I had fierce moments of wanting to explode today. Or implode. One of the two.
Being a “single” mom is taking a toll on me and I’m pretty done.
It’s now been seven days on my own with two BABIES who need, need, NEED me all. the. time. and I have 26 hours left.
The boys have been pretty good, but I’m just tired, tired, tired. And that means that little things that shouldn’t be a big deal suddenly appear LARGE.
I’ve never been a violent person, or even a yeller. But today at one point I threw a pair of pajamas on the floor out of frustration. (Levi didn’t see me, I’m glad.) I know it sounds silly—pajama throwing—but internally it was ugly and violent, even if it was just a zippered piece of cotton.
There were also several times where I just wanted to yell at Levi – bark orders, tell him he’s naughty, yell at him to go away. You name it, it probably crossed my mind.
In those moments I try to whisper, as a deliberate way to calm myself down.
And if I wasn’t so opposed to “cry it out” (for the child’s sake), I would have probably left Judah to CIO for mine a time or two.
I can’t remember ever feeling angry before I had kids as much as I do now. They really do bring the best and worst out in you.
And of course I love them fiercely. Much more fiercely than any momentary anger o frustration.
When it all gets boiled down, I know I’m just tired. Tired, and stressed,
And before I know it Ryan will be home and life will be back to normal. (And I’ll just be “normally” tired – haha.) Maybe I will be able to actually get somewhere on our taxes or complete some of my other urgent to-dos that have been piling up.
And hopefully I’ll be able to have a nap, uninterrupted.
26 hours left. For now I’m just remembering to breathe and praying PRAYING for children to sleep so I can too.
Q for you: My trigger button for anger and frustration is tiredness. What’s yours?
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Adriel also writes (using spell check) on motherhood and parenting on The Mommyhood Memos.