Recently a coworker asked me if I was still taking Wednesdays off (which I got to do for a few months after returning from maternity leave)... while I reminisced at how nice it was to have those days off with my girlie, I honestly responded, "no - and it's ok, I don't mind being back to work FULL full-time..."
While I would just adore the extra day to get shit done around the house (laundry, putting away the clean clothes that have piled up 3 loads high at the foot of my bed?!) I honestly don't mind working 5 days a week... (Of course, realize that on average, I'm off once every two weeks or so - kids' illnesses or doctor appointments, for which I take the whole day, or my doctor/dentist/dermatologist/ophthalmologist appointments...)
But again, why am I ok being away from my kids for 40 hours a week?!
While motherhood definitely defines who I am, it only defines PART of who I am as a person.
I'm also an avid reader, a crafter (hello crochet!), a pianist, and hobby-photographer.
I enjoy listening to music and having drinks with my girlfriends!
I am still a person, and believe that I can be a better mother if I take care of myself first - mostly mentally. (I was going to say physically too, but I guess I can mother just as well even when my eyebrows are woofing because I haven't had time for a wax salon visit... true story.)
I was thinking all of this as I read a favorite blog of mine, Enjoying The Small Things by Kelle Hampton... Her recent "10 Ways To Get Your Mom-Mojo Back" (yay for catchy click-able titles!) screamed for me to read, and the two most important take-aways I wanted to note:
My get-away is my work day (do I need it every day? ..... sometimes! lol)
And when I walk into the daycare and Ms. Mack spots my face for the first time... oh those smiles...
But the get-aways, no matter how long, short, or frequent, are important... because then, when we do THIS, it is that much sweeter:
So, tomorrow E heads out of town (across country actually!) until Sunday morning, and I've penciled in and booked a few close mom-friends and their babies for an epic-Going-With-No-Plan playdate on Saturday. What time?
Whatever time they want to come. lol
We'll take a field-trip to the post office Saturday morning, because there's a postal worker who wants to buy a Cincher (my new business! OMG! if you buy/wear LuLaRoe, you need one of these! They're custom-made!
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And then the day is our oyster... I think we're gonna paint some tushes and make these cute little Butt-kins with our friends!