I love my girls.
They (and my husband) are my world.
But sometimes I just need a little space.
To save me from going bat shit crazy, to put it bluntly.
Yes my friends, this mum guilt we often hear about is very much a real thing in all its glory.
The guilt path is one that takes many forms.
When you have one child, you wonder if you’re doing enough for them and feel like you have forgotten the rest of the world.
When a second offspring enters the ring you feel bad the first child has lost your attention, let alone anyone else in your life.
I’m not even going to ponder the prospect of what it’s like with more kids….
And it doesn’t end there.
Once you find your rhythm again, the power of the mummy brain coerces you to get back to a normal life.
But why do we feel guilty about taking some time for ourselves?
Let’s face it I can barely take a shower or pee in peace without hearing “mummy” echoing off the walls.
So when an opportunity for freedom presents itself, my mind starts to do crazy flips of reasons why I shouldn’t go.
I have no problem physically walking away from the girls.
In fact more often than not I’m halfway out the door ready to yell “freedom” banshee style.
But I always have this fleeting thought about the person who’s left with the girls and what they might be missing out on.
It’s funny how as Mums (and yes sometimes dads too) we put ourselves last.
It’s some kind of built-in mechanism that switches on the very second a little person comes crashing into your life.
I often joke that I’m no longer Sheree, I’m Izzie and Phoebe’s mummy.
The old Sheree left the building and was replaced by someone who is now responsible for two tiny humans.
I’m not delusional.
I’m well aware life is different these days.
No more spur-of-the-moment dinner dates with friends (well not at a restaurant anyway), no random late night drives to get ice cream (except to eat at home) and definitely no big drinking sessions.
Who am I kidding I never really did the last one anyway, haha!
But I’m really starting to learn that even as a mum (or dad) it’s important to still do things for ourselves.
So yes it has taken me a couple of years to come to this conclusion but better late than never right?!
I’m off to do something for myself….but what about…..oh never mind (haha!).