All day on Wednesday, I was counting down the hours until the kids went to spend the night with their grandparents and most of the day on Thursday. I was going to get almost 24 hours to myself. To some that may sound really selfish, but there are times when we need a break, we need a day off from being a Mom.
I didn’t have a lot of plans really except for one, to sleep until I decided I was going to get up. A very VERY rare thing in my house. Even when I sleep in a little on the weekends, I’m usually discovered fairly early and the chaos that is beginning downstairs convinces me that I should get up before all heck breaks loose.
I had visions of working on some sewing, watching a little TV, getting ahead on my writing, and just being able to do whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted.
Then I woke up Thursday morning to a message on Facebook that said my son had been up since before 4am coughing and I knew, a day off was not in my plans.
My little boy suffers from horrible allergies and with the weather changing recently and the leaves starting to change, I knew it was only a matter of time. I had hoped it would be later rather than today. He had been on the verge of getting sick for a few days and I had nursed all his symptoms with the over the counter stuff that I had, hoping I could keep it from getting in to his chest. It didn’t work. I called the pediatrician and got him an appointment to be seen. Good thing I did as he was developing walking pneumonia on one side of his chest and we are on antibiotics, breathing treatments, and prednisone.
I feel bad that he is sick. I feel bad that I was annoyed when I read the Facebook message. It’s not often that I get a day completely to myself when I’m not sick or recovering from a surgery or something medical. I was looking forward to it for days and then it was gone.
Though to some it may seem selfish, as a Mom we do need time for ourselves. We need a day off every once in a while to recharge so that when we are reunited with our little ones, we are a bit more refreshed and can be better Mom’s. It may not always be possible to get a full 24 hours to yourself, so carving out time when you can for yourself is important. It helps us recharge and when we are recharged, let’s face it – things run smoother in the household. When we are running ragged – things don’t run smooth at all! It’s not selfish at all, we all need that time.
How do you carve out time to recharge alone? Curious as to how others make that time for themselves – leave a comment below.