Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Thankful Tuesdays: Me time

More than a week ago, I left the kids with my mum for a few hours in the morning and ventured out into town myself. I took a train, and didn't have to busy myself with entertaining two lil boys with stickers and crayons. I went for a quick bite when I was hungry, and had some prawns at Mos Burger, without having to grab them away from hungry little hands whose owner had a prawn allergy. Then it was a nice walk around Daiso to get some storage stuff, as well as stuff for the kids. No need to juggle a squirmy toddler who didn't want to walk but would want to inspect everything on the shelves. No multiple dashes to the toilet for small bladders. No whiny kids asking for raisins and snacks. I could actually walk down the aisles at a leisurely pace. Shopping was followed by lunch with a mummy friend, and we could actually have some grown-up conversation which was not punctuated by attempts to feed fidgety kids food. For once, I could taste my fish, and not have to scarf down my fries so that the boys didn't eat all of them.

At the end of it all, I came back, feeling more refreshed. Such outings or me-time are pretty rare, and I was just thankful to be able to get away from the home for some time, and thankful that my mum could babysit both boys.

Don't get me wrong, I love bringing both the boys out, and I love spending time with them. I was actually missing these fellows, and they were constantly on my mind. I wondered what they were up to, and if they were getting into their usual skirmishes and scrapes.

But I think God knew I needed that short break, even though it was just a trip to town to buy stuff like storage boxes. Especially when that break was followed by the boys catching two consecutive bugs that had them coughing and purging for more than a week (they are still hacking away as I write this). Me-time is rare, and a luxury in my case, but I'm thankful for those instances when it does come my way!

What about you? Do you get me-time? What are you thankful for this week?

PS: Apologies for the silence last week. With those bugs going about, it has been a most tiring time!

Mum in the Making


  1. Me-time can really make a difference. A recharged mum is a happier mum who's more ready to meet the many needs of her family!

  2. I take me-time as often as I need and don't feel guilty about it either. The husband and I also make a point to have date nights - if we don't tend to our own emotional and mental wellbeing, how can we tend to our children's?

  3. We see it as couple time (without kids). As couples strengthens their bond through dates, movies, go places, talk about our dreams, stuff, the family is stronger. we do this once every week except for unforeseen circumstances. I get my me time everyday when kids play by themselves or go down for a nap. I think its important mums continue to engage ourselves with the community besides our kids in our daily lives. We need to grow as a person too! :)

  4. I take my me-time more seriously now that I have two children!

    I try to have it at least once a week, be it attending parties, gatherings, taking part in races with my siblings and parents... Thankfully, I have a very supportive husband who tells me to go right ahead, as long as there's food for him and the children before I leave. Haha!

  5. Sounds like you had a lovely afternoon and hope you get more chances to do so. I enjoy my me-time very much but for a working mum, I do feel guilty for not spending more time with my girl wheh I get the chance too. But hey, like you said, we need it from time to time and it can really be very rejuvenating.

  6. My me-time is when Noah naps, or when I'm bathing. But sometimes, he gets so upset that he sits outside the bathroom door crying while I'm bathing, so it's far from relaxing! Sad right? I keep telling myself that this too, shall pass, and that I should be thankful that I have a baby who loves being around me so much. :P

  7. Me time is really important for a mum, working full time or SAHM. You get refreshed, recharged and might even love your kids more! Right?

  8. My me-time comes in the form of my manicure+pedicure sessions, which is usually every two weeks when the nails need some TLC.

    Occasionally, I will meet up with girlfriends for dinner to have some all-girls-time!



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