I’ve been feeling exhausted lately. Michael has been home with me for almost two weeks, it is ragweed season and my allergies have been flaring up, AND I got my period. All of these things are reasons for me to have turned in early to bed the last few nights, but I haven’t. Why, you ask? Well, I am a night owl, and when the house is quiet, child asleep, husband asleep, cat asleep, that is when I can unwind from my day. I am not always super energetic to do this after a busy day, but I am eager for the alone time that is sorely missed in the summer time. Some Moms can do this in the early morning if their kids sleep in, but alas, even when mine does sleep in now, he goes to bed around 9:30 or 9:45 pm. By the time I get myself ready for bed and finish things up, it is late. I am not eager to get up at 6:00 am the next day to have that time then, and when I have tried, sometimes Michael has heard me and gotten up anyway. Sigh. So I have reverted to staying up a little later to have that me time to read, and occasionally when I have energy, to write. It takes its toll on my energy level by late in the day (can everyone say lots of COFFEE) :), but it sure is nice to give myself that break when I do.
Next week school starts, so I’ll have time for me in the daytime again, but I still plan to make evening time for myself to unwind with reading, writing or even occasional tv. I am truly seeing how important that time is to help me weather parenthood’s storms and life’s storms. I am able to decompress from the day, and see where I am at, and where I am going. Then I can be the best person I can be for me and best parent for Michael.
What time of day is your favorite one, Exceptional Moms? Are you an early bird or night owl, and how has that changed since your children came into your lives? Whatever time is best, remember to make that time for you, even if it is only ten minutes or so. You’ll see how much better you’ll feel the next day, and how much more patience you’ll have for your child. Until next time.