There were so many things I registered for Jack on my Babies R Us and Amazon baby registries…
But I didn’t think about what I would need!! Being a new mom can be challenging, with sleep deprivation, figuring out what your little one wants, juggling cooking, laundry, errands, not getting upset with your husband, getting used to your new body, while having the chance to maybe brush your hair and, if you’re really lucky, brush your teeth that day!
Well, two months in to motherhood, I’ve realized that new moms, whether you are a REALLY new mom and had your first baby, or are a seasoned mom of one or more kiddos, I thoroughly believe that we need to treat ourselves from time to time. Maybe that treat is to have an all day spa day, or just a quick drive to Starbucks and back, it’s good to get out of the rut of being in the house all day long in your smelly pajamas (bonus if you DON’T have spit up on them). Here are some of my favorite ways to “Treat Yo Self” as a new mom or just as a woman!
All of these require you to GET OUT OF THE HOUSE!!!
1. Manicure/Pedicure…or better yet, both!
Once a month I’ve been going to get my nails done. I’m only doing manicures at the moment because of the cooler weather we’ve been having doesn’t really allow for open toes. From all the dish washing I’ve been doing, my hands and nails have been super chapped and dry. It’s so nice to get out for at least an hour and have someone take care of your hands. Having well kept nails makes me feel like I at least have something together, right? Plus, when I tickle Jack, I won’t scratch him.
2. Starbucks drive thru
Now this can be done with or without children. I mostly go through the drive thru when I have Jack with me to save the hustle of unloading the car seat. If he’s not with me (which is rare) I’ll stop in a coffee shop to grab a coffee or chai tea latte. Once you have your caffeine fix, start driving! Drive any where! I like to put on one of my favorite podcasts and drive for about 30 minutes. Sometimes I’ll drive out to the next town over, Yucaipa, and go through the Starbucks drive thru there because 1. it takes time to get there, and 2. if Jack is with me, he’ll fall asleep on the way! Win, win! (unless he gets the “red light blues”…crying when the car stops). Mindless driving or intentional driving while listening to music or a good podcast can do wonders on your spirit and mindset. There is a pretty drive in Redlands on Sunset that I like to take at times, with it’s windy roads and pretty homes. Just enough time to regroup, recenter, and relax a bit.
3. Go on a walk.
Sometimes I’ll just put Jack in his stroller or carrier and we walk. About 2 miles is the norm. Like 2. above, it gives me the opportunity to clear my head, while enjoying my son. It also makes me feel good because I’m getting some fresh vitamin D as well as a nice little workout (mom butt is a real thing friends…).
4. Schedule one hour of YOU TIME
This can be whatever you want! When your baby daddy gets home, or whoever will be watching your little love for an hour, just throw on a hat and some lipstick! If you’re wearing those black leggings you’ve been in for days in a row, don’t worry, just slip on a pair of boots or flats, a large sweater and you’re good to go! Maybe you’ll window shop in downtown for an hour, sit in a coffee shop and scroll through your phone (looking at pictures of your kid, of course). Spontaneously drop by a friend’s house to say hello, walk around Target and leave with items you don’t need but made you feel good purchasing. Go to a park and read a book, paint, listen to music, or just sit and listen to nature. Just be with YOU. Meditate.
If you know you’ll have at least an hour to yourself, the possibilities are endless!
Hope these ideas are helpful! If you have any I’d love for you to share them with me and others in the comments section! Have a fabulous weekend everyone! We are going to our friends’ Photography show Saturday night. It will be Jack’s first art viewing (besides the art we have at home…he loves the black and white tree photographs we have…maybe a little Ansel Adams??)