Have you ever thought about the 'Me' time? I love my baby but I also want my me time..

Sophie - posted on 10/15/2010 ( 33 moms have responded )

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What's your 'me' time? When we take a break from taking care of the house, working and making sure our kids and husband are happy. What's your guilty pleasure? What's that moment of liberation? What do you guys do?

Please share some thoughts :)

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Sherry - posted on 10/20/2010

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I have 3 kids under the age of 7 (twins and a son), my husband works from 8am to whenever he is finished. I also work from 830 to 430, then it is homework, dinner and baths, then clean up from dinner and baths so my me time is when I get to bed! Because I am exhausted.

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Christina - posted on 11/02/2010

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Some things I do when I have some down time are: uninterrupted long hot shower or bath, a trip to the store alone w/out the kids (funny how that is considered "me" time..lol) a night out w/the girls, date night with the hubby or quiet time reading or catching up on some TV before everyone wakes up. I have a 6, 4 and 2-1/2 month old so I am constantly on my toes but so long as I make time for a couple of these a week, it keeps me sane! Good luck in finding something that will work for you and help give you that break you need. Mommy time is so precious and us moms definitely should make sure we make time for ourselves.

Marsha - posted on 10/30/2010

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My daughter is an only child so when she was younger I made her play by herself for a while each day. It gave me some "me time" as well as making her able to entertain herself for a bit. I too work outside the home. I interpret/teach and also advise 2 community service clubs in the school district I work in. Advising is my "me time". WHile it's still work, I'm doing something that I enjoy and am passionate about. I love seeing my "big kids" (as my 6yr old calls them) mature and gain leadership skills. I enjoy giving back to the community too. It also helps my daughter to see that giving back is important and the world does not revolve around her. (A fear I had since she's an only.)

As for me time, YES it does exist...and I believe the old saying is true.."If Momma's not happy, aint NObody happy." You need sometime to yourself. Whether it's running, a hot shower, 15 minutes locked in the bathroom reading a book. Every one needs it!

I also enjoy scrapbooking and reading. I scrapbook when my daughter's playing in her play room (half of the play room has my scrapbooking table set up in it). I read my books when she reads hers or plays. Is the laundry always caught up? Are there some dishes in the sink? Sure, but she's happy, well taken care of and loved and the breakfast dishes can sit until later. THe hubby can help and do them if he doesn't like it. Without the "me time" that I've taken from the very beginning, I would have gone nuts!

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Didn't happen until just recently - now that my oldest is 14 and youngest is a mature 9. Now I do yoga every other day and go to the farmers market on Saturday mornings.

Marcela - posted on 10/28/2010

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My baby is 1 year old.. I wonder how old she will have to be for me to have¨ME TIME??

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My son is older now and wanted to take karate. The school I took him too has kickboxing for adults so while he is at karate I take kickboxing. We both get some exercise and get to meet new people.

Mallory - posted on 10/27/2010

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Although I do not get much "me" time here are some of the things that I try to do for me: read a book, take a long hot bath (often reading a book in tun), running to store after husband gets home so I can go alone (even if its just for milk or stamps), and every now and then we get a babysitter (my mom or his) and we have a date night. it is very important to try to sneak in even a few minutes of me time, even if its when the children are asleep at night and you too are tired.

Christine - posted on 10/27/2010

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I tape my favorite shows and watch them after the kids go to bed when I won't be interupted 15 times! Also, I love to scrapbook!

Courtney - posted on 10/25/2010

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A nice hot shower is my ME time!!! It not only makes all the stress of life melt away, it also helps relax all my muscles from carrying my lil one around all the time. It's been the best ME time I've found! :)

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I take the day off work, go out to breakfast... rent a room and have quiet time. Watch a movie, take a nap, maybe go to a movie, by the time I get home Im relaxed.

Andrea - posted on 10/23/2010

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I am a 27 yr old mother of a 3 yr old wild child! My husband works shift work, so he is either at work or in the bed (besides his 4 day weekend twice a month). Our little girl has NEVER had a baby sitter. I have been with her every second for 3yrs and 8 months! My Me Time is when she is playing in the back yard. I kick back in the swing and watch my "little me" run wild!

Stephanie - posted on 10/23/2010

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with my teenagers, i did gain some me time as they can go and come on thier own. so when i do get me time from everything, hubby and i sneak off to the lake front during the sunset and stay till late sometimes. i even try to make my me time his by learning to fish, and i dont even like fishing lol. but for the sake of enjoying the time away, i try my best to do it. me time by myself is different, i totally get into sewing, knitting, crafts, and going out to a club to hear the local bands (yes i said club lol) not just for the younger crowd anymore, something to take my mind away,

Ashley - posted on 10/23/2010

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Once my daughter is in bed and I'm waiting for my fiance to get home so I can spend alone time with him, that is me time. Or when my dad and stepmom will watch our daughter so we can have a date night.

