This year I will be turning 40. I made it my New Year’s resolution to do something for myself. Something which, as a Mum of a very lively 5 year old and a one year old, NEVER happens. So I resolved to do some writing. It has taken me until 28th April to find a few minutes to sit down and do this.
Yes really, this is the first quiet bit of time I have had so far this year. Since having my second child my life has changed dramatically. Juggling the needs of a five year old girl and a one year old boy as well as running the home when surviving on just a few hours sleep every night is quite a task.
It means all my own needs go out the window. I am hoping there are some other mums out there who end up doing the same things as I do. I have been known to wear the same pair of socks all week as I always do the kids’ washing before my own, I have slept in my tshirt and jumper rather than pyjama top as it saves a few seconds in the morning when my baby is shouting to get out of his cot and play with his toys at 5am. I have had a bowl of Weetabix and a can of lager for my tea on a few occasions when I have been too tired to eat anything better and there was no wine left in the house.
I can’t remember the last time I had a long soak in the bath or painted my nails and I haven’t been to one of my beloved Zumba classes since before my one year old was born. My image of turning 40 in a glamorous fashion is starting to fade and I am wondering if I can turn it around before the big day in July. If my teething baby boy has settled down by then and my five year old drama queen will give me a few seconds peace I may be able to paint my nails and go out for a cocktail.
If anyone else out there is going through something similar I would love to hear from you!