My day starts off in a run. Wake up the kids. Make the pancakes. Pack the lunches. Sit down for breakfast. Pacifier in the babies mouth. Sit down again. Make more juice. Sit down again. Two bites in my mouth. Jayden needs another fork. Two more bites. Ryan spilled his juice. A few more bites. Pacifier for baby again. Do the dishes. Scattered school work in the backpacks. Off to the bus. Jayden and David dressed. Baby changed. Refill called in. Baby crying.
I feel like I’m running constantly and can barely keep up with myself. And then, comes….
It’s time to nurse the baby. I sit down in the recliner, put my feet up, lean my head back, take a few deep breaths and just relax. For 15 minutes, it’s just me and her. Complete calm. No distractions. Nothing to do but just sit in peace.
Something changes. I feel calm and re-energized. I come from her bedroom happy and unfrazzled from the chaos of the morning. There’s a new peace.
And in about 3 hours, I’ll get to do it again.
Nursing forces me to take a break every three hours for at least 15 minutes. I have no choice. But, it is the lifesaver that I need. I hope that when this beautiful phase ends, that I’ll remember the lesson learned.
Have you taken your break today? Try it. Set a timer and every 3 hours take 15 minutes to just sit down, put up your feet, take a few deep breaths and just relax. It’s a time out worth taking.