Tired Mommas and Tuna Melts

Feb 11, 2020

 

Sending a Virtual Hug.

Can I just reach out to all of you tired mommas out there, give you a virtual hug and say, I see you?  This is harder than it looks.  Harder than you ever thought it could be.

After the new baby celebrations, you have settled in, and you are facing the grind daily.  I know it’s not ALL bad. There ARE moments of pure bliss.  I can vividly remember looking into the sleeping face of my newborn baby and wishing the moment could last forever.  But there are also tough moments.  A lot of them.  And everyone just expects you to be this amazing mom – which you ARE, by the way, even you can’t always see it through the piles of laundry, inexplicable tantrums, dirty hair, and sleep deprivation.

 My daughter called a few days ago crying.  Sobbing, actually.  She has two little boys ages three and two.  One of them was sick, and the other just ornery. 

She was facing 12 loads of laundry, a washing machine full of clothes that needed to be re-washed for the fourth time (they get musty if you just leave them in there – who knew?) and a load of clothes in the dryer that needed to be re-heated and folded. 

 She was completely overwhelmed. Tears fell freely.  “I just can’t do it,” she said.

 

Wait, what?!!

“And I ate five sandwiches,” she confessed.

 Wait, what?!

 A huge tear fell onto the table (so large it was visible even over Facetime).

 “They were tuna melts.”

Okay, I was all in with the sympathy, but tuna melts? Five of them? No way.  Hahahahaha.   Could the story (or situation) get any worse?

I’m sure many of you can relate.  It was good to laugh about it, but before she called, she was really feeling deep in despair, and wasn’t sure how she could face her day.

I see you.

I've been there too.

I know you are trying. You are trying so hard!  Why do you feel like you have to do it all in order to call it a successful day?  Honestly, most days can be considered successful if you can just take care of those precious little ones, kiss their owies, and show them how much you love them. 

Laundry? It can wait.

 

These days and years are priceless.

You know you should treasure every moment.

But sometimes you want bedtime to get here faster so that you can just breathe.

And be YOU again, if only for a moment.

I have spent the last 28 years of my life raising daughters, mentoring teens, and coaching women.  Everyone is different, but everyone is also the same. You all have amazing days, and then you have days filled with depression and anxiety. You see the light and then you wonder how you can get through the day.

Remember that your life has purpose. And you are STILL YOU.

I love you. I see you.

This mom life is the best.  But it also brings sacrifice that you could not have fathomed before it all began. 

Remember that there are many who have gone before you, who have stood in your slippers, who have worn your sweats, and who have also wondered how they could make it through.  Reach out to us, or please let us reach out to you.  Know we are thinking of you and love you so much.  Don’t go through dark days alone.

And don’t eat five tuna melts in one sitting.  Ain’t nothing good can come from that.

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