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Monday, April 6, 2015

What rest looks like for mom ...

On Saturday, I was sick. It wasn’t something that totally knocked me out, but I was not feeling well. And I could just not stop coughing.

So, I skipped the family Easter celebration to spare our relatives from my icky germs.

Instead, I stayed home to ‘rest’ while Husband took the kids out to hunt Easter eggs.


Husband left me with strict instructions to take a break while they were away. 

Needless to say, this rest was to come after getting the kids cutely dressed, fed, diaper changed, and medicated. (The Boy is still on an antibiotic for the little bug he shared with me.) And after getting the diaper bag packed, Easter eggs stuffed, and Rice Krispy treats for our potluck contribution all packed up.

I had 4,000 steps on my fitbit by the time they left at 9:30 in the morning.

I guess this is what rest looks like for moms?! 

I wanted to rest, to truly rest. I really did. But my sickness was that kind that considers rest the enemy. Sitting down, my head flooded with pressures. Trying to nap only resulted in more coughing. Moving seemed to be the only way to stave off those feelings. 

So, once Husband and the were out the door, I also ...

-Cleaned up the kids’ breakfast dishes and our coffee pot. And reset the coffee for the next day.

-Did two loads of laundry.

-Itemized our 2014 donations so that we can attempt to file our taxes filed on time.

-Edited Easter and birthday pictures of the kids since I apparently spent a little too much on professional pictures last year.

{How is the world is he turning 2 this week?!}


These computer tasks were done in between walking laps around my kitchen. To keep moving meant a clear (ish) head. 

Sadly, I think the true rested feeling came in knowing that I could check these items off of my never-ending 'to do' list. 

Full disclosure: I did also manage to shower, pick up some chicken soup, and squeeze in last week’s Grey’s Anatomy. 

What does rest look like for you? 

13 comments:

  1. I was seek this week as well and yes there is no rest for mom's..hope you feel better

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  2. Pretty much the same as yours!! So funny no matter how hard we try, true rest is very hard to come by! Yayyy for the chicken soup and greys! At least that's a teeny tiny bit of momma time :)
    Happy Monday, hope you're feeling better

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    1. Yes ma'am! A little bit of momma time is always appreciated!

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  3. I hear ya! Although I have been trying to take some time and rest each day so that I dont get burnt out and get myself sick!

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    1. Great strategy. I'm almost positive that my body just knows when it can break down.

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  4. sorry you were sick over the weekend, hopefully you are feeling better. I was in the same, sort of miserably sick phase. More just annoying that I could not jump back into my normal routine. Being sick and being a mom does not go together. One always wins out, and it is usually the Mom role. Feel better!

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    1. The mom role always wins out, for sure!

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  5. We agree! Checking things off the list always produces an amazing feeling of 'rest.' Great post -- beautiful blog!

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  6. I have made it a point since I started staying home to use naptime as my "me" time. Even if I work, I watch a show or eat something I wouldn't in front of the boy (you know, dessert). It makes all the difference in my sanity!

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    1. I definitely need to try to build in a little more "me" time!

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  7. Oh man, I completely understand this! After my second baby my mom came to stay for a week and my husband was still on paternity leave. They told me to rest and take it easy. but it was so WEIRD to just lay in bed and do NOTHING that I did not take advantage of the fact that I had all that help.
    So yep, totally. But hey, I agree that crossign things off of a never-ending to-do list always feels amazing!

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    1. I wasn't able to rest during that post-baby time either. It is definitely a strange feeling!

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