Mommy Mondays (my 2018 goal to make sure that I have a couple hours of personal time every week) officially began a few days ago! It’s my slightly-desperate, oh-so-needed attempt to provide myself with moments in which I can breathe… regroup… and pee alone. I don’t think it’s too much for any mom to ask for. But sadly, so few moms get to have that.
I am SO blessed to be married to a man who not only understands that I need time for myself, but who also encourages it. He gets it. Happy wife; happy life. Seriously, men, if your wife is nagging and complaining about how much she has to do all day, just send her out of the house for an hour or two of alone time. I promise you she’ll come back with a smile on her face and a bounce in her step.
We’re moms. Not superhumans. We need breaks too!!
I quickly realized this week, however, that Mommy Mondays are going to find a new home on Thursdays. (I haven’t renamed them yet, so I need to get on that before next week. Ha, ha). But Mondays tend to be one of my busier days with the weekend laundry having piled up, meal prep for the week beginning, and piano lessons just around the corner. It’s hard for me to fully embrace the mental break if I have SO much on my to-do list. Thursday nights will be much easier for my schedule!
For this week, I stuck with my Monday night plans; since Nate will be busy on Thursday. To be honest, I almost decided to just start next week, because snow was falling pretty hard outside. And the kids were bouncing off the walls. By the time I helped get the baby to bed and Brady was finally settled down a bit, the time was already reaching 7pm. And I have a strict, must-wear-jammies-by-8pm policy.
This mama did not have the motivation or energy to clean out the car and drive somewhere in the cold.
In the end though, I decided that I couldn’t fail at my goal during the first week; because if I don’t prioritize it, it’s just not going to happen. Sooooo, I decided to lock myself in the upstairs bathroom for two hours. Now I realize how depressing this sounds, but – you guys – I may as well have spent the evening at the spa. (Well, okay, an evening at the spa maybe would have been a little nicer. HA!). BUT my night at home was honestly perfect.
I set myself up with a strawberry lemonaid and a little table for my laptop. I blogged, read blogs, scanned Pinterest, and then took a hot bath. It was two hours to myself during which I could sit still and just relax. I never in a million years would have thought that sitting in the corner of a bathroom could feel so amazing, but it sure did! Ha, ha.
I’m looking forward to going out next week, but I think that this week’s relaxing night at home was just what I needed!!