Right now, your days are long. But the years are short. What you are doing-the burping, the diapering, the chasing, these days matter. Love is not wasted. Loving your babies is the most important thing you can do right now.
I read a lot of stuff online. It’s not always the stuff I feel like I should be reading, but it’s almost the most pertinent to my current life circumstances or things that I foresee in my near future. For the longest time, that “stuff” has been anything and everything related to pregnancy, motherhood, and baby. I’m talking about online articles, blogs, my health plan’s online resources, books, magazines, mailings, and more.
Whenever I stumble across a great read, I feel a sudden urge to share what I’ve learned with someone, at least someone who I know can definitely benefit from it. One of those reads is the following article: “Dear Moms of Littles.” I wish I found this blog post earlier when the boys were first born, when everything was rough and all about survival. But the material still applies, and I just hope it can brighten another fellow new-mom’s day and lighten her load even by a few ounces.
Time really does fly, no matter how slow each day feels. It’s just that you don’t realize it flies when you’re up 3-4 times a night, or even every hour of the night. You don’t think time moves at all when your baby won’t stop crying and you’re all alone and you seriously have tried everything you know possible to calm him or her down. You don’t think the light is at the end of the tunnel when you’re running off choppy, restless sleep, you’re fatigued and exhausted, you don’t have any connection with the outside world, and all you want to do is take ten minutes to yourself. There will be times that you question whether or not you were made for this.
But I promise you, one day it will click.
One day, you’ll realize that you’ve got this. You will survive and you will get through all the challenges of today in order to see a better tomorrow. After months of devoting whole self – mind, soul, and body – to another human being, you’ll find yourself again.
Hang in there, mama. Your little one needs you.
Special shout out to my parents and my husbands’ parents for being awesome grandparents. Happy Grandparents Day!