Parenting is awesome, but it is tiring. My head and shoulders, knees and toes, eyes and ears and mouth and nose are weary. I am counting down the days until my sweet baby starts waking up only once a night and develops some sort of moderately predictable eating and sleeping schedule during the day. Too bad I have no idea how many weeks to count down!
In the meantime, I have found a few activities that restore me. So, if you ever find yourself the mom of two under two years of age, try any of the following. I've done them all at least once in the past couple of weeks.
Take a shower.
Brush your teeth and brush your hair.
Lie in a grassy field in the sun.
Go for a long walk.
Take a nap.
Get a back scratch from your husband.
Pick up a couple of new clothing items that flatter your not quite back to normal body.
Read a few pages of a good book.
Do your hair.
Do your hair and put on some makeup.
Get your toddler belly laughing.
Write. In a journal, on your computer, on your blog, on a napkin. Whatever. Just process.
Tell other parents how exhausted you are. You should get nothing but sympathy.
Tell God how exhausted you are. You will get nothing but sympathy.
Snuggle your sleeping baby, memorize her smell, feel her little breaths, and remember that this won't last for long.