Updated: Jan 28, 2019
As the first month of this year comes to a close, I wanted to check in on all of you beauties out there.
You know who you are.
You're the new momma who is up all night with her new babe, with spit up in her hair, a pair of sweats and a messy bun...
The working momma who races home to help with homework and get dinner on the table...
The exhausted momma who's already missing sleep because the little blessing in her tummy won't settle down at 2 am....
The momma who looks around her little slice of heaven to see toys everywhere, dishes stacked high, and laundry piles that rival Mount Everest...
The momma who meets with her fellow mommas for coffee and a playdate with a smile, but who then sits in the car and cries afterwards because that seemingly simple outing was incredibly stressful...
You know who you are, and I know who you are.
You should know a few things.
These days can be hard. This time may seem like it will last forever, and these seasons may feel like they'll never end. But, they do.
You are rocking it. You are strong. You are kicking ass at this mom thing, and it shows.
I know who you are.
Navigating this new terrain is exciting, love-filled, and beautiful. But in the midst of all the goodness, just know that it's okay to feel tired. I'm tired... a lot of the time.
I know who you are. I'm you, too.
Keep putting yourself out there. Keep smiling, but don't be afraid to find your people and cry. Don't be afraid to admit that it's not always rainbows and sunshine. Don't be afraid to ask for help.
I know who you are, and you know who you are.
You've heard it a million times since you've started this journey...the dishes can wait, the laundry can wait, the mess can wait...and maybe it can. Maybe all you need is a snuggle on the couch with your babess, a nap in the recliner, or a game of catch with your kiddos...or maybe you just need to see your floor again... or your sink... or maybe you just need to look in the mirror and see you again...
Don't feel guilty. DON'T FEEL GUILTY. I feel like I should say that one more time, to remind myself of that, too. It's easy to give advice, but ask me how I do when it comes time to take my own.
I know who your are. I am you, too.
You should know that. You should know that I am here. I see you. Your people see you. Reach out, extend grace, give a hug, and know you are nailing it.
Most importantly, please know YOU are AMAZING.