When we first moved here, I worked two jobs. One of the jobs (the part-time one) required me to get up very early and I was mostly done by 8am. The second job was full time and I usually finished that by 5pm. Then I would get home, deal with Peanut craziness, make dinner, watch a little T.V. and do work for the next day and then crash early. Oh, did I mention that I woke up at 4:40am to workout before doing all of this?
After a year of doing that, I finally quit my mind-numbingly boring full time job and kept the part time job and started teaching at the community college. Working two part time jobs really let me experience the joy of free time, especially since I only taught class 2 times a week and the other job was a remote position. Since then, I've been accustomed to having a large amount of free time, usually to spend on the computer or reading.
When Faith first came, it was so stressful and hectic trying to figure out how to take care of a newborn (not to mention breastfeeding/pumping), that I didn't notice a lack of "me time". Eventually I started to miss it and I incorporated blog reading into my pumping routine (yes, I probably pumped while I read your blog, gross huh?).
Now that Faith is older, it's harder to find time to myself. Nap times are a pretty sacred time and when those go away, it makes me feel...unhinged. I think that's my biggest fear about Baby #2: the loss of any semblance of free time. I think a good solution is to redefine "me time".
What I do to try to fit in "Me Time" into baby awake time:
- I read while Faith plays. It can take me forever to get through a book that way, but it lets me incorporate something I like into her playtime.
- I've started listening to music during my stroller runs. I used to not do that because I was afraid I wouldn't hear the baby, but I've realized that I can see her, and I know what her "angry hands" look like, so music shouldn't be a problem.
- Sometimes I read blogs while she plays. I say sometimes because Faith wants my computer. If she sees it, she drops what she has and comes to get it.
How do you fit in "me time" into your busy day? What is your idea of "me time"?