The week between Christmas and New Year’s is a strange week. Time seems warped as you lose track of the days. People’s daily schedules are changed with school out, families take vacation, some offices even close. It’s a week to relax, recharge, reflect, and get ready to start the New Year off on a good foot. My office is not one that closes, so if I want off, I have to use vacation days. I used to not want to use my vacation days just to have this week off. It seemed like a waste to use them if I wasn’t going away. The office would be quiet. It would be an easy week of work. I’d get to finally clean out the 9,000 emails (no exaggeration) in my inbox. But now that I’m a mom it’s a perfect opportunity to spend more time with my son. It’s also the perfect time to catch up on the long list of to-do’s that seems never ending.
So I took off this week and made a huge dent on my to-do list — things that were on my list for many, many months — and made time for family, and for a few friends I hadn’t seen in awhile. There are so many things I’ve had trouble getting to that it was stressing me out. My car needed work, I had gold to sell, gifts to return, holiday cards to mail, doctor’s appointments, haircuts, loads and loads of laundry, and other exciting stuff. My husband kept saying we were overbooking ourselves but when I look at our dry-erase board getting clearer and clearer, I know it was worth it. I didn’t really get to rest or relax as I would have liked on vacation, but I caught up. And in doing so, I’ve taken a huge burden off my shoulders and relieved some stress on the homefront. There is still so much to do but I feel a lot less buried.
Of course, on the other side of all of this is the work load I’ll have to catch up on that I’m well aware of as I saw the pings in my work email going off. The work will always be there, and I did my best not to check it too often, although there were some things that couldn’t wait.
But best of all, I got to be with my son a lot more than I usually do. Being a working mom, I miss out on a lot of the everyday things. There was a lot less rushing to get him dressed and out of the house in the morning, a lot less rushing to get him in the tub right when I get home from work. There was a whole lot more of enjoying being with him, and seeing his every day experience and how much he is growing right before my eyes. I learned more about his personality and more of the ways I can help him grow.
I wish I had more time regularly to be more attentive to him, but come Monday, I’ll be back to work, back to the everyday. I am already a productive person and will continue to be, but I will be sure to use my hard earned time off to do more for him and more for myself in the New Year.