A Few Thoughts on ME Time

Hey Mamas! If there is one thing that we can all agree on it’s this: nap time, bed time, and me time are three of our favorite things. Mess with any of those and things get off base real quick.

There may be disagreements on whether or not you should feed your baby conventional produce or organic, cry it out or not, working mama or stay at home mama, but we can all unite over our love for nap time, bed time, and me time. Amen?!

I didn’t realize the bliss of nap time for the first several probably six months of motherhood. LB wasn’t the greatest napper, so I didn’t know any different. Now that he is napping better, (hallelujah!) I can understand everyone’s love for this wonderful gift to parents.

Some days nap time can’t get here quick enough and as I watch the clock I see time crawling… “Come on 1:00!” Other days nap time creeps up on me and I almost forget about it. Notice the emphasis on “almost.”

That got me to thinking…why do I love and crave nap time, bed time, and me time so much?

Is it because I don’t want an overtired baby, so every second he sleeps is needed. Is it because I can finally go take a shower? Is it because when he wakes up he’ll be more cheery than before? Is it because I can spend that time in prayer or study of God’s word?

Or is it because I have too many things going on and my baby is a distraction to those “more important” things I have to do. Example: blogging, cleaning the house, and working to open my Etsy shop.

More often than not, I crave nap time so I can finally get things done around the house so Cambre doesn’t think I lay around all day or so that I work on the blog without distractions. While I don’t think it is necessarily a bad thing, I do think sometimes I should step back and reevaluate my priorities. Sometimes I think I need to blog so I can stay ahead or I need to clean the house when in reality, I don’t need those things. I enjoy them, and it’s not wrong to enjoy them. But what I really need is to focus on my family.

How can I be a better wife to Cambre? How can I be a better mother to LB? What areas of my life do I need to improve so I can walk closer to God each day?

I guess I’m saying all of this to encourage us all to look at our priorities. Do we fill up our plates with futile tasks? Or do we truly give motherhood and “wifehood” our all? It’s not wrong to have hobbies – I have lots of them these days! It’s not wrong to have me time. I would just like to encourage us to keep our focus. When I find myself feeling like I can’t get anything done, I try to remind myself he won’t be little for long. He won’t always want me to play with him on the floor. One day he’ll able to entertain himself. One day he’ll grow up and I’ll yearn for him to be little again.

Thirty years from now I want to be able to say that I truly enjoyed being with my babies. I want to look back with a smile and fond memories of watching them grow.

I’ve had this post in my drafts for a couple of months now, not really having the guts to publish it. I’d love to know your thoughts on this. How much “me time” do you need/get? What do you do with that time?