Smart Ways to Refresh & Revitalize DON'T FORGE T TO NURTURE YOURSELF W H EN BABY COMES.
BY LIANE KUPFERBERG CARTER d
h, time. You can never get enough of it. When there's a new baby in the house, free time for yourself simply evaporates. Certainly, your child comes
first-you wouldn't have it any other way. But while you're busy parceling out love and attention to your newborn, remember to save some for yourself. To be the best mom you can be, it's essential to take a brief vacation from the exhausting job of parenting and get reenergized. Whether it's taking a bubble bath or going to a book-club meeting, here's how some veteran moms unwind.
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ell eultum1 eJell1!e "I used to work in the art world and, while I still love that life, it's not an environment where you can take a baby. To satisfy my appetite for culture, I go to shows, lectures, designer showcases, and book talks. I subscribe to the ballet and philharmonic so I have somewhere to go when I'm ready for a break. I love having my excursions into the 'adult world' and getting to do intellectual things for an hour or two."
"I get up at six every morning to go running. It's my private time to think whatever thoughts I want to that don't necessarily involve my children or family obligations. When I run, I get caught up in the weather, how the sky looks at different times of the day, how the air smells, what flowers are blooming. I'm more in the moment than I am during the rest of my day. It helps me clear my head and refocus." -Ivy Ozer, mother of Emily, 2; and Sam, 6
-Francine Neu, mother of Chloe, 8 months
"A pedicure is my favorite way of pampering myself. It might sound spoiled but, taking an hour to have someone massage my feet and turn my calluses into beautifully polished extremities that I'm not embarrassed to show to strangers goes a long way in maintaining my peace of mind." -Candy Schulman, mother ofAmy, 5
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Liane Kupferberg Carter