It is so important, though, to find some time to re-energize yourself when you can. Be it 5 minutes or 5 hours, even a little time helps. Makes you ready to engage fully with your little one. Makes you more patient, as well.
So, if you can only get a few minutes here are some ideas...
Enjoy a cup of coffee inside while your child plays outside. Of course, keep a visual and only do if they have a safe enclosed space to play.
Close the door when you go to the bathroom. If like me, I only do this when the hubby is around. Funny how this is relaxing. ;)
Silent reading time. The little girl and i each get a book and read quietly. I usually only get through a page or two, but that's more than if I didn't do it.
Go for a walk. Most relaxing when the three year old is in the stroller.
If you are lucky to get more time away, how about...
Go to a coffee shop and enjoy a latte and a book.
Walk or hike. You always feel so much faster and lighter minus the Ergo or Bob.
Take a nap. This is the best. Even just a 30m one is refreshing.
Take time for yourself, at least once a day and you'll be ready to tackle the rest if your day with a little more patience. A 3 year old standing in the coffee table won't seem as scary. ;)
Moms, do you have other ideas for ways to get time for yourself? I would love to hear them.