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one step at a timeLast month, my 2-year old returned to preschool and it has been life changing for both of us. While my 18-month old is super easy, he still requires hours of attention while I work from home. Today we started him in preschool part-time.

Today at lunch, I didn’t have to make sandwiches. There was no dirty floor to sweep or table to scrub. In honor of this glorious occasion, I grabbed my keys and ran out the door to the nail salon to enjoy my lunch with an uninterrupted foot rub and nail polishing.

My feet look horrendous. It’s been almost 2 months since my last pedicure. Feeling slightly embarrassed by the state of my feet, I explained to the woman doing my nails that I had 4 kids and no time to myself. She laughed and explained that she too had 4 kids. We sparked a nice conversation that changed my deep seeded “why did I leave my kid” feelings to “I am glad I took this time for myself.”

The lady’s 4 kids are all 2 years apart. (And somehow she looks 30 years old, when her oldest is 23 – I don’t get it!) She spoke of the younger years being the hardest and the older years the most expensive. She spoke of the constant battle for each child wanting attention and the mommy struggle with guilt and balance. And then she told me the best advice she had ever received in regards to parenting….

Take it one step at a time.

See, I knew God was saying I NEEDED a pedicure. These wise words hit me hard.

One step at a time.

Today is another step in our walk to raise these kids. For the last 18 months, he has been attached to my side and now it’s time to introduce him to the world (and let mom experience a bit of freedom).

I slowly inhaled 6 hours of freedom. It’s a feeling that I haven’t had in a long time and it was what I needed. Next week, we will shoot for 7 hours.

Read more from Molly at Digital Mom Blog where she blogs technology, parenting and geekery.

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