I’m not sure if you know this but there’s an 11th commandment.
Grandma is always right.
And today, my lovely grandma offered this piece of wisdom: One of the best ways to take care of a baby is for the mom to take care of herself. You’re no good to the baby if you are frustrated, tired, depressed, hungry, etc. A new mom, no matter how frazzled, has to do things for her, such as shower, nap when the baby naps, make a cup of coffee (OK, she didn’t say that).
For me, exercise is integral to taking care of me. It makes me feel better about myself and breaks up the boredom.
So even though Miles was on the fussy side of things and nuzzling between the girls – despite eating just 45 minutes earlier, I put him in the car seat, which induced blood-curdling screams, and attached it to the stroller. I told myself that if he didn’t settle down after a block or so we would turn around but we were going to walk.
And you want to know what?
We were barely out the door when Miles quieted down, and I made it just over a mile.
It seems fresh air and exercise do us both some good.
Of course, when my grandma was discussing taking care of me she had to mention eating right. Pshaw! She says I need to a) eat good foods; b) eat enough; and c) eat good foods.
I guess indulging Mark’s request for Steak ‘n’ Shake might be out of the question :(
How do you take care of you?