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Word of the Week – Burst

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Each Friday, I would like to share a word of the week with you. Something that summarises what I’ve been up to, how I’ve felt and how life is generally going. I’d love if you’d share your own in the comments or even join in with the link up if you are a blogger. (You can find the details at the bottom of this post.) It can be so therapeutic to reflect on what’s been happening, good or bad. It will be nice to look back on these posts in the future too!

 

This week I have chosen the word Burst

What a roller coaster of a week. I really struggled to think of a word for this week’s post at first. Nothing seemed to fit well as I’ve been all over the place. Burst seems to summarise all of the different emotions I’ve been feeling so well, however. One minute I felt like a burst couch, the next I was bursting with excitement!

The weekend was a slow one with little to report. Mike and I both spent some time doing work and catching up on to do lists. We spent some time working on the nursery too and even got the first coat of paint on the walls. It was uneventful, but good.

Then the week began and I found myself in the biggest grump. Hormones may have been a big part of it and I have been missing family. My frustrations with those not staying safe were building too so that can’t have helped. Whatever it was, I just did not feel good. Paired with a complete lack of motivation, a burst couch is the best thing I can think of to describe how I felt! In the end I closed my laptop, pulled up blanket and did some reading. Thankfully it helped a bit.

Tuesday was a little better, although a text from a friend inviting us to the pub this weekend turned me into Moaning Murtle once again. I’m pregnant and there is a pandemic. The last place I want to be is in a pub surrounded by strangers.

By Wednesday evening I had done a full 180 flip. My mood wasn’t just picking up, I was ecstatic. We felt the baby making proper movements for the first time! I mentioned last week that I had been feeling little rumbles in my tummy but couldn’t be sure what they were. As I was lying on my side on the sofa on Wednesday evening I started to feel some really distinct twitches and pokes. I called Mike over and I’m so excited to say he could feel them too. This tiny person isn’t even here yet and they are already bringing us so much happiness. I’m so grateful for that!

Burst is also a good word for the bubbles which seem to be bursting up and down the country. As the lockdown rules are relaxing, I’m hearing from more and more friends who are off to the pub and enjoy shopping again. (see the aforementioned invite for drinks). At first this made me mad. The lack of understanding from others that we’re going to be staying at home for a long time yet had me frustrated.

Now I’ve had a chance to breathe I recognise that we all need different things right now, and for some that means going back to as normal a life as possible. I’m not sad about missing out on the pub for the next six months, I think I just want a bit of acknowledgement from others that staying safe is OK. We’ve all got our own lives to worry about though and just because they’re coming out of their bubbles, it doesn’t mean I have to burst my own.

Writing this post has really helped me to handle the hurdles I’ve faced this week. It’s always good to take time to reflect and look at the bigger picture. We’re happy, we’re healthy and the future is bright. Deep breath and on to the next week!

 

Emma x

 

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10 Comments

  1. It’s hard, isn’t it, with lockdown easing and all those bubbles bursting around us. I’m with you on feeling safer still in my bubble and not wanting to venture out – and of course, being pregnant makes you more cautious about how safe it is to do so. And yet for many others, it is a return to some semblance of normality and it’s easy to get frustrated and anxious when it seems others are trying to pull you out of the bubble before you are ready to leave it. I think you’re right in that we all need different things right now and to accept that it’s okay to stay in the bubble, and okay to be wanting to return to normality too. I’m glad that writing it down helped. How amazing to be feeling some very definite movements this week – such an exciting moment – especially now that Mike is able to feel them too. #WotW

    1. Sunshine and Rain says:

      I hadn’t realised the impact it was all having on me until I took a step back Louise, but that also makes it easier to manage too. Very much focusing on the wonderful things that are happening for us at the moment. Everything else will return to normal at the right time 🙂 #wotw

  2. Aw, it’s so exciting when other people can feel the baby move! That must have been really lovely to share with your husband! And well done on getting the nursery painted. The twins didn’t have a nursery until they were 18 months old! #wotw

    1. Sunshine and Rain says:

      Haha! We’re hardly moving quickly as we started decorating about two months ago, but I do hope it’s done before the 18 month mark 😛 Still got four months left of the pregnancy so I’m sure it’ll come together just fine! #wotw

  3. I know your moods are influenced by your unique hormonal situation, Emma, but I thing we can all relate on some level to what you describe, especially in relation to the free-for-all that the lockdown and social distancing thing have become. A real worry, as if people are no longer capable to acting with regard for others, or believe the gravity of the situation. Is this a social media-influenced thing, that we cannot keep our focus on anything for too long> I don’t know, but it’s a worry. Good to hear you end on a positive note though, in this exciting time for you

    1. Sunshine and Rain says:

      I just keep picturing everyone walking around with blinkers on Enda, so many seem oblivious to the vulnerable situation of others. Focusing on the positives is definitely getting me through. A good attitude won’t stop the virus from continuing to spread but it will make staying at home for longer more manageable! #WotW

  4. I’m glad you found writing it all down therapeutic. I understand what you mean about feeling left behind in a bubble while everyone else is becoming more free, but it will be worth it. As for the baby movements…they truly are fantastic aren’t they. Make the most of them because you’ll miss them even when baby arrives. Thanks for joining us #wotw

    1. Sunshine and Rain says:

      The movements have brought me so much joy this week Anne! I’m fully aware that they will turn into sharp jabs before long so I’m soaking up every minute of them as they happen 🙂 #wotw

  5. It sounds like a really mixed week for you. I am glad you are feeling more cheery now. How exciting to feel the baby move so much.
    It is unfair that people just assume everyone wants to and can return to a normal life. The virus is still out there and we need to stay safe. I’m staying in our bubble as long as we can. x

    1. Sunshine and Rain says:

      Thankfully I know a lot of people who are also staying safe Kim. That definitely makes me feel better 🙂 #wotw

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