Who was going to help me now?
I remember taking Maui home from the hospital. We were so happy… and nervous, excited, scared, thrilled, exhausted.
There were so many emotions and thoughts flying around inside of me, yet somehow I just knew everything would be amazing from this point on. And it really has been.
The next few months were filled with lots of sleepless nights, lots of breastfeeding and lots of baby firsts. And lots of moments where I would just sit and gaze at Maui in complete amazement as it slow sunk in; this little person was part of me.
Me time and the forgotten me
The one thing that I found hard to find time for, was me. I’d always lived a fairly active lifestyle and I was finding it really challenging to get back to it.
I was usually tired, cooking, washing, doing housework, working, entertaining Maui and basically doing everything except look after me. As happy as I was with my life, I realised I wasn’t happy with myself.
Sure, some of it came down to appearance as we’re all so hard on ourselves and our looks as a general rule. But we seem to take an even tougher view of ourselves after having a baby.
Why doesn’t our body just snap back into shape like it does in the movies? Where is all my energy? Who am I again? But more important than that, I realised that my lack of inactivity meant that I wasn’t sleeping well and I generally felt sluggish.
Bring on the daily relaxation plan
Plan B was to incorporate looking after me into my daily activities
This is how my day looked:
- I’d get up and put some washing on, then I’d have a shower before Maui woke up. It felt so good to get out of my pyjamas and a shower just made me feel so fresh!
- We’d have a healthy brekkie together to give us the energy we needed. Then I’d change Maui and get him dressed and we’d have a play together.
- By this time, the washing would be done so I’d either put on my baby carrier and take Maui out with me to hang it out. Or I might put down a rug and let him have a play while I got my chores done.
- Once this was done, we’d have morning tea together then shortly after it was nap time for Maui.
- I would either put Maui in the baby carrier or in the stroller (I would alternate my routine) then I’d go for a long walk while he slept.
- If I was wearing the carrier, I would add some squats in during my walk or some lunges. As Maui grew bigger, so did the resistance!
- If I had the stroller, I would do some lunges and squats. And on hills I would use the stroller to workout my triceps by using a narrow grip to push the stroller in and away from the body keeping your elbows close to your body.
- Or workout my chest and shoulders with a wide grip on the stroller and pushing the stroller in and away from my body during hill climbing.
- When I’d get home, I’d do some abdominal work and stretching.