With my oldest I swear it took me a good six months before I felt like a woman again. I was immersed in this new mommyhood bubble that I could not pull myself out of. I barely wanted to leave the house, talk to my girlfriends, put on makeup or yes, do my hair yet oddly enough it was super easy to check Instagram and Twitter while breast feeding, LOL! All I wanted was to stay in my cocoon (I am naturally a homebody anyway) with this new bundle of joy. Of course, sleep deprivation, being someone else’s sole source of nutrition and the paranoia of having a new baby out during California’s epic whooping cough season definitely added to my desire to hibernate.
Needless to say, at around six months I began to need that “me” time that every mom eventually craves. Yet it surprisingly came with such a mixture of emotions. Being away from my daughters for work is acceptable, right? I still had a career I wanted to maintain so it was okay in my mind to step away for auditions, meetings, castings, etc. But when it came to a simple manicure, lunch with a friend, a new cooking class or just a moment away to engage in innocent but juicy gossip with my bestie, I felt like, well, I shouldn’t. I felt like I didn’t have that luxury anymore. I felt like all my time away from work should be spent with my girls. And honestly, in hindsight, I didn’t realize that it was burning me out. It took my bestie to sort of do an intervention. She gave me a long speech on finding my groove again and getting back to being a woman as well as a mother. After having my second little one last year, I vowed to not fall back into the same mommyhood bubble. So naturally, one of my New Year’s resolutions for 2016 is to continue to find that mommy “me” time.
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