I know how you feel.
I’ve wanted to give up, too. I’ve wanted to curl up in a ball and cry, or runaway, or would’ve cut off my arm to have a 10 minute break to myself.
I’ve been there, at 3:47 A.M. rocking a crying, sick baby. I’m exhausted and so is baby. I’ve got vomit in my hair (and who knows where else).
I’m pleading with God for a break (and some sleep) as my poor little guy starts throwing up again. I start to wonder if my babe is getting dehydrated and how someone so small can be that full of vomit…seriously?!?
I’m doing my best to comfort and clean him up while my thoughts are drifting to how long until I can take a cat nap? How many days will it take to clean up and disinfect the house? Will I have time to shower and get this out of my hair?
As he cuddles into me, I kiss his sweet head, wishing my mom was there to cuddle and take care of me. Then I realize it’s only 2 hours until it will be time to wake up Maddie for school.
Guess what, sweet moms? Everyone eventually got healthy, it did take a few days to clean everything up, and we moved on!
Maybe it’s not the sickness that is making you hold on by a string, it is an active toddler who does a lot of damage!
I’ve been there, too!
I was nursing David and the twins were about 2 years old. As mom’s we all know the eerie sound of silence. I get up to go find the twins, only to discover Blake with a bottle of honey, pouring it onto the carpet in the kids’ bedroom. Although, I can talk about this little incident with laughter now, I was not a happy mom at the time. At all. (By the way, honey DOES NOT come out of carpet. Keep it up high, moms!)
No matter your situation, being a mom is hard (and some of you have so much on your plate, all I can say is YOU ARE AMAZING)! It’s a 24-hour a day job with no pay or mandated breaks. It’s an every day, for the rest of your life, whether you are married or single, whether your kids are happy, sad, healthy, or sick.
There’s hope, sweet mom! We all have this for encouragement:
I have made you. I will sustain you and I will rescue you. Isaiah 46:4
During those hard days and nights, remember this: God has a plan. That plan is so much bigger than what happens today. It’s bigger than what happens this year.
Don’t give up! Pray. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Call a friend. Get some fresh air. Get professional help if you are dealing with anger or depression and you can’t pull yourself out of it! Focus on the best parts of being a mom! There are so many.
Don’t give up! You can do this! I’m praying with you!