There was a point in time in my life where I spent a ridiculous amount of time (and money) getting ready to leave the house. I would use my weekends to get my eyebrows waxed, spring for a pedicure, and then stop by my local Starbucks to catch up with a friend. Those days are looooonnnng gone and replaced by yoga pants and laying around if I manage to get a few precious moments to myself.
Why am I thinking about this you may ask? Because several times since the birth of my little girl (my second child), I’ve been told that I need to take time for myself. That sounds like a good idea, but is easier said than done. My husband runs his own business and so I tend to have the kids the majority of the time (the evenings and paid holidays off). And let’s be honest ladies, moms tend to shoulder most of the work when it comes to raising kids anyway in addition to working full time and trying to maintain a tidy household.
Having a full plate already, I was surprised to keep hearing that apparently I had all this extra time left to take care of myself. It sure didn’t feel like it, but maybe everyone else was on to something. I decided, what the hell, I’m going to spend the next two weeks seeing if time for a mom of two small children is even possible.
Here is what I learned:
- Moms tend to shoulder a lot of the responsibilities of the household — physical and mental work.
- Breastfeeding an infant is far more complicated and time consuming than new moms are led to believe. I can see why most women quit.
The first week of my experiment was really eye opening.