After having Adriah (5 years ago) people told me all the time, "Sleep when your baby sleeps!" I never took naps cause I had much better things to do -like clean, sort and tidy. I think there was a part of my "driven" self that didn't want to admit that I needed to slow down and rest because of having a newborn and losing sleep every night. After Leyton I wanted to nap so bad but I had tons of the things to do like edit, call or email clients, clean the house and PACK - we moved that year! I got over-tired and it effected everything. I don't know what I would've done differently because he was born right before my busiest season and I had to follow through with commitments I had made before I even knew I was pregnant. It wasn't an easy transition for me and it's what made me realize I NEED a maternity leave after every baby!
With Clara my goal is to take a nap every day. I need it! Yes, there are still lots of other things to do but, I'm different this time. I'm willing to see that napping makes me a better parent and wife - that's more important to me then a clean house. (Don't get me wrong - it's not easy to look at the dust growing on my blinds but, I'm willing to overlook it for a season.) This time around I'm more settled in myself...willing to slow down and not see it as weakness or failure BUT as a necessity for recovering quickly.
I'm feeling great! I love being a mom of three...it suits me! Good thing, eh?