Almost 3 yrs ago my son was born. A tiny little thing weighing less than 8 lbs. Prior to that, I was living a pretty busy life with lots to do. I never thought this little bundle of joy would put my timetable in disarray but it did.
The worry free days were behind me, the first few months of parenthood was all about helping this tiny thing with his mama get through life as smooth and safe as possible. Then around the 6 month mark it became a habit or addiction. I began to micro parent, hovering over every move he made. Not good, but I wanted to be part of his life, I wanted to be there for him and it was the only way I knew how.
Fast forward to near his 3rd birthday, I see myself continuing the same pattern, I need to stop. He is bigger now, starting to talk, even potty training, I need to let up. My baby needs time on his own and I do to. The last 3 yrs haven’t been kind to my health. I barely visited the gym, and my legs and muscles are not as flexible as they used to be. I need to take care of myself, I need to do it for my son. I want to be around when he is older, I can’t have him pushing me around in a wheelchair and being a burden on him, something every parent dreads.
So what am I going to do? I can’t let go that easily. I enjoy his company a lot, but it’s time do things on my own .Maybe start back on hobbies, go to the movies and head back to the gym. The excuse of having little ‘baby’ has become less. A balanced and healthy life is needed for all of us.
If you are a parent going through this cycle or coming out of it, let me know, leave your comments below!