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Enjoy your respite, however you choose to use it!
I think every parent struggles with choices made regarding one child or the other. On a smaller scale, my older son still goes to preschool two days a week while the younger stays here with me everyday. Since I am a teacher and only a SAHM in the summer, I feel strange sending the older off--even if I think it it is the best choice for him right now. I try to rationalize it in my brain by thinking that Mason had me to himself for 3 1/2 years, so it's ok that Miles gets a bit of Mommy time too. Some days that works, some days not so much.
I love hearing about both of your kiddos!

you bring back good memories of when I was a respite worker. valerie

I just took Evan to his first "respite" event...a Parents Night Out sponsored by a local respite agency and hosted at a very nice Methodist church. I'm not sure how I feel about it...almost guilty that he took three hours away from a parent that really needs a break. So I get the conflicted-ness. :)

Oh it's never easy these choices we have to make as parents; and if you are an over-thinker like me than you'll always wonder if you are making the right ones...

Do not feel bad--remember that today's "institutions" look more like a home, and there may or may not come a time when Elias needs some minimal support to live independently. Nobody has a crystal ball.

For now, remember that although the respite is for you, the services are a way to expand Elias' world. As he gets older, he may have a day habilitation provider that introduces him to activities you wouldn't.

For now, go ahead and take that nap. Take up the neigbor's offer to "watch Olive sometime," and make the appointment at the same time the respite provider comes. Make an appointment for a massage, a manicure, a lunch date or a nap. This time is for you!

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