Thursday, January 17, 2013


I'm pregnant.

I don't think I posted that yet. So there it is.

It's one of the big reasons why I didn't win NaNoWriMo. And also why my reading has fallen off. I've just been too tired.

But yesterday I was home with a sick kid, the Eldest. He hung out on the couch while I roamed around the house, doing various chores. Finally, I sat down in the chair. WITH A BOOK. I was so excited. Not only was it just a book, it was one that I'd been looking forward to reading.

I don't think I even got through chapter 1.

No, I didn't fall asleep. I just couldn't do it. I couldn't get into it. Or something. I don't know what's wrong with me. But I have a theory.

I blame my kids' school. What? Yeah. That's what I said.

It started off with Book It. I could totally handle that. It was on our schedule, no assigned reading. Whenever we wanted we could read whatever we wanted. It was fine.

Then the Youngest brings home a book and a note that says the kindergarten has a goal of reading 10 billion books this year. So she's bringing home a different book every night. Or we can read our own. Either way. But we HAVE TO READ OR BE BANISHED FORVER.

And now there's another "challenge" to read 10 million minutes by February 15 for a free ticket to Six Flags. Despite the fact that the kids have never been, this is the one they are most worried about winning. Boy are they going to be disappointed.

I have done my best to read to them every night. The Eldest is in first grade and is required to do his own reading. But he enjoys it, which is awesome. Me? I'm starting to love it less. Which may be part of the problem with my own reading. I feel like a failure as a parent because I can't keep up with ALL THE READING. Even if this counts for that and they count what they read at school. It's almost too much. Coming from someone who set a goal to read 100 books this year, there shouldn't be a thing as too much reading (unless you're in some god awful college history class or something).

So is this a normal feeling? Do you ever find yourself tired of reading? In need of a break? Parents, do you feel the pressure put on by the school? Or is this all some side effect of my wonky hormones?

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