Monday, July 21, 2008

Maternal Exhaustion

Maternal Exhaustion: noun. That deep down completely exhausted feeling a mother gets just from being a mother.

It's 10:30pm where I am. The day started rather early, when Husband and Monkey Son #1 couldn't sleep. I got up with them a short time later, followed by Monkey Son #2.

With everyone up, the day must start, whether or not the sun has risen. Today, I tidied the kitchen (multiple times), cleaned the shower curtain, scrubbed the toilets, did laundry, changed the sheets on Monkey Sons' beds, washed diapers (we use cloth), cleaned up toys, made dinner, and mopped the kitchen, living room, and hallway. And that's not even all of what I wanted to get done, but tomorrow is another day.

That's what's part of being a mom, or any parent. Exhaustion comes with the territory. Yes, I'm tired and am looking forward to just conking out for the night, but I've been worse. And yes, tomorrow, I will get up and do it all again, except trading some chores for others. And yet, I wouldn't trade my Monkey Boys or all the work that goes with being their mommy.

1 comment:

Barbara said...

Maternal exhaustion is inversely related to the amount of positive energy you extend to your children, whilst taking none in. I noticed mine worsened considerably when my mother died (no more support!). TAKE care of yourself, having said that, I doubt you do, as being overwhelmed makes it tough to get outside and see what you need to feel good. Read, get a babysitter, don't tell others that you rest!