Thursday, December 07, 2006

Thursday Thirteen

Thirteen Things RHas Learned This Week

1. When feeling overwhelmed, it's okay to ask for help.

2. Admitting that watching five kids under the age of five when one has been diagnosed with Asperger's has gotten too hard has clearly made a lot of moms feel better about themselves.

3. Telling my sister that I couldn't watch her kids anymore was really, really, really tough.

4. See my sister with tear-swollen eyes and knowing that I caused that felt like a knife in my heart.

5. Sometimes speaking up for yourself ends up having positive results for everyone, even if you can't see that right away.

6. Getting a bonus morning by having J attend preschool on Wednesdays as well as Tuesdays and Thursdays is incredible!

7. This has been the first time that I have ever had time to myself during the day since having kids. When the boys entered preschool, J was already born, and when J entered school, I was watching the baby. Last Thursday was the first time I dropped the kids off at school and left empty-handed.

8. Dropping off all the kids at school and thinking, "I'm free!" when I left the building does NOT make me a bad parent.

9. I love my kids. I love them a lot more when I am able to have a little break from them during the day.

10. I feel so wonderful when I am actually able to get some stuff accomplished during the day.

11. I don't sleep well when DH is out of town.

12. While going to bed at 4:30 in the afternoon is not normal, it sure helps you catch up on sleep.

13. When I am caught up on my sleep and able to have a few hours to myself during the week, I actually feel human.

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Just Me said...

Sounds like you really did the right thing! Congrats on having the courage to do what you knew you had to do!

Cindy said...

Rachel, my hat's off to SAHM's! You're doing something wonderful for your children. And you deserve a break, so enjoy them! :)

Amanda said...

I know its tough saying no to family. I can't wait for the day when I can do my household shores without someone interfering or making me drop it and run because they've gotten into something they shouldn't!

Barbara said...

Sounds like you're doing what's right for you. Don't feel guilty about it.

Becky said...

I can feel your pain on some of these and share your joy with some of these, too! Wishing you the best. Happy T13 :)

LunaStone said...

#8... so true... once both my kids were in school, I think I did the jig for a month straight!

Nancy said...

It can be so hard to stick up for yourself! Good for you!

I remember the days.....Now, that they are older and in school all day I wish I was a SAHM again.

Domestic Goddess said...

I am a huge fan of the public school system. I feel perfectly fine sending my kids off to school every day. Summer vacation is waaaaay to long.

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