A Gift of Mommy Time

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I don’t think any first time mother quite knows what she’s in for, regardless of how much childcare or research she has done before her children come along. All mothers are thrown in the deep end of motherhood. The pool into which I was thrown was a little colder and deeper than some others.

Like most of our readers, I had the twin thing to contend with. Two babies are no small challenge. I worked full time. I exhausted my maternity leave and returned to work when the babies were 11 weeks old. I worked forty hours a week. Add in a required lunch break and an hour or more of commuting in each direction. I was committed to spending the remaining 113 hours of my week with my babies and maximizing our chances of breastfeeding success. The Iraq War didn’t help. My husband deployed when the babies were 5 months old. We didn’t have any family nearby, although our neighbours became practically family.

My husband knew me well enough to realize that I would never willingly take any time for myself outside work. He came up with a truly inspired gift. The perfect gift. My husband bought me a pair of premium season tickets to Broadway in Austin, the local series of touring musicals.

I’m something of a musical theatre geek. Name a song in Rent, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Singin’ in the Rain, or Mary Poppins, and I can sing it for you, likely the melody line and a few harmony parts for good measure. By giving me pairs of tickets, my (now ex) husband ensured that about once a month, I would have to hire a babysitter and schedule a night out with a girlfriend.

I came back from these evenings out re-energized and feeling loved. I went to each show with a different friend, ranging from choir buddies to coworkers, and once even my mother-in-law. My daughters were no worse for wear after an evening with a babysitter, an evening I wouldn’t have taken were it not for the tickets burning a hold in my pocket.

I recently gave a dear friend two gifts at her baby shower: a Boppy pillow and an offer of 12 date nights worth of babysitting, one night a month for Baby’s first year. Her son is now 5 months old and she cashed in her first couple time this past weekend. I’m hoping that my attempt to give her the gift of me-time is as effective as my husband’s.

Have you ever received a gift of me-time?


Making Time for Me - a series on mothers finding time for themselves in the middle of the insanity of parenting and lifeFrom August 31 to September 4, 2015, How Do You Do It? is running a series on “me time” for mothers: why we need it, how we make it, what we do with it. Find the full list of posts on the theme week page.

Have you blogged about mommy time on your own blog before? Are you inspired to do so now? Link your posts at our theme week link up! We’ll do our best to share them on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter with the hashtag #metime.

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MiM: Pacifier Clip

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Easy DIY Pacifier Clips - DoyleDispatch.com

I have a lot of extra fabric just sitting around my craft room. I mean… a lot. So, I thought I would start doing some smaller projects to help get rid of my stash. Enjoy this tutorial!

1. Start by laying out your fabric and ironing it.
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2. Cut your fabric so that it is 15″ long and just under 4″ wide (mine was 3 and 7/8 inches wide).

DIY Pacifier Holder - DoyleDispatch.com

 

3. Fold the fabric in half lengthwise (hotdog style) and iron to create a crease.

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4. Unfold to show the underside and the crease.

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5. Fold one side towards the center crease and iron.

DIY Pacifier Holder - DoyleDispatch.com

6. Fold the other side towards the center crease and iron. Make sure they do not get folded all the way to the crease.

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7. Fold the end over and iron to form a crease. Do this on both ends.

DIY Pacifier Holder - DoyleDispatch.com

8. Fold down the center crease again and iron the entire piece flat.

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9. Sew around the entire rectangle.

DIY Pacifier Holder - DoyleDispatch.com

10. Clip any hanging threads. Make sure that everything is secure.

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11. Open your package of suspender/mitten clips.

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12. Fold one of the ends through the clip, leaving about 1 inch of material as a “tail.” Sew it.

DIY Pacifier Holder - DoyleDispatch.com

13. Sew the rest of the “tail” down to secure. The pictures below show the back and front.

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14. Identify your snaps (left: male, right: female, not pictured: prongs). I always have trouble figuring out which is the back side and which is the correct side of the female part of the snap. Some people talk about the part the sticks up, but the snaps that I use don’t have an easily-identified side like this. I’ve finally figured it out, though. There is a side that looks like flower petals inside. That is the “correct” side of the snap, and the other side is the backside that will attach to the prongs.

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15. Using your snap attacher (I’ve used a few, and I prefer the SnapSetter tool), attach the snaps so that there is a little fold-over.

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16. There you go! One pacifier clip ready to go!

DIY Pacifier Holder - DoyleDispatch.com

DIY Pacifier Holder - DoyleDispatch.com

DIY Pacifier Holder - DoyleDispatch.com

You can tell that I got on a roll and made a few. Once you make one, you will realize how easy it is. What a great baby shower gift!

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*Part of this post originally appeared on Dory’s blog “Doyle Dispatch.” To read more posts about Dory’s pregnancy and nursery decorating on her blog, you can see the list here.*

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