When does the practice of taking regular Mommy Time-Outs begin? You know, that selfish “me-time” that’s all about you and no one else? Is it when your children start school and you can now have more free time to yourself? Or before that, when they start talking and everything is “Mommy! Mommy! Mommy!” and you are certain your head will explode if you hear that name called out just one more time!
Maybe it’s when they start walking and getting into everything and you feel like you are on constant guard, never able to relax for even a moment, because inevitably THAT is when they decide to climb on top of the coffee table!
I submit to you that the need to take regular Mommy Time-Outs happens long before any of that. In fact, it begins before your little one is even born!
That’s right! The moment you have a little being growing inside of you, depending on you to feed and care for him or her, you are officially a ‘mother’. Making sure that you, the one being on this earth that this child depends upon is taken care of seems like a no-brainer but really, we are still often the last person we think about.
That’s why taking advice from other moms who have “been there, done that” is oh-so important for new moms, like this article “From Bump To Birth: 10 Tips for Maternity Leave”. You’ll notice most of the tips all evolve around the same thing – making sure that you, mom, have consistent down time.
When I was pregnant with my first, I literally worked up to the day before she was born. Granted, she was born a week early, but still, even one week to get myself ready, both mentally and physically, would not have been enough. And really, I shouldn’t have made my last day so close to my due date, for the very reason that she could come early! Sure enough, from the moment she was born, it was non-stop for me. I literally didn’t have “me-time” for almost the first two years!
Of course, hindsight is always 20/20, but suffice to say that when I finally learned that it was okay for me to take time for myself, I made the most of it, and still do to this day.
So, for all you Moms-To-Be and new moms, start now creating the habit of taking care of yourselves. Before you know it, the little one will arrive and all your plans will go out the window – but your habits will stay!