Charlie has a happy place. It’s in his chair, with his “little guy” blanket, an ipad, and a snack. He can sit there for quite awhile, contently scrolling through his youtube videos and apps, and covering my ipad with crumbs. He asks to “sit chair”……it makes him happy. I think everyone needs something like that, to keep from stabbing people with forks or having adult temper tantrums, right? No? Just me? Oh relax, I’ve never actually stabbed someone with a fork……yet. Say something about me letting my kid use an ipad and you could be the first, though. My kid, my rules – your kid, your rules. Don’t make me get my fork.
Anyway…..Adding a third child to our family has definitely put a dent into my free time…….which any parent knows is a HUGE understatement. HUGE. I really need to figure out how to stay awake long enough to do something I enjoy after Charlie is asleep. Chugging a few energy drinks and staying up all night playing video games seems like a totally responsible adult thing to do. I’m sure I wouldn’t regret that at all the next morning, with a toddler pawing at my face. Maybe I could just read a book in bed. I used to read all of the time. Being literate and well read, that was awesome……Now? Chapter 1…..zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. The only books I read from start to finish these days, involve fluffy ducks and cats in hats. And to a toddler, comic books = coloring books, so those need to stay put away. I used to spend hours listening to music. That still works, on occasion……if I don’t mind Fresh Beat Band and Backyardigans inserting themselves as my playlist shuffles. Although, the Backyardigans do have an extensive knowledge of musical genres for a bunch of preschool aged animals, I’ll give them that.
I’ve totally gotten off track here. Shocking, I know. I’m usually so coherent and organized. Ha. My point was….yes, I had one….sort of. My point was, what do you do to relax, and how do you make sure you get the time to do it? Without babysitters or grandparents pitching in, just in the day to day? Or are you like me, and feel like there just aren’t enough hours in the day for the luxury of sanity?