Today’s Back2Blogging topic is to do a repost of a post that you wish more people had read & to explain why it is important to you (that’s down at the bottom.)
Do you know how crucial “me time” is? I never did until I had a kid. Before the baby, I took all my free time for granted. I can no longer decide to go somewhere and just go; leaving my house is a HUGE ordeal now! I have to get the baby dressed, make sure the baby is fed, make sure the car is warm, make sure I have the diaper bag, make sure the diaper bag is full, make sure I have the car seat, make sure I have a blanket, make sure I haven’t lost my mind before I put myself behind the wheel…
It’s exhausting just to do a simple task. I know all the mothers/fathers are feeling me right now, especially the new parents. I totally took it for granted that running to the grocery store was such a simple task. Did you know that running out to grab something to eat used to be simple? That it is still simple for some people? I feel like I need to sleep for days after a drive thru at Wendy’s.
Anyways…Me time. Tonight I was actually able to have some of my first me time. It was amazing and so simple. I walked to my car carrying nothing but my keys & a purse. I started the car, with no one screaming their heads off because they were mad at me for putting them in their car seat, and I headed out of the garage to go do whatever I wanted to do for however long I wanted to (actually, I only had 2 hours, but still, it felt like FOREVER!)
Once I got home and walked back through my door I was greeted with two smiling faces and a puppy who was licking my feet to death. It was the greatest feeling. It was as though 132 minutes (the length of the movie I went to see) had completely lifted 7 months worth of anxiety, exhaustion, and stress. I felt like I could take on the world.
And that is exactly what I did once I got home…I took on the world, my world, one small task at a time. I cooked supper for my husband & me, fed & bathed the baby, gave the dog a bone, kept the baby from crawling out the doggy door, kept the baby from pulling the Christmas tree on top of himself, kept the baby from eating the dog’s food, etc etc etc….
So…to all you moms/dads out there who haven’t taken your “me time” in a while. Get back to it! Go do something for yourselves, go do something completely selfish, something you and only you enjoy. It will save your marriage, it will save your sanity, it will make you feel like a human being again.
And if you aren’t a parent yet, don’t take your time for granted! Go do something fun-even if it’s simple! Go now!
This post was important to me because:
1. I CONSTANTLY forget to do things for myself, to take some time for myself & just be me. I need to go out more even if it’s just a 30 minute trip to the bookstore. It’s crucial to staying happy, sane, & being a good parent, spouse, & person. I hope that by rereading this post I’ll remember to do that!
2. This post reminds me that I have come soooo far as a new mother. I really had a hard time adjusting to being a new mom, it was so strange to me to have this little life so dependent on me, especially when I was so used to just packing up & going wherever I wanted to. At the time, Lboy was about 7 months and in the 8 months since then he has become so much more independent. This independence has been revolutionary! Now all we need to do is add another baby (or 2) to the mix & start all over with the chaos! ha!
And I would like to wish an Amazing Birthday to the Most Supermom of them all-My mom! She survived raising 5 kids and we are all mostly normal and definitely amazing if I must say so myself! 🙂
Also, in celebration of SITS back to blogging week, I’m running a promotion on the Coco Chanel Package for $20 for this week over at Cutesy Couture Designs! If you are interested just let me know and we can get something going! 🙂 *istock photos & digital kits aren’t included in the discount price*