Originally Posted by Queen of Cups
I find that it is absolutely necessary for me to have 30-60 minutes a day by myself or just with other adults for me to be a really good mama (and after the kids are asleep it doesn't count, I'm exhausted by then!). But, I only get that 1-2 days a week, so I'm not a very good mama most of the time. I'm hoping once we get all caught up from moving that things will settle down a bit and I'll be able to have a few kid-free minutes every day.
I'm self-concious about even writing that out. I know that several of you probably think I really suck for wanting a few minutes alone each day,
No, I definitely don't think you suck, Jen
. I am so with you on needing a bit of alone time, and also agree that after dinner/bedtime just doesn't cut it. It is probably the #1 most important factor in keeping myself balanced, which is why I actually get up early 3 days a week and go for a walk/run in the park by myself for about 45 minutes before DH leaves for work. I've been doing it for a month now, and I swear it's changed my life! DH keeps commenting on how happy he is that I have been doing this because he can see such a huge difference in how patient, calm, tolerant, and balanced I am. Even my PMS has decreased remarkably! And even on your worst days, I KNOW that you are nothing short of a great Mama!Spughy!
I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you and DH!!Mel
, glad your trip went better than expected.
Hooray for good little travelers, huh?!Michelle
, I hear you on the whining. My child is a whiner of epic proportions, which is probably Karma, because I have a distinct recurring memory from childhood of my mother telling me to "stop whining!!!"
It really could be used as a form of torture, I'm convinced. I probably tell Brynn to use her "big girl voice" at least 200 times a day. She usually does, but she has to be reminded. So I know how it wears you down!!Helen
, how are you feeling today? How far along are you now?Fern
, thinking about you and hoping the move and settling process goes smoothly for your family!!DiD
, how was the rest of your birthday? Did you get to go out to dinner? Hope it was lovely!
Yesterday was probably one of the toughest on record for Brynnie B. She got to the point where she was literally writhing in pain on the floor, throwing herself down, wanting to be picked up, and just generally near hysterics for about 15 minutes. I gave her a dose of Motrin, and she was like back to normal within 10 minutes. I know she must have been in a lot of pain, so I did my best to Zen parent her all day (and last night too!). I was kind of pissed at DH though because he didn't even get home until almost 7:00, and then went to work out without even really asking me if it was OK, so I was wiped out and irritated for the rest of the evening. Gr! Husbands. Well, OK, he is pretty fabulous about 99% of the time, but that 1%....Gr!
I get to go get my hair cut and fixed up this afternoon, so I'm really excited about that! I'll post new pics later this weekend if I like how it turns out.
Oh how funny - I was just looking at the MDC forums front page to see if today was anyone's birthday, and I saw that it was one of my real-life friend's birthday, and I didn't even know.
Thanks for the reminder, MDC! Better head out and go send her an ECard.