I had been feeling bitter and exhausted and that is not who I am. This wasn't what I signed up for. Who wants to spend two hours in a bedroom from 7-9 pm each night just to get a child to sleep? Considering my friend's wise words, I thought about this two hour block of time. Okay, so I don't have a wild social life and I would probably be home most nights anyway. My husband was usually around in the evenings so he could put the other three to bed. Could I see this time differently and shift it to be "me time?" I took a computer in and edited photos. I read books with a headlamp. And now, for the past few months, I've been watching an episode on Netflix with my iPad (I'm currently watching The Fosters in case you were wondering – kind of ironic.)
Along with this "me time" in the evening (where Gary and I almost always want to put the Little One to bed so we get to watch Netflix in peace) is the "me time" on weekends. Naps are guaranteed when I can walk for an hour with our Little One in the stroller. With Gary being home on weekends, this is easy to do. These walks allow for some quiet reflective time and I also get my 10,000 steps in! Sometimes I take my camera along and other times I walk to the grocery store, but every time, I get peace in knowing that we aren't fighting sleep and I am getting fresh air and exercise.
Has anyone ever said anything to you that has caused a major mind-shift?