Dear Mom who has nothing on her mind today but keeping everyone alive,
There are seasons in life when the To-Do list is doable and the fridge stays full. The forms get turned in on time and the kids stay relatively happy, in their right minds and in clean clothes.
There are also seasons in our lives where there is only one thing on the list. One thing for today, one thing for tomorrow– Survival.
And that is ok. We have all been where you are today.
Rocking a newborn while resisting the urge to shush a toddler who hops excitedly around you both.
Feeling accomplished just because you brushed your teeth and made one side of the bed.
Changing sheets in the middle of the night, to change them again in two hours– or two minutes.
Graciously accepting an offer of takeout and knowing you haven’t even the strength to cook a frozen pizza.
Sitting collasped in a chair, watching your guy graciously help with the laundry and fighting the guilt with gratefulness. So much gratefulness.
Snuggled up with stair- stepped tiny humans all around you, heart and lap full to overflowing– for another episode of Daniel Tiger.
Feeding a little bundle of swaddled softness, with only baby noises and the 3am glow of Gilmore Girls to keep your heavy eyelids cracked open.
Standing in the kitchen with first babe strapped to your back, wondering if you even have enough hands for the 2nd babe growing in your belly. ( spoiler alert, you do have enough hands and there will be enough of you to go around when the time comes.)
Looking out as the sun sinks low and the street lights come on, feeling the pull of those dark baby blues on your little life as mom. Whether it’s your first or fifth rodeo, can I remind you? It gets better, I promise and you are not alone.
Watching pants get too short for skinny little growing legs and wishing you hadn’t wished the time away.
Hoping everyone will sleep just a little longer tonight and that we all make it through tomorrow as well.
One day at a time, sweet overwhelmed Mama. One day at a time is ALL you have. Don’t try to conquer the world today, do what you do best and be their mom in whatever capacity you can. Give yourself the grace to cue up the netflix, take a deep breath and smile– you’re living the dream.