Hello and welcome to HealingWell. We're glad you're here.
I have a 2 1/2 year old daughter and struggle with this myself, but she's doing beautifully. I have an excellent husband who helps out a lot and I have a strong support system. I take my mental health very seriously -- I take my meds, get enough sleep, avoid alcohol, and see my psychiatrist and therapist regularly.
It's tough because we don't have family near us to help out, but we manage okay. I have had to learn my limits, learn when to ask for help from my husband (when I'm getting too tired or strung out, for instance.) I've recently put her in daycare and this helps immensely. She loves it and it gives me a break.
But as I said, she gets sooooo much love from me and her father. She is a happy, healthy child, smart as a whip, and beautiful (we'll all brag about our kids.) She always comes first, I've just had to learn how to work that into my own needs. It can be done.
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It is a melancholy of mine own, compounded of many simples, extracted from many objects, and indeed the sundry contemplation of my travels, in which my often rumination wraps me in a most humorous sadness. -- William Shakespeare