A similar proportion of mothers-in-law, however, complained of being excluded and isolated.
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Apter has spent the past 20 years interviewing hundreds of families across the world for her book. The typical 'in-law' jokes are told in a male voice and directed towards a mother-in-law. For example: 'Two men were in a pub. One says to his mate: "My mother-in-law is an angel. Mine is still alive. For example, although a daughter-in-law is an adult in her own household, a mother-in-law's maternal expertise is already established and she may expect deference.
But you are precious too. It is time you took out some time for yourselves and get your life back in the game. If you are bombarded with work all day it is very important that you should take a step back and do something which will make you feel energized and rejuvenated. Find out what makes you happy.
It can be minor things like going for window shopping or reading a book. Motherhood makes you forget about yourself and concentrate only on your baby. While it is good to care and love your child it is also important to care about your own self. Go to a salon and pamper yourself.
Get a nice haircut or do a pedicure. You can take the time to make yourself presentable like before. Nobody likes to look like a haggard. It is up to you to take out some time for yourself and start grooming as you had done before your child was born.
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Mothers post pregnancy often go through a phase where they lose touch with themselves. While you are breastfeeding, it is important to eat for two, yet many mothers tend to more than what is required. As such they tend to put in the extra kilos resulting in being fat and overweight. It is good to keep yourself healthy by eating healthy food and at the same time doing exercises to keep yourself fit. All the dresses that you want to wear but cannot do so because of weight gain can be accomplished through exercise. It is up to you to decide whether you want to see yourself as obese or as healthy.
Taking out half an hour for yourself is not something unachievable. You can join a gym or start exercising at home with all the resources available on the internet or YouTube. All that is required is your willpower. So push yourself out of your comfort zone and take a step towards a fitter you.
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You may also want to read how to lose weight after pregnancy. It can be a simple thing like taking a stroll among nature to invigorate yourself. Walking is helpful in taking out a lot of stress from your body. Just a few minutes out in the open air with nothing to distract your mind can do wonders for your body. Plus it is really really healthy. So if you are feeling anxious or agitated, then leave your child with your husband or other family members and go out for a walk.
Motherhood drains out all the energy from our body. The best way to replenish ourselves is by getting some sleep. But with a baby getting proper sleep is an illusion. However, if the baby is awake, ask your husband or anyone in your family to look after the baby while you spend some time alone or sleeping without any interruptions.
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Your baby becomes the center stage of everything as you tend to devote all your time on your little one. In the process, your husband tends to feel a little left out.
And this isn't going to get any better any time soon. Guys I grew up with are still living like this after fifty years, and my sons have accepted that this is how life is going to be for themselves without any input from me. All society can do in response is blame them and claim they never grew up. No one ever asks why. They don't really want to know. It is an interesting theory, and seems to relate to Object Relations theory a bit.
It is certainly worth some consideration. Thanks for the post. You have an excellent point. It came out of my trying to be more inclusive than only married people, but I had trouble with the second noun. Apparently I'm loved, Apparently I'm the real one.
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So why when I wanted a lover, a companion, a husband. Why did I end up with a grown man that would rather play racing cars than be a lover?
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Can spend hour after hour playing a scantily clad female in a game than play with his own scantily clad female in bed? So why am I the one that cooks, cleans, picks up his dirty socks an pants, cleans up when his large dog vomit, and other 'stuff' that comes out of his large dog?
Why, when during very early days did he laughingly joke about ''the men that Why am I then the one that spends my time quietly waiting to see if he's ready for bed only for him to barely kiss me My third big relationship, at forty. My first time passionately in love. Hardly any sex, but mommy still has to wipe babies bottom daily? I appreciate your reading my post and your comment. The only suggestion I can make is that you might benefit from couples therapy, where you can discuss these issues and your therapist can guide the discussion.
Thank you again. I didn't change, he did.
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I was about to leave him but I became pregnant. Now, at 41, I'm raising 3 boys. He doesn't hold down a job - never has very well yet he's highly intelligent. I do everything because I have to. I have an autistic child that needs attention and a 3 year old that needs attention. I can't be bothered with a 43 year old. I have nothing left to give. We went to couples therapy and all he did was bawl and feel like everyone was against him and come up with every excuse in the world.
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I'm done yet I'm stuck with him.