My Facebook feed has been exploding with updates of new babies born every month for the past few years. I have a lot of new mama friends out there. Yes, there are lots of cuddly moments. And sweet smells after bathtime. And first smiles. And how wonderful it feels when all they want to do is hold onto your finger so tightly with little fists. You are their whole world. But, motherhood can definitely a roller coaster ride. Some real updates seen in my FB feed:
“I thought I had a bad night the night before last, then T proves it can always be worse. From 11 PM on he didn’t want to go back down, up for 30 minutes to an hour each time then when he did go back down he’d be back up in an hour. I feel like I might die this morning.”
“All three kids @ home for a few hours = House trashed.”
“My youngest has had poop explosions up his back in every outfit I’ve put him in for the last 24 hours. Sigh….And while our youngest is pooping all over himself, our oldest is arguing with us because he wants to wear long sleeves and a jacket on a 72-degree day. The joys of parenting.”
And here’s my very own desperate mom FB update: “Last night included driving across the bridge back home in the POURING rain with 2 very sick children who continued to make a mess of the toilet for another 2 hrs (after making a mess of the car) and then took turns waking me up throughout the night until 5am.”
I remember the early days when the girls were infants. There were lots of challenges that I faced. Now, as I move into the season of being a mom of a preschooler and school age kid, there are still challenges. At our MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) steering retreat on Saturday, as we went around to share our prayer requests, even the mentor moms requested prayer for how to relate with their grown kids. Wow, this motherhood thing is hard stuff! I love the quote from Sarah Mae (see above). The challenges may never completely go away as our kids grow and as we grow, but IT GETS BETTER! As moms, young and old, we need each other. We don’t have to do this alone. Reading Sarah Mae and Sally Clarkson‘s book Desperate: Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe has been so refreshing. It is so wonderful to read the dialogue between a mom with young kids and a been-there-done-that mom who sees beyond the diapers and sleepless nights. There is HOPE.
There’s a No More Desperate Moms movement going on, and I’m honored to be a part of it. I’ll be sharing more about Desperate: Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe as the week continues, but for now, you can check out what other moms are saying about this book. Amazon | Christian Book | Barnes & Noble (You can also get a copy at Family Christian, Dayspring or at a B&N near you.)
You might also want to visit Sarah Mae’s blog today for a chance to win free massages for a year! 😉