Monday, June 1, 2009

Getting that ME time you deserve


So after almost four months of always being home bound, huzzy and I went out ALONE for the first time since our lil miss arrived. I had a fabulous time, which made me remember what it felt like to feel like the ME still exists in my life. It also got me thinking about just how much some ME time can really help to lift a mother's spirit.

Now you may be thinking, where do i get the time? Seems complex, but its pretty simple really-JUST MAKE IT. Hard i know, especially since i've struggled with having my little one (LO) out of my view or away from me for any period over a few minutes. But then something clicked off somewhere in me and i realised that with the thrills of motherhood i had somehow become drained, dragged and in a bid to always be motherly, i'd somehow forgotten what it was like to be ME. So after the struggles that got me to eventually realise that LO would be just fine if mommy went out alone, i've narrowed down the 'journey' to 5 simple steps:
1. Plan Ahead:
Make an appointment even, pencil it in your busy schedule or block out that section as ME time on your Bberry.While you're at it, plan your outfit too, just to heighten the excitement of being out again.
2. Make SECURE arrangements:
Have a responsible individual on hand to take care of your little one for you. This may require you introducing the 'sitter' to LO in advance to see how the child responds to him or her.
3. Carefully Brief the Sitter:
This is particularly important if you have younger LO's. Let the sitter know what schedule the child is on (bedtimes, playtimes, feeding periods etc). Also be sure to leave ALL forms of contact so you can be reached in case of an emergency.

4. Make a big Deal:
About you going out that is-Tell your friends, call up the person you're going with and let them know how excited you are to be going. Making a big deal will help to keep the tempo up even when you're drained after a sleepless night with your LO or after picking up toys or your child from afterschool care.

5. Enjoy yourself:
This you need to do since the entire point of being out was to really have a good time. I stuck to this rule so much that even though other persons at the event seemed a little bored, Huzzy and I went home all happy after a night well spent. Oh and for those of you who are new moms and breastfeeding, remember you can have a reasonable amount of alcohol, but try to consume this after a feeding session and at least an hour before the next feeding session is due.

So now that you know it's this easy to get some ME time. What are you waiting for? Get on out-go to the beach, go for dinner, get a spa treat or if only for one night go on and Live La vida Loca.

XO
Shan

1 comment:

Natecia said...

I find this to be a very useful piece. I love it :-)

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