As it is Mother’s Day, I will tell you about the fairly decent Mother’s Day I’ve had thus far.
I thought I’d get to sleep in as I normally do on Mother’s Day, but I didn’t. The girls were climbing over and on top of me for quite a bit when they got up. My husband must have slept late with the NBA Lakers-Nuggets Game 7 show on our DV-R, so he didn’t get up until after we did, to take them out and get them breakfast. But he did prepare my breakfast of toast bread and cheese.
After Mass we got a call saying that a slot opened up at the Massage Envy where my husband had me wait-listed for this afternoon. The original plan was to have a home service massage (how that would have been relaxing for me with the girls banging on the door, I don’t know…), however a few days ago my husband said that the business owner called him and said that she was closing shop, thereby cancelling all her appointments this weekend.
In the end it worked out well: I helped him get lunch into the kids and they hung out at the Pet Store and at Target while I got some me-time. I’d have to say my therapist Lisa was GREAT! Then the Nail Salon across the street was open and could accommodate me for a much needed manicure-pedicure session, and without hesitation I jumped at the chance. To cap off the afternoon, I got some frozen yogurt for the girls and myself at Moonberries. Oh and yes, they got me flowers! A yellow bouquet, as yellow is currently Sam’s favorite color. Kids giving you flowers are the sweetest thing, wouldn’t you say?
The girls seem to be quite cooperative today too. Sam was more behaved than usual at Church today and sat down for a good portion of the homily, and up until the writing of this post, has not had a meltdown of any sort. Jamie — well… Jamie saved her explosive poop for her dad while I was getting all my pampering treatments, and thereby saved me one dirty diaper to change. Atta girl! Now the house is quiet as Sam is off playing with her dad and doing her Kumon with him, and Jamie is fast asleep for a late afternoon nap.
I am hoping for an evening of uninterrupted peaceful sleep to cap off such a restful day, but I may be pushing my luck (as would have been a facial treatment). I’ve been thinking back to the last time that I’d had a truly restful night’s sleep, and it was before I became a mother. I realize now that sleep and motherhood aren’t quite complimentary, and you just take what you can get when you can get it (like a 50-minute nap during a massage!). So this is why moms enjoy pampering sessions so much!
I used to think that Mother’s Day was a day when Mom would spend all day relaxing with her kids and family, but now I feel that there is some kind of irony in that sentence. How can mom, whose natural tendency is to take care of the family, relax when everyone that she attends to is around? In my case, while I undoubtedly love my girls to bits and pieces — when we’re together it becomes mostly about them than about me or anyone else. And so, my husband has now concluded that Mother’s Day in our family is really a Daddy-Daughter day, because it’s Mom’s Day (Afternoon) Off. If it means 120 minutes of pamper time to re-charge for the next few months of 24-7 constant care, then it’s well worth it, wouldn’t you say?
Happy Mother’s Day to all you Moms around the World! I hope you get to spend your special day just the way you want to, no matter how simple it may be. And if anything else, I hope that you get a decent night’s sleep!