November 29, 2010 by Shannon
Well, here it is. My baby is 4 months old now, which means…it’s time to take my life back.
Sort of. Once you’re a parent, of course, your life is no longer lived for just yourself alone. However, it’s time for me to make a few changes around here.
With two young kids in our family now, I’ve let a lot of things slide regarding myself and my well-being. Some don’t matter to me so much, like how gray my hair is getting. Other things are really little, but really annoying, like how I wash my hands a million times a day but never take the time to slather on some lotion before rushing back to attend to the kids, and therefore end up with dry, cracked, and sometimes bleeding knuckles. Other things really are big. Like the doctor’s appointment I need to make for myself that I’ve put off for at least a couple of months now.
During an emergency on an airplane, you’re supposed to put the air mask on yourself before you assist your child. I haven’t done that. It’s time for me to put on my own air mask and take a deep breath.
And since it just so happens that my determination to change things comes during one of the craziest times of the year, my new resolve also includes the holiday season. It is my intention to make the most of little moments with my family. To be fully present. To have fun. To spend less time on commercialism and more time on shared experiences that we’ll all remember. I refuse to allow this Christmas season to whip by me in the blink of an eye. I will stop and savor the good things in my life.
Ahhhhhhh. The air from that mask is pretty refreshing.