Twice this week on Twitter, I heard the frustration of creative moms yearning to create, but can't because they have young children and no time. I so remember those days. With my first, it wasn't a big issue, but by the time the Little Guy arrived with his own agenda, I had no time to create. If you're creative, you know that it's as necessary as bathing. You can get by without it, but you and everyone around you suffers.
I nursed both of my kids and they would hang out forever if I let them. I'm probably one of the few moms who got a LOT of reading time;-) This was also a time of amazing idea generation for me. I was planning what I would focus on with my illustration career when I got back to it.
To keep from losing all of these ideas and going crazy, I started pasting pics from illustration magazines, color swatches, sketches (thumbnails, really), color studies, quotes from O magazine, and catalog pics. If I had an idea for an illo, I'd write it down in the journal. I wrote things about the kids, too, like when Little Guy started walking at 9 1/2 months on vacation. My kids don't have baby books, but they do have these memories written down in my journal.
If you are going through early Mommyhood or an illness that keeps you from creating, give this a try. It sure saved me.