From one sleep deprived Mama to another.
It will be okay.
It might not seem like it now, since you’ve been up all night with the babe and now the toddler is up at 7:15am, but trust me, you’re strong and you will get through this day.
When I had Z, the sleep deprivation got the best of me one night when I got up to get him, and I stood at the end of our bed rocking him. Or what I thought was him. My husband wakes up and it went something like this:
Husband: “what are you doing?”
Husband: “he is still crying.”
Me: “I know, I’m trying…”
Husband: “….he’s still in his room…”
Me: *looks down at my blanket cradled in my arms I’ve been rocking and shushing*
Sometimes, my days still go like that.
But I’ve learned to laugh at myself, which is a huge help. Because laughter really is the best medicine and bad-day-fixer.
Here are a few things you need to remember:
Remember that even when you put the burp cloth on one shoulder and then you burp the baby on the other shoulder and projectile vomit happens, you’re still doing an A-OK job. You’re washable. Laugh it off.
Remember that even when you start dinner, and you walk away for 10 minutes while it’s cooking and you come back to find you never turned the stovetop on…your family will still love you. Laugh it off.
Remember that even after you get all the snow gear on (which takes forever!) and you send the boy outside and he DOESN’T HAVE BOOTS ON…he still thinks you’re the best mom. #justcoldtoes Laugh it off (because everyone else already did.)
I could share 356 more stories that just happened in the last week, but you get the picture. Be the best you can be. And laugh at the rest. Your identity is in Christ, not in all the mixed up sentences you just uttered to your husband or in the fact that while drinking your coffee and bottle feeding the babe…you drank the bottle. 😂❤️
Do one small thing for yourself, even if that just means putting on Baby Einstein and grabbing a cup of HOT (yes, hot, because you deserve that for once!) coffee.
Take that moment and bask in the beauty of the beautiful babes you are raising.
Take that moment to text a girlfriend and tell her you miss her, maybe even plan a girl-day (because you deserve that, too!)
Take that moment to thank God for the strength He provides always, and for entrusting you to be the mama of those incredible (yet sometimes naughty) kids!
And remember, we are all in this together. It takes a Tribe to raise these babes, and I’m so very very grateful for all the people that have filled in the gaps when I’m beyond tired. ❤️
Keep on being super mom, embrace that dirty top knot, and don’t fret over the mess…you’re doing great.
I want to hear your best sleep-deprived story!! Share in the comments below.