Monday, June 17, 2013

Mommy burnout

If you're a parent, I'm sure you know what I am talking about. You get caught up in the day to day of life. Before you know it, chores have piled up, the checkbook needs to be balanced, and you wake up at 5:30 a.m. wheezing from your allergies. At least that was my problem this morning.

This month has been pretty busy for us. Matt is in t-ball two nights a week. It's totally thrown our schedule off, so we're busy running here and running there. Since my husband works such long hours, sometimes I am carting all of the kids alone. I am pretty luck that they've been extremely well behaved most of the time. I come to the games prepared with snacks and drinks and that does the trick to keep them nearby. It also helps that the baby isn't mobile yet. Even so, the Mei Tai would be my best friend in keeping her contained.

In addition to t-ball, Matt also had a birthday last week and we had his party with some friends over the weekend. We definitely had fun. Our parties used to be a lot bigger, but we've scaled them down now. This year, we did it a lot cheaper without any decorations. We just did a simple cook out at a park and let the kids play. Nothing fancy. I think it's better that way. We had less to plan, less to haul, and more time to visit with our friends who we don't see very often.

After all of this and waking up to a messy house yesterday, I just felt like I needed to break free. We had an issue with a gas station in town only charging us for our snacks over the weekend and not our gas, so I had to run back in town just to correct that. I only took A Man with me since the baby was sleeping. I started driving around town just to clear my head a bit and wound up at a friends house. Although I ended up staying late, it was nice just to visit a friend and not have to thing about life for a bit.

While being a mom and mom is the most important thing in my life, I've realized I have to take care of me, too. That means eating a healthy diet, taking time out to do things I enjoy, socializing, and just making sure I keep my stress level down.

Happy mommy equals happy babies, right? What do you think?

8 comments:

  1. I can totally relate! Especially for summer time! We are out for lacrosse 4 times a week and soccer 1x a week!!! Its a lot!

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  2. That's the hardest thing for us as moms- we give, give, give until we're just dog tired.
    Definitely take a little time for you!

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  3. Ugh sadly I get it. My husband works a pretty hectic schedule between the Navy & the railroad, so I am always on my own without a break!

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  4. Oh I can SO relate! But you do need to take care of YOU. Happy Mom definitely equals happy every body else ;)

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  5. Absolutely--take care of yourself so you can be the best mommy you can be!

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  6. You do sound busy and happy mommies do make happy babies (and hubbies too). :)

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  7. I can totally empathize with you! I was suffering from serious mommy burnout a couple of weeks ago. I recently forced myself to join a gym and take a few U-Jam (dance) classes a week. It's only an hour 3X/week but it's the most "me time" i've taken since I became a mommy!

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    1. I wish I could do that! My husband's work schedule doesn't allowfor it though and we have no childcare. :(

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