You remember the days of realizing you didn’t take a shower all day, brush your teeth, wash your hair or even eat all day. But that little beautiful life you just brought in the world had been fully feed, burped, washed and probably had several naps. You know what I’m talking about because some of you are probably still doing it!
Well, Its been almost two years since I have seen a dentist. Why? its called having a infant kid! And I was that mom I just described above. I have to to tell you, I’m learning everyday how important it is to take care of mommy. Because if mommy isnt doing well, then the whole damn thing falls apart.
Over the past week I have scheduled several cleanings, fillings and teeth whitening. Yesterday, I had my first appointment in a series of appointments and the new dentist I met was beyond hilarious. Not only did she apply a local anesthesia to numb the gums, she also numbed and brought some perspective on motherhood.
So what do I mean by this. Well, its so easy to get caught up in the day to day activities of your children and family. I don’t think I need to go down the list. You’re a mom, you know what I’m talking about. But what happens is that we loose sight of who we are. We’re so focused on everything and everyone that we forget about number one. I get it, you don’t want your family to be deprived. So you put on your super woman cape and you make shit happen.
My dentist who happens to have 3 kids and two are 18 month old twins, said to me (while applying local anesthesia) “being a mom is great, but you can’t fucking do it all.” That of course opened the door to 45 minutes of candid and raw mommy conversation between myself, the dental hygienist and my dentist.
By the time they finished drilling in my mouth, sealing my tooth and polishing them I litterly felt like a new woman. They didn’t realize that the little mommy talk session had reinvigorated my perspective on motherhood and outlook for myself. These were two strong moms who through their openess reminded me that first, you don’t have to do
it all, and second you have to be good to yourself.
Simple reminders, but it was something I needed to hear. Needless to say, after weeks of being sick this winter I’m on mybway back to recovery and taking care of myself. I encourage you to take time out to reflect and go and do something for you! Go head…schedule that manicure and pedicure or something you really want to do.