Growing another human in your tummy can be hard work. Whether it’s your first or your fourth… you still get tired, emotional, achey and naggy. When I was pregnant the first time, I kept getting told to rest. And yes, it’s much easier to rest if it’s just you. But I really didn’t ‘get’ just how important some down time was. By the time you’re pregnant a second/third/fourth time… adding in one/two/three other kiddos…. rest becomes *really* important and way more difficult to get!
Thankfully, this pregnancy, my other three kiddos are that bit bigger. Last time I was pregnant with Baya, I had a 4 and 2 year old, so grabbing half an hour to myself, or a sneaky nap was pretty impossible. This time, with 11, 8 and 5 year olds, it’s a little easier. Of course, there is always something else I should be doing, but I’ve finally realised just how important allowing myself a little rest actually is. In the early weeks, I would go for a little nap, leaving everyone engrossed either in their games or, occasionally, a movie. Knowing Lola is big enough to get drinks/snacks should they be needed, and grateful that my girls understood that Mama really needed that nap ;)
Now, I’m not so in need of a nap, but I still try and grab a half hour once or twice a week. I go hide in my room, curl up with my maternity pillow, read a book, browse Pinterest, journal or just enjoy the peace and stare out of the window!
Those half hour windows of me time are bliss. I know that I’m a better Mama for taking a little time out, a little space to chill and just breathe. To be just *me* instead of Mama. With a husband who is mostly out of the house, and three kiddos home 24/7, my me-time has to be at home, no sneaking off to a coffee shop for cake for me! What is your favourite ‘me’ activity?