Tired Mom, I See You.
I see you. I see you staring back at me in the mirror. I know you have a million things to do and no time to do it in. So few people around you understand the turmoil in your head space and the amount of work you are trying to get done. You work, you parent, you work some more. You wake up tired, go to work tired, come home tired, go to bed tired, and do it all over again.
Know that this isn’t going to last forever. Someday, the baby won’t wake up ten times before he decided he can finally sleep for the rest of the night. He won’t get up at the butt crack of dawn and expect you to be awake, too. You will be able to have all the sleep you need and wake up refreshed in the morning and not have to live off a gallon of coffee and an energy drink or two.
In turn, you’ll miss a few of those precious moments in the middle of the night. The time when everything is still and it is just you and your boy. You won’t hold him as he snores and watch a surprise grin pop up on his little rosy face. Or feel him wiggle his little feet as he tries to find a comfy spot upon your belly. You’ll miss those kisses you steal as he sleeps the night away because he won’t sleep anywhere else but your arms.
You see, mom, we trade those moments. The ones we dread right now are the very moments we will beg to get back in the not-so-distant future. So, tired mom, I see you. I am you. Try to take a breath and remember, this isn’t going to last forever. One day, you will sleep, but today, savor those sweet bits of time you get with your little one. Those moments when you are the only thing he needs in the whole wide world. Take them in, hold them tight, and never let go. Those are the moments we live for.