Mommy’s New Naptime Routine

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Today has been a frustrating day so far.  My house has been a wreck since Hayleigh joined our family and I am just plain sick of it.  I’ve been trying to declutter and organize here and there.  But with our upcoming 4th of July party, I am in major cleaning/organizing mode!  However…

Do you know how frustrating it is to basically do anything with two toddlers running behind you and a newborn needing to eat every 2 hours?!

Overwhelmed and annoyed by the time naptime hit, I put Cami in her pack and play.  Swaddled Hayleigh.  And somehow managed to get Brylee to go rest in her own room.

I dug deep in the closet for my running shoes, threw on some of hubby’s shorts and shirt (because I am way heavier than I used to be), and jumped on our treadmill (that hasn’t been used in forever!).

Now let me tell you, I’ve never been the “all out runner” type.  However, I went through a very tough time towards the end of and after college.  Running was a great way to deal with and get out all my anxiety. And not to mention, the shape it put me in made me look pretty hot.  ;)

So, today, when I felt like I was about to explode and just wanted to run away, I turned back towards running.  I haven’t ran since before I had Brylee, three years ago, so it was a bit difficult.  And I probably won’t be able to walk tomorrow.  But…

It. felt. good!!!  My mind focused on pushing my body (not how to potty train or what to make for dinner) and the push helped release my frustrations.  And even though I was exhausted all day, I feel energized and awake now.  Ready to take on the rest of the day!

Yes, I was interrupted by Brylee multiple times.  But I simply told her to go quietly back into her room.  And I did have to stop once to put Hayleigh’s binkie in, so she could go back to sleep.  But the run only took 20 minutes of my time and it completely changed the rest of my day:)

How about you?  What do you do when you are feeling frustrated and overwhelmed??


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14 Responses to Mommy’s New Naptime Routine

  1. I can completely relate to this! I have a 5 1/2 year old, almost 4 year old, 2 1/2 year old and 3 month old. :-) After my third child was born I would work out doing a Tae Bo video for an hour about 3 or 4 days a week. It made me feel so great!! I REALLY need to get back into a workout routine but have been putting it off. Lately I’ve been trying to stick to regularly doing morning devotions and reading my Bible. I’ve found that if I don’t spend that quiet time with the Lord my day is usually a lot less productive, peaceful and I’m more stressed by the end of the day. But if I take those few minutes to start my day out right things go a lot more smoothly. It also helps to go to my quiet spot and pray when I’m overwhelmed or stressed out. :-) Glad you were able to get your run in! I’m nursing my little one now, but I think he’s just about done so I must get back to some cleaning as well. Maybe I should just exercise instead. :-)

    • Carolyn says:

      I am going to have to check out your website when I get a chance! I LOVE hearing other moms who have lots of young ones close together. It encourages me! :) And I DEFINITELY agree with you about the quiet times in the morning. I always think I need that extra 45 minutes of sleep, but I always feel much better if I get up before the girls, get myself ready for the day, and spend some time in my Bible. I am off to tackle more cleaning as well. :) Thanks for stopping by!!!

      • When I feel overwhelmed or frustrated at my situations around me I take a step back and find the “real” reason I am feeling this way. Often it is because of my agenda, or my lack of time for things I want to do. Sometimes it is simply because I have too many things on my plate at once.

        One of the most valuable lessons I have learned over the years of raising our children (12 kids, oldest is 21 youngest is 1yr.) is that being a wife and mother is my ministry and my priority. I found (and still do) that when I took too many things upon myself outside the home, my family started to suffer and I started feeling overwhelmed….which brought frustration.

        Because I am a mom of adult children and I am still having babies, I see a broader picture than what I used to. I understand now that time goes all too quickly and we only have our little ones under our feet for such a short time. I am going to miss those days…I know I am. And so when I get frustrated or overwhelmed I try to think of how life will be when there are no little pitter patters of little feet…..and it usually puts things into perspective pretty quickly.

        I have learned not to wish these moments away, but rather use them as a time for God to fine tune me into the woman that He wants me to be. Many times easier said than done, but way worth it :)

        Thank you for sharing your heart. Blessings.


        • Carolyn says:

          Rosalie, thank you for your sweet words and encouragement! And I definitely agree with just needing to take a step back, figure out why you are frustrated and then really trying to enjoy the time we have with your kiddos now. :)

  2. Courtney says:

    You go, girl!!! When I’m stressed I read and sometimes I do yoga (which is not easy to do when you’re pregnant lol). I read A LOT. A LOT A LOT.

    • Carolyn says:

      I bet it’s not easy, BUT I’ve heard it’s great for when you are pregnant! You are so awesome, Courtney. :) And I love reading as well, except I can’t seem to find any time for it. :(

  3. Kimberly says:

    That is awesome! My family knows when I didn’t make it on the stairmaster on any given day! It helps to focus me! I also think it gives me more energy!
    Keep it up!! But also listen to your body– don’t kill yourself– incline walking is awesome, too! (Sorry, that was the physical therapist in me!) 8)

  4. Good for you! I loathe running, but it does good things for me. I have to get up super early to do it, and now that I’m getting heavier (as #4 gets bigger inside!), it’s even harder to make myself keep going. Thanks for the reminder that it’s good for me.

    • Carolyn says:

      I should get up early to do it but I am still working on becoming a morning person. ;) And that’s why I am making myself do it now, before we have #4. Then hopefully I can continue to run through my pregnancy. But yes, I can’t imagine having the motivation to run when you get far along into your pregnancy. Good luck and thanks for stopping by! :)

  5. Tessa says:

    What a great idea! I had 3 under 3, too. The baby just turned 1…hang in there, IT GETS BETTER! Really in the last month we have seen a lot less frantic, crazy chaos at our house…you’ll find more peace soon, too. Prayers for your family!

  6. Jenni says:

    Running is a great stress reliever for me as well. I can’t wait to get back to it after my postpartum check-up! Also, I find saying a prayer and listening to worship music calms me when I don’t have the opportunity to run. :)

    • Carolyn says:

      I JUST set up our little boom box (do they call it that anymore??! :) ) in the kitchen so I can listen to our local Christian station. I did this once last week in the morning and it was incredible how relaxed I felt! So, I definitely agree with you on that!! :)

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