I don’t know about any of you, but when we manage to get a break from the kids, we’re usually completely exhausted. Thankfully, we get somewhat regular breaks, because the boys have very active Grandparents. That’s an absolute blessing.
Having said that, when we get a break, my wife and I are so far beyond tired, all we want to do is crash. When I go without sleep (or quality sleep anyway) for as long as I do, the first thing I do when the boys leave, is go to sleep.
I know that I can’t actually make up for lost sleep, but my body certainly tries.
Whenever we get a break, we also face a conundrum. Do we rest, or get caught up on things around the house?
Trying to get things done around the house while the boys are home, is next to impossible. The best I can usually do is simply put out all the fires that are always popping up, metaphorically speaking of course.
If I want to get anything done, I really need to take advantage of the time I have without the kids. Unfortunately, that interferes with my body’s need to shut off.
It often feels like getting things done while the kids are gone vs my body and mind having a chance to recover are mutually exclusive.