Mommy, Take a Time Out

nursing pillow

When I was getting ready to get married, I felt the stress of “not enough” or “too much” or …gasp… “not gonna happen in time” grow with every day that lie closer to the event date.
Everything turned out as it should. It was beautiful and filled with lots of last minutes decisions and, more importantly, tons of love from family and friends.
The one piece I remember the most is being told by a friend to…

Stop. Enjoy this moment. You have your family near you and people that love you. If you don’t stop and enjoy this moment, it’ll pass and you’ll wish you paused.

Thank you, dear friend, for stopping me during the reception to give me time to reflect. The awesomeness around me was too good to miss and I wanted to take it all in. I’m glad I got a chance.

Fast forward to this year’s holidays. It’s only the first week of December and my “list” is screaming at me from the kitchen. Do this! Buy that! Make those! DON’T FORGET ANYTHING!

Crap. And here I am again, stressing more and more as the days coming closer to Christmas fly by.

Today, I’m feeling the big Christmas thumbs on my shoulders pushing down harder and harder. I feel that I’ll miss something or someone. I won’t create enough memories for my children. I won’t have everything done in time.

Then as I get my daughter quieted down for a nap, this happens:

20121202-133015.jpg my kids crawl into bed together as I write this and remind me yet again of my wedding day mantra..

Stop. Enjoy this moment. You have your family near you and people that love you. If you don’t stop and enjoy this moment, it’ll pass and you’ll wish you paused.

Today, I gave myself a TO. I paused and reflected about how it’s always about family and friends and not about getting it all done.


With this holiday and all the other events that come your way, don’t forget to give yourself a time out.

Thanks, kids, for reminding me.