This is for the tired mama.
For the mama who woke up to a crying baby at 10:00, 12:00, 1:30, 3:30, and 5:45 before waking up for the day.
For the mama who is aching.
For the mama who has lost count on how many days it’s been since she’s really rested.
For the mama running low on energy.
For the mama who keeps forgetting why she walked into rooms.
For the mama with a constant headache from wearing her hair up.
For the mama who doesn’t have a chance to sit down during the day.
For the frustrated mama.
For the mama who finds her counting down the hours until bedtime.
For the mama, whose list of things to do seems to keep growing longer.
For the mama who feels guilty about picking up her phone to communicate with the outside world for just a moment.
For the mama who finds herself crying in the bathroom.
For the mama staying up too late watching Netflix or scrolling Instagram to have some time to do something just for herself – even if that means less sleep for herself.
For the burnt-out mama.
For the mama who doesn’t feel seen as a woman.
For the mama who just wants to escape.
This is for you.
We don’t talk about these experiences of motherhood enough. And since we don’t talk about these experiences, but we live them, motherhood can feel lonely. While not everyone will have these experiences, it’s still important for those who do to speak our truth and not hide behind a facade of only the perfect moments.
We’re not complaining.
It’s important to know that it’s not just me, and it’s not just you. I know there are others who share these experiences with us, and that is why I’m writing this.
You are not alone.
Some days are hard. Motherhood may be one of the hardest jobs in the world, but it’s also one of the most rewarding. I know it doesn’t always feel like that, even though, deep down, I know that it is. And even though I’d do anything for a moment alone, I also know that I’d have it no other way right now in this moment.