As I mentioned in my post last week, sometimes Mom’s just lose their shit. And I am more than guilty of doing my share of that.
Being a full-time stay at home parent is hard.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m THANKFUL beyond all words that I am lucky enough to be able to do it. I am thankful that my husband and I can figure out a way to make our life together work on just his income alone. I am thankful that I have a son to enjoy (and a daughter on the way). I am thankful that for the most part he’s my awesome best friend forever. But that doesn’t mean it’s all sunshine and roses. It’s an often-thankLESS (especially in the years before your kid can even say the words “thank you”), 24/7 job, with no vacation or sick days.
Which is why today, on a Thursday, I’m being oddly thankful for Mondays. I know, I know, that’s not something you hear very often. Seriously, though. Mondays are quickly becoming my favorite day of the week! I’ll let that sink in for a moment…I’m actually THANKFUL for Mondays…
You see, Mondays are MY days. When the husband comes home from work, he’s on duty, and I get to clock off. Everybody needs self care from time to time, and when your days are run by the demands of a two-year-old, the only way you’re going to get “you-time” is to schedule that ish. So we’ve made a conscious effort to do so, once a week, every week. (When the second comes you better believe I’m stealing Thursdays off too, but we’ll start slow).
So today I am thankful for hot baths, chocolate, and the peace and quiet in which I get to read a book.
Today I am thankful for being alone.
I’m thankful for my husband who comes home after a long day, and picks up his second full-time job: parenting. I’m thankful that I don’t have to worry about what we’re going to eat for dinner. I’m thankful that I don’t have to COOK dinner. I’m thankful that when bedtime rolls around, I get to hug and kiss my sweet boy goodnight and go get in MY bed, and watch a blissful half an hour of television of MY choosing (sorry Paw Patrol*), without having to brush someone else’s teeth, sing songs, or read bedtime stories. As much as I LOVE doing all of those things, I’m also not immune to being thankful for getting a break from them, either.
Most of all I’m thankful that I am able to take advantage of the art of self-care, which is often seen as a luxury in this day and age – especially during the season of parenting small children.
What does self care look like to you? How do you make sure you get enough of it?
What are you Thankful for this Thursday? Share your gratitude in the comments, or by using the hashtag #ThankfulThursday on Twitter!