Hey, all you Mommies out there...Yes... YOU!
Please, don't forget to take time out for yourself. As a first-time Mom to a newborn, I remember leaving my son for a few hours and it was the hardest thing in the world. The thought of a date night with my husband or a girls night out wasn't appealing at all, because it meant I would have to leave my precious little baby. Maybe I was *a little* over-protective, but I know I'm not the only woman who has gone through this.
In 5 years, it's amazing how things have changed. I still love my precious babies (both now pre-school age). And, there are times when I still miss them like crazy if I'm out without them. But, I can definitely appreciate a few hours of me-time.
Here are some of my favorite ways to re-energize and relax:
* If you've never done a Zumba class, you have to try one. Go with at least one friend, because it is so much more enjoyable when you have a pal to sweat & smile with. Zumba is so much fun that you don't even realize you're getting exercise. I learned that every Zumba teacher has their own unique style and music selection. So, if you go to one class and don't like the instructor, give it another chance with different instructor.
*Three words: Girls Night Out! Before I was married with children, a G.N.O. usually meant drinking with my girl friends at a friend's apartment, taking a taxi to the bars, then more drinking and dancing until the bars kicked us out. Those were nights to remember ; ) Now... my friends and I sneak out during a weeknight, possibly have a drink, and share some appetizers at a local restaurant. It's quite a change from a pre-kid G.N.O., but it still makes me happy, and I don't have to deal with a wicked hangover. It's cheap and cheerful female bonding!
* Grab the stroller and go on a walk with a friend or neighbor. When the weather is nice, take advantage of it and get outside. You might be thinking "How is this me-time when I'm with the kids?" But, here's my reasoning: 1) A walk gives you a chance to listen to the birds, enjoy the views, and breathe the fresh air. These are things you might often overlook while getting caught up in chores and changing diapers. 2) You're pounding the pavement and strengthening your body. It's empowering to know you are literally taking steps to be healthier and look better. 3) While you're walking, you can talk with your friend. Your baby might have fallen asleep in the stroller or older kids may be completely mesmerized with their surroundings. It ca be a unique chance to have an adult conversation without getting interrupted.
No matter who you are, or where you live - Mommy me-time is a must! If you have any other ideas for Mommy me-time, I'd love to hear them.