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Motherhood Mondays // The Art of Staying Home



One of the biggest pieces of advice I give to new mothers is to get out of the house.
When we first had Ella, I stayed home 24-7.  It was probably a few weeks before I ventured out.
Maybe it was to her 2 week check-up, I'm not for sure, but I do know we went and came right back home.  After that short time, I became fairly blue and couldn't snap out of it.
It could have been the hormones, or the lack of sleep.  What I do know is that when I started to 
force myself out of the house, it all turned around.  I would go to Target (only a mile from our home) and walk around for an hour.  I might have bought a tube of chapstick, or some organic baby food I wanted to try with Ella, but that wasn't the point.  The point was that I got out of the house and it made me feel normal.  The fresh air was a balm to my weary, new-mama's soul.

It's interesting how things change.  I'm not sure if it's because we live so far from anything (30 minutes) now a-days, or the fact that I now have four little crew members, instead of just one, but I tend to enjoy being home more these days.  I, sometimes, think about what it will be like when we can pick up and go have a park play-date on a whim.  What it will be like when naps are no longer a necessity.  It sounds so nice, but right now, I enjoy hunkering down and wearing tracks in our carpet.

We have plenty of grass for the kids to roll in, and lots of fresh air to breath.  They have dark skies and twinkling stars at night.  It's crazy, but we can stay home for days and not get too stir crazy.
By the end of winter, I'm sure I'll be singing a different tune, but for now home seems nice.  One day we'll bust out of our "home-bound" routine.  One of these days.

18 comments:

  1. I enjoy home too. More in the winter, but because I watch kids it is a little different and by the end of the day I just need to get out for few. It is easier now because my kids are involved in things so we have to get out. It is refreshing after a challenging day to come upstairs and just soak in the quiet before my older kids get home.

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    1. We all love a little quiet time. :)

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  2. I am stir crazy right now with two girls! They've had colds, and because of that reason, I'm always leery of taking them to play dates in the winter. It is so true that even a little trip to Target to aimlessly wander around is so refreshing! I get to go grocery shopping alone, and I am so looking forward to it.

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    1. You know you're a mama when you rejoice at "lonely" grocery shopping. Enjoy! :)

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  3. I am kind of a stay at home mom homebody sometimes, but most days, home is just where I want to be! I felt like this summer and fall we were so busy and there were sometimes where we didn't spend a single morning at home, so I am kind of relishing the start of winter and being a little bit forced to stay home more. I will probably be regretting saying that come mid February ;) But I agree that it is nice!

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    1. I love to be home, too. Every few days, I have to get out, but for the most part... home is good. :)

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  4. I love being at home. There's just something about being in your own space, with your own people, carrying out your own routines. My hubby just got a work car, which means I can now use our family car whenever I want; though I don't see myself using it but once or twice a week so that I can grocery shop, run errands, go on "field trips", and minister to others. So, I'm giving myself a rule: no less than three full days at home per week.

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    1. I definitely love being in my own space and keeping routine. :)

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  5. I totally get this. Before my daughter was born, my son and I went out every. single. day. Then, I had my little girl in the midst of cold and flu season and there was NO WAY I was going out with her. I thought we were going to go crazy at home, but we're actually really happy here. Even once we're in a better season, I still think I'll continue to limit our outings....not because I don't want to take my kids places, but because I want them to be content being at home.

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    1. I have found that the more I stay home, the more I love it!

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  6. YES! I love this! Definitely feeling in a really content season to just be home. I even have come to love Monday mornings. It's like a whole fresh start to a week of opportunities to love our babies, be creative in our home and basically be domestic. So so thankful for a hard working husband that makes it possible for me to stay home each day.

    xo

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    1. I LOVE Mondays... and, fresh starts!

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  7. Your post made me smile.
    Please drop by!

    Blessings,
    Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage

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  8. Such good advice! My boys will turn 16 and 18 this month and I still follow this advice, Liz. One of the things we still do together is take and evening walk. It helps me stay connected to them and helps me keep my sanity :). You have a lovely place here at The Quick Journey. Thank you for linking up to Playdates with God this week.

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    1. Thank you, Laura. My kids love going on walks as a family. I do, too. :)

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  9. Target is the best for just walking around after being cooped up with the kids! Seriously. They should make a Target Workout Routine, and then I could kill even more birds with one stone :) XO/Kelly @ Our Cone Zone

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    1. You are killing me!!! I couldn't agree more! And, the more "laps" you do... the more "deals" you find! :)

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  10. Just wanted to let you know that this post is among last week's featured posts! I had a fairly insane week, so I'm sorry for the delay. ;) I'll share this across my social media sites this week. ;) Thanks for linking up at A Mama's Story. :)

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