Mine looks like a crazy rush of activities with no break in between. I get so excited for the weekend imagining an uninterrupted morning with children waking up being pleasant to one another and playing nicely in their rooms, while I can wake up slowly and relaxed….well I wake up usually with one or more climbing over me to get in the middle of the bed. If it is very early I endure 30 plus mins of movement from them, maybe a game of hide and seek under the covers or even singing! Then hubby or I lose all patience and depending on how sleep deprived we are, we will either banish them to play in their rooms or give up on sleep and get up and make breakfast…
Speaking with a friend of mine who works as a maternity nurse with private clients. She visits new mothers at their home and helps them get settled with baby. Her work includes giving advice with sleeping, feeding and generally everything around adjusting to life with a new baby. Talking to her, she revealed that there were many pressure points for new mothers, which at times were stressing them out unnecessarily. This post is going to be part of a new series called “Ease the pressure with…”
I have been trying to write this post for a few weeks, knowing Valentine’s Day is looming around the corner and thought wouldn’t it be nice to give my readers some ideas on how to make Valentine’s Day romantic when you have kids. Well, you can’t write what you don’t know…and with three kids I can’t remember the last time I’ve had a truly romantic Valentine’s Day!!!
I have been doing a lot of reading on waking up at 5am and what the world’s highly successful people do before 8am. I am not going to lie, I try to wake up at 5am, during the week, before work and to be honest it works, you can fit a lot in for yourself before the kids wake (if you are lucky not to have the little ones wake with you). I have time to exercise, meditate and chill out for a while before my household wakes at about 6.30am and that time out does me the world of good. I go to work calmer and I feel like I have achieved so much, before the day has even began. On the days that my kids wake before 6am, they just wander downstairs and usually join me in my exercising etc, which can be distracting (especially when they are screaming for breakfast and your mid-meditation) but I have got kids after all.