My friend, Liz, just posted this about how being an introvert and having a toddler don't necessarily mix. It's oh so true and reading her post was a light bulb moment for me. So that's why I get so exhausted!
I absolutely adore my daughter. She is the best thing to ever happen to me, other than Jesus and my husband. There's not a day that goes by without her making me smile. But sometimes it is so darn draining trying to figure out how to keep a toddler entertained. And my toddler is decidedly not an introvert. She loves people. She adores people. She can't wait to get together with other kids and play. She loves grown-ups. Even grown-ups who aren't kid people. And that's great. I admire that about her. I see her in public with people and so ready to go up to other kids and say, "You wanna play with me?" As a little girl, I don't think I ever would have done that. I was too busy hiding behind Mom. I admire how socially proficient she is.
But when it's just her and me and I'm having a low-energy day, it can be so draining to be asked the same question again and again. Sometimes I give up and plop her in front of the TV. But I don't feel great about that. It takes focus and concentration to keep up with a toddler who only stops talking to drink her milk and sleep. So often, (if I had my druthers) I'd enjoy just putting my feet up and reading a book while she plays on the floor. I love to be near her. I love the sparkle she brings to my life. I love the new things she says and does each day. But sometimes I'd like to be together quietly.
How do I keep my toddler entertained on her level without losing my own mind?
Time to remind myself again that I will long for these days later. And even if sometimes she drives me a little crazy, I love her so darn much.