“Super Mom, super wife, super woman, super tired.”-Unknown
Motherhood is hard.
It is loving another human being more than you ever knew possible yet simultaneously wanting to run away. It is acknowledging your faults and dedicating your life to this little person that you call yours.
It is getting up each morning, no matter what happened the day before or how tired you are, and trying again.
Mama, I know there are days where you feel like you have nothing left to give. I know that parenting is hard and can leave you feeling drained and empty.
I know, because I have been there. In fact, this was just me the other night.
My daughter was throwing a tantrum (yes, at 7 years old she was throwing a tantrum) and it had already been a day filled with attitude, talking back and not listening. I am not proud to say that I cried and left my husband inside with her so I could go for a walk by myself.
I sobbed for a while before I pulled myself together and went back inside. And then do you know what I did?
I kissed my daughter goodnight. Told her I loved her and went to bed. The next day, I got up and tried again. Even though I had failed to keep it together and quite frankly had hit my breaking point, each day is a new day to make it right.
I know I don’t know you and we may never meet in person but if we could go out for coffee together and chat I would tell you one important thing: it’s okay.
I promise you, it’s okay.
We have all been there and you are never, ever alone.
Even if you feel like you have nothing left to give, you will somehow get up tomorrow and do it all over again. You will love on those babies and be the best mom you can be.
There will be days where you want to throw in the towel. Days where you just can’t take it anymore. Days where you don’t even enjoy being a mom.
Please, don’t be too hard on yourself.
Give yourself grace and be patient with yourself. If someone tells you they have never felt at their breaking point as a mom, they are probably lying to you!
When you feel like you have nothing left to give, take some time for yourself. Even if that means taking a walk or sitting down with a good book for half an hour. Take some time to breathe and just be. Clear your head.
My favorite thing to do when I am just completely drained is to get outside. Feel the cool breeze on my skin. Hear the birds chirping and marvel at the beauty that surrounds us.
Mama, whenever you feel like giving up just remember that this is not permanent. This will not last forever. One day, you will look back on these days and not know how you survived. But you will. Somehow, you will.
From one frustrated and exhausted but hopeful mom to another, you got this!
And if you feel like you have no one to talk to, I am always here. XOXO