At the beginning of last week I was feeling overwhelmed by Motherhood. I found myself in the relentless, repetitive wilderness of baby crying, nappy changing, bottle washing and feeding, and I was finding it difficult to see the light through the trees. However, towards the end of last week, with help from my Mutti and then my wonderful Other Half, I was helped through the brambles and arose out of the thicket an (almost) new woman!
On Thursday night Nick and I went out for dinner and then to see Les Miserables, whilst my Mutti babysat Busby. Even though my mind didn’t stray far from the little monkey, we had a lovely time just the two of us, and it was nice to feel like Hannah and Nick again, and not just Mummy and Daddy.
On Saturday evening I went out for a friends Hen-do! I had a great time, but by this point I was sort of missing Busby! It was wonderful to catch up with some friends that I haven’t seen for a while – one in particular that I haven’t seen since college. I think almost everyone asked me “Is labour really as painful as people say it is?” I didn’t lie.
It’s important not to lose your sense of self amongst the dirty nappies, sick-covered muslin squares and sterilised bottles, and I’m feeling so much better from the “me time”! I know I’ve been incredibly lucky, and I’m not expecting to have as much time “off” every week – or even every month – but even finding half an hour to do something you want to do, for yourself, is vital to retain your sanity.