And I'm sure Elmo helped too.
Knowing that Elijah was in capable hands made it possible for me to relax.
I had such an awesome time...talking, laughing, reading, sitting in the hotub, spending some quality time with my mom, and rejuvenating. Ahh, it was so nice. And it's the reason why Elijahland has been so quiet. I just haven't been able to get back into the swing of things. It's not because I don't have anything to say, I'm just trying to get back into our routines and get caught up.
Going to the spa got me to thinking about how women tend to give so much of themselves, rarely slowing down. It's so important to take care of yourself, to reflect, to make time to spend with God.
I felt a tad guilty leaving my boys behind, but I know I needed it and was glad the opportunity presented itself. It was good for me. Raising a small child is hard work. Rewarding, wonderful, amazing work, but work nevertheless. If you're a parent, don't forget to care for yourself. And especially when it comes to raising a child with special needs, moms (and dads) need time to themselves away from the worry. Don't feel guilty about that. Yes, perhaps I'm talking to myself here. But, I'm learning that it's okay to have a night (or a couple of days in this case!) to myself once in awhile. Because a rested and healthy me makes me a better mama. Take some time for yourself, would you? And don't feel guilty about it. And then maybe I won't either.
And ladies...thanks for an awesome time away from it all. Ahhhh.....