By Megan Powell
This might sound strange, but my idea of a perfect Mother’s Day doesn’t involve breakfast in bed, flowers or chocolate. Okay, maybe a bit of dark chocolate. I am nine months pregnant, after all.
My ideal Mother’s Day consists of a whole lot of nothing and a bit of alone time.
For the past four years of me being a mom (including the year I was seven months pregnant), we’ve hosted a meal for my mom and/or mother-in-law, so the day normally consists of preparing food, making crafts with my son to give the grandmas, or running around picking up flowers or potted plants for them.
I love celebrating our moms, and we should, but no matter how hard I try to plan things in advance to leave little to do on the actual day, it never works out that way. And with a preschooler to care for now, my hubby can only do so much himself.
So this year, as much as I love baking (and I truly do), I would love to not have to make a single cupcake, let alone plan a meal. (I know there is always the option of going out, which we seem to consider each year, but we’re always swayed by the cost and how busy restaurants are on Mother’s Day.)
This year I want to simplify it. Some treats and tea, maybe?
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Mother’s Day has always been a big deal for florists, chocolate shops and Hallmark. Pinterest is flooded the month ahead with gift ideas and cute homemade cards.
And it’s nearly impossible to miss the ads and signs everywhere reminding you about the special day.
But I’m sure many other moms will agree with me that what feels best is to be celebrated by being able to sleep in, relax, and feel loved.
A simple homemade card (maybe accompanied by a small chocolate treat), some sleep, and quality time with my son and hubby (and maybe new baby too!) are what I want most.
And if I can get in an hour of guiltless alone time to do whatever I want as well, that would be awesome.
Any mom knows how precious those solo moments are and how invigorating and lovely it is to just be alone for a bit. And I don’t mean alone time to grocery shop or clean, though that can be relaxing, too.
I mean solid time to do whatever you want, even if it means sitting on the couch staring into the abyss for an entire hour.
I’d love an hour of uninterrupted time to sip a cup of tea and read a book or magazine. Maybe for you, it’s a run or a hike, or an hour alone at a café with a newspaper, or even a bubble bath with a glass of wine.
What better day to invest a bit of time and energy in ourselves than Mother’s Day? It’s the one day of the year where we are celebrated for all we do.
So dads, grandparents and other family members, take note!
It’s also quite possible I’ll be nursing a newborn all day on May 10. Or in labour. Or just plain ready to be in labour. But if I’m not, my goal this year is to just chill out on Mother’s Day, relax with family and maybe spend a bit of time alone.
Oh, a hot, uninterrupted shower or bath (with the door locked!) would be icing on the cake!
momstown pregnancy blogger Megan Powell’s second child, so far known only as “Lollipop,” is due Mother’s Day weekend. Catch up on her earlier 9-1/2 Months posts and watch this space for updates on the new arrival