Annette - posted on 10/22/2010

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I also have three kids under 7 (a son aged 6 and twins aged 4), work 28hrs a week and hardly find time for myself. For a few months though, we have gotten into a routine that works. I take care of the mornings and have like 10-30min in the bathroom and downstairs with a tea for myself before I wake up the kids, and my hubbie takes care of the evenings, evening routine and all. I don't get involved and thus have an additional 30min. before we have a bit of "you-and-me" time, mostly in front of the tv or eating something - if not the evening is filled with laundry, ironing or anything else that has to be done :o). I also have decided to do more sports. Once a week yoga in the morning and on my day off, I try to do some exercise at home as well. Hope to stick with it and not let my lazyness win over.

Fleur - posted on 10/21/2010

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Took me a while to realise how much I needed "me" time. When you feel like getting away you probably should - just for a bit to recuperate yourself. I go to the movies at least once a week mainly fridays and watch a grown up movie :-) During the week Wednesday or Thursday evening it's Burger night so no cooking and I go to prayer meeting on those evenings. Self grooming night is considered me time too! shave, nails, hair. I loved reading every1 else's Me time's

Patricia - posted on 10/21/2010

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Well I can say from the voice of experience that "ALL MOMS" truly need their ME TIME!
Being a mother of 26 years now and a Nana of 2 grandbabies....whether its laying down and listening to Kenny G....having a cup of coffee out on the porch....or just taking a drive "alone" ALL moms hafta have MEEE TIME!!! :-)
My youngest is soon to turn 18 in Feb is a senior in HS and works part time as well....so right now I am feeling the "empty nest syndrome" so to speak. THATS yet another stone to cross in motherhood! :-)
Take time for YOU!! If you don't nobody will do it for ya!! :-)

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I organize things a little differently than most. I feel that when we think we SHOULD have down time everyday we feel stressed and upset if we don't. So, I use a tool I developed and now teach to parents to use called the "Life Circle". This tool ensures that 8 times a month I am doing things that truly refresh, revitalize and re-energize me. They include things like my hobby, my girlfriends, my personal development and even date night with my hubby. Of course I also try to put systems in place so that life/jobs flow smoothly and I have time to read in bed, but we need bigger chunks of time to really make a difference in how we feel overall, ladies! Anyone interested in learning my Life Circle Tool can go to www.erinparenting.com. You'll wish you learned it earlier!!! Big hug to you all!

Ishara - posted on 10/21/2010

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Sophie I really feel for you. I have a 4 1/2 and 2 1/2 year old , work full time. My 2 1/2 is still on bottle and nappies and breast fed at night. It can be very stressful. So I decided to hold ladies workshops for moms like us simply for the "Me Time" My next one is on the 27/11/2010. From 1.30 -5pm. These worksops are amazing Maybe you could do something like this.
I am not sure where you are based - I live in Phoenix Durban.

Shawn - posted on 10/21/2010

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I go to bed when my children do and curl up in bed and read my favorite novel for an hour or until I am ready for sleep.

Holly - posted on 10/20/2010

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I love to just pour a glass of wine after my son has gone to bed and chat with my mom. We turn on our favorite TV shows and sit in her bed and watch TV. Yes, I still watch TV in my mom's bed and I'm over 40 lol.

Elizabeth - posted on 10/19/2010

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I love me time!!! My me time is getting up before everyone else, sitting outside on my balcony and reading my book and drinking my cup of coffee, free from interuption, pure bliss :)

Kelly - posted on 10/19/2010

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My "me" time is in the morning. I love to get up early, drink my coffee and either read or knit. I also find "me" time throughout the day by using Sensaria's center pulse point cream. It's an instant stress reliever in a bottle!!!

Amanda - posted on 10/19/2010

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I have twin girls who are 21 months, so I am very busy when I am home with them ( I work 4 days in the week plus saturday so I am home one day in the week ). My husband works all week, so when the kids nap I curl up and read a book or a magazine. Its really relaxing while the house is quiet, no kids no husband. Or sometimes while they nap, I nap too. Its refreshing after a long day with them.

Elizabeth - posted on 10/19/2010

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I leave the house cleaning til Saturday and all the laundry (my 2 YO will help) When I Cook dinner i do 2 meals for 2 nights and large enough for lunches/a busy day ,( in the kitchen anyway) Hubby is in charge of dishes.
Tape shows i like to watch and sit back and watch them after kid in bed, or have the chance. Read in bed to unwind from the day before going to sleep.

Sunday is my sleep in day, hubby on kid duties (he gets Saturday to sleep in)
An equal household makes a lot of difference.

Dian - posted on 10/17/2010

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My me time is on Sat morning, when they are still asleep, I go swimming for one or two hour...it's so relaxing.....

Sophie - posted on 10/16/2010

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:) lovely thoughts.. of course us mom deserves the 'me' time.. even a split seconds.. ask yourself what you would like to do and there, you will find the me time, just like Elizabeth did :)

Becky - posted on 10/15/2010

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I wish I had "me" time . . . I know it's important, but so is everything else around here! When I get done with my "haveta" list for the night, I'm about ready for bed! I try to get the dogs out of a walk at least 2x a week, if I get to go alone, that's pretty relaxing! but if I had time, I'd sew, read & work on the garden i want

Eliz - posted on 10/15/2010

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After everyone is in bed I soak in the tub. Nice, hot, relaxing water to soothe my aching body. I also like to read.

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