Motherhood Is Overflowing With Love AND Exhaustion

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“Dear Tired Mama,

I know you’ve been waiting since right after dinner (OK, right after school pick up) to go to bed and have a restful sleep; yet you won’t. You’ll be too busy worrying about what needs to be done tomorrow and the next day, and the day after.

You’ve made breakfasts, lunches, and dinners so many days in a row for your family, and you’re beyond exhausted. Sure, you could order out, but most likely your kids will just want the microwaveable chicken nuggets you have in the freezer. So, you decide it’s not worth it.

You’ve done dishes, laundry, paid bills, played with your kids, given baths, read books, and so much more that your body is sore from a hard day’s work.

You’ve given thousands of kisses, said and heard thousands of ‘I love you’s.’ Kissed and fixed hundreds of boo boos from hundreds of falls. You’re overflowing with love and exhaustion at the same time.

You’ve scheduled appointment after appointment for your children’s checkups and sick visits. Yet, finding the time to schedule one of your own health visits seems impossible.

You’ve loved hard and worked hard today, this week, this month, this year, the last several years, forever. But you wake up the next morning and do it all over again no matter how much sleep you get.

You’re tired. You’re exhausted. You will put your needs first eventually. But you’re a mama, and while it’s exhausting, it’s your greatest joy to worry, care for, and love your children.

You may be tired, Mama, but your heart is filled with energy for a lifetime.


Another Tired Mama”

Tired mom has little boys climbing on her and running around her.
Courtesy of Holly Dignen

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