Monday, May 20, 2019

Motherhood Monday: On Taking a Break

Yesterday Jeff took Mia to his parents' house, and I was all by myself. I mean, Jeff has watched Mia before, but this was literally the first time I'd been in the house without her since she was born.

I thought about just laying around, but since I have a lot of quiet time in the house already while Mia naps and since I have a hard time relaxing these days because I always feel like I need to accomplish something when I have a moment, I decided to get out by myself and hit the town.

I took myself to brunch at Gather, which normally would be impossible to walk in and get a table on a Sunday morning but since I was by myself I was sat immediately. I know a lot of people feel awkward going out by themselves, but I have always weirdly enjoyed it. I sat at the bar and sipped a bellini, did a little people watching, took my time ordering and eating, and made some progress on The Overdue Life of Amy Byler, which, coincidentally, is about a mom on "momspringa" where she takes a vacation from her regular life. I wasn't ready to go home after that, so I wandered down the street into a coffee shop and a few shops, and decided to treat my neglected nails to a mani pedi.

And you know what? The day was so nice! I missed Mia of course, but just a few hours completely to myself (that didn't revolve around a doctor's appointment) were so refreshing. I, like a lot of moms, have an issue really letting go and letting someone else be completely in charge of my kid. Even though Jeff is amazingly helpful, I'm always going, going, going when I was at home. I didn't realize how much I needed a break until I got one!

So to all of you mommas out there, remember to get yourself some me time whenever you get the chance. Just like putting on your oxygen mask before your kid's in the airplane, it's important to take care of yourself so that you can better take care of them!

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