But I am trying to make more time for me (and the husband) so that I (we) don't lose my (our) mind(s). I struggled with this after Peanut was born. I felt guilty if I didn't spend every. single. waking. minute. with her or doing things for her or thinking about her. This does not a healthy momma make.
My priority is still my family as a whole but I am trying to take some time for me so I don't feel burned out and only ask for a break when I am at the end of my rope.
I hope there won't be an end of the rope anymore.
So here is what I am doing:
- I challenged myself to read 100 books in 1 year. Even though I consider myself an avid reader, I have never done this before. So far, I am a few behind pace but I have managed to read 27 books so far this year. For having a baby, a toddler, a husband a job, I am pretty proud of myself. I read while I pump. I read while I'm making dinner. I read while I'm feeding Gizmo. I read before I go to bed. (The husband may hide my Nook if I keep reading like this).
- I joined the gym at work. Why I haven't done this before is beyond me. We have a great facility that is directly below me. All kinds of work-out equipment and classes that include Zumba, pilates, yoga and high-energy aerobics. Plus it is super cheap and convenient. My plan is to go after work when the girls are in bed. Even if I can get on an elliptical (and read) for 30 minutes that will be better than what I am doing now, which is nothing. I need this as a stress reliever as much as I do to improve my fitness.
- I am planning a trip for the husband and me. We don't get much alone time together given our work schedules. By the time I get home at 10ish, it's time to get things ready for the next day, feed Gizmo and hopefully crash into bed by midnight. Usually the husband plans our trips. Come to think of it, I don't think I've ever planned one for us. Right now I'm leaning toward a long weekend in Nashville.
- I bought my plane ticket to go to The Blathering in October. Hillary and I had planned to take a trip together this fall when Erica encouraged us to sign up for The Blathering. With the hopes of meeting some lovely ladies that we have become friends with through the interwebz, we agreed Austin would be our destination.
What are you doing for you?