It’s the crack of dawn and you’re running on a few hours of sleep. Your day begins with fresh brewed coffee, cream, and sugar. The sun is rising and your little one is still tucked in bed.. You enjoy the very little time you have for yourself before chaos strikes. Once your five minutes is up, you hear the baby cry and you’re immediately by their side.
There are times when you feel like you can’t hold it together because the stress is too much to handle between raising your little babe and trying to find sanity. I can’t even begin to emphasize how many nights I’ve been frustrated because of the lack of sleep taking over me. I’ve snapped more times than I’d like to admit, but that’s the thing; no one expects us to be a perfect mother. We can’t always keep it together and there will be times when you feel like you just can’t do it. And that’s okay.
I’ve only been a mom for five months and I find myself continually telling my husband that I don’t want anymore kids, that Rylee will be an only child because I just can’t do the sleepless nights, erratic crying, and uncontrollable fits of tantrum anymore. But there are so many more sweet moments when I roll over and see her smiling face next to mine, her little hands finding their way to my face so she knows her momma is next to her, and those glimpses of her playing by her happy self. Those are the moments I live for, the moments when I know I can have five more kids because those moments are the ones I truly love.
We’re all overwhelmed, we’re all tired, but that’s what keeps us going. Knowing that we have kids to raise and set examples for regardless of the situation we find ourselves in. My inspiration is that cute little girl I get to wake up to every morning regardless of how sleep deprived I am.
Every mother is different and has different ways of raising their children. Our beliefs may be different, but one thing that remains the same is that at the end of the day we’re just trying to raise our children the best way we can. Motherhood is a long and hard road, but it’s also the most rewarding.
So to all the overworked and overwhelmed momma’s out there – you are not alone. Keep pushing yourself and test your limits of being a mom. I guarantee your journey will be the best one yet.