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Mommy Moment: Lazy Days

What do you like to do with your free time?

Photo Courtesy of My Husband @Jones_with_a_camera on Instagram

Okay, so first, what is a “Mommy Moment?” These are moments that I feel like many moms (and dads) can relate to, whether they’re good or “bad.” For example, accidentally hitting your kids head on the roof of the car while trying to buckle them into a car seat. Or happy moments like having your child run up and hug you after a bad day. These are the kind of moments that you cherish or make you laugh a few years down the road. Like how Kai (my son) decided to try and take his pants off at the vet. He does plenty of silly things and I love him to death.

So, let’s talk about lazy days.

I’m one of those parents who does laundry constantly, but doesn’t really follow through with putting them away promptly. That’ll take a few business days. We’ve got more important things to do—like make sure tiny humans (what I call my son/toddlers) don’t eat dog food or pick up all the toys they just dumped on the floor. (I’ve given up on the latter.) But in all seriousness, I think that having lazy days are a good way for parents to de-stress. I get to enjoy my lazy days when Grandma or another family member decides to keep Kai overnight or take him somewhere to play for a few hours. I could clean, but do I really want to do that when I finally have alone time? No way. For those who enjoy it, more power to you. My nighttime routine after Kai goes to sleep it to watch something on Netflix, so TV isn’t the thing I jump to when I have alone time. What do I with my free time? Drink coffee and play video games.

I’m a PC gamer because, in all honesty, I’ll never be able to use analog sticks effectively. Some games I enjoy playing are World of Warcraft, The Sims 4, and Heroes of the Storm. For me, playing games is a great way for me to relax and reset for when my son comes home. I also enjoy trying new types of coffee from time to time. My husband, who works nightshift Saturday to Monday, doesn’t really get to experience the same kind of relaxation since he’s normally working when our son is away. When he does get a day off work, we like to have dates nights. We just saw Aquaman in theaters the other day. He’s a movie buff, so he enjoys when we get to go see a new film. We always comment on how we know we’re parents because we don’t choose to go to the later showtimes anymore. We like our sleep when we can get it.

There are also some days where I don’t feel like doing anything, and I think that’s okay too. I always chuckle when I see parent memes out there, knowing how relatable most of them are. I used to think that parenting wouldn’t be that hard because I worked at a daycare while I was in high school and college. Boy, was I wrong. From having gestational diabetes during pregnancy, a somewhat difficult birth, and Kai having colic when he was born (all stories for another day), becoming a parent was far from what I expected it to be. Don’t get me wrong, I think being a parent is the best job in the world. I love my son to death, but some days it can be overwhelming. So, I enjoy my lazy days when I can get them.

What about you? What’s your favorite way to spend a lazy day?

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