Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Time to relax

Yesterday I felt like such a lazy Mom, however I know that I needed to be. We've had a lot going on, and we had a very full weekend of friends and parties. Last week I worked hard on accomplishing everything on my cleaning schedule, and was proud that I stuck with it. It made me exhausted though, and towards the end of the week I was having a lot of cramping/braxton hicks contractions. I met with my Dr, who advised me to take it easy, and get plenty of rest with my feet up. But, as I mentioned, we had a lot going on over the weekend, so I didn't rest like I should have. Then, a lot of things happened around the house that caused me stress, and I found myself getting tense and emotional.

It all came to a head esterday morning, when I had a bit of an emotional break-down. With everything going on, I just couldn't seem to get it together. I was a mess, and was doing my best not to show it in front of Stephanie. I ended up going to visit my mom, and she was so wonderful to me, taking Stephanie and I out to lunch, and then watching Stephanie at her house so I could grocery shop alone. When I picked her up and brought her home, she went right in for a nap. I cleaned up the toys, and dusted the living room, dining room, and entry way, and then just decided that I was done. I needed to sit down, have a glass of water, and relax. I picked up a book that I had recently taken out of the library, and proceeded to read it for the next two hours! Then I made a pot-pie for dinner, and woke Stephanie up before she slept so long that it would interfere with her nighttime sleep. We ended up having a fun afternoon, and I was in much better spirits. We even went for a family walk after dinner. (Woohoo, I can check at least one item off my summer bucket list!) I went to bed last night feeling like I had had a successful day, accomplished all I needed to, and spent quality time with my family.

It amazes me how refreshed and revigorated it makes me feel to take some time for myself. As a stay-at-hom-mom, I often feel guilty if i'm not spending every minute of my day taking care of my daughter or my home. But right now, especially being pregnant, taking time for myself is essential. In fact, taking time to relax is actually taking time to care for the little life i'm growing. But even when i'm not pregnant, I need to learn to let go of the guilt, and accept the fact that I both need and deserve some down time. Every mother deserves a break now and then, and I plan on making it part of my routine to fit at least 10 minutes of relaxation into each day.

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