When Being a Mom is Hard
I see you, tired Momma. You feel depleted, exhausted, and worn out. You couldn’t wait to be a mom, and you are so thankful for the little people in your life, but you never knew this type of exhaustion even existed.
Your feet hit the floor each morning with the demands of tiny people who need you. They need to be changed, fed, and tended to. Meanwhile you can’t remember the last time you showered or spent time caring for yourself. You don’t complain, you just do the things that are needed. Change the diapers. Feed them breakfast. Smile at them through tired eyes because, despite your exhaustion, your little ones bring you immense joy.
You spend each moment of the day taking care of others’ needs. Maybe you’re nursing a baby, or navigating toddler tantrums...or both. Your day is spent picking up the same toys over and over again. Picking up spilled Cheerios and sippy cups thrown on the floor.
Your day feels like a repeat of yesterday, as you go through the same motions again and again. Feed them. Change them. Wipe their tears. Play. Pick Up. Repeat.
If you are feeling in over your head with this mom gig, there are a few things you should know.
You are not alone. This is something that all moms go through at some point. It comes with the job.
You are appreciated. The work that you are doing will have immeasurable impact on the lives of your little people, even though today it may seem monotonous and trivial.
This phase won’t last forever. It may seem as though there is no end in sight to what you are feeling, but trust me when I say there is light at the end of the tunnel. Some day, all of the children will sleep through the night, and begin to clean up after themselves. That phase of life will present its own unique challenges, but you’ll be well rested by then and fully prepared to handle them. In the meantime, keep your head up.
You are doing an amazing job. Keep pressing on, you’ll get through this season of exhaustion. You’ll come out on the other side stronger and more resilient than you ever knew you could be.
Wendy is a breastfeeding, baby wearing momma of four who has experienced the highs and lows of motherhood for nine years and writes about it at TheMessyMom.net.