Ah me time. I just love it, don’t you? A sleep-in, followed by a leisurely breakfast and then possibly a massage and a healthy dose of retail therapy. Whoops, sorry. I must have temporarily lost my mind and forgotten I am a mum. Losing your mind is just one of the casualties of motherhood, along with those indulgent images of “me time.” After kids, me time looks vastly different. These days it’s more likely to involve a Pap smear or performing a domestic chore in silence. If I sound bitter it’s because I am: it’s been 7 years since I finished a cup of coffee while it’s hot!
A quick poll of my friends confirms that it’s not just me that finds dispensing my own toilet paper a thrilling experience. Recently I was having coffee with some girlfriends while our kids ran amok around us, and I asked them what they did for “me time.” A few sniggers followed. One scoffed at the idea, saying it was a complete myth. Another classified being at work as “me time”. And my other friend said she’d had some me time that morning for her annual ladies check up!
Is this what really qualifies as “me time” for mums? I put it to my blog followers and going to the loo solo featured heavily as did late night grocery shopping, donating blood and teeth extractions at the dentist!
Me time – Here is what some mums said:
“A couple of years ago I had gastro and my husband was paranoid about us all getting it, so he told me to stay in the bedroom and isolate myself. I spent about 2-3 days in bed, alone. Apart from the vomiting, it was bliss!” – Blythe
“Getting laser treatment on my chin because pregnancy gave me a beard” – Jenna
“After clicking in the last kid’s car seat belt, the clonk of the door closing and the slow walk to the drivers side. It’s like a holiday. Every. Single. Time.“ – Celia
“Staying in the car an extra few minutes than is entirely necessary after pulling into the driveway to steal some alone time.” – Robyna
“I recently spent 24 hours in hospital with suspected flu and asthma. The best part about it was that I was in quarantine. I had a room to myself and spent all day in bed, read a book, had the TV to myself and showered alone. Heaven!” – Julie
“The waiting room at the doctors is awesome. Water, TV, Wi-Fi! Come to think of it, I do have a little temperature coming on!” – Jemma
“My husband and I, on occasion, fight over who gets to put the bin out as it is a long and peaceful walk down the drive and back!” – Alison
“My first ‘outing’ alone after my son was born was to the mail box. I walked an entire 10 metres out my front door, away from the house. I still remember it vividly – four years later!” – Raychael
“I had my gallbladder removed last year and stayed in hospital overnight. Hubby packed me a suitcase with some new pyjamas for my ‘holiday’.” – Annalea
“I went to ‘sleep school’ with my 10month old. To this day it’s still the best ‘holiday’ I’ve ever had and I’ve been on some nice trips!” – Suzanne
“My mini break is when I am in time-out, which involves telling the kids I’m in time-out and locking myself in the pantry.” – Melissa
And then when your ‘me time’ involves going to hospital to have ANOTHER BABY!
Right now I am hatching my own plan for some overdue me time. It may seem extreme to some, but I am prepared to go to such lengths. In about 6 weeks’ time I am going away for about 36 hours. All. By. My. Self. A mini-break, if you will. My waters will break and I will head to the hospital with my overnight bag, weighed down by maternity pads and nappies. Sure, I will have to endure childbirth but once that baby is out, I’ll have some horizontal time and someone to prepare my meals. Luxury!
You gotta laugh or you’ll cry, right? Which reminds me, I really should get onto my pelvic floor exercises. Just writing this post has triggered leakage. I’ll do some when I next get some “me time”…
What else would you add to this list? Do you get “me time”? What lengths you have gone to in order to get it?
*This post first appeared on Kidspot.