Sunday, April 11, 2010

Too Much of a Good Thing...

As it turns out, I learned the hard way that I wasn't carved out for SINGLE-parenthood! (Usually - the perk of single-parenting is that the kids visit their other parent for portions of the week!!) Joel worked lots of O.T. in the last couple... 14 days straight, to be exact, with many extra hours in there per day as well. It just so happened that my MIL wasn't able to take the girlies for their weekly visits for "Grandbaby day" during those same 2 weeks... Add to that some extended-family drama, some additionally unusual topsy-turvy scheduling, and a pinch of sleep-lacking... and it all adds up to a debilitating migraine by week's end (both weeks - 'gulp'). Thank God for my family's dedication - as they stepped-in to tackle child-rearing when my bod said, "No more for you, lady! One word: BED."

I did get a family-friend kind of "trained-in" for future babysitting sessions. I know the girls next door are in the process of learning that as well. But I think timing is of the essence with these things. 

Here's what it really boils down to though: BALANCE. (Have I not stressed its importance enough??) I had a severe lack of balance for that time-frame, and once the scales tilt too far to one side, it's harder to get it back to level again. 

I mean clearly - I love my daughters. I adore them! I couldn't imagine not having the experience of motherhood, and I'm grateful that I've been able to achieve my dream of being home with them while they grow. However - balance is still necessary to my ability to function properly. I love chocolate - but if it was all I was able to eat for 2 weeks straight, I bet I'd need a break from that too! I need a little down-time in between... that's all. 

SO - I broke my own "rule"... Though unintentional and well - without choice, really - I was reminded by nature why I am so diligent about maintaining balance in my life. And it's refreshing to have it back again - as well as to realize that I'm doing the right thing - for myself and for them!

TIP: Never doubt your instincts!
A QUOTE (or 2!): “Women need real moments of solitude and self-reflection to balance out how much of ourselves we give away.” ~Barbara De Angelis
“Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony.” ~Thomas Merton
WHIDFML: Enjoyed a breve'. It is truly my "comfort-food drink". I'd blow up by a thousand pounds drinking daily breves before I'd ever become an alcoholic!!

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