To all the tired mommas…

I see you.

Awake at 3 am, feedings and diaper changes. Exhausted. Half awake. Moving on autopilot.

I see you.

Awake again at 630am, getting your other children up for school. Making breakfast. Brushing hair and teeth. Finding lost shoes. Finishing homework at the last minute. Rushing out the door so they aren’t late, again.

I see you.

Moving through your day like a zombie. Piles of laundry. Dishes in the sink. Falling asleep within minutes of sitting down. Reheating that cup of coffee for the 3rd, 5th, 7th time. Eating what’s left on your older kid’s plates standing up at the kitchen counter.

I see you.

It doesn’t feel like it now while you’re deep in the trenches, but I can promise you that this time will pass. While you’re deep in it, it feels like it’s never going to end, but it will. And in less time than you realize. I know because I’ve lived it. Twice now, before the twins. And it helps to know that this isn’t never-ending.

I see you.

Keep putting one foot in front of the other. Before you know it, these weeks and months of little to no sleep will have passed. You’ll still be tired, and it will still be a lot of work, but you’ll find your groove. You’ll discover your “new normal” and the routine will start to take shape.

I see you.

You CAN do this. You WILL survive this. Love yourself a little extra right now. Forgive yourself. No one is perfect. You may have piles of laundry for the next year or 2. And dishes perpetually in the sink. You may snap a bit more easily, order pizza a bit more often, and shower a bit less for a while. But sooner than you realize you’ll be “you” again.

I promise.