Moms, where do you find your ME time?
It's Monday and it kind of feels like yesterday was Monday too. Time flies by, housework piles up, the kids homework, grocery shopping, endless household projects need tending to AND I work from home. Oh and I have a husband who needs attention too.
So where do I find time for just ME? Sometimes peace and quiet and the house all to myself means I can lose myself in work, and I often consider that ME time. However lately I feel like I need more than that, I need time to dedicate to myself. I'd love to exercise more, maybe practice yoga at home or go to a yoga class once a week, take up a sewing project or read a book.
The problem, my ME time is at night, after the kids go to bed, when my husband is on shift at work and then...I'm so tired all I want to do is lie on the couch and watch Destination Truth or any other mindless reality tv. (I'm a sucker for reality mystery shows) So I lay on the couch and although it is restful, I don't do anything productive for myself, for my sanity.
Then, all too often I wake up and feel like I stayed up way too late and dream of days when I used to get to sleep in.
This is kind of a whine I know. I don't mean to complain but I do like to commiserate from time to time. Do you struggle with finding time just for you and your interests? How, when and where? Share with me your routine and woes!
Rachel A. Date 1/13/2014
I know that it doesn't help much now, but time management gets easier the farther from babyhood you get. At least, that's what I keep telling myself. I just had my fourth after seven years of no babies...so I am still living in "no sleep land" but I know it will get easier. I read while I nurse.
Erin Rothfus Date 1/13/2014
I always count on nap time for "me time", but it usually gets filled with chores or being sucked into the internet (like now!). There is an art project I have been wanted to get started on, but getting all the materials out and worked on and them completely cleaned up and put away before my curious toddler wakes up seems like more work than it is worth most days!
Carissa Joslyn Date 1/14/2014
Woo! destination truth is my favorite show! LOL
I don't really get "me" time. I'm a single mom of two boys (4 and 1)The father is not in their lives. Sometimes I get to take a shower, but the youngest is always with me. My oldest has mild brain damage due to heath problems and i can't trust him with my youngest. I'm exhausted by 4-5 pm and ready for bed. & i go to bed as soon as the baby goes
Jessi Date 1/14/2014
Mine are 8, 4 and 4 months and my me time is still after they go to sleep. It used to be 8:00 meant kids were in bed, I'd finish up cleaning house then get an hour or two to myself at night to read a book, take a walk (if my husband was home) or do whatever I wanted to do. Now I'm lucky if I don't pass out on the couch before 7 pm
Mary Date 1/14/2014
I try to get me time when I have the opportunity. If that means watching a show instead of scrubbing the floors, then so be it.
Kim H Date 1/14/2014
I really don't have me time. By the time I get the boys to bed I am ready to crash myself! Sometimes I go to the store by myself on the weekend when my husband is home! :)
Kristal Dull Date 1/15/2014
My daughter is 6 months old, and my husband works pretty long hours so "me time" is few and far between. I'm sure that will get better as she gets older. Right now my me time is after she goes to bed I take a long hot bath and read. Nice and relaxing :)
Melissa McCarty Date 1/15/2014
what me time? what is this me time you speak of?
Nichole Ringler Date 1/17/2014
Recently my daughter who is almost 2 has stopped taking naps on most days, which was when I previously was having the majority of my me time! So now I take it on those precious days that she does decide to crash. My me time has been diminishing!
Charity B Date 1/17/2014
I feel the same way. Me time for me is anytime I can focus on something without having to listen out for babies. :)
Christina prust Date 1/17/2014
Me time is also night time... I sneak goodies so I don't have vultures begging.
Caitlin Gramley Date 1/17/2014
I have two boys. One still naps and one is slowly getting out of naps. I do "quiet time " for him now. That is a time when he gets to play in mommy and daddy's room. I put him on our bed with his leggos and some books and let him have some time to himself. Sometimes he will lay down and fall asleep. This is when I try to get some time to myself. But lately he comes out of the room several times and doesn't want to cooperate. So my "me time" is either cut short or constantly interrupted.
Tara E Date 1/17/2014
My almost 4 year old hasn't napped in a year, and can rarely be convinced to have quiet time. My 6 month old naps well, thankfully, but no more than 2 hrs at a time. Doesn't leave much time for getting stuff done and trying to keep the older on happy. My me time usually ends up being after 10pm, when kids are in bed.
jilliann m Date 1/17/2014
i have lucked out as my 3.5 year old still naps- or at least has a time where she's in her room. i'm due with a baby in 8 weeks though so i'm hoping the new baby will eventually get a nap at the same time.
Rachel N Date 1/18/2014
This is me too. By the time the kids go to bed I am so wiped that all I do is lay on the couch and watch TV. I long for the summer so bad. At least when it is still nice out it makes you feel like doing more than laying on the couch.
Jamie Date 1/24/2014
Thanks so much for this post. It's the same way I feel right now with a 2 month old and 2.5 year old. Right now, the "me" time I'm looking for is time to sleep and time to really clean my house without having to feed baby, play with toddler, or answer questions hubby asks me about doing those two tasks lol. I'm not a working mom, so I really can't imagine how much harder that is, be it from or outside the home.
Peta-Gaye Daniel Date 12/10/2014
"Me time" is so important, but is such a struggle for us moms.