Taking Time for Me

Rebecca Toal by Rebecca Toal Additional Needs

Rebecca Toal

Rebecca Toal

Blessed, busy mum to four beautiful girls, the youngest with complex special needs due to extreme prematurity. We are always looking for ways to ma...

Life with four kids was never going to be a walk in the park J I absolutely LOVE being a mama and caregiver, but that doesn’t cancel out the stress or downright difficulty of it sometimes…

Since January 2018 in our house, we’d had repeated seizures and hospital admissions and appointments relating to epilepsy, a case of influenza A, a broken arm, three children’s birthdays, a severe mystery rash requiring hospitalisation with IV antibiotics - amongst all the usual busyness of everyday life with four children, the youngest with many additional needs.

I’ve had to cancel two separate trips!

The disappointment of not being able to make a flight to see your dear friends – one in Canada who is very sick, and one in London with a new baby, was unbelievable.

But staying home to look after your ill child takes priority. Sometimes it seems like déjà vu – or the ‘story of my life’.

Many tears were shed feeling sorry for myself and situation.

It’s a really helpless feeling when you’re stuck in a hospital, you know your daughter will be OK once the medicine kicks in and give it a few days, but in the mean time you’re missing your flight today.

I’m so thankful to report that all four girls are currently in good health!


I got to reschedule the London trip with my beautiful teen and had some wonderful times together! And I am finally taking the trip to Canada and the States next week!

When I got the girls back to school after Easter break this week, I set right off to finding some balance in my life between being a mother, housewife and caregiver.

I booked in to get my eyebrows done, have a lovely breakie out with my friend, and today I enjoyed an HOUR-LONG facial!

Thank goodness for some quiet hours while they are at school!

I think I would go insane if I didn’t get the break…

We all KNOW how important it is to set apart some ‘me-time’- it’s just a matter of doing it, isn’t it!

Please-  do look after yourself, or you’ll be too burned-out to be a good parent and caregiver to your little one!

Don’t ever feel guilty for spending time or money to get away from the everyday stresses in your life.

You do deserve it x


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