On my recent trip to visit family, I traveled with my 14-month-old daughter and my partner was unable to come with us. We visited family and friends in two states, enjoyed eight different planes and six different airports. Though I was certainly not alone too much, being without my partner was a unique challenge.
It was a sweet blessing of one-on-one time with my daughter, great family and mama friend time, and some much-needed solo time (often while my girl dozed sweetly on my chest in her carrier).
This week, back home, I left my babe and partner for a little solo beach time - 40 minutes of walking, running, and climbing dunes while taking in our gorgeous little coastline. It rocked! So much so that I'm trying to prioritize a little solo time each day (or every other day).
A dear friend told me soon after my daughter was born that she had read how important it is for a new mom to have alone time in her home with her child. I recall that it was at least four hours a week and that it was an important aspect of reducing the severity of post-partum depression.
Four hours a week may seem like a very little amount of time, especially to some moms who are left with little support when their partners finish a short paternity leave and extra especially to single mothers. However, there are some of us for whom the opposite is true - we just don't get much time alone. For moms like me who work from home with partners who do the same while co-parenting a little one (or a few) —alone time can be very elusive.