At this point with a newborn, you’d think my favorite hour of the day is any hour I can get some uninterrupted sleep. The sleep deprivation doesn’t bother me, considering I’ve got used to being sleep deprived being in the military. It’s the fact that when I wake up, I’m having to focus on what I’m doing versus just being up around the clock. I know how important sleep is to a new mama, and I know I need it. Sleep is such a commodity at this point that I’ll take it when I can get it. I have to be alert and extremely cognizant with my son, as you have to be with any newborn, and sleep rejuvenates you and allows you be as such. Fortunately, I think hormones play an important role in being able to still be this way even when you’re operating on little sleep. For once in my life, I have hormones to thank! They say at some point that you can get baby on a schedule. Apparently this starts around 3 or so months. Maybe I’ll be lucky and it’ll start sooner?! Only time will tell. You also might think that my favorite hour of the day would be when I’m able to have a few moments to myself. Around the clock I’m a milk bank, food machine, 24-hr buffet, and it’s a little overwhelming at times. For 27 years I’ve just had to focus on me and what I wanted to do, when I wanted to do it. Having a child is taking some getting used to, and I’m sure this is natural. I already feel some mom-guilt about this. However, I remember that I am human, and while I exist for my child, I also exist for myself, my husband, and the rest of my family. I know how important it is to keep a balance, and I strive everyday to do so. Even if it means I spend a few extra minutes in the shower while my son sleeps or hand him off to my husband in the evenings after a feed, I do. I need that time just to myself, even if its not an hour…which it never is. I’ll take 10 or 15 minutes here and there if that’s all I can get.
At the end of the day I love being a mother and sacrificing sleep, time to myself, or whatever it is for my son is worth it. So to say all I’ve said, my favorite hour of the day is any hour and every hour I get to spend with my son and husband. Being a wife and mother is my job right now and every hour, minute, and second I’m one makes me truly happy.
What’s you favorite hour of the day? – Do you have any one or maybe even several things that make you truly happy throughout the day?