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You Can't Pour From An Empty Cup

Laurie Cepkauskas

Parenting brings on another level of stress and anxiety. You enter into this new world of not knowing anything, responsible for a life and filled with "what-ifs". Having a medically fragile child intensifies every feeling and emotion.

I remember years ago, before I was a mother or a wife, perhaps before I was even able to take that first sip of alcohol. Stress to me was, Who was going to win Dancing With the StarsWhat am I going to wear to school the next day? I would stress over what my peers thought about me or if I would “fit in.” I remember that feeling so real but as I have aged, I truly believe stress changes as we grow up and are given different levels of responsibilities. 

Fast forward years later, now my stress is, will my baby be breathing after surgery? Will my son get bullied in school for having a special needs sister? Will my daughter adjust to this new medication or will her heart fail her again? Although stress may change over time, how you deal with it is what’s most important. 



For me, doing something for ME is what is important. Sneaking away for a pedicure or indulging in a glass of wine. Simply taking a few moments out of the week to do something for myself and breathe. I can’t stress enough how important it is to take care of yourself first. Put YOUR oxygen mask on before the kids because if you are not in YOUR best condition for your children, you cannot tend to their needs. I love the saying “you can’t pour from an empty cup.”

Another outlet that helps me manage my stress is writing. Our followers from Emily's Heart along with close friends and family are a stress reliever for me and updating them on our daily lives and developments brings a sense of security. We have built a social support network who LIFT US UP. Since I joined Team Baby Jack to contribute to blogs, it has been a therapy to continue to share our story with the social world.
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So while our “triggers” for stress may be different from each other, we can all agree on one thing, we need to remember to love ourselves. We fill our weeks of things that are necessary to our children’s health and well being, so why is it so hard to do that for ourselves too? Please remember to fill your cup so you can fill others too.


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