A break. - Baby Steps in High Heels

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

A break.

Whether she’ll admit it or not, every mother craves a break every once in a while.

An hour or two for herself. Sometimes a day or even a few days of peace and quiet.

A time to relax, rejuvenate, and come back to parenting energized and ready to go.

I had this great opportunity last week, as Baby spent a few days with her grandparents before our family got together to celebrate Easter.

It was bliss. I slept All. Night. Long. I slept until 8:00 a.m. It was going to be a great day.


Until I realized that I didn’t have an excuse to wear that super cute shirt with a stain on the front.

When Baby is with me, I can always say … oh she just did this after we left the house. There was no time to go home and change.

I also realized a few other ways that I benefit from having Baby attached to my hip (aside from the typical “my baby is cuteawesometheloveofmylife yadda yadda yadda” stuff).

For example, it’s perfectly normal to belt out lyrics from cartoons while your child is dancing along with you. But, it’s a little strange to do it in the presence of two adults.

Going to bed at 8 pm after playing with your kid aaaalllll day makes perfect sense. Doing it when you’ve basically just been sitting around on your keester is a little pathetic.

Staying in your pajamas until noon isn’t really a big deal if you’re just chasing your toddler around all morning. But when you actually have the use of BOTH hands and that elusive little thing called free time, there really is no excuse not to get dressed, do hair and make-up, and actually resemble a living, breathing human being.

It didn’t take long before I started to realize that the benefits of having my messy, energetic child in my daily life far outweigh any negativities (like, say, wearing eau de spit-up for the first 10 months of her life).

Then she came home.

And, inside of an hour: I had veggies spit in my face, I was peed on (diaper leakage), and I was attempting to apply make up with my left hand (I’m right handed) while holding Baby on my right side.

Ah, motherhood is bliss.


  1. Kids give us many reasons not to do things, but don't think I didn't use the "I don't have a baby right now so I'm being lazy" excuse in a heartbeat if I got a much needed break.

  2. Mine are much older and I can still use the I have the kids card lol.

  3. I live for those breaks and yet within five minutes of them being gone or in bed I miss them like crazy. HA! Motherhood truly is the bliss!

  4. I'm still waiting for my break...
    and no surgery does not count.

  5. Oh the breaks. How nice they are when they come, and how weird at the same time! :) Hope it was fun! I usually have fun without Marlee too. :)

  6. Love this. Have totally felt this way before. Longing for the break, then so thrilled to see their messy, smiling faces and a bit perturbed that they seem perfectly happy spending a break away as well!

  7. Oh, I love those breaks- and rationalize staying in my pjs just b/c I can!