Give yourself a break

give yourself time

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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?



  1. November 13, 2014 / 09:58

    Favourite ‘me’ activity has to be a cup of tea, one of my favourite magazines, and a craft on the side (currently crochet and cross stitch!) I think ‘me’ time is so important not just for mums but dads and the kids too. Family life can be crazy and we all need to recharge batteries once in a while!

  2. November 13, 2014 / 20:18

    Sounds perfect and it is so important when you’re pregnant, it’s such hard work. I definitely like the sound of having another one when my two are old enough to let me go for naps ;) x

  3. November 13, 2014 / 22:30

    So good that you’re making time for you. We all need to build up our resources before we can give to others.

  4. November 14, 2014 / 13:57

    I really needed to hear this. I’m not pregnant but I really need to give myself a little break soon as I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed! x

  5. November 14, 2014 / 23:26

    sometimes it’s hard to do it, but ‘me time’ is so important!

  6. November 16, 2014 / 00:47

    I totally agree – it such a roller coaster and the best thing is to listen to your body and take some time out for you when you can

    Laura x

  7. November 16, 2014 / 21:07

    I had such a hard time getting this message to sink in for myself but I think I’m finally there now.
    For my “me time” it’s all about a hot bath and a book – bliss!

  8. November 17, 2014 / 10:59

    Going for a run. Husband has been a way a lot recently so it’s just been me and Ted. By the end of last week with loads of stresses, technical difficulties etc ( Ted started Interhigh) and me being the only available responsible adult 24/7 I was ready to get out for an hour of running on Saturday once hubby was back…bliss!

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