This week has been amazing. I took the week off as vacation and spent it with Kim and my family at our cottage, but it was a different kind of cottage holiday then we are used to.
Our weeks off at the cottage in the summer usually include a lot of people and happy hours that start around 11 am. Being pregnant has definitely changed a lot of things especially the way we spend our time.
Summer cocktails and drinks on the dock are just not the same. But as our “adult activities” and priorities shift I have found that many have not been as difficult to let go of as I had thought they would be.
In fact, I’m enjoying our new lifestyle and have found that overall I’m taking more time to appreciate the time that I have, to live in the moment and appreciate what is happening around me.
Usually when I know we have a week off I have a long list of “to do’s” and feel like I need to be constantly crossing things off my list to maximize my vacation.
Being totally honest, I did have a “to do” list but it did not have an unrealistic number of items on it and there were some that I did not even get to, but I’m okay with that. I really enjoyed the time that I had and I was able to go with the flow and not feel as though I needed to continually push myself.
Pregnancy is a very special time, it’s a time to prepare for the changes that are ahead, it’s a time to appreciate the time that you have and to reduce your stress as much as possible. A time to let go of the little things and to give yourself a break from all the pressures and demands that you place on yourself.
I know there will be all kinds of time, in fact years ahead, that life will not be as low-key and simple. I also know the days of spending cottage weekends with friends and drinks on the dock are behind us, at least for the next couple of years. So for the meantime, I’m doing everything I can to appreciate the time that I do have.
Maybe you can’t take an entire week off but there are probably some things on your to do list or some social event you have committed yourself to that you can cancel. These nine months are your time, your time to mentally and physically prepare for the next chapter in your life.
What can you do this week to give yourself the gift of time? To take an hour or two to relax and do something that you truly enjoy, maybe it’s starting a book that you’ve had on your shelf for a while, maybe it’s going for a long walk or maybe it’s taking a nap. Whatever it is, take the time to make time for yourself and then appreciate it. Let go of the guilt. Don’t think about the “to do” list. Enjoy a few moments, you deserve it.
What lifestyle changes have you made that you actually are enjoying more than you thought? What are you doing to rest and relax before the baby comes? Are you making time to appreciate the time that you have? I would love to hear about your experiences below.