Dear Mama, Treat Yo Self

Ten Ways to Celebrate the Day You Became a Mom - A Well Crafted Party

This weekend we’ve been celebrating my little man’s 4th birthday. I’m a huge fan of birthdays and celebrating birthdays. Ask anyone who knows me and they will tell you that I go a little nuts around birthdays. Not just my own, but everyone near and dear. I believe it is important to celebrate many occasions in life, but the one that marks the day life began is pretty special to me.

Each year around my son’s birthday I reflect on the days and hours that brought my little guy into the world.

And, every year I realize… I DID THAT!

I also realize how much my world has changed since that moment. For me, meeting my little man and introducing him into the world was sort of a re-birth of my own. I became a new version of myself. My entire world changed in those moments. Which is why each year around this time, I take a moment to treat myself and celebrate my own little “birth” day.

Today it was a treat of coffee and a moment of reflection and tears. In the past I have gotten a pedicure, new lipstick or something equally small, but satisfying. While I will always make sure that my celebrations do not take place of my son’s celebration (it is his day after all!) or take anything away from my husband’s contribution to the whole thing (his world changed that day too!), I do want to make sure that every year around this time I take a little time and reflect on how my world changed and treat myself in honor of that day.

Ten Ways to Celebrate the Day You Became a Mom - A Well Crafted Party
The day I first became a mom (not an announcement about my current pregnancy, we are still growing strong!)

10 Ways to Treat Yo Self in Honor of the Day You Became a Mom

Below are ten easy ways to treat yourself in honor of the day you became a mom. I should stress that I don’t believe that this is for moms only nor just for mothers who gave birth. This could easily have been titled “10 Ways to Treat Yo Self in Honor of the Day You Became a Parent” and work just as well. Heck, for some people it won’t even be on your kiddo’s birthday but possibly on an adoption day or the day you became a step-parent. ย The 16-year-old girl in me that used to get so upset around my birthday because it was “MY DAY” wants to also stress that while I believe it is important to remember our own contributions in the coming about of our children, and how our own worlds changed in those first few days of becoming parents, it is still a celebration of our kid’s birth and celebrating our own little changes shouldn’t take away from celebrating the day they came about. Anyways, here are ten simple ways to commemorate your “birth” day!

  1. Revisit the person you were before you became a mom! Go to a favorite old restaurant, enjoy a favorite pastime, read a book you haven’t read in years or connect with friends that you haven’t talked to in ages. I like looking back through photos of before and after the time I became a mom and recognize all the fun I’ve had in both areas of my life. Sometimes celebrating the person you have become takes revisiting the person you were before!
  2. Buy yourself something that makes you feel GREAT. I like to treat myself to small items that I typically don’t buy myself very often such as a new lipstick shade or fun new eyeshadow that I likely will only wear a few times a year, but will love those few times I wear it. For you it could be a new pair of shoes or earrings.
  3. Take off work for the afternoon! Now, this isn’t always possible, but would certainly be a nice treat. Take the afternoon off work, or drop the kiddo off with a grandparent or spouse, and enjoy some ME time.
  4. Make a special date with your kiddo. Celebrating yourself can also be a celebration with your kid. Do a special trip to a coffee shop or go grab a movie together. Make it a tradition that each year you spend a few hours just the two of you. Even if in the future the kiddo moves away you can schedule in a special phone call on that day!
  5. Get yourself a coffee/tea/cocktail and just sit back and enjoy while reflecting over the past few years. Often we are absorbed by our to do lists and thinking about the future. Take a moment to slow down and reflect on the past. Focus on the good times, and enjoy the changes that have taken place since the birth/adoption of your child.
  6. Go out with the girls! Do a ladies night with all of your friends who have also had kids and celebrate what it is like to have a mom’s night out.
  7. Get a relaxing spa treatment or salon appointment. I know, these aren’t for everyone, but a pedicure will always be on my list of occasional treats because it isn’t something I can afford to do on the regular and I love how they make me feel. Get yourself a pedicure or new hair color. Enjoy taking the time to relax and pamper yourself!
  8. Get outdoors. A little vitamin D, fresh air and exercise will get your whole body celebrating!
  9. Sleep in. Let your partner take kiddo duty for the day or let the kiddos do a sleep over and spend the morning in bed. You know that place you used to enjoy with a cup of coffee before the arrival of your bundle of joy?
  10. Hire a house cleaner. Again, this is not something everyone can do, but it can be a treat for anyone and everyone in the household. Hire a cleaner to come and make your place sparkle! Enjoy taking a break and still having your household to do list completed.

Do you treat yourself on the day you became a parent? Do you celebrate your parents on your birthday? What other ways can you think of to treat yourself? Comment below. I’d love to know!

 

 

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  1. Reply

    Oh, I love these..especially #10! Ha ha!
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    1. Jenni
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      Ten is my favorite too! ๐Ÿ™‚
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  2. I absolutely believe a child’s birthday – or anyone’s birthday – is just as much of a celebration for the people that helped him or her make it around the sun as it is about the person with their name on a cake. I usually try to get my friend’s with kids flowers or a babysitting coupon in addition to their child’s gift.

    1. Jenni
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      That is so sweet! I try to do the same… especially on the first birthday!
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    • Cyra
    • August 10, 2015
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    I like this idea. I’ve had similar thoughts on my mind as my son gets closer to 3 months. That’ll be around about when we conceived him and he became a real, individual person. Rather than just hypothetical kids we would have in the future. It’s so strange to think about.
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    This list gives me the warm fuzzies! I love this idea of celebrating the incredible accomplishment that is becoming a parent. I’m going to pin this. Thanks for sharing, Jenni! Cheers ๐Ÿ™‚
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    I love the idea of celebrating Mom on birthdays. Yea, dads can get in there too- but moms are magical! (or at least mine was). I try to thank my mother on my birthday every year, she did all the hard work, I just showed up and got showered in love. I don’t know how I would have felt about this as a kid or teen, but as an adult you start to really think about birthdays, what they represent, and what they mean to you.
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    • Pech
    • August 10, 2015
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    On my birthday I call my parents to appreciate and thank them for all they’ve done for me from my beginning to now!
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  5. These all sound like great ideas! I think that hiring a house cleaner is one of the greatest treats!!! It just puts a smile on my face ๐Ÿ™‚
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    What an inspiring post! Love the photo. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Those are great ideas!! I’m sure it’s so important to celebrate yourself as well, rather than just getting wrapped up in the birthday festivities for the kid! Seems like you do a great job!
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