc on my hormones and it’s not going to go unpunished. Of course all I get is a laugh when I say that to the kid because she knows I wouldn’t ground her for such silliness, but doesn’t it sound good? “Sorry daughter, you are grounded to your room for fear that your hormones are trying to take over my own and that my dear daughter is a bad, bad thing”.
It happens to most females that haven’t undergone a hysterectomy and still have a menstrual cycle, or what I prefer to call my non-friend of the month. That time of the month when you just can’t stand anything, cry at a whim and are completely irritable. The week before symptoms are usually what make me realize I am about to have a visitor from a non-friend.
You know your non-friend of the month is coming when ….
- you find yourself crying over ketchup everywhere.
- you find yourself detesting things you normally love.
- you find yourself not wanting to be near your loved ones.
- you no longer have patience to deal with the energy of your children.
- you want to sleep all day and night.
- you want to eat salty things or chocolate.
- you are so irritable the littlest things set you on fire.
If you experience any or all of these symptoms it may be that time of the month. Just sayin’