Reality, for the first several weeks after Aria was born, I spent countless hours a week angry. Angry because I could not control nap time as I had envisioned mainly (and really tired from all the colicky crying too). I would fight with Chloe every single day about staying in bed. I told her "I don't care if you sleep, but you have to stay in bed and stay quiet" and to no avail... she would win every single day and I would end up drained, completely. I couldn't do it anymore, I was losing my mind between the fighting and the crying. Thus the creation of Mommy Time.
I sat down with Chloe one afternoon, after I lost it yet again during one of our battles, and we worked out the details. You no longer have to stay in bed or your room but...
- You cannot follow Mommy around while I do things
- You must play quietly where ever you choose
- You cannot help Mommy with any chores I'm working on
- Mommy Time is not for talking or asking questions
*Bonus - if she's had a rough morning and hasn't been a good listener or kind, she knows that I can revoke Mommy Time and turn it back into Rest Time as I see fit - (much like today as she yells as me from her bed while I type this post).
What do you do during rest time to ensure some sanity?
Until next time... XO!