“And I think I need more me time,” she adds. “I feel guilty, as a new mom, taking too much alone time. Even getting my nails done … it’s a luxury now instead of, ‘I should get my nails done,’ ‘get a facial.’ “
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As it turns out, there are some conflicting feelings moms can have when actually attempting to take that desired relaxation time for themselves.
“There’s a part of me that wants to [take time at a spa] so bad, but then I’m like, ‘I gotta go home — I gotta pump, I gotta breastfeed, I gotta change his diaper,’ ” Piñol confesses.
“My best girlfriend says that once you become a mom, you’ll feel guilty for the rest of your life, and I agree to some extent,” says NCIS: New Orleans actress Zoe McLellan, 41, who has a 2½-year-old son named Sebastian.
To make her point, McLellan goes on to discuss an incident that happened recently, while she has been away from Sebastian for a couple of nights for the first time.
“I woke up this morning hearing him say ‘Mommy!’ and he’s not even there, but I hear his voice and I miss him so much,” she admits. “And I feel like that guilt thing is [present] no matter what.”
— Jen Juneau