Taking time for myself.

So I am coming at you surrounded by my favorite friends. My pillows. No one comforts me like they do, and I don’t get to spend nearly enough time with them.

I am typically in bed around midnight and up for the day by 6 am. I still cannot fit in everything I need to in a day. So as a result of never getting enough sleep, and resisting down time, the exhaustion has caught up with me. If you look closely you will see the extra baggage under each eye. You don’t get a matching set like that from sitting around the spa eating bon-bons. Those are like hard earned badges awarded after years of surviving never ending tantrums and fevers and bed wetting (the kids not me).

Normally I’d push myself hard to make the invisible blogging deadline I create for myself, but tonight, I am taking the night off. I am slathered head to toe with linaments and ointments that promise a restful night’s sleep. I have my cozy cup of tea and my over due library book I keep meaning to read. I am ready for some peace and quiet.

Until next week when I bring you something much wittier and with better spell check, I bid you adieu.

The Whatever Mom is a twin mom learning to let go of perfection. She shares her real life struggles with parenting through her blog and contributes her time and talents as a writer to Hudson Valley Parent and Masshole Mommy. When she isn’t writing you can find her chugging coffee, folding laundry and not judging other parents. Don’t forget to subscribe via email so you never miss a blog post again! You can also find her work featured on Mamapedia 

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42 Comments on Taking The Night Off

  1. We all need breaks sometimes and there is nothing wrong with taking one! I do it, too, from time to time.

    • Before I was a mom I was pretty productive too and thought I was super busy. I was busy, but I didn’t have to do all of it towing two additional humans along for the ride. 😉

    • Once the exhaustion catches me is when I realize I should take the night off. I need to be better about taking time off BEFORE I get too exhausted! LOL

  2. I often need a restart, or a mommy time out. A few times in the last couple weeks bedtime for the kids has come an hour early just so i didn’t kill anyone or lose my mind! Good for you for getting inwhat you need!

  3. I haven’t done something like this in a VERY long time. I need to disconnect and get to bed early, my body for sure needs it, so does my soul.

  4. We have the same schedule! I am up until midnight, then wake up at 6am too. However, last night, I went to be at 9:30 and let go of doing the laundry!

    • Sometimes you gotta let something go in order to take care of yourself! As long as everyone has a clean pair of undies for the A.M. it’s all good! 😉

  5. Having kids and working defiantly prevents me from having the proper 8-10 hours of sleep. Go you for having a cup of coffee and taking the night off.

  6. I totally agree with taking a night off! Parenting children is mentally exhausting. At night, I love to just do NOTHING!

  7. I SO agree with this! Sometimes you need to take a break. It’s hard to keep going at 100 mph all the time with kids, a husband, and the rest of your family depending on you.

  8. Sometimes you just have to take a day off. I love it. We need to take a day off and just relax when we can.

  9. I know how you feel about having an invisible blogging deadline. I think it’s great to have usually, but I have to learn to be flexible when life happens!

  10. I am with you staying up late and having to get up early, but still not being able to fit it all in. It is tough to keep up a mom schedule and get enough sleep!

  11. I sure need some time off!! I work 7 days a week two jobs and a blog it a lot and right now I am in need of a day off so I can just relax and enjoy myself a bit. We all need a day to ourselves once in a while 🙂

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