Mommy Mode and Recharging
I am one of those Moms that can have a difficult time taking the time to relax. When the baby goes down for a nap, in my head I'm immediately like, "I should change and get my workout done. What am I going to make for dinner? What can I prep now? I should grab a basket of laundry and put a load in the wash. I should put the lunch dishes in the dishwasher. My garden needs to be weeded, if I don't get out there and do it, all of my flowers are going to suffocate by the weeds and die. My bathrooms need cleaning. Dang it, the sheets on the beds should be changed too."
The list never ends.
I am very fortunate that I have a husband that doesn't come home from work expecting the house to be cleaned and the laundry to be done and dinner to be on the stove. He comes home expecting that Isaac and I had a good day together in whatever we chose to do and that I took time FOR ME.
There are times when I scramble to get everything done because that's what makes me feel good at that time, but that's not every day.
A good reminder for me is now that we've hit the two year old mark and independence and stubbornness is in full force, there are days when Isaac goes down for a nap and I'm like "Okay, good. Hopefully he'll wake up and be in a better mood so we'll have a good afternoon." Maybe though, I should be saying that to myself too. Maybe I should be saying, "What can I do at this moment that will improve my afternoon? What do I FEEL like doing (instead of what SHOULD I be doing?) Our children pick up on our moods very easily and as much as Isaac needs an afternoon recharge nap, I know I need to recharge as well.
Yesterday, my recharge was working out and epilating my legs.
Today, it's sitting here with a glass of lemonade thinking about all the Mommy's out there that are just like me. No one is perfect. No one "has it all together" no matter what they portray on social media. We are all alike and we all need that rest and recharge time.
If you're house is a disaster right now but you need a rest, take that rest.
If it's difficult for you to take some time to relax, remember it isn't just for you, it's for your family too. They need you at your best and your best is recharged ❤