I dubbed yesterday “Mom day”. What does that mean? Well, it means that after a long week of taking care of my granddaughter, who I love dearly and most days really enjoy taking care of her (with the exception of the days when she refuses to nap or be put down), and with taking care of my amazing husband who has been in bed for close to 2 weeks with a leg injury, as well as getting up at 5 am everyday to get kids up and off to school for their early band practices and all the other household and shopping duties I am officially tired!! My husband helps out so much around the house and with the kids, I am not used to doing what I do and what he does. Even though there are many things that just cannot be done since I cannot do them due to my physical limitations.
I got very frustrated this past week when every time I had a blog post idea something came up or I got my laptop set up and ready to write and the baby woke up from the briefest of naps. I wanted to read some other blogs and even simply taking a shower was put off a couple of times because I did ALL the other things and was just too tired to even take care of myself.
Now don’t get me wrong here….I love that I am able to stay home and take care of my house, kids, husband and granddaughter. Sometimes I just need a break. We all need a break occasionally. We are not machines. I may be part of a minority where I don’t have the desire to go someplace else to be “alone”. I actually love being around my family. I just would like some help from the able bodied peeps in my house. Honestly they do help somewhat, but often times nothing is done completely. I end up finishing what they started out of frustration.
You see, I am a neat freak, I always have been and I can’t help it. I enjoy having my house be tidy and for the most part cleaned up at all times. Now I am not saying that my house is pristine and sterile. But, I do try to pick up after myself (and everyone else). I stash dirty dishes in the dishwasher after they are rinsed. I wipe the counters off after I spill something. If I take something out I put it away when I am done with it. To me it just makes sense. I am sure I have been called names or been chastised behind my back for my desire to be tidy. I do not however impose my values of a neat home on others. I accept everyone’s cleaning or not cleaning style. To each his/her own, as they say. I am not perfect, I have plants that need watering and laundry piled in the basement just to name a couple of things. I don’t dust nearly enough. My dresser drawers are definitely not organized but there aren’t clothes hanging out and my motto has always been that as long as the common areas that company can see are neat, I don’t sweat the rest.
So yesterday I took the day off to just do whatever I want. I enjoyed some quiet coloring and coffee by myself in the peace of the sun room while I watch the birds peck at seed from the feeders. 🙂 I also took a long, luxurious shower. (I wish we had a nice bathtub because I would have soaked in there with a glass of wine and some music). I also got to watch an entire Bruins hockey game on TV and they WON!!! Dinner was easy to heat up stuff and then back to snuggling with the hubs while we watched the Oscars!
Do you find time for yourself on a regular basis? What kind of things do you like to do?
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