Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Me Time

Is there really such thing as Me Time when you have small children?  I don't think so, at least not in the way that it once was.

When I was single and newly married (i.e. before I got pregnant!), "me time" consisted of going for a pedicure, out to lunch or dinner, going to a movie, hanging out with my friends or just doing something by myself - whatever I wanted.

The big kids have been dressed, fed, combed, kissed and sent out the door to school.  The T.V. is playing Sesame Street for Libby and Elliott is hanging out in his bouncy seat, happy as a clam.

I have a bit of quiet, so I sneak to the computer, sit down with my green smoothie in hand, and start to process what I've been feeling.

What do I want to write about?  What has been weighing on my heart and mind recently.  I start to write, then see that I have a new message in my inbox, so I go check it.  Then I remember I needed to check my editorial calendar to see what else I need to get written and for whom.  Ooh, another email, this time telling me about a great sale on fabric.  I need some new skirts, something that fits me and will keep me cool and looking chic in this unrelenting hot weather.  I click the link, go drool over fabric, then come back to write more.

And just as quickly as it comes, my "me time" is gone.  Libby is asking for a vitamin, I give it to her.  Then I sit again and she is moving my chair and wants something to eat, wants a kiss on her finger, wants my attention.

Now my children want "Me Time" too.  They win.



12 comments:

nicole said...

You're writing my life here. Except I think you are much more generous with your time.

Ivey League Mama said...

That last sentence is absolutely perfect.

Mommy Mo said...

Ahhhhh yes, the proverbial me time. And one day, when we have as much me time as we could ever want, we won't want it anymore, lol.

Gretchen said...

Yes. Exactly.

Heather EO said...

OH HOW WE HEAR YOU. I love this.

Life After Piggie Smalls said...

I love this part: And just as quickly as it comes, my "me time" is gone ~ so very true. And I love the last two sentences...your posts always get me thinking and remembering what's important <3

CJ said...

I always figure my "Me Time" can come when my children are grown, figuring out how THEY can get their own "Me Time" (hmm, by calling Grandma!)

Elaine A. said...

I have a little "me" time each week now that all kids are in school at the same time a few hours a week. I covet it. You'll get back there someday... and then you might wonder what to do with yourself. ;)

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Tom and Juli said...

I try to get out once a week while my husband stays home with the kids, and it's so nice to have that time... But I do miss not having to plan for me time, to just take it whenever I want. But hey... Kids are worth the sacrifice. :)

-Juli

mommabird2345 said...

I totally get this. *sigh*

Jade @ Tasting Grace said...

Oh I totally know how that is. And I don't even have kids!