It’s that day I realize I am a hot mess of fuzzy socks, stained shirts, dry shampoo and coffee. All those things I said I would ‘never do’ as a parent are drop-kicking my humble ass.
The anxiety and pressure comes out of the shadows and points a menacing finger in my face…
|This is my Mom Guilt word cloud, around all the things making me anxious and feeling inadequate. It was kind of like therapy to make this – and I almost felt I could start letting these expectations go once I wrote them down.|
It comes to a halt when I’m scarfing down my gluten-free waffles so I can feed a crying (reflux) baby and my husband says ‘I miss you’…. and after my defensiveness wears off I wonder if it’s too late because I can’t remember who I was before all this panic took me hostage.
He says ‘You used to be able to accept things when they were hard…’ When did I let feelings of failure take the place of contentment? Simple things are wearing me down: messy floors, dirty dishes, crying baby, restless toddler, all those things I’m NOT doing because that’s not real life right now. Real life looks a bit more like this….
Husband is right. I should be able to accept this stage of life.
I can’t be everything I want to be, but I can everything my family needs me to be.
So I might be having a glass of wine with lunch, making frozen dinners and living in my PJs til noon.
I might not be what my version of a ‘good mom’ was, but I will be good enough for the people who need me right now.
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