Dear Exhausted Mom,
I see you pouring that third cup of coffee. It’s the first cup you’ve had a chance to enjoy. The first cup spilled down the front of your shirt as you tripped over lego city. This may be the result of being completely exhausted or that the city was conveniently built in the hallway. In the microwave is the second cup. Don’t worry, you’ll find it later in the afternoon and decide to drink it cold.
Breakfast is on the floor. Your toddler likes cheerios better when they aren’t on his tray anyways so there’s not much point in sweeping them up now. The sink has dishes from last night. Actually, two nights worth of dishes, but who’s counting? It’s 8:51 and you should be in the van dropping off the oldest to school, but you forgot to pack lunch, again. Yogurt tube, juice box, graham crackers it is! That basically covers all the food groups, right?
Congratulations, you’ve made it to morning nap.
You might start a load of laundry. Was this the clean pile? It smells good enough, let’s just put away some of the shirts so the mountain isn’t quite as high. Your reward for getting through some laundry is finding your preschooler’s favorite bear they wanted to bring for share day. Hooray! #momwin
Lunch time! Or maybe a quick run (ha ha) to the grocery first. You swear the refrigerator was full just this morning, or possibly it was last week. Where are the keys? After spending 11 full minutes frantically searching the house including the toilet you realize they were in your pant pocket so you wouldn’t misplace them.
How are these little people hungry again? You know you just fed them 30 minutes ago. You agree to make hot dogs. Opening the microwave you find the second cup of coffee. This is where you stop caring and just drink it cold. You also remember to take your multivitamin.
Hello, afternoon nap time. You collapse on the bed, just to rest your eyes before you start prepping for dinner. Sleep is so overrated. There’s drool on your cheek and as you sweep the hair out of your eyes you hear a faint buzz. That would be your phone alarm to go pick up your kid from school.
Dear Exhausted Mom, you aren’t alone.
I’ve been there. Actually, I’m just emerging from that sleep deprived and exhausted haze.
What are some of your tips for getting through this sleepy season?
I would love to hear your answers in the comments below!
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