Ask your husband to give the night feedings on weekends.
Leave beds unmade.
Sleep when the baby sleeps.
Take an aromatherapy bath.
Wear wrinkled clothes.
Simplify dinner: replace homemade dinners with frozen entrees, buy prepackaged salads.
Do fewer chores.
Rent a video and watch it by yourself in the afternoon.
Take your baby to a movie matinee.
Read a good novel and give yourself permission to enjoy it.
Hire a motherís helper to come for a few hours a day.
Treat yourself to a grocery delivery service.
Make a long distance call to an old friend.
Have a pizza delivered.
Get a haircut, manicure, pedicure.
Ask your husband to bring home takeout food.
Hire a cleaning service for a few months.
(Adapted from This Isnít What I Expected by Karen Kleiman, M.S.W. and Valerie Raskin, M.D. Bantam, 1994.)
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