There are only so many hours in the day and as mothers I believe that sometimes we stretch ourselves too thin and we tend to forget this. A typical day might look like this. You wake up at 5:00 a.m. shower and get ready for work, pack your lunch and the babies diaper bag for the sitter, you wake the baby up, get their diaper changed and them dressed and fed. You load the car up because you can't possibly carry your lunch box, coffee, diaper bag, pump bag and your 20 pound kid in their car seat at once. Finally after calming down your crying baby that hates sitting in their car seat you head to the sitters and then go work your regular 8 hour shift. At last 5 p.m. you're home free, but not before you sit on I-75 for an hour. Kill me now.
As soon as you walk through the door it's like the baby smells you and starts kicking and bouncing in excitement because they want the boob all before you even have 5 minutes to unwind. Then there is dinner, cleanup, and trying to find 5 minutes to cuddle with your significant other and talk about how your day went before going to bed.
Ugh. Aren't you exhausted just reading that?
This question came up in my local moms group that I am involved, "am I wrong for taking my child to daycare for a few hours on my day off?" Can you guess what we all said? HELL NO you're not wrong.
Sometimes we just need a second, a minute, or even a few hours to find ourselves again in the middle of our crazy lives and that's okay!
There is a saying "taking care of yourself is also part of taking care of your kids" and I couldn't agree with this more. Take an afternoon to pamper yourself go for a manicure and pedicure, shop, go work out or lounge in your pajamas on the couch eating ice cream at 10 a.m. if you want. This is all OKAY. You should never feel bad for taking time for yourself here and there, especially when this will ultimately better your family. We do need to try and to stay sane here right? Maybe you won't get aggravated so quickly when your toddler throws their sippy cup off the high chair for the 5th time in a row or when your husband forgets to take out the garbage.
Sometimes we just need to take a step back, slow down and remember we are only human. You're not alone in this, I promise you.
You're not a bad mom for taking the time to care for yourself 💜