by Ashley, Stinker Babies
Have you heard of The Oxygen Mask Project? It’s a movement in the special needs parents community to claim 2012 as #theyearoftheoxygenmask. The idea is that you need to put on your own oxygen mask before you help others. If you don’t, you’re no good to anyone. (Remember the safety speech from the flight attendants?)
It’s so important but so very easy to forget when you’re trying to make sure everyone else’s needs are met. I’m making it my goal for this year and taking baby steps towards taking care of myself every now and then. Those steps aren’t always successful, but I am taking them!
On Thursday afternoon, I looked up from the dishes and realized the kids were actually playing quietly. I had a moment of triumph as I claimed victory in the battle to find time for myself. I totally abandoned the dishes. (They needed to soak anyway, right?) I quietly grabbed my yoga mat from the closet, tiptoe-ran over to the TV, and pulled up our “On Demand” fitness choices. I was trying to be absolutely silent because I knew if the kids heard the TV come on, it would become Dora vs Thomas instead of Mommy Time.
I scrolled down the list of options and found the perfect thing. It was 24 minutes of a pilates routine that focused on relaxation and breathing. Score!!
I pressed play and the gentle music began as the instructor calmly and quietly began the instructions. I laid back on my mat, closed my eyes, and breathed. Ahhhhhh. Just breathe.
I felt something drip on me right between the eyes.
Nope. Not happening. Just gonna ignore that. I’m sure it’s nothing. Because I’m breathing here, for crying out loud!
Ugh. I glanced up and found myself looking right into the eyes (and runny nose) of my 3-year-old daughter who had, apparently, been hovering over me.
“Mommy? Mommy? MommyMommyMommyMommy!” She stage whispered.
I managed to hold back my groan but I didn’t like where this was going. ”Yes, Gracie?”
“Are you sleeeeeeeeping?”
Caleb soon joined in the fun and after a few minutes of them crawling under my legs and hanging onto my arms, I found myself using my “mean mommy” voice and yelling, “Get on the couch and BE QUIET! Mommy’s trying to BREATHE!”
Well, that got Caleb started about the lobes of the lungs (because the lungs have been his favorite part of the body ever since he learned about them).
And you know what? It actually kinda worked out.
I managed to finish my “relaxation” yoga while the kids added some resistance training and anatomy lessons. And the best part is that I actually took that step towards putting on my oxygen mask.
Before you know it, I might actually be breathing!
This post was originally published HERE and was shared on our site with permission.