I keep reminding myself that she’s in pain; growing teeth hurts. She simply wants comfort and I am the only way she can find it. This won’t last forever.
One day, I won’t be the source of her comfort. She won’t come crying to me with arms open asking me to hold her. She won’t need me to help her fall asleep. She won’t want me to be curled up right next to her. She won’t want me to play with her. To read her favorite “meow” book. To watch her cartoon with her. This won’t last forever.
So let the dishes wait until tomorrow. Dump the laundry on the couch and go read the book. Forget running the errands and embrace the time you get to spend laying down because the only way she will sleep is with you right beside her. This won’t last forever.
These days are hard. You’re exhausted. Emotionally, mentally, physically. As soon as you sit down, thinking you have a minute to yourself, you hear the cry, the “momma,” — you’re needed. This won’t last forever.
You pick up, just for them to pull it all out. You put the shoes on, just for them to kick them off. You give them a snack, just to have them throw it to the dog. Your home is filled with sticky hand prints, dirty faces, never ending laundry. This won’t last forever.
I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again,
motherhood is the easiest, hardest thing I’ve ever done.
This season won’t last forever, so soak it all up; the good, the bad, the fits, the smiles, the disciplining, the hugs.
And if you feel sad, or mad or hurt, if you feel like you just can’t give anymore, that your cup is not only empty, but completely dry — take a minute for yourself, feel the sad, the mad, shed the tears — it’s okay to feel sad even though you have a beautiful tiny human in front of you.
You’re a mom. We know these tiny humans aren’t perfect angels; they destroy, they scream, they hurt (emotionally and physically) ha.
This won’t last forever.
I’d be lying if I said it’s easy to refill your cup, it’s not.
But remember, you can’t pour from an empty cup.
Have grace on yourself, momma. And in case no one has told you lately, you’re doing great.