One of the first things that I tell Moms who I meet that are early on in their child's hearing loss and Cochlear Implant journey is to remember to take care of themselves. I always suggest that they make time for things that make them happy and bring them a bit of peace. Unfortunately, I wasn't practicing what I preached, which left my family a huge GIANT BALL OF STRESS instead of a happy wife and fun Mommy. I found that I was an unhappy shell of who I used to be, only concerned with articulation testing, IEP meetings, equipment upgrades, and the constant, constant CONSTANT fights with insurance companies.
I finally joined a gym where there is CHILD CARE, and I've been loving the early morning work-outs and yoga classes. I decided to finally take a cake decorating class that I've been putting off and it starts next week. And, I'm planning on a HUGE craft room overhaul. I've been scrapbooking for close to 5 years now, and I need to weed out the old and organize my projects. I also have made it a point to see my girlfriends (without our kids!) at least once a week. I thrive when I'm with my girls. They make me laugh and take my mind off of the day to day craziness. I hope that by taking my own advice I can get back to the gal I (and Chuck) love.