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Mother’s Day

May 12, 2013
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As I type this out, I am holding a sad sick toddler and listening to my other two children coughing in the next room. It’s hard for a mama to catch a break!

Amazingly and thankfully I was able to get out for pedicures yesterday with my sister and was reminded again how vital it is to take care of yourself. What a treat yesterday was! The best part is that I came home two hours later, refreshed and ready to jump back in caring for sick littles.

As a doula I often remind mamas to make sure they are putting on their “oxygen mask” first, just like they instruct you to do on an airline flight. The reasoning is that if you aren’t taking care of yourself you will not be in the best position to be caring for your child. It really does go against our first instinct, doesn’t it?

I think as mothers the hardest thing to remember to do is to care for ourselves! Mother’s Day is a great reminder to do just that. We let our children and family pamper and love us, with cards, flowers, breakfast in bed.

But what about the rest of the year?
We need to remember that it is not only okay but important to put ourselves as a priority.

How can we do that?

•Basics like getting adequate sleep, food, water, and a clean shirt (can I get an amen? Clean shirts are hard to come by! Or maybe mine have just been overcome by snot the last week, ha!). Many days I find that I have neglected these areas!

•How about our minds? A night out with adult conversation, reading a good book (that is not about parenting!), beautiful poetry, meaningful lyrics in a great song, learning a new skill, etc.

•Spiritually too. Reading your Bible, worship songs, or whatever fills your soul up. Being out in nature and just soaking in the sun can make my spirit rejoice. It doesn’t have to be religious, but I strongly believe that no matter your faith, we are spiritual beings and so it is important not to forget about this aspect!

What are some ways that you have been neglecting yourself? How can you remedy that so you can be the best mama you can be?

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Everyone here at Doulas Etc are wishing you a very Happy Mother’s Day! No matter where this day finds you, we wish you joy and sweet memories.

To the mamas who are unable to hold their sweet babies or their own mother’s hand, our hearts and thoughts are with you today.

Much love to you all!

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