Life has been pretty crazy these days. Having 3 kids ages 5 and under on top of housework, pick-up and drop-off, breastfeeding and pumping, attempting to eat healthy and work out… I’m pooped!!
At the end of the day, I’m not gonna lie, writing a blog post is not at the top of my list of things I am eager to do which is why no one has heard a peep from me in a while! Mostly, I feel like sitting down with a glass of cheap wine and watching the next episode of Jane the Virgin on Netflix. (I am currently obsessed with this show and binge watch it any chance I get!) It is so hard to motivate yourself to do anything just for you after you finally get the kids to bed, make lunches, do the laundry and dishes that you put off all day.
I have figured out a secret about being a stay-at-home mom and here it is:
It is totally OK to be tired.
Really! You are allowed to have days where you look forward to putting the kids to bed. Being a taxi service, short order cook, housekeeper, milk maid, kid entertainer, landscaper, waitress, etc., How can you NOT be tired!? Physically, mentally, emotionally just beat. So many days I feel like I just go in circles.
Cleaning my house with my kids around is like brushing your teeth while eating oreos. It just doesn’t work. For every mess I clean up, there is at least 2 more made behind me. Just the other day, I was finally making myself breakfast. I use that term loosely since it was 10:45a.m and I had yet to eat. D was sitting at the table and I had given him a paper with dotted lines to practice his cutting skills. I turn to scramble my eggs and 2 minutes later, I look to check his progress and he had cut a huge hole in the front of his pants! not only did I have to throw away the pants but there were little pieces of blue pants all over the floor! As I started to clean up the floor, I smelled something burning. Sure enough, I had cooked my eggs to a crisp! This just seems to typical these days. One step forward, two steps back!
Do yourself a favor. Try to remember why you bring your best day after day. Look for the small things that would be mundane to anyone else but mean something to you. Watch for the sweet look from your usual troublemaker child. Watch the face of the child who finally reads the word he was having trouble sounding out. Hear the giggles when they play and the silly ideas that come from their mouths. This. This makes it worth it.
I was standing in my sons’ room waiting to help my son change into pjs tonight. I happened to be wearing my American flag shirt and also had my hands on my hips as I was getting impatient since I had 5 other things to do. My 5 year old stopped when he entered the room, looked me up and down and said, “Woah, mama! You look just like Wonder Woman!” My mood immediately softened, I gave him a hug and thanked him. I realized, I can be Wonder Woman. You! You can be Wonder Woman!
So to all the moms who are having a hard time dealing with being a Jack of all trades, hang in there. Yes, you are tired. Yes, you feel like you will never sleep again when your baby still won’t sleep through the night. Yes, you stay up way too late just to have a few minutes where you reconnect with yourself and remember why you do this day in and day out. You bring your best for them. You are Wonder Woman and don’t ever forget it!
Thanks for reading and have a great day!