Hello out there, I haven’t posted in almost two months! I had mentioned previously I was taking time to be with my family and I’m happy to say it was well worth it. My husband has been at his dream job for a little over a month now, and I couldn’t be prouder of him. The strength and determination that man embodies is something to be admired that’s for sure.
Even though I brainstorm blog posts in my mind, usually while I’m trying to fall asleep, I couldn’t decide what would be a good topic for me to write about as I get back into the swing of things. I looked over some of my old ideas and came across the words “Take Care of Yourself”. Seeing as it is the beginning of a new year and being healthy and happy is at the forefront of my mind, taking care of myself seems like the perfect way to kick off 2015 on ohmMother.
Self-love, my liege, is not so vile a sin, as self-neglecting.
– William Shakespeare
Being a parent is quite literally becoming a person who “takes care” of a child. It’s as simple as that. You meet all of your child’s needs. Your duties as a caretaker include feeding, bathing, dressing, comforting, teaching, etc. And you take your duties very seriously. Before they are even born you research the best diapers, the best bath products, the best foods. You are determined to take care of this baby like no one has ever taken care of a baby before! And rightfully so. Your little one deserves all the love and comfort in the world, if not more.
But what about ourselves? When was the last time you researched the best “anything” for yourself? I order my daughters lotion offline because it isn’t sold in stores here, but I buy mine at CVS. I use a conditioning spray and comb my daughters super fine (extremely long for her age) baby hair at least two or three times a day. My hair is currently in a headband and bun.
Another example. I make sure my daughter meets her necessary requirement for vitamins every day. Every single meal she has includes vegetables and fruits. But for myself? I just eat whatever is quickest and easiest. Today my daughter had, not all at once, spinach, peas, pears, apricots, zucchini, squash, broccoli, apple, along with organic oatmeal and some whole-wheat pasta. What did I eat? Raisin Bran cereal, a banana, a bagel with cream cheese, diet coke and cheese pizza. That is extremely embarrassing for me to admit, but I’m trying to make a point here.
My daughter deserves to be taken care of and I’m beginning to realize, so do I.
If and when you have a child all the books and blogs you read will tell you to create a bedtime routine. A bedtime routine is extremely important for teaching your baby when its time for bed. After a nice warm bath you are to lotion baby’s skin (with organic lotion obviously), put on a nice clean diaper and some warm jammies. Then you are to give baby some milk, read a few stories, sing some lullabies and as your little one is beginning to drift to sleep, gently place them down drowsy and your baby will sleep like an angel. Ahhh.
Okay I may have gotten a little carried away there, but you get the idea. You are the caretaker and it is your job to make sure your baby is nice and comfy and relaxed so it is easy for them to fall asleep. The whole “getting ready for bed” process takes about an hour.
Now, when was the last time you did any of the afore-mentioned things for yourself? When was the last time you gave yourself 30 minutes, let alone an hour, to wind down before bed? I for one have no clue when or if I have ever done those things, or any combination of those things, for myself since I became a mom. But I struggle with being able to fall asleep every single night. Hmm. My nighttime routine includes washing my face, brushing my teeth and turning the baby monitor on. Maybe it is time for me to take a clue from all these parenting experts and start taking care of myself? I think so.
So for 2015 I’m vowing to do just that. I’m getting back into a regular yoga practice, I’m going to read and write every week, I’m going to eat healthy(!), I’m going to meditate every single day. Is anyone out there with me? How are you going to take care of yourself in 2015?
In taking care of our children we discover, we have to take care of ourselves.