I pride myself on being a pretty low maintenance girl. However, there are times that a little pampering and primping are a must. For instance it had been almost 2 years since my last hair cut and my hair, which has always been fairly short, was close to reaching my waist. Last week I finally got my hair cut, 7 inches to be exact. And it felt amazing.
My neglected hair got me thinking about how as moms we often put taking care of ourselves on the back burner after we have kids. I swore I would never become one of those moms but in reality my lack of self care stems from exhaustion. No one really tells you how tiring it is to be the constant care-taker of 1 or 2 or 3 or more little children but it is draining.
Every night when I lay down to go to bed and I’m utterly exhausted from the drama of being a mom to 3 busy little boys I vow that tomorrow will be different. I think of all the things I know I am capable of doing and tell myself that I will accomplish many things tomorrow. Like clean all the bathrooms, take time to do my nails, keep the house clean, prepare healthy meals, etc… and while I’m completely capable of doing all of those things at any given point fitting them into the hectic routine of caring for tantrum-throwing toddlers and mess making boys just isn’t practical.
So tonight as I run through my day and mental pump myself up for tomorrow I will make realistic goals like, take a shower, clean up after the boys throw their cereal on the floor, and take a few minutes for myself while the little ones naps to just sit and stare at the wall. Being a mom is tough work but it’s important to take a little time for yourself and I need to constantly remind myself that I am worth it.