SqueeziN some time but feeling a bit guilty

Thursday, April 04, 2013

One of the many obstacles that face most of us is finding time to exersice. I have to admit i am struggling with this. Like others i have a crazy schedule, i wake up at 415am already, so waking up even earlier than that is unlikely. So i usually try to get out after dinner which is around 630pm, which can be tricky to do with a toddler. My husband works from 11am-11pm, so i don't see him most days. So i really feel like a single mom at times. Just part of being a Navy wife, i'm use to the lifestyle but my son is not. Anyway back to my dilemma. I drop my son off at daycare at 6am and i pick him up at a little after 3. That's 9 hours he spends at daycare. I feel guilty about that already, but i'm thinking about keeping him in day care for an extra hour. Picking him up after four will make it a little crazy at first but it will give me that time i need to "really" get my butt moving. I feel i'm unable to push myself the way i want with him in the buggy asking me a billions questions. We stop often so he can check out a tree or a bird, so really i'm not focus on myself. I know it's the best thing for me to do but i just feel so guilty. My husband feels i should leave him there until 6pm, but there is no way in the world i want to leave my son in daycare for 12 hours. I feel like i'm not only being unfare to my son but i'm taking advantage of the daycare employees. Especially when they tell me that my son start to look for me when it gets close to 3pm. Next week he is moving up to the Toddler Class because he turns two this month. So i'm thinking i should take advantage of the change and start picking him up after 4. I won't get home until 5 and that means i'll have to start cooking dinner right away. I'm use to eating dinner around 6ish, i cook quick meals so it's doable. It's just the guilt that i will have the hardest time with. I know it's not easy being a Mom, but it's time for me to put on my superwoman undies.

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  • ANZER15
    There's already been some really great comments and I agree with REEBADABEEBOOS when she says that you need to take care of yourself if you want to take care of others. Our little ones will remember bits and pieces of these early years, and if you are healthy and active you can make these memories even better! AND be around for a long time :) Guilt goes hand in hand with motherhood, but I'm sure you'll find what works best for you and your family. Good luck! emoticon
    1868 days ago
    You have to take care of yourself if you want to properly take care of others! Most of us ended up overweight because we didn't take care of ourselves first. One extra hour at daycare in order to be a better person and mom - someone who can be active and happy and healthy and live a long long life with her son. Sounds like a good trade.

    Plus, it sounds like you're not getting in a quality workout with your son in tow. Working out by yourself could maximize your time and your results. Maybe you can still take a short walk with your son after dinner. It'd be something nice to do together while teaching him about being healthy and active.
    1870 days ago
    I remember those days well. Juggling work and home can really be a struggle! Cut yourself some slack and remember that if you're healthier and feel better about yourself you'll be a better mom in the long run. That's win win for you AND your son!
    1872 days ago
    I have the same issue. I always feel guilty taking time out for myself. I drop my son off at the babysitters at 7:30 and don't get home from work to pick him up until 7:00pm, so that is a lot of time not being with him. My solution, which I am starting next week, is to get up at 5:30am and get 40 minutes of exercising in before I get myself and him ready to leave. Obviously that won't work for you since you already get up way early, so I think one hour longer at daycare is the way to go. He will get use to it a lot easier then you think he will and you do need to take care of yourself too so that you can be around for him as long as possible!!
    1872 days ago
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