Time Out to recharge

Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Last week, I took a week off work to recharge. Ever so often we get so caught up with routine we lose our focus, and life becomes simply going through the motions.

I took time out to rediscover myself, and spend time with the little person who means the world to me. Being a working mum means that I don't get to spend as much time as I would like to with the boy. I took the opportunity to be with him, just the two of us, and enjoy the time out together. 

On the first day when I picked him up from school, there was an expression of utter disbelief mirrored on his face, before he gave a little yell and hugged me fiercely. His grandparents usually fetch him home from school, and he doesn't have to tell me anything for me to know how happy he was to see me instead. He skipped along next to me, holding my hand tight, and my heart constricted with a measure of love and sadness.

We took the bus to the airport, and counted airplanes on the way there. He chattered non-stop, his excitement palpable. Once in awhile, he leans his head on me, and holds my hand tight, as though he needed to assure himself that I was there with him. 

We had fun in an almost empty playground, and I savoured every smile thrown my way as we played together.

This little boy who makes me scream, go livid at times, and has successfully turned me into a nag, also has the power to make me give the world up for him... with just a smile.


We shared donuts and a fruit freeze after,  all tired out from play. I ignore the fact that it's nearing his dinnertime, and let him finish his banana and strawberry smoothie. After all, it is our special time together.


He fell asleep on my lap, like he always does, in the bus on the way home. At that moment I knew - that I never really had anything in life to call truly my own, until I was blessed with him.


We had breakfast before school the next day, because unlike other days, there was no need to rush to wake up, rush to shower, and rush to school and rush to work. He sat with me, munching on his croissant, and proclaimed that he doesn't 'need' to go to school. I told him that he has to go to school, but I will definitely pick him up right after his afternoon nap.


That was what we did, for 5 days. He went to school with a cheery goodbye, and his happy grin as he runs to me when I pick him up, is what makes my day that much brighter. We laughed, we played, we went to familiar places, and those we've never been.

We took long walks at the beach, stopping every now and then to just breathe. He's at an age where everything holds wonderment, and his excitement is infectious. He made me use my imagination again, and suddenly things take on a different hue.

I realise that while it is inevitable things will settle into a routine and we propel ourselves to constantly keep up so as to not fall behind, it is also important to take time out to recharge and renew our spirits. If we continue to just 'be', we will either burn out, or simply forget who we are, and what matters most to us.

I took the time out to get back on track. I needed to recharge my batteries, because it was hard to see where I was going when the lights are dim.


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24 comments :

  1. Good on you for taking time out for yourself and in spending time with the two most important people - you and Caden.

    Now, I missed your blog posts...keep blogging!!!!

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  2. It always good to spend 1-1 time with little one, and break the routine once in a while... when i have 1-1 time with my boy, he super 'kuai' :)

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    1. I totally agree!! He suddenly becomes such a good boy, he makes me wonder why was I always losing my temper with him previously!

      I have no idea why this happens, though. Do you? :D

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  3. I hope I will have time to have solo time with my girl as well comes next year when she starts ccc ><....thats provided her MCs from ccc will not use up all my leave :(

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  4. it's great that you took the time to recharge and take back charge of things that matter to you.

    Ai @ Sakura Haruka

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    1. Yes it is, Ai! I'm glad I recognised the signs before I went on a downward spiral, too! Hahaha!

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  5. Sounds like a fab week, Reg! Love that pic of C sleeping on your lap, too sweet. =) I can feel his happiness too from your post and imagine his face when you picked him up from school. =) Hope you are fully recharged now and ready to shine!

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    1. It was a fab time, Summer! You have no idea how I envy your time with the girls when you recount those :D

      I am back on track now. Tired still, but a lot more focused!

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  6. Such a rejuvenating time that I feel motivated just reading about it! Glad you had that opportunity to do that! K is also the same - much better behaved and lovable when we spend time talking and listening to her. The "naughtiness" before that would just be to attract our attention!

    *Big hugs* to you and C!

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    1. Hi Cin!

      We HAVE to catch up soon. It's been too long!

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  7. I agree that once in a while, we should just break away from the daily humdrum...it helps to clear our minds amd think better too! More importantly, i think C is filled with joy just having you by his side! Love the pics!

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    1. Shermeen, I think more than it made him happy, it made ME happier :)

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  8. We all need breaks and especially for working moms to recharge and spend time bonding with the kid. Glad that you did that. Hope you are refreshed. :)

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    1. Hi Lynn!

      Yes I was... and I still am! :)

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  9. Felt very happy when reading this post. So apt coz I was filled with frustration with the routines of life. Work, chores, baby, work chores baby. Baby is all fun but i feel bad that I can't entertain her wholeheartedly at times coz my mind is on something else. I so need to recharge too!! m tempted to take a week off after reading ur post...but i suppose i'll probably be able to only squeeze out a day. I need my ME DAY badly!!

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    1. Hi Janice!

      Take the day off. It does wonders I tell you!

      The break off work actually made me regain my focus and just gave me time to breathe. Very therapeutic, especially when things become such a routine they become chores!

      Sorry this reply is so late... but I hope you DID take some time off, too :)

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  10. Nice to hear that you've recharged. We all need that once in a while. He looks so happy!and when they fall asleep in our laps.. Aww.... I think poppy only did that once but calla falls asleep on me alot. So nice

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    1. It's an indescribable feeling, ya? Like they are completely ours :)

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  11. It's definitely important for us to recharged. When we take care of ourselves first it also means being able to take care of our family. :-)

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    1. I agree, Agy! When we're happy, our family is happy, too!

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  12. Hi, you are a working mum blogger too! Most bloggers I come across are SAHM. Yes, we do need to recharge sometimes, it's important especially we are holding 2 jobs: working and being a mum and maybe 3rd job: blogging! To recharge is to walk further down the road like what the Chinese saying goes. Take care!

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    1. Hi ya!

      Thanks for stopping by to leave a comment. Sorry this reply is sooooo late - but I must have missed it!

      For me, blogging is a way to remember milestones and his growing up years. No matter how tired I am (I'm sure you know!) I will always set aside time to blog after the boy sleeps because I count it as my ME time.

      Sometimes, when I recount the events of the day - I forget what it was that might have made me so mad :)

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