I am exhausted. As in my eyes are burning and I keep yawning. But I have clothes in the washer and dryer, and I still have things that need to be done today. The last thing that I want to do is write this blog, and then exercise. Actually, I just want to go to bed in the clothes I have on—without brushing my teeth.
When I look in the mirror with my eyes barely open, I can’t help but laugh. How can watching such a little girl be so exhausting? Yesterday, I kept my niece while her parents went on a date. We had a blast. We read books, over and over, played with her baby dolls, laughed, snuggled, and watched cartoons. Well, she watched cartoons and I watched her beautiful face. We had a sleepover, as my boys used to call it, and I’m exhausted. How did I raise two boys?
Anyway, what I really want to say is that raising kids is exhausting. So it’s okay if the laundry is not finished. I mean who can keep it all done anyway? It’s okay if the house is not as clean as you’d like. If you need to go to bed without everything on your list being finished, then that’s okay, too.
This season won’t last forever. It’s hard right now, but it gets easier. While it’s so important to enjoy every single moment with your sweet baby, you need time, too. It’s not selfish to take care of you. If possible, schedule that massage, take a bath, read a book, go on a date, etc. Do whatever relaxes you and enjoy it. Give yourself the gift of a few minutes each day.
This weekend I was reminded of what it is like to walk in your shoes. It’s hard. And I admire you. So when you’re struggling to get it all finished, walking around sleep deprived, and wishing for a few minutes, just to go to the bathroom by yourself, know that you are amazing. You have the toughest and most rewarding job in the world, and you are killing it everyday. The smile on your sweet baby’s face is proof of that. So don’t let the devil use mom guilt on you. You are doing better than what you think!
Love and hugs,
P.S. I’m going to bed and my son is going to finish the laundry for me. It totally gets easier.