Adult time is key

The impact of adult time on my mental healt is absolutely amazing and, in my opinion, key to leading a happy life with children. I think it’s especially key with a newborn because they require such intense, all consuming attention for such long periods of time – you literally have to drop everything to give them the attention that they require, whether you’re breastfeeding or not.

This weekend, I got some quality adult alone time AND I got quality time with my husband, all thanks to my mother and father in law (thank you so much – you will never understand how grateful I am for that time – it saved my sanity). They came in on Thursday night and left yesterday, spending a long weekend with us. On Friday, Izzy and I went to see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part I. It was the first time that I had been to the movie with my husband only since I went to see Sherlock Holmes in January. It was the best 3 hours of my life – the movie was great, I got some time away AND i saw some friends from work, which was nice. We also got our gutters cleaned and had some good meals. And yesterday I got to the gym for the first time in months. Granted I didn’t do anything too intense – i rode the stationary bike for 30 minutes because I’m out of shape and am babying my ankle – but it was again, really nicer.

I seriously think that adult time is key with a newborn. They require so much attention all the time that it is so easy for the caretakers to forget to take care of themselves – showering, doctors appointments, hell even eating and drinking! Forget having alone time.


3 thoughts on “Adult time is key

  1. Even when the children get to be in their teenage years, adult time is key. And when you don’t have enough of it, there is definitely an effect that occurs. Believe me when I say this, if there was a manual as to how to be a parent of a newborn, or a teenager, the manual would need to be re-published minute by minute, and second by second. One thing is definitely for certain, sanity is a requirement, and to achieve it, one has to be able to solve Einstein style scientific equations. In simpler terms, HELP! 🙂 Good luck, my friend.

  2. I agree – oh, I agree. Getting out and talking shop, or movies, or anything that doesn’t have to do with sleeping, spit-up, and sh- poop. Absolutely essential!

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