On Friday morning I received a message from my mother (via Twitter, no less, what is this world coming to?) saying that I should use one of my "New Mommy" coupons that she gave to me at my baby shower last summer.
At first I decided that I wanted to use my coupon for free babysitting so I could go get myself a pedicure, relax and even read a magazine or a chapter from a book. It's the little things, people. I realized, however, that I would much rather have a nap instead. I haven't been feeling well for the last little while and it's no use to have a nap while Pierce is napping because, more often than not, he only sleeps for 30 minutes and I wake up to him screaming. You can imagine that sleeping for less than 30 minutes and waking up to my baby screaming his head off might leave me feeling less rested than I felt before I fell asleep.
So I packed Pierce up with all his toys and his play pen and took him over to my mom's house where I handed him to her, grabbed myself a can of coke and my magazine and snuggled into her bed. She dug out some chocolate from her closet for me and I sat in her bed reading and eating chocolate for half an hour when I decided I was ready to fall asleep, so I lay down (after ensuring I had finished all of my chocolate, of course!) and slept for one and a half glorious hours.
When I woke up I lay there for a few minutes just enjoying being in bed by myself without worrying about Pierce and my mom came into the room to let me know that he was looking for food. I got up and nursed him while my Mom told me about all the stuff they'd done while I was sleeping. They had gone for a walk to the liquor store and back and they'd played together with the toys I'd brought.
It was perfect for both of us. Some bonding time for Pierce with his grandma and some me time for well, me! Sometimes that's what you need as a mom, though. You need to be away from your child and miss them a little bit. It makes you a better mom to have time for yourself.