It was Saturday morning in our kitchen.
“Are you trying to get us out of the house?“, my husband asked with a smile as he saw me pack their bags for swim class.
“Of course not, don’t be silly“, I replied and continued “I’ll take the dog out while you two go have fun swimming“.
Being a mom is both the best, and the hardest job I’ve ever had. But night wakings and poopy nappies aside, the one thing I find the hardest is not finding any time for myself. So when the husband booked himself and Baby M in for weekend swim classes, perhaps I got a little over excited at helping them get out of the house.
There’s No Me Time With Baby
You see, since baby M was born nine months ago, we’ve been tied to the hip. He’s flat out refused to drink from a bottle, so I’ve had to stay close enough to be able to feed him the old fashioned way. That means, I haven’t had much me time lately.
And when I say ‘not much’ I actually mean ‘none’.
But with swim classes and baby M’s newfound love for the sippy cup, I could have one and a half hours of luxurious me time in the weekend, and I intended to enjoy every second of it with my best buddy Alfs.
From Chore to Guilty Pleasure
I have no idea when a simple Dog Turned into a guilty pleasure, but that’s exactly what it felt like when I took Alfie out for a long walk just on our own.
I felt free, and light as a feather without the added weight of baby M in his carrier. Alfie and I played his favourite game ‘find it’ and a little improvised agility by some old logs. Alfie was barking with glee as he whizzed over the tree logs and looked at me for further directions.
The birds were singing, and the sun warmed my face, and for one glorious hour I forgot all about the night wakings and felt the tiredness slowly melt away. And more than anything, I simply just enjoyed hanging out with my best pal. And judging by the big smile on Alfie’s face, I think he was quite happy to have his human to himself for a while too.
Re-charging My Mommy Batteries
As I’m typing this, I’m back at home and I’m watching the baby monitor next to my laptop. Baby M is snoozing peacefully, and I smile when I think about how much fun he had today with his daddy while Alfie and I enjoyed our walk.
And when he wakes up, this mama will be excited to hear all his babbling stories and help him sing songs about little fishes all day long, because this one magic hour of me time with our dog has recharged my drained mommy batteries. And, I believe, it has Turned me into a better mom.
Some of you have been wondering how Alfie’s been coping with our new arrival, and I’m planning to share more about that here on the blog. I’d love to hear your questions so please leave a comment below and let me know what you want me to write about.
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