On some days it feels like I can conquer anything that comes my way. Everything falls perfectly in place, and I feel so accomplished.
Over the weekend, I couldn't help but feel oh-so-satisfied with how I was chugging along. But I can't take all of the credit--my baby was in a great mood, which makes everything easier to handle. I spent a good portion of the day at work on Friday. We had a full weekend of activities ahead of us, so I knew I'd have to hit the ground running when B and I came home from work. My brother recently turned 21 and we were all meeting up at my mom's for pizza and cake that evening. Yeah...that brother. Talk about feeling old.
In three hours, I swept the house, washed dishes, did two loads of laundry (folded and put away!), made a birthday card, got presents together, scooped litter boxes...all while taking care of my 3 month old. Okay, so he was mainly sleeping and nursing in the Ergo. I love how babywearing helps me multitask!
But I can't be on top of my game 24/7. In order to function well during those fast-paced days, I have to allow myself some down time. On my days "off," B and I may lounge in bed until 10am. I realize that once he becomes mobile, this will no longer be an easy option. I'm savoring these moments. I'll drink a hot cup of coffee. If my husband is home, he'll hang with B while I take a bath. Or if B is fussy, we'll take a bath together while I nurse him. I tend to things s-l-o-w-l-y. Sometimes it's hard to give myself the breaks I need to recharge. My high expectations for myself leave me feeling mentally and physically burnt out. Seriously, it's these days when I'm running around like a crazy woman and realize I haven't eaten in 5 hours. Please tell me I'm not the only one who struggles with this terrible habit.
So, ladies....do this one thing for me. Take a look at this upcoming week and pick a day when you can carve some time out for yourselves. Find something that makes your heart happy. Get a pedicure, grab a drink with a friend, binge watch some Netflix, take a trip to Target sans baby. Walking up and down the aisles of Target never felt so good. Remember, you gotta take care of yourself before you conquer the world.