When we lived in Utah, it was no big deal to people that I was pregnant with my 5th baby. Seeing a Mom with more than 2 children was commonplace.
In fact, that I only had 3 children made people assume that I would be adding more to my brood. And a family of 4 or 5 kids was still a pretty small family.
I first noticed the attitude change when I would take my kids to the park in Texas. I would get looks, and of course, comments. "How many kids do you have?" "You're pregnant again?" "How do you do it?" "Are you done?". Then it was at the grocery store and library and now I expect a comment or two wherever I go.
These questions always make me chuckle inside, but have given me pause to really think about one of them. How do you do it?
It's true, I am busy. My kids are in swim lessons, and dance -- that takes up 3 nights a week. I have also been homeschooling for the last 2 months, and essentially have been ON 24/7.
How do I do it? Well, first I take it 1 day at a time. Sometimes 1 minute at a time, depending on how the day is going. I also rely on my husband and friends to listen to me rant, rave and cry when I need.
Most important though, I try to carve out a little "me" time everyday.
I am really lucky that I have a very supportive husband who gets that I need to have a break. When he comes home from work, we eat dinner, I bathe the kids and he cleans up, then he puts the kids to bed so I can decompress.
Some nights it is me sitting at the computer catching up on blogs and emails. Other nights I am sewing in my room with my headphones on. Other nights I am taking a bath in the dark with no one to bug me or distract me. It just depends on what I want and need to do that night.
I know this isn't always possible, so I take advantage of the gym. I try to go a few times a week (try is the operative word there) and know that I can rely on someone else to watch my kids while I take care of myself.
And that is what I think it boils down to -- taking care of myself. No one else is going to take care of me the way I need. So, I need to put myself first sometimes and do what I need to do to be a good wife and Mama.
How about you? What do you do to stay sane? How do you do it? We are all busy, we all have full lives, I want to know some of your tricks and ideas.
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