Hello! Remember me? I'm the mom who posted about the night before back to school and then disappeared into the black hole that is back to school. The mayhem. The mania. The headless-chickeness of it all!
It came to a head at my wonderful doctor's office this morning. I went in for a big check-up (and a bonus tetanus booster! yippee!), and I responded to her casual "How are you?" by simultaneously smiling a big smile and bursting into tears as I said, "Oh, I'm fine! Totally fine! I mean, physically you know. Nothing wrong!" Sheesh.
Mamas, if the back-to-school mania monster is getting to you, YOU ARE NOT ALONE. Yes, I did just write that in all caps. It deserves it. I'm over the whole Stepford wife, perfect appearance, taking on the world and liking it facade. This is coming from the woman who realized at 8am this morning that we forgot to attend a sweet child's birthday party yesterday afternoon. Major big oops. Blessedly, her mother (and the sweet child herself!) was very gracious and understanding when I pounced them with a crazed look and my wild apologies. If only I were more gracious and understanding of myself.
I'm going to call that the tipping point. After a relaxed, open-ended and largely happy summer for us, this was a major shift. It's time to acknowledge that this is indeed a time of mayhem and mania, but it will pass. We will all adapt to the new routine, the new demands on our time. It's okay to be off-kilter but trying. It's okay to say "NO!" to the unending opportunities to be busier. And it is necessary to make time for self-care. Make even just a tiny hole in the day for you. I bet you can find it if you look. Even 5 minutes of deep breathing, counting your breath in and out up to 10 and starting over again, is tremendously beneficial.
Beer o'clock might be helpful too